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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
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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
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 34AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 35NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 36AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 48AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 65NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 69AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 75AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 84AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 96NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 97NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 103NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 104NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 108AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 109NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 114AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 115NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 116NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
 117NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 124ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 125NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 126NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 127AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 131AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 132NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 144NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 146NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 150AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 152AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 155NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 165NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 167AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 169AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 178NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 182NVIDIA GeForce 940M
413
383
333
173
 189NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 191NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 193NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 195NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 197AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 198Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 200NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 204NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 208NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 209NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 211NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 213NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 224AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 226NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 228*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 230AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
 232AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 233AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 237NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 238AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
 241AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 245*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 256NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
 263AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 275AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 276AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 277AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 278NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 279AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 281AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 282AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 283NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 284NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 297AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 300AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 301AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 302AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 303AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 304AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 305AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
37.3
26.4
17.3
 318*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 324AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 325AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 326*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
 327AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 328AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 329NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 334AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
 335AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
 338NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 340Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 343AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
 345AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
 350AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
18.4
15.8
 354AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 355Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 356NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 357*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
 359AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 360Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 362Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 366AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
 368NVIDIA NVS 5400M
53
36
28
14
 369NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 370AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 373Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 380AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 381AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 386ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
 389AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
 392NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 395AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
33.8
29.1
23.5
 396AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 398AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 399AMD Radeon HD 7640G