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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

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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      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
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
87
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
94n2
67.15n4
AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.8n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.3n3
54.2n5
AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
87n2
57.05n4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.3n2
76n3
49n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.8n2
35.25n2
AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.9n4
63.1n5
35.7n4
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.45n2
91.9n3
71.4n3
41n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.65n2
33.05n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.65n2
58.65n4
32.8n4
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
66n2
52.1n2
31.7n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.3n2
62.05n2
47.25n2
25.75n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.86n2
60.67n4
48.55n6
28.2n5
AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.5n2
47.05n2
26.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.8n2
49.2n3
37.05n4
20.85n4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
60
49.1
35.8
21
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
41n3
38n3
33n3
17n3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
75n3
56.8n3
41.9n6
24.1n5
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.24n2
47.76n3
34.18n3
19.12n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
52n9
36.68n9
27.62n9
13.89n4
AMD Radeon 530
46.1
31
22.9
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.95n2
41.9n2
31.4n2
17.1n2
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
81.2
57
43.1
23.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.3n2
31.72n2
21.22n2
12.22
NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.5n2
37.86n2
28.74n2
15.89n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.85n2
42.65n2
30.4n2
18.1
AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
28
19
13
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.6n7
42.3n7
31.3n7
17.15n6
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.8n2
35.55n2
23.4n2
13.95n2
AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.65n2
33.75n2
23.45n2
16
AMD Radeon 520
44.8
29.4
19.8
10.6
Intel HD Graphics 630
61.7
32.7
20
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
36.2
25.9
18.8
Intel UHD Graphics 620
52.1
29.5
17.3
9
AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.6n2
44.7
30
18
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
47n5
34.65n5
26.32n5
14.49n3
AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.4n2
29.7n2
15n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.81n5
32.65n5
23.79n5
12.83n3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.5n2
35.5n2
25.5n2
13.4
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
AMD Radeon HD 8650G
38n2
27.8n2
20.45n2
11.9
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.6n7
35n7
23.4n7
12n3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
43n12
31n13
23n13
13.07n4
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.1n2
31.75n2
22.55n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
51.5
32.7
23.5
13.6
Intel HD Graphics 520
36.3
20.1
12.3
6.1
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.3n3
32n3
22.9n3
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
32.7
22.2
15.4
AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.15n2
28.45n2
19n2
12
AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
Intel HD Graphics 4600
33n5
15.5n5
10.72n4
5.65n2
Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.35n4
14.4n4
8.5n3
4.4n3
AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.45n2
32.4n2
19.55n2
10
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.91n3
31.96n3
21.4n3
11.16n2
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.4n3
27.1n3
19.5n3
AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
Intel HD Graphics 515
31.1
18.7
11.6
7.1
Intel HD Graphics 4400
31.69n7
17.2n7
10.6n5
Intel HD Graphics 610
27.8
18.6
13.6
AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.35n2
21.85n2
14.65n2
AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
Intel HD Graphics 5300
19.5
9.2
5.8
3.2
Intel UHD Graphics 605
19.9
12.3
7.5
Intel HD Graphics 505
21.1
11.6
7.1
AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.1n24
13.4n23
8.8n16
5.5n3
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.35n2
16n2
10.95n2
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
25.7
16.5
11.3
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
28.7
13.2
10.2
4.7
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
26.1
17.2
11.8
5.5
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
17
11.3
7.2
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
24.7
16.3
10.8
Intel HD Graphics 4200
24.4
10.2
5.7
2.9
AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
32
22
15
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
21
18
13
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
21.6
15.8
11.6
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
24.25n2
16.65n2
11.3
AMD Radeon HD 8400
15.7n2
10.6
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
31.35n2
21.9n2
15.4n2
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
27.2n3
22.35n2
15.25n2
AMD Radeon HD 8350G
33.2
24
16.1
8
AMD Radeon HD 8330
18.2n5
13.4n4
8.4n2
Intel UHD Graphics 600
19.2
12.9
9.6
Intel HD Graphics 500
11.2
7.6
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
29.5
20.2
13.1
NVIDIA GeForce 610M
25.5
16.9
11.1
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
21.8
10.4
6.5
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
16.5
8.2
5
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
19.8
9.5
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
17.9
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
26.35n2
17.6n2
11.45n2
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
23.65n2
15.15n2
10.5n2
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
21.95n2
11.25n2
6.8
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
19
13
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
21.8
12.2
8.9
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
17.2n2
7.85n2
AMD Radeon HD 8280
18.1
12.9
AMD Radeon HD 8240
14.8
11.1
AMD Radeon HD 8250
14.4
9.2
5.9
Intel HD Graphics 3000
18.7n13
9.4n12
7.75n2
AMD Radeon HD 8210
10.05n2
9
6.1
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
17.15n4
9.4n3
4.55
Intel HD Graphics 2000
14
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
14.45n4
7.7n3
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
11.4n2
10
AMD Radeon HD 7340
14.81n2
9.43n2
7.52
AMD Radeon HD 6320
11.4
8.3
      Model
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 7310
9.3
AMD Radeon HD 8180
8.9
AMD Radeon HD 7290
8.7
AMD Radeon HD 6290
8
5.6
4.4
2.1
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * 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.
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Editorial Team, 2011-11-15 (Update: 2013-06- 6)