Medium – 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.

Frame Rating: Comparing Haswell, Trinity and Richland Integrated Graphics - Graphics Cards  1

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Actual settings for our testing today were 1920×1080, Low Preset

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

Skyrim can be known as heavily CPU dependent but running at 1920×1080 at this preset the results still scale very well with different GPU configurations.  Once again we see that none of the IGP solutions are showing runts or dropped frames, so the FRAPs results and Frame Rating results are fairly close.  Richland dominates the performance results here with an average frame rate of about 57 FPS, followed by the Trinity notebook at 38 FPS, MBA / HD 5000 at 32 FPS and then the GE40 / HD 4600 at 28 FPS. 

All four configurations have decent frame times in our testing with variance that stays below the 4 ms mark until the 95th percentile or so (on Trinity).  Trinity definitely has the hardest time keeping a consistent