HiSilicon Kirin 9000 vs HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G

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HiSilicon Kirin 9000 CPU1 vs CPU2 HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G

CPU comparison

HiSilicon Kirin 9000 or HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.13 GHz. Up to GB of memory is supported in 4 memory channels. The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 was released in Q4/2020.

The HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.86 GHz. The CPU supports up to 8 GB of memory in 4 memory channels. The HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G was released in Q3/2019.
HiSilicon Kirin (29) Family HiSilicon Kirin (29)
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 (2) CPU group HiSilicon Kirin 990 (3)
9 Generation 8
Cortex-A77 / Cortex-A55 Architecture Cortex-A76 / Cortex-A55
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 has 8 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 is 3.13 GHz while the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G has 8 CPU cores and 8 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G is at 2.86 GHz.

HiSilicon Kirin 9000 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
8 Cores 8
8 Threads 8
hybrid (Prime / big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (Prime / big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.13 GHz
1x Cortex-A77
A-Core 2.86 GHz
2x Cortex-A76
2.54 GHz
3x Cortex-A77
B-Core 2.36 GHz
2x Cortex-A76
2.05 GHz
4x Cortex-A55
C-Core 1.95 GHz
4x Cortex-A55

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

HiSilicon Kirin 9000 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
-- AI hardware HUAWEI HiAI 2.0
-- AI specifications Da Vinci Architecture. 1x Ascend Lite + 1x Ascend Tiny
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 or HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

ARM Mali-G78 MP24 GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP16
0.76 GHz GPU frequency 0.60 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) --
Vallhall 2 GPU Generation Bifrost 3
5 nm Technology 7 nm
1 Max. displays 2
24 Compute units 16
384 Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory 4 GB
12 DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

ARM Mali-G78 MP24 GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP16
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VC-1 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 can use up to GB of memory in 4 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is --. The HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G supports up to 8 GB of memory in 4 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to --.

HiSilicon Kirin 9000 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
LPDDR5-2750, LPDDR4X-2133 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
Max. Memory 8 GB
4 (Quad Channel) Memory channels 4 (Quad Channel)
-- Max. Bandwidth --
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
-- L3 Cache 2.00 MB
-- PCIe version --
-- PCIe lanes --
-- PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 is --, while the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G has a TDP of 6 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

HiSilicon Kirin 9000 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
-- TDP (PL1 / PBP) 6 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 is manufactured in 5 nm and has 0.00 MB cache. The HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G is manufactured in 7 nm and has a 2.00 MB cache.

HiSilicon Kirin 9000 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
5 nm Technology 7 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
Armv8-A (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) Armv8-A (64 bit)
-- ISA extensions --
-- Socket --
None Virtualization None
No AES-NI No
Android Operating systems Android
Q4/2020 Release date Q3/2019
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 1 CPU benchmarks
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (71%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 1 CPU benchmarks
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (76%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
8C 8T @ 3.13 GHz
1063 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
8C 8T @ 2.86 GHz
757 (71%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
8C 8T @ 3.13 GHz
3767 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
8C 8T @ 2.86 GHz
2855 (76%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
ARM Mali-G78 MP24 @ 0.76 GHz
2332 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
ARM Mali-G76 MP16 @ 0.60 GHz
737 (32%)

AnTuTu 8 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
8C 8T @ 3.13 GHz
683679 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
8C 8T @ 2.86 GHz
463729 (68%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
8C 8T @ 3.13 GHz
0 (0%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
8C 8T @ 2.86 GHz
996 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
8C 8T @ 3.13 GHz
0 (0%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
8C 8T @ 2.86 GHz
3244 (100%)

AnTuTu 9 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 9 benchmark is very well suited to measuring the performance of a smartphone. AnTuTu 9 is quite heavy on 3D graphics and can now also use the "Metal" graphics interface. In AnTuTu, memory and UX (user experience) are also tested by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu version 9 can compare any ARM CPU running on Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly comparable when benchmarked on different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 9 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The rating is made up of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the working memory, and the performance of the internal graphics.
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
8C 8T @ 3.13 GHz
0 (0%)
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
8C 8T @ 2.86 GHz
545690 (100%)

Devices using this processor

HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
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