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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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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
 31NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
87
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 69AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 89NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 94AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 99AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 105NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 109AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 128NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 131NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 137NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 142AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 150AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 151NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 152NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
 153NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 161ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 162NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 163NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 164AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 168AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 169NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 179NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 181NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 183NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 187AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 189AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 192NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 202NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 204AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
 206AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 216NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 222*AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
60
49.1
35.8
21
 223NVIDIA GeForce 940M
413
383
333
173
 231NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 234NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 236NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 238NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 239*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
28
19
13
 240AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 241Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 243NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 247AMD Radeon 530
46.1
31
22.9
 248NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 251NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
81.2
57
43.1
23.3
 256NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 258NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 260NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 272NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 273NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 276AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
 278AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
 279AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 283NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 284AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 285AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 288AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 292NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
 302AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 304AMD Radeon 520
44.8
29.4
19.8
10.6
 308Intel HD Graphics 630
61.7
32.7
20
 313AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
36.2
25.9
18.8
 314Intel UHD Graphics 620
52.1
29.5
17.3
9
 324AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 325AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 327NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 328AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 330AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 331AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 332NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 333NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 346AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 353AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 373AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 377AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 378NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 382AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
 384AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
 387NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 389Intel HD Graphics 520
36.3
20.1
12.3
6.1
 390Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 391NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 392AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
32.7
22.2
15.4
 394AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
 396AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
 405AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 406Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
 407NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 408*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
 410AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 411Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 413Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 422AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
 425NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 426AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 429Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 436AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 437AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 442ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
 445AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
 448NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 452AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 454AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 455AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
 461Intel HD Graphics 515
31.1
18.7
11.6
7.1
 462Intel HD Graphics 4400
31.697
17.27
10.65
 463*Intel HD Graphics 610
27.8
18.6
13.6
 467AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.352
21.852
14.652
 475AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
 493Intel HD Graphics 5300
19.5
9.2
5.8
3.2
 495*Intel HD Graphics 505
21.1
11.6
7.1
 503AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
 504Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.124
13.423
8.816
5.53
 507AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.352
162
10.952
 508AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
25.7
16.5
11.3
 512AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
28.7
13.2
10.2
4.7
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 513AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
26.1
17.2
11.8
5.5
 514AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
17
11.3
7.2
 515AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
24.7
16.3
10.8
 516Intel HD Graphics 4200
24.4
10.2
5.7
2.9
 518AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
32
22
15
 522AMD Radeon HD 7500G
21
18
13
 525AMD Radeon HD 8450G
21.6
15.8
11.6
 526AMD Radeon HD 7470M
24.252
16.652
11.3
 529AMD Radeon HD 8400
15.72
10.6
 531NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
31.352
21.92
15.42
 532AMD Radeon HD 7520G
27.23
22.352
15.252
 541AMD Radeon HD 8350G
33.2
24
16.1
8
 542AMD Radeon HD 8330
18.25
13.44
8.42
 544Intel HD Graphics 500
11.2
7.6
 559AMD Radeon HD 7450M
29.5
20.2
13.1
 560NVIDIA GeForce 610M
25.5
16.9
11.1
 564Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
21.8
10.4
6.5
 565Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
16.5
8.2
5
 566Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
19.8
9.5
 567AMD Radeon HD 6470M
17.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 569NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
26.352
17.62
11.452
 570AMD Radeon HD 7420G
23.652
15.152
10.52
 575Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
21.952
11.252
6.8
 588AMD Radeon HD 7400G
19
13
 589*AMD Radeon HD 6480G
21.8
12.2
8.9
 596Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
17.22
7.852
 598AMD Radeon HD 8280
18.1
12.9
 606AMD Radeon HD 8240
14.8
11.1
 608AMD Radeon HD 8250
14.4
9.2
5.9
 614Intel HD Graphics 3000
18.713
9.412
7.752
 632AMD Radeon HD 8210
10.052
9
6.1
 636Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
17.154
9.43
4.55
 662Intel HD Graphics 2000
14
 670*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
14.454
7.73
 677Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
11.42
10
 681AMD Radeon HD 7340
14.812
9.432
7.52
 682*AMD Radeon HD 6320
11.4
8.3
 683AMD Radeon HD 7310
9.3
 685AMD Radeon HD 8180
8.9
 695AMD Radeon HD 7290
8.7
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 696AMD Radeon HD 6290
8
5.6
4.4
2.1
* Smaller values are better. / * 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)