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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
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 8AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 10AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 17AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 22NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 25NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 28AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 32AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 36NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 40AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 48NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 56NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 61AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 68ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 71AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 72AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 73NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 87AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 89AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 103NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 105AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
 106*AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 114NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 117NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 119NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 121NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 123NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 124AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 125Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 127NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 129NVIDIA GeForce 830M
60.1
39.7
29.9
15.3
 130NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 131NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 133NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 135NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 146AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 147NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 149*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 151AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
 153AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
 154AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 158NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 159AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 161AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 171AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 179AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 180AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 181AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 182NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 183AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 185AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 186AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 187NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 188NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 200AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 202AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 203AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 204AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
 205AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 206AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 207AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
37.3
26.4
17.3
 220*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 226AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 227AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 228*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
 229AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 230AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 231NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 234AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
 236NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 237Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 238NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 240AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
 241AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
 244AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
18.4
15.8
 248AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 249Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
 250NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 251*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
 253AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 254Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 256Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 257AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 259NVIDIA NVS 5400M
53
36
28
14
 260NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 261AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 264Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 271AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 272AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 277ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
 280AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
 283NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 287AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
33.8
29.1
23.5
 288AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 290AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 291AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
 294Intel HD Graphics 4400
31.697
17.27
10.65
 295NVIDIA NVS 5200M
44.6
29
19
 297AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.352
21.852
14.652
 305AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
 323Intel HD Graphics 5300
19.5
9.2
5.8
3.2
 331AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
 332Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.124
13.423
8.816
5.53
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 334AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.352
162
10.952
 338AMD Radeon R5 (Beema)
28.7
13.2
10.2
4.7
 339AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
26.1
17.2
11.8
5.5
 340Intel HD Graphics 4200
24.4
10.2
5.7
2.9
 341AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
32
22
15
 343*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
30.552
20
13.1
 345AMD Radeon HD 7500G
21
18
13
 346*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
27.9
17.3
12.4
 348AMD Radeon HD 8450G
21.6
15.8
11.6
 349AMD Radeon HD 7470M
24.252
16.652
11.3
 352AMD Radeon HD 8400
15.72
10.6
 353NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
31.352
21.92
15.42
 354AMD Radeon HD 7520G
27.23
22.352
15.252
 363AMD Radeon HD 8350G
33.2
24
16.1
8
 364AMD Radeon HD 8330
18.25
13.44
8.42
 367AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
17
11.3
7.2
 380AMD Radeon HD 7450M
29.5
20.2
13.1
 381NVIDIA GeForce 610M
25.5
16.9
11.1
 384AMD Radeon HD 6470M
17.9
 386NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
26.352
17.62
11.452
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 387AMD Radeon HD 7420G
23.652
15.152
10.52
 392Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
21.952
11.252
6.8
 405AMD Radeon HD 7400G
19
13
 406*AMD Radeon HD 6480G
21.8
12.2
8.9
 413AMD Radeon HD 8280
18.1
12.9
 422AMD Radeon HD 8240
14.8
11.1
 423AMD Radeon HD 8250
14.4
9.2
5.9
 430Intel HD Graphics 3000
18.713
9.412
7.752
 448AMD Radeon HD 8210
10.052
9
6.1
 452Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
17.154
9.43
4.55
 478Intel HD Graphics 2000
14
 486*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
14.454
7.73
 491Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
11.42
10
 494AMD Radeon HD 7340
14.812
9.432
7.52
 495*AMD Radeon HD 6320
11.4
8.3
 496AMD Radeon HD 7310
9.3
 498AMD Radeon HD 8180
8.9
 514*AMD Radeon HD 7290
8.7
 515*AMD Radeon HD 6290
8
5.6
4.4
2.1