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Snapdragon 660 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (with Adreno 512 graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 970 (Mali G72 MP12). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Higher GPU frequency (~14%)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Performs 60% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 50%) AnTuTu 8 score – 230K vs 154K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 14 nm)
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +50%
230748
CPU 69937 66289
GPU 24360 73245
Memory 32441 50039
UX 27977 41387
Total score 154269 230748

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +16%
385
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +4%
1356
Image compression 88.7 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 12 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 24.1 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 18.3 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 11 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.76 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 487.4 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 660 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.84 GHz – Kryo 260 Silver (Cortex-A53)
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2200 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
Process 14 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 1.75 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 9 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 512 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 500 Bifrost
GPU frequency 850 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 1 12
Shading units 128 192
FLOPS 217 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 680 Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2560 x 1600 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 16MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

Modem X12 -
4G support LTE Cat. 12 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 600 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced May 2017 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SDM660 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 official site -

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