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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
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 20AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 22AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 31NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 32AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 43NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 46NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 48NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 51AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 56AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 64AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 75NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 82NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 84NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 89AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 90NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 91NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 99ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 100NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 101NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 102AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 103*AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 106AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 107NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 117NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 119NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 125AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 127AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 130NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 140NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 142AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 144AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 155NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 158NVIDIA GeForce 940M
413
383
333
173
 164NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 166NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 168NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 170NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 171AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 172Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 173*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 175NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 178NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 181NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 182NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 184NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 186NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 197AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 199NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 201*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 203AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 205AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
 206AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 210NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 211AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
 214AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 226NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
 231AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 240AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 241AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 242AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 243NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 244AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 246AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 247AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 248NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 249NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 262AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 265AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 266AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 267AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 268AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 269AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 270AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
37.3
26.4
17.3
 283*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 289AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 290AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 291*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
 292AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 293AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 294NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 299AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
 300AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
 302NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 304Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 305NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 307AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
 309AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
 313AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
18.4
15.8
 317AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 318Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 319NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 320*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
 322AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 323Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 325Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 327AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
 329NVIDIA NVS 5400M
53
36
28
14
 330NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 331AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 334Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 341AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 342AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 347ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
 350AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
 353NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 356AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
33.8
29.1
23.5
 357AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 359AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 360AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
 366Intel HD Graphics 515
31.1
18.7
11.6
7.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 367Intel HD Graphics 4400
31.697
17.27
10.65
 369NVIDIA NVS 5200M
44.6
29
19
 371AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.352
21.852
14.652
 379AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
 397Intel HD Graphics 5300
19.5
9.2
5.8
3.2
 405AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
 406Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.124
13.423
8.816
5.53
 408AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.352
162
10.952
 412AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
28.7
13.2
10.2