Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 vs HiSilicon Kirin 960

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 CPU1 vs CPU2 HiSilicon Kirin 960
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 HiSilicon Kirin 960

CPU comparison

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 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 888 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.84 GHz. Up to 16 GB of memory is supported in 4 memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 was released in Q1/2021.

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 888 (2) CPU group HiSilicon Kirin 960 (2)
8 Generation 5
Kryo 680 Architecture Cortex-A73 / Cortex-A53
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 has 8 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is 2.84 GHz while the HiSilicon Kirin 960 has 8 CPU cores and 8 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the HiSilicon Kirin 960 is at 2.40 GHz.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
8 Cores 8
8 Threads 8
hybrid (Prime / big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
2.84 GHz
1x Kryo 680 Prime
A-Core 2.40 GHz
4x Cortex-A73
2.42 GHz
3x Kryo 680 Gold
B-Core 1.80 GHz
4x Cortex-A53
1.80 GHz
4x Kryo 680 Silver
C-Core --

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 888 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
Qualcomm AI engine AI hardware --
Hexagon 780 @ 26 TOPS AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or HiSilicon Kirin 960 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.

Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU ARM Mali-G71 MP8
0.84 GHz GPU frequency 0.90 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) --
6 GPU Generation Bifrost 1
5 nm Technology 16 nm
0 Max. displays 2
-- Compute units 8
-- Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- 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 660 GPU ARM Mali-G71 MP8
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 No
Decode / Encode 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 888 can use up to 16 GB of memory in 4 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 51.2 GB/s. The HiSilicon Kirin 960 supports up to 6 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 12.8 GB/s.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
LPDDR5-6400 Memory LPDDR4-1600
16 GB Max. Memory 6 GB
4 (Quad Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
51.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 12.8 GB/s
No ECC No
1.00 MB L2 Cache --
8.00 MB L3 Cache 4.00 MB
-- PCIe version --
-- PCIe lanes --
-- PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is --, while the HiSilicon Kirin 960 has a TDP of 5 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
-- TDP (PL1 / PBP) 5 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is manufactured in 5 nm and has 9.00 MB cache. The HiSilicon Kirin 960 is manufactured in 16 nm and has a 4.00 MB cache.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Characteristic HiSilicon Kirin 960
5 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
Q1/2021 Release date Q4/2016
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (35%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (46%)

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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
1088 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
381 (35%)

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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
3250 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
1521 (47%)

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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
1174 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
403 (34%)

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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
3151 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
1393 (44%)

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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Qualcomm Adreno 660 @ 0.84 GHz
1720 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
ARM Mali-G71 MP8 @ 0.90 GHz
245 (14%)

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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
816812 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)

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.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
715600 (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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
6125 (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 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
26 (100%)
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 HiSilicon Kirin 960
ASUS Zenfone 8 mini 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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