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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                                     Perf. RatingThe 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
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
~89.950%
101.8
87.3
 21AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
~71.950%
79
71.6
 22NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
~99.950%
127.7
87.2
 23AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
~61.275%
84.7
75.1
64.2
 32NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
~90.525%
79
 33AMD Radeon HD 7970
~6575%
100.4
80.3
62.3
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
87
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
~72.550%
90
65
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
~75.350%
942
67.154
 52AMD Radeon HD 7870
~60.575%
90.4
80.4
55.7
 57AMD Radeon HD 8970M
~63.350%
90.4
48.82
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
~60.275%
88
83.33
54.25
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
~74.250%
94.9
64.7
 65AMD Radeon HD 7970M
60.5
97
88.3
872
57.054
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
~70.950%
88.3
63.4
 75NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
~58.275%
97.32
763
493
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
~61.550%
84.5
49.6
 82NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
~55.475%
95.4
74
44
 83NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
~62.475%
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
50.7
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 90AMD Radeon HD 6870
42.8
71
66
53
43
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
~49.950%
63
44
 92NVIDIA GeForce 945M
~37.975%
50
48
40
 93NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
~47.475%
85.94
63.15
35.74
 100ATI Radeon HD 5850
40
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 101NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
52.3
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 102NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
35.8
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 103AMD Radeon HD 6990M
34.3
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 104*AMD Radeon R9 M385X
34.3
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 109AMD Radeon HD 7770
~48.275%
88.2
63.7
36.1
 110NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
~54.775%
90.4
73.4
45.4
 120NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
~44.475%
81.8
58.652
33.052
 122NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
~43.275%
78
57
33
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
46.2
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 128AMD Radeon HD 6970M
31.4
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 130AMD Radeon HD 8870M
39.9
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
35.4
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
37.4
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 145AMD Radeon HD 8850M
~28.675%
48.8
37.5
23.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 147AMD Radeon R9 M265X
40.7
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 158NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
31
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 161NVIDIA GeForce 940M
22.9
413
383
333
173
 167NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
34.3
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 169NVIDIA GeForce 840M
28.1
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 171NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
28.2
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 173NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
30.8
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 174AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
28.4
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 175Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
23.1
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 176*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
14.2
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 178NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
22.3
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 181NVIDIA GeForce 830M
26.6
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 184NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
~24.475%
46
33
17
 185NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
~2950%
42
22
 187NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
18.5
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 189NVIDIA GeForce 825M
~25.675%
57.2
38.3
27.1
 200AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
~22.150%
36.7
28
 202NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
22.9
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 204*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
27.9
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 206AMD Radeon HD 8750M
26.5
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 208AMD Radeon R7 M270
27.7
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
 209AMD Radeon R7 M265
24
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 213NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
25.6
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 214AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
~18.375%
36
29.1
21.4
 217AMD Radeon HD 7730M
~26.575%
63
42
16
 229NVIDIA GeForce 920M
21.7
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
 234AMD Radeon R7 M260
20.6
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 243AMD Radeon HD 8670D
25.5
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 244AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
27.2
66.62
44.7
30
18
 245AMD FirePro M5950
~2375%
43.5
30.9
16
 246NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
21.2
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 247AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
~16.475%
32.4
27.1
18.4
 249AMD Radeon HD 8730M
~27.775%
58
44
30
 250AMD Radeon HD 6770M
24.7
59
41.42
29.72
152
 251NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
19.8
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 252NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
20.5
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 265AMD Radeon HD 7690M
21.9
45
38
28
15
 268AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
~17.675%
39.7
26.3
18.4
 269AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
14.2
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 270AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
16.5
373
28.23
213
10.13
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 271AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
~15.775%
36.1
23.1
16
 272AMD Radeon HD 8670M
~17.475%
39.8
26.2
17.4
 273AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
~16.975%
37.3
26.4
17.3
 286*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
~15.275%
26.4
24.9
19.9
 292AMD Radeon HD 8650G
17
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 293AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
~19.475%
35.1
30.8
25.1
 294*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
~20.275%
40.2
32.9
23
 295AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
17.9
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 296AMD Radeon HD 7670M
20.4
49.67
357
23.47
123
 297NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
19
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 302AMD Radeon R5 M330
~18.275%
41.7
27.6
18.2
 303AMD Radeon R5 M255
~17.975%
31.9
23.4
13.9
 305NVIDIA GeForce 820M
~21.275%
47.12
31.752
22.552
 307Intel Iris Graphics 6100
14.8
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 308NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
~21.275%
46.33
323
22.93
 310AMD Radeon R5 M240
~17.775%
35.5
28.9
19.6
 312AMD Radeon R5 M230
~16.775%
38
25.2
17.1
 316AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
~1050%
18.4
15.8
 320AMD Radeon HD 8550M
~11.975%
20.9
19
15.9
 321Intel Iris Graphics 5100
12.4
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 322NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
17.3
41.152
28.452
192
12
 323*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
~10.875%
24.7
16.9
10.5
 325AMD Radeon HD 6650M
14.7
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 326Intel HD Graphics 4600
10.7
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 328Intel HD Graphics 5500
9.1
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 330AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
~12.375%
27.4
18.5
12.9
 332NVIDIA NVS 5400M
22.5
53
36
28
14
 333NVIDIA GeForce 710M
~2050%
40.2
28.5
 334AMD Radeon HD 7660G
16.6
38
29
20
10
 337Intel HD Graphics 5000
~12.375%
29.5
18.4
11.6
 344AMD Radeon HD 6630M
18.8
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 345AMD Radeon HD 7650M
18.7
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 350ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
15.9
34
29.2
19.2
10
 353AMD Radeon HD 8550G
~1975%
42
29.4
19.7
 356NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
~17.675%
37.43
27.13
19.53
 359AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
~18.475%
33.8
29.1
23.5
 360AMD Radeon HD 7610M
~17.575%
40
27
17
 362AMD Radeon HD 8470D
17.9
43
30.4
21
10.7
 363AMD Radeon HD 7640G
~11.875%
28.36
16.66
11.59
 369Intel HD Graphics 515
11.5
31.1
18.7
11.6
7.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 370Intel HD Graphics 4400
~12.275%
31.697
17.27
10.65
 372NVIDIA NVS 5200M
~19.275%
44.6
29
19
 374AMD Radeon HD 7550M
~14.575%
33.352
21.852
14.652
 382AMD Radeon HD 7600G
~8.575%
19.9
12.4
8.6
 400Intel HD Graphics 5300
6.2
19.5
9.2
5.8
3.2
 408AMD Radeon HD 7480D
~15.675%