HiSilicon Kirin 960S Benchmark, Test and specs

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The HiSilicon Kirin 960S has 8 cores with 8 threads and is based on the 5. gen of the HiSilicon Kirin series. The processor was released in Q4/2016.
HiSilicon Kirin 960S

CPU lineage

The segment in which we have classified the HiSilicon Kirin 960S. Here you can see if it is a desktop processor or a mobile processor or which processor may be the successor of the HiSilicon Kirin 960S.

Name: HiSilicon Kirin 960S
Family: HiSilicon Kirin (29)
CPU group: HiSilicon Kirin 960 (2)
Architecture: Cortex-A73 / Cortex-A53
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 5
Predecessor: --
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The HiSilicon Kirin 960S has 8 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the HiSilicon Kirin 960S is 2.11 GHz. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor and is an important performance indicator.

CPU Cores / Threads: 8 / 8
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A-Core: 4x Cortex-A73
B-Core: 4x Cortex-A53
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 2.11 GHz
B-Core Frequency: 1.84 GHz

Internal Graphics

The HiSilicon Kirin 960S has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. Specifically, the HiSilicon Kirin 960S uses the ARM Mali-G71 MP8, which has 256 texture shaders and 8 execution units. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

GPU name: ARM Mali-G71 MP8
GPU frequency: 0.90 GHz
GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Compute units: 8
Shader: 256
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q2/2016
Max. displays: 2
Generation: Bifrost 1
Direct X: 11
Technology: 16 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 2 GB
Frame Generation: No

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.

h265 / HEVC (8 bit): Decode / Encode
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): Decode
h264: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode / Encode
VP9: No
AV1: No
AVC: Decode / Encode
VC-1: No
JPEG: Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The processor can use up to 6 GB memory in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 12.8 GB/s. The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the system.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
12.8 GB/s
Max. Memory: 6 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
PCIe Bandwidth: --

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the processor is 5 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually gives a rough idea of the actual power consumption of the CPU.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 5 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: --

Technical details

The HiSilicon Kirin 960S is made in 16 nm. The smaller the manufacturing process of a CPU, the more modern and energy-efficient it is. Overall, the processor has 4.00 MB cache. A large cache can greatly speed up the processor's speed in some cases such as games.

Technology: 16 nm
Chip design: Chiplet
Socket: --
L2-Cache: --
L3-Cache: 4.00 MB
Operating systems: Android
Virtualization: None
Instruction set (ISA): Armv8-A (64 bit)
ISA extensions: --
Release date: Q4/2016
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: --

Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the HiSilicon Kirin 960S have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.

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.
Intel Core i5-2520M Intel Core i5-2520M
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.30 GHz
AMD A6-5400B AMD A6-5400B
AMD Radeon HD 7540D @ 0.64 GHz
AMD A6-5400K AMD A6-5400K
AMD Radeon HD 7540D @ 0.64 GHz
HiSilicon Kirin 960S HiSilicon Kirin 960S
ARM Mali-G71 MP8 @ 0.90 GHz
HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
ARM Mali-G71 MP8 @ 0.90 GHz
MediaTek MT8188J MediaTek MT8188J
ARM Mali-G57 MP2 @ 0.95 GHz
MediaTek Helio G96 MediaTek Helio G96
ARM Mali-G57 MP2 @ 0.95 GHz


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