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Exynos 990 vs Kirin 9000

We compared two 8-core processors: Samsung Exynos 990 (with Mali-G77 MP11 graphics) and HiSilicon Kirin 9000 (Mali-G78 MP24). 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 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 29%) AnTuTu 8 score – 692K vs 534K
  • Announced 1-year later
  • 15% higher CPU clock speed (3130 vs 2730 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
534911
Kirin 9000 +29%
692323
CPU 152105 189738
GPU 218710 291337
Memory 80184 115924
UX 73155 89892
Total score 534911 692323

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 9000 +13%
1064
Multi-Core Score
2737
Kirin 9000 +37%
3749
Image compression 148.8 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 20.4 images/s -
Speech recognition 50.7 words/s -
Machine learning 55.4 images/s -
Camera shooting 27.5 images/s -
HTML 5 1.61 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 813.1 Krows/s -

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 81 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 44 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 29 FPS
[Low]
World of Tanks Blitz - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 58 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - Huawei Mate 40 Pro
1344 x 3140
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 990 and Kirin 9000

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.73 GHz – Exynos M5
2x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
1x 3.13 GHz – Cortex-A77
3x 2.54 GHz – Cortex-A77
4x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2730 MHz 3130 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15.3 billion
TDP 9 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G78 MP24
Architecture Valhall Valhall 2
GPU frequency 850 MHz -
Execution units 11 24
Shading units 176 384
FLOPS 1196 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 2750 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 44 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes AI accelerator
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 4096 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 108MP, 2x 25MP -
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem Exynos 5123 Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 3000 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 422 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NAVIC

Info

Announced October 2019 October 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Official page Samsung Exynos 990 official site HiSilicon Kirin 9000 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
20 (16.1%)
104 (83.9%)
Total votes: 124

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 9000 and Exynos 990, or ask any questions
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Carly 08 March 2021 10:42
Iam having samsung galaxy s20 ultra exynos powered phone it's geekbench and antutu is simply amazing and battery life is great
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Pixels 02 December 2020 19:38
Single core and multi core of Exynos improved after One UI 2.5 Single core is 945 Multicore 2980 So the overall performance of Kirin 9000 5nm not that great just tad better than Exynos 990
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Craig 24 October 2020 16:06
I’m assuming these benchmark results were taken whilst the phone was in performance mode?
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Root 24 October 2020 17:31
Yes, you are correct.
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