HiSilicon Kirin 980 vs Apple A9: Specs

Comparison of technical characteristics between computer processors, with the Apple A9 on one hand, and the HiSilicon Kirin 980 on the other hand. The first has a total of 2 cores, 2 threads, a maximum frequency of 1.9 GHz. The second has 8 cores, 8 threads, its turbo frequency reaches 2.6 GHz. The following table also allows us to compare the lithography, the number of transistors (if indicated), the amount of cache memory, the maximum RAM memory capacity, the type of memory accepted, the launch date, the maximum number of PCIe lines , the values obtained in Geekbench 4 and Cinebench R15, as well as the price.


Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980 Apple A9
Family Kirin Ax
Product code(s) Kirin 980 APL0898, APL1022
Release date Q3 2018 Q3 2015
Lithography 7 nm FinFET 14 nm FinFET
Transistors 6,900,000,000 2,000,000,000
Cores 8 2
Threads 8 2
Base frequency 1.8 GHz 1.9 GHz
Turbo frequency 2.6 GHz 1.9 GHz
Details 4x Cortex-A76 @2.6 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @1.8 GHz
2x Twister @1.85 GHz
Cache 2 MB 4 MB
Max memory size 8 GB 2 GB
Memory types LPDDR4X-4266 LPDDR4
AnTuTu 318,273 133,600
Geekbench 4 single-core 3,338 1,938
Geekbench 4 multi-core 9,822 3,370
Rating 4.5 / 5 3.5 / 5
Number of reviews 1,845 2,890
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We can better compare what are the technical differences between the two processors. The processor HiSilicon Kirin 980 has more cores, that the maximum frequency of the HiSilicon Kirin 980 is superior, that their respective TDPs are of the same order identical. The HiSilicon Kirin 980 has been launched after.

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