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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)

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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
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
79
 67AMD Radeon HD 7970
100.4
80.3
62.3
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
176.2
165.2
95.1
64.3
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
90
65
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
942
67.154
 92AMD Radeon HD 7870
90.4
80.4
55.7
 97AMD Radeon HD 8970M
90.4
48.82
 103NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
88
83.33
54.25
 107AMD Radeon HD 7970M
97
88.3
872
57.054
 126NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
97.32
763
493
 128NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
84.5
49.6
 134NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
95.4
74
44
 139AMD Radeon R9 M385X
57.3
49.8
43.2
35.5
 140NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
107.3
81.2
66.82
35.252
 147AMD Radeon HD 6870
71
66
53
43
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
63
44
 149NVIDIA GeForce 945M
50
48
40
 150NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.94
63.15
35.74
 158ATI Radeon HD 5850
64.4
60.5
51.1
40.8
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 159NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
89.452
91.93
71.43
413
 160NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
61.1
56.1
47.1
32.9
 161AMD Radeon HD 6990M
56.1
52.3
43.7
34.3
 165AMD Radeon HD 7770
88.2
63.7
36.1
 166NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
90.4
73.4
45.4
 176NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
81.8
58.652
33.052
 178NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
78
57
33
 180NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
97
76.652
58.654
32.84
 184AMD Radeon HD 6970M
51.5
48.4
40.8
30.6
 186AMD Radeon HD 8870M
74.9
662
52.12
31.72
 189NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
66.32
62.052
47.252
25.752
 199NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
74.862
60.674
48.556
28.25
 201AMD Radeon HD 8850M
48.8
37.5
23.6
 203AMD Radeon R9 M265X
94.8
69.52
47.052
26.22
 213NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
72.82
49.23
37.054
20.854
 219*AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
60
49.1
35.8
21
 220NVIDIA GeForce 940M
413
383
333
173
 228NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
753
56.83
41.96
24.15
 231NVIDIA GeForce 840M
70.7
44.5
32.7
17.3
 233NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
62.242
47.763
34.183
19.123
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 235NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
59
55.4
40.8
21.3
 236*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
28
19
13
 237AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
45.4
33.1
18.9
 238Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
70
36.6
21.4
12.1
 240NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
529
36.689
27.629
13.894
 244AMD Radeon 530
46.1
31
22.9
 245NVIDIA GeForce 830M
64.952
41.92
31.42
17.12
 253NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
42
22
 255NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
42.32
31.722
21.222
12.22
 257NVIDIA GeForce 825M
57.2
38.3
27.1
 269NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
49.52
37.862
28.742
15.892
 270NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
62.9
45.9
34.1
18.7
 273AMD Radeon HD 8750M
62.852
42.652
30.42
18.1
 275AMD Radeon R7 M270
67.1
43.3
31.6
19.1
 276AMD Radeon R7 M265
55.14
38.51
28.67
16.65
 280NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57.67
42.37
31.37
17.156
 281AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
32.6
24.2
16.7
9.1
 282AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
36
29.1
21.4
 285AMD Radeon HD 7730M
63
42
16
 289NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54.82
35.552
23.42
13.952
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 299AMD Radeon R7 M260
44.652
33.752
23.452
16
 301AMD Radeon 520
44.8
29.4
19.8
10.6
 305Intel HD Graphics 630
61.7
32.7
20
 310AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
36.2
25.9
18.8
 311Intel UHD Graphics 620
52.1
29.5
17.3
9
 321AMD Radeon HD 8670D
64
39.8
30.1
15.9
 322AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
66.62
44.7
30
18
 324NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
475
34.655
26.325
14.493
 325AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
32.4
27.1
18.4
 327AMD Radeon HD 8730M
58
44
30
 328AMD Radeon HD 6770M
59
41.42
29.72
152
 329NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.815
