HiSilicon Kirin 955 vs Intel Core i5-3427U

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


CPU lineage

HiSilicon Kirin 955 or HiSilicon Kirin 955 – which processor offers superior performance? In this comparison, we examine disparities and assess which of these two CPUs outperforms the other. We delve into technical specifications and benchmark outcomes.
The HiSilicon Kirin 955 features 8 processor cores and has the capability to manage 8 threads concurrently.
It was released in Q2/2016 and belongs to the 4 generation of the HiSilicon Kirin series.
The Intel Core i5-3427U features 2 processor cores and has the capability to manage 4 threads concurrently.
It was released in Q2/2012 and belongs to the 3 generation of the Intel Core i5 series.
To use the Intel Core i5-3427U, you'll need a motherboard with a BGA 1023 socket.
Mobile Segment Mobile
4 Generation 3
HiSilicon Kirin Family Intel Core i5
HiSilicon Kirin 955 Name Intel Core i5-3427U
HiSilicon Kirin 950 Group Intel Core i 3000U

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The HiSilicon Kirin 955 has 8 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.
The clock frequency of the A-Core is 2.5 GHz.
The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor and is an important performance indicator.
Processors with hybrid (big.LITTLE) architecture strike a balance between performance and power efficiency, making them ideal for mobile devices.
The Intel Core i5-3427U has 2 CPU cores and can calculate 4 threads in parallel.
The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-3427U is 1.8 GHz
and turbo frequency for one core is 2.8 GHz.
8 CPU Cores 2
8 Threads 4
1.8 GHz B-Core Frequency None
None None 2x
None None 1.8 GHz
No Hyperthreading Yes
None None 2.8 GHz
4x Cortex-A53 Cores B None
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
4x Cortex-A72 Cores A None
No Overclocking No
2.5 GHz A-Core Frequency None

Internal Graphics

The HiSilicon Kirin 955 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short.
Specifically, the HiSilicon Kirin 955 uses the ARM Mali-T880 MP4, which has 64 texture shaders
and 4 execution units.
The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.
The Intel Core i5-3427U has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short.
Specifically, the Intel Core i5-3427U uses the Intel HD Graphics 4000, which has 128 texture shaders
and 16 execution units.
4 Execution units 16
Midgard 4 Generation 7
ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU name Intel HD Graphics 4000
0 bytes Max. GPU Memory 2.0 GB
16 nm Technology 22 nm
0.9 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.15 GHz
0.9 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
11 Direct X 11.0
64 Shaders 128
-- Max. displays --
Q2/2016 Release date Q1/2011

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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

Memory & PCIe

The processor supports a maximum memory capacity of 32.0 GB distributed across 2 memory channels. It offers a peak memory bandwidth of 25.6 GB/s. Both the type and quantity of memory can have a substantial impact on the overall system performance.
LPDDR3, LPDDR4 Memory type DDR3-1600
pci PCIe pci
2 Memory channels 2
0 bytes Max. Memory 32.0 GB
-- Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s

Thermal Management

TDP indicates the cooling solution needed to effectively manage the processor's heat. It generally provides an approximate indication of the actual power consumption of the CPU itself.
The processor has a thermal design power (TDP) of 17 W watts.
-- Tjunction max 105 °C
None TDP (PL1 / PBP) 17 W

Technical details

The HiSilicon Kirin 955 is manufactured using a 16 nm process.
A smaller manufacturing process indicates a more contemporary and energy-efficient CPU.
A substantial cache can significantly enhance the processor's performance, particularly in scenarios like gaming.
The Intel Core i5-3427U is manufactured using a 22 nm process.
In total, this processor boasts a generous 3.0 MB cache.
0 bytes L2-Cache 0 bytes
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
-- Part Number --
0 bytes L3-Cache 3.0 MB
None Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT
Socket BGA 1023
Q2/2016 Release date Q2/2012
16 nm Technology 22 nm
Cortex-A72 / Cortex-A53 Architecture Ivy Bridge U
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
Technical data sheet Documents Technical data sheet
Android Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
-- Release price 225 $