Skyrim – $999 Level

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.

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Our settings for Skyrim

Here is a video our testing run through, for your reference

It would seem that with both the current 13.5 beta and the prototype driver, the AMD Radeon HD 7990 has problems with runt frames.  Both of the NVIDIA options though remain pretty accurate between the FRAPS and Observed frame rates.

AMD's frame times are simply a mess here – the HD 7990 has no luck with either driver it seems.  Meanwhile, the GTX 690 with its dual GK104 GPUs performs much better and the GTX Titan is stellar.

Our results show us that the GTX 690 is the better card for Skyrim at 3840×2160 though the Titan isn't far behind it.  The HD 7990 actually looks fairly good here in these results but the next graph tells a different story…

Frame variance is the name of the game with CrossFire here it seems, regardless of our use of the prototype driver.  The GTX Titan and GTX 690 do much better, keeping variance under 6 ms throughout.

 

The Titan's are living up to their name here though the 3-Way SLI configuration doesn't scale in some areas of the game it seems, in particular the overworld. 

In this case at 4K resolutions the more GPUs you add, the more variance we are seeing in the frame time results.  The GTX Titan scales great from one to two cards, but the movement to three GPUs is somewhat muted.

Our frame rates at 4K go from 65 FPS to 120 FPS to 150 FPS – it appears that Skyrim, even at 3840×2160, doesn't need more than two GTX Titan's to get the job done.

This is kind of what we have come to expect with multi-GPU results – variance that increases as you add GPUs.  However, even at 3-Way SLI configurations, the GTX Titans are keeping variance very low.

 

Looking for native 4K captures of our Skyrim gameplay?  Have fun!

Download the MP4 (710MB)

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