Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G vs HiSilicon Kirin 960

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G CPU1 vs CPU2 HiSilicon Kirin 960
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G HiSilicon Kirin 960

CPU comparison

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G or HiSilicon Kirin 960 - 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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.40 GHz. Up to 8 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G was released in Q1/2022.

The HiSilicon Kirin 960 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.40 GHz. The CPU supports up to 6 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The HiSilicon Kirin 960 was released in Q4/2016.
Qualcomm Snapdragon (102) Family HiSilicon Kirin (29)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 (2) CPU group HiSilicon Kirin 960 (2)
6 Generation 5
Kryo 265 Architecture Cortex-A73 / Cortex-A53
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G is a 8 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.40 GHz. The HiSilicon Kirin 960 has 8 CPU cores with a clock frequency of 2.40 GHz.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
8 Cores 8
8 Threads 8
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
2.40 GHz
4x Kryo 265 Gold
A-Core 2.40 GHz
4x Cortex-A73
1.80 GHz
4x Kryo 265 Silver
B-Core 1.80 GHz
4x Cortex-A53

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
Qualcomm AI engine AI hardware --
Hexagon 686 @ 3.3 TOPS AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for the pure image output on the system, but can also significantly increase the efficiency of the system with the support of modern video codecs.

Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU ARM Mali-G71 MP8
GPU frequency 0.90 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) --
6 GPU Generation Bifrost 1
11 nm Technology 16 nm
0 Max. displays 2
-- Compute units 8
128 Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
4 GB Max. GPU Memory 2 GB
12.1 DirectX Version 11

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.

Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU ARM Mali-G71 MP8
Decode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VP9 No
Decode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 No
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G supports a maximum of 8 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The HiSilicon Kirin 960 can connect up to 6 GB of memory in 2 memory channels.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4-1600
8 GB Max. Memory 6 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
34.1 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 12.8 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
-- L3 Cache 4.00 MB
-- PCIe version --
-- PCIe lanes --
-- PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The TDP (Thermal Design Power) of a processor specifies the required cooling solution. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G has a TDP of --, that of the HiSilicon Kirin 960 is 5 W.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
-- TDP (PL1 / PBP) 5 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G has a 0.00 MB cache, while the HiSilicon Kirin 960 cache has a total of 4.00 MB.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
6 nm Technology 16 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
Q1/2022 Release date Q4/2016
200 $ Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (98%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (97%)

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.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
385 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
381 (99%)

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.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
1550 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
1521 (98%)

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.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
416 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
403 (97%)

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.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
1466 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
1393 (95%)

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.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
Qualcomm Adreno 610 @ 0.00 GHz
273 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
ARM Mali-G71 MP8 @ 0.90 GHz
245 (90%)

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.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
255141 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
2726 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
3.3 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G HiSilicon Kirin 960
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Realme 9i Test
Huawei Honor 8 Pro
Huawei Honor 9
Huawei Mate 9
Huawei Mate 9 Pro
Huawei Mate 9 Porsche
Huawei MediaPad M5
Huawei Nova 2s
Huawei P10

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