The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (DirectX 9)
The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered.
Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel.
The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons.
Our settings for Skyrim
Here is a video our testing run through, for your reference
NVIDIA has been hard at work on performance tweaks for Skyrim and it shows in the 1680×1080 and 1920×1080 results pretty clearly – the GTX 580 is faster than the brand new Radeon HD 7970 in both of those cases. At 2560×1600 the tables turn though and the HD 7970 is able to get a 5% lead or so. Interesting, until we hit the 30-in panel size the EVGA 2Win card performs the best with its SLI configuration coming in WELL ahead of both the GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970.
I am sure many of you noted the issue with these results – the AMD cards are limited to the 60 Hz frame rate while the NVIDIA cards can properly disable Vsync. Because of this, the averages on the AMD and NVIDIA cards are hard to compare apples-to-apples. To try and address this, I decided to alter the results from the NVIDIA testing so that 63 was the highest frame rate it could report – if the frame rate for any second was greater than 63, we set it to 63. If it was lower, we left it alone. The resulting graphs look more like this:
Using this method you can see that the performance of each of these cards are now much closer and that the lead NVIDIA has in performance is somewhat inflated. We are eager to see if AMD will enable the ability to disable Vsync in Skyrim so we can get the true data points needed for future reviews.