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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Benchmarks

Editorial Team, 11/15/2011

In the following article we will present you benchmarks of the huge role playing game The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

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How We Test

We benchmark the beginning sequence of the single player campaign. The recording with Fraps starts as soon as the Skyrim text disappears (do not move the mouse) and stops as soon as you drove through the gate.

1920x1080 Ultra Preset
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
1366x768 High Preset
1366x768 High Preset
1366x768 Medium Preset
1366x768 Medium Preset
1280x720 Low Preset
1280x720 Low Preset

Analysis of the Benchmarks

Elder Scrolls 5 is quite demanding and needs a high end laptop graphics card for full detail settings. Fast desktop graphics cards as the HD 6870 are able to render more than 40 fps on average.

Reducing details allows mid range laptop graphics cards to achieve fluent framerates. However, the popular GeForce GT 540M for example is only able to render low-medium details fluently. Integrated graphics cards from Intel like the HD Graphics 3000 wont achieve playable framerates (altough you can adjust the settings a bit below the "low preset" for better performance).

 

Framerate of the benchmark sequence (i5-2400, HD 5850).
Framerate of the benchmark sequence (i5-2400, HD 5850).
9 minute of actual gameplay (village, cage, open area)
9 minute of actual gameplay (village, cage, open area)

An overview of the games we have tested can be found here.

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Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
4xAA
high
1366x768
High Preset
8xAF 8xAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
16xAF 8xAA
 31NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 36AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 38AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 50AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 74AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 79AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 88AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 101NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 102NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 109NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 113AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 114NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 120AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 122NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
 123NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 130ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 131NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 133AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 137AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 138NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 150NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 152NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 156AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 158AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 161NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 171NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 173AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 175AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 184NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 189NVIDIA GeForce 940M
413
383
333
173
 197NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 199NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 201NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 203NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 205AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 206Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 208NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 212NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 217NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 218NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 220NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 222NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 233AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 234NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 235NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 238AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
 240AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 241AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 245NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 246AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
 249AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 253*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 264NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
 266Intel HD Graphics 630
61.7
32.7
20
 271AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 272AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
36.2
25.9
18.8
 273AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
32.7
22.2
15.4
 283AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 284AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 285AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 286NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 287AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 289AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 290AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 291NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 292NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 305AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 308AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 309AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 310AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
 311AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 312AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 313AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
37.3
26.4
17.3
 326*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 332AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 333AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 334*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
 335AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 336AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 337NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 342AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
 343AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
 346NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 348Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 349NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 351AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
 353AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 358AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
18.4
15.8
 362AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 363Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
 364NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 365*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
 367AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 368Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 370Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 375AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
 377NVIDIA NVS 5400M
53
36
28
14
 378NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 379AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 382Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 389AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 390AMD Radeon HD 7650M