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Exynos 9610 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: Samsung Exynos 9610 (with Mali-G72 MP3 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 Samsung Exynos 9610
  • Announced 7-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~14%)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Supports 143% higher memory bandwidth (29 against 11.92 GB/s)
  • Performs 34% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 35%) AnTuTu 8 score – 230K vs 171K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
171192
Kirin 970 +35%
230748
CPU 59401 66289
GPU 34926 73245
Memory 37186 50039
UX 36556 41387
Total score 171192 230748

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +15%
385
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +20%
1356
Image compression 75.5 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.45 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 25.25 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 17.85 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 8.13 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.12 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 394.4 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 9610 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.3 GHz – Cortex-A73
4x 1.6 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2300 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache - 2 MB
Process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 8 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G72 MP3 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Bifrost Bifrost
GPU frequency 850 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 3 12
Shading units 48 192
FLOPS 259 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 1600 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 11.92 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 6 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2560 x 1600 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 24MP, 2x 16MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 120FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 120FPS 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

4G support LTE Cat. 7 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 GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced March 2018 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Official page Samsung Exynos 9610 official site -

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