32.655
23.795
12.833
 330NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
44.52
35.52
25.52
13.4
 343AMD Radeon HD 7690M
45
38
28
15
 350AMD Radeon HD 8670M
39.8
26.2
17.4
 370AMD Radeon HD 8650G
382
27.82
20.452
11.9
 374AMD Radeon HD 7670M
49.67
357
23.47
123
 375NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
4312
3113
2313
13.074
 379AMD Radeon R5 M330
41.7
27.6
18.2
 381AMD Radeon R5 M255
31.9
23.4
13.9
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 384NVIDIA GeForce 820M
47.12
31.752
22.552
 387Intel Iris Graphics 6100
41.4
23.9
15.2
8.3
 388NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
46.33
323
22.93
 389AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
32.7
22.2
15.4
 391AMD Radeon R5 M240
35.5
28.9
19.6
 393AMD Radeon R5 M230
38
25.2
17.1
 402AMD Radeon HD 8550M
20.9
19
15.9
 403Intel Iris Graphics 5100
38.2
19.1
11.7
6.3
 404NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
41.152
28.452
192
12
 405*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
24.7
16.9
10.5
 407AMD Radeon HD 6650M
26.7
24.8
20.1
11.1
 408Intel HD Graphics 4600
335
15.55
10.724
5.652
 410Intel HD Graphics 5500
28.354
14.44
8.53
4.43
 417AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
27.4
18.5
12.9
 420NVIDIA GeForce 710M
40.2
28.5
 421AMD Radeon HD 7660G
38
29
20
10
 424Intel HD Graphics 5000
29.5
18.4
11.6
 431AMD Radeon HD 6630M
50.452
32.42
19.552
10
 432AMD Radeon HD 7650M
45.913
31.963
21.43
11.162
 437ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34
29.2
19.2
10
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 440AMD Radeon HD 8550G
42
29.4
19.7
 443NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
37.43
27.13
19.53
 447AMD Radeon HD 7610M
40
27
17
 449AMD Radeon HD 8470D
43
30.4
21
10.7
 450AMD Radeon HD 7640G
28.36
16.66
11.59
 456Intel HD Graphics 515
31.1
18.7
11.6
7.1
 457Intel HD Graphics 4400
31.697
17.27
10.65
 458*Intel HD Graphics 610
27.8
18.6
13.6
 462AMD Radeon HD 7550M
33.352
21.852
14.652
 470AMD Radeon HD 7600G
19.9
12.4
8.6
 488Intel HD Graphics 5300
19.5
9.2
5.8
3.2
 490*Intel HD Graphics 505
21.1
11.6
7.1
 498AMD Radeon HD 7480D
34.5
24.2
16.1
 499Intel HD Graphics 4000
27.124
13.423
8.816
5.53
 502AMD Radeon HD 6620G
23.352
162
10.952
 503AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
25.7
16.5
11.3
 507AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
28.7
13.2
10.2
4.7
 508AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
26.1
17.2
11.8
5.5
 509AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
17
11.3
7.2
 510AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
24.7
16.3
10.8
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 511Intel HD Graphics 4200
24.4
10.2
5.7
2.9
 513AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
32
22
15
 517AMD Radeon HD 7500G
21
18
13
 520AMD Radeon HD 8450G
21.6
15.8
11.6
 521AMD Radeon HD 7470M
24.252
16.652
11.3
 524AMD Radeon HD 8400
15.72
10.6
 526NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
31.352
21.92
15.42
 527AMD Radeon HD 7520G
27.23
22.352
15.252
 536AMD Radeon HD 8350G
33.2
24
16.1
8
 537AMD Radeon HD 8330
18.25
13.44
8.42
 539Intel HD Graphics 500
11.2
7.6
 554AMD Radeon HD 7450M
29.5
20.2
13.1
 555NVIDIA GeForce 610M
25.5
16.9
11.1
 559Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
21.8
10.4
6.5
 560Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
16.5
8.2
5
 561Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
19.8
9.5
 562AMD Radeon HD 6470M
17.9
 564NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
26.352
17.62
11.452
 565AMD Radeon HD 7420G
23.652
15.152
10.52
 570Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
21.952
11.252
6.8
Pos      Model                                     The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
lowmed.highultra
 583AMD Radeon HD 7400G
19
13
 584*AMD Radeon HD 6480G
21.8
12.2
8.9
 591Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
17.22
7.852
 593AMD Radeon HD 8280
18.1
12.9
 601AMD Radeon HD 8240
14.8
11.1
 603AMD Radeon HD 8250
14.4
9.2
5.9
 609Intel HD Graphics 3000
18.713
9.412
7.752
 627AMD Radeon HD 8210
10.052
9
6.1
 631Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
17.154
9.43
4.55
 657Intel HD Graphics 2000
14
 665*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
14.454
7.73
 671Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
11.42
10
 675AMD Radeon HD 7340
14.812
9.432
7.52
 676*AMD Radeon HD 6320
11.4
8.3
 677AMD Radeon HD 7310
9.3
 679AMD Radeon HD 8180
8.9
 689AMD Radeon HD 7290
8.7
 690AMD 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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