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.

1280x720 Low Preset
1280x720 Low Preset
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
1366x768 High Preset
1366x768 High Preset
1366x768 Medium Preset
1366x768 Medium 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
 2NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 4AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 6AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 10AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 19AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 21AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 29AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 35NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 45NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
 48AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 50NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 55ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 58AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 59AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 60NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 68AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 74AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 77NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 89AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
 97NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 99NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 100*NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
 102NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 104NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 105AMD Radeon R7 in A10-7850K APU (Kaveri)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 106Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 109NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 110NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 111NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 114NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 124AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 125AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
 126NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 128*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 131AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 135NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 136AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 137NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 153AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 154AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 155AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 156NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 158AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 159AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 160NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 161NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 173AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 175AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 176*AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 177AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
 178AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 179AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 192*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 198AMD Radeon HD 8650G
29
24
18.1
 199AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 200*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
 201AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 202AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 203NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 207NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 208NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 210Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
 214AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
18.4
15.8
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 217AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 218NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 221AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 222Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 225NVIDIA NVS 5400M
53
36
28
14
 226NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 227AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 230Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 237AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 238AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 243ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
 246*AMD Radeon HD 8550G
37.2
28
 249NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 252AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
33.8
29.1
23.5
 253AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 255AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 256AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
 258Intel HD Graphics 4400
33.25
17.25
10.64
 259NVIDIA NVS 5200M
44.6
29
19
 261AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.352
21.852
14.652
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 269AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
 294AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
 295Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.124
13.423
8.816
5.53
 296AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.352
162
10.952
 297Intel HD Graphics 4200
24.4
10.2
5.7
2.9
 298AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
32
22
15
 300*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
30.552
20
13.1
 302AMD Radeon HD 7500G
21
18
13
 303*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
27.9
17.3
12.4
 305AMD Radeon HD 8450G
21.6
15.8
11.6
 306AMD Radeon HD 7470M
24.252
16.652
11.3
 309AMD Radeon HD 8400
15.72
10.6
 310NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
31.352
21.92
15.42
 311AMD Radeon HD 7520G
27.23
22.352
15.252
 320*AMD Radeon HD 8350G
33.2
24
16.1
8
 321AMD Radeon HD 8330
18.25
13.44
8.42
 336AMD Radeon HD 7450M
29.5
20.2
13.1
 337NVIDIA GeForce 610M
25.5
16.9
11.1
 339AMD Radeon HD 6470M
17.9
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
26.352
17.62
11.452
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 342AMD Radeon HD 7420G
23.652
15.152
10.52
 357AMD Radeon HD 7400G
19
13
 358*AMD Radeon HD 6480G
21.8
12.2
8.9
 364AMD Radeon HD 8280
18.1
12.9
 370Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
21.952
11.252
6.8
 373AMD Radeon HD 8240
14.8
11.1
 374AMD Radeon HD 8250
14.4
9.2
5.9
 380Intel HD Graphics 3000
18.713
9.412
7.752
 398AMD Radeon HD 8210
10.052
9
6.1
 402Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
17.154
9.43
4.55
 428Intel HD Graphics 2000
14
 436*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
14.454
7.73
 441AMD Radeon HD 7340
14.812
9.432
7.52
 442*AMD Radeon HD 6320
11.4
8.3
 443AMD Radeon HD 7310
9.3
 445AMD Radeon HD 8180
8.9
 446Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
11.42
 462*AMD Radeon HD 7290
8.7
 463*AMD Radeon HD 6290
8
5.6
4.4
2.1
* 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)