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Snapdragon 665 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (with Adreno 610 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 665
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 1-year and 8-months later
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Supports 95% higher memory bandwidth (29 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Performs 27% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 35%) AnTuTu 8 score – 238K vs 177K
  • Higher GPU frequency (~24%)
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 11 nm)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +35%
238892
CPU 71698 66289
GPU 33657 73245
Memory 42670 50039
UX 32113 41387
Total score 177590 238892

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +23%
388
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +2%
1386
Image compression 87.65 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 12.2 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 21.45 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 16.65 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 10.9 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.8 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 468 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 29 FPS
[Low]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 28 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 27 FPS
[Low]
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Shadowgun Legends 53 FPS
[Low]
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World of Tanks Blitz 57 FPS
[Medium]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 30 FPS
[High]
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Device Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
1080 x 2340
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We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 665 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.8 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
Process 11 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count - 5.5 billion
TDP 5 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 610 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Adreno 600 Bifrost
GPU frequency 600 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 2 12
Shading units 96 192
FLOPS 273 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 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 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 686 Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 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 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 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 April 2019 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM6125 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 official site -

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