Results: Skyrim

This is the latest benchmark added to my testing suite, and much needed. While LOTRO was a DirectX 11 based title, it really was showing its age. Though Skyrim is officially a DirectX 9 title, it is far more stressful than LOTRO ever was. Settings are put at Ultra, 16X AF, and 8X AA with FXAA enabled and all distances maxed out. The optional high resolution textures are used. A manual run-through of Whiterun was captured by FRAPS. VSYNC is disabled through the ini file.

At the lowest resolution we see that the CPU is holding all of the cards back. The older drivers for the GTX 580 are slower than they should be, but this has been fixed in the latest revisions. Once we get to 1920×1200 we start to see some separation. Finally at 2560×1600 we see that the XFX HD 7870 is slightly ahead of the N580 GTX, while the 7850 starts to lag behind.

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