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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
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
101.8
87.3
 49AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
79
71.6
 50NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
127.7
87.2
 51AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
84.7
75.1
64.2
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 63AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 87AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 92AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 96NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
94.9
64.7
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 101AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
88.3
63.4
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 123NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 129NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 130NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
92.4
81.6
58.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 134AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 135NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 141AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 143NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
 144NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 152ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
 153NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 154NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 155AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 159AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 160NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 170NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 172NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 174NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 178AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 180AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 183NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 193NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 195AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 197AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 207NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 214NVIDIA GeForce 940M
413
383
333
173
 222NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 224NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 226NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
 228NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 229*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
28
19
13
 230AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 231Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 233NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 238NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 246NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
46
33
17
 247NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 249NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 251NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 262AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
36.7
28
 263NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 264NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 267AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 269AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
 270AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 274NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 275AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
 278AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 282*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 283NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
 294AMD Radeon 520
44.8
29.4
19.8
10.6
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
61.7
32.7
20
 302AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 303AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
36.2
25.9
18.8
 304AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
32.7
22.2
15.4
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
52.1
29.5
17.3
9
 315AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 316AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 317AMD FirePro M5950
43.5
30.9
16
 318NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 319AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 321AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 322AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 323NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 324NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 337AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 340AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
39.7
26.3
18.4
 341AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
27.7
23.4
17.8
11.5
 342AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
373
28.23
213
10.13
 343AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
36.1
23.1
16
 344AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 345AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
37.3
26.4
17.3
 358*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
26.4
24.9
19.9
 364AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 365AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
35.1
30.8
25.1
 366*AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
40.2
32.9
23
 367AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.12
31.72
22.452
12
 368AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 369NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 373AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
 375AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
 378NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 380Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 381NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 383AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6