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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
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 15AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 17AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 27AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 36NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 39NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 41NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 44AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 49AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 53NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 54NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 57AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 75NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 77NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 82AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 84NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 90ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 93AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 94*AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 97AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 98NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 110NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 112NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 116AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 118AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 134AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 136AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 146NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 149NVIDIA GeForce 940M
413
383
333
173
 155NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 157NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 159NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 161NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 162AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 163Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 164*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 166NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 169NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 172NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 173NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 175NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 177NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 188AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 190NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 192*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 194AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 196AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
 197AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 201NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 202AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
 204AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 216NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
 220AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 229AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 230AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 231AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 232NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 233AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 235AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 236AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 237NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 238NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 251AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 254AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 255AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 256AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 257AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 258AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 259AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
37.3
26.4
17.3
 272*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 278AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 279AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 280*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
 281AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 282AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 283NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 287AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
 288AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
 290NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 292Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 293NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 295AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
 297AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
 301AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
18.4
15.8
 305AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 306Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 307NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 308*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
 310AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 311Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 313Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 315AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
 317NVIDIA NVS 5400M
53
36
28
14
 318NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 319AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 322Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 329AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 330AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 335ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
 338AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 344AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
33.8
29.1
23.5
 345AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 347AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 348AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
 353Intel HD Graphics 515
31.1
18.7
11.6
7.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 354Intel HD Graphics 4400
31.697
17.27
10.65
 356NVIDIA NVS 5200M
44.6
29
19
 358AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.352
21.852
14.652
 366AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
 384Intel HD Graphics 5300
19.5
9.2
5.8
3.2
 392AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
 393Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.124
13.423
8.816
5.53
 395AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.352
162
10.952
 399AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
28.7
13.2
10.2
4.7
 400AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
26.1
17.2
11.8
5.5
 401Intel HD Graphics 4200
24.4
10.2
5.7
2.9
 403AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
32
22
15
 405*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
30.552
20
13.1
 407AMD Radeon HD 7500G
21
18
13
 408*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
27.9
17.3
12.4
 410AMD Radeon HD 8450G