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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.

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
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 5AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 7AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 14AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 18NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 24AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 27AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 31NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 32NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 34AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 36NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 40NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 41NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 50NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 54AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 61ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 64AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 65AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 66NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 80AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 82AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 96NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 98AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
 99*AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 107NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 108NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 109NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 111NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 113NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 114AMD Radeon R7 in A10-7850K APU (Kaveri)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 115Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 117*NVIDIA GeForce 830M
60.1
39.7
29.9
15.3
 118NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 119NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 120NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 122NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 124NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 135AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 136NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 138*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 140AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
 142AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 147NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 151AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 160AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 168AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 169AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 170AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 171NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 172AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 175AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 176AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 177NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 178NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 190AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 192AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 193AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 194AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
 195AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 196AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 197AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
37.3
26.4
17.3
 210*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 216AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 217AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 218*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 219AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 220AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 221NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 226NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 228NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 230Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
 231AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
 234AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
18.4
15.8
 237AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 238NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 241AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 242Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 245NVIDIA NVS 5400M
53
36
28
14
 246NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 247AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 252Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 259AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 260AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 265ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
 268AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 271NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 274AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
33.8
29.1
23.5
 275AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 277AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 278AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
 280Intel HD Graphics 4400
32.456
17.276
10.65
 281NVIDIA NVS 5200M
44.6
29
19
 283AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.352
21.852
14.652
 291AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
 317AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
 318Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.124
13.423
8.816
5.53
 319AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.352
162
10.952
 321AMD Radeon R5 (Beema)
28.7
13.2
10.2
4.7
 322*AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
26.1
17.2
11.8
5.5
 323Intel HD Graphics 4200
24.4
10.2
5.7
2.9
 324AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
32
22
15
 326*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
30.552
20
13.1
 328AMD Radeon HD 7500G
21
18
13
 329*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
27.9
17.3
12.4
 331AMD Radeon HD 8450G
21.6
15.8
11.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 332AMD Radeon HD 7470M
24.252
16.652
11.3
 335AMD Radeon HD 8400
15.72
10.6
 336NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
31.352
21.92
15.42
 337AMD Radeon HD 7520G
27.23
22.352
15.252
 346AMD Radeon HD 8350G
33.2
24
16.1
8
 347AMD Radeon HD 8330
18.25
13.44
8.42
 350AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
17
11.3
7.2
 363AMD Radeon HD 7450M
29.5
20.2
13.1
 364NVIDIA GeForce 610M
25.5
16.9
11.1
 367AMD Radeon HD 6470M
17.9
 369NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
26.352
17.62
11.452
 370AMD Radeon HD 7420G
23.652
15.152
10.52
 375Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
21.952
11.252
6.8
 388AMD Radeon HD 7400G
19
13
 389*AMD Radeon HD 6480G
21.8
12.2
8.9
 395AMD Radeon HD 8280
18.1
12.9
 404AMD Radeon HD 8240
14.8
11.1
 405AMD Radeon HD 8250
14.4
9.2
5.9
 412Intel HD Graphics 3000
18.713
9.412
7.752
 430AMD Radeon HD 8210
10.052
9
6.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 434Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
17.154
9.43
4.55
 460Intel HD Graphics 2000
14
 468*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
14.454
7.73
 472Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
11.42
 475AMD Radeon HD 7340
14.812
9.432
7.52
 476*AMD Radeon HD 6320
11.4
8.3
 477AMD Radeon HD 7310
9.3
 479AMD Radeon HD 8180
8.9
 495*AMD Radeon HD 7290
8.7
 496*AMD Radeon HD 6290
8
5.6
4.4
2.1
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.
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Author: Editorial Team, 2011-11-15 (Update: 2013-06- 6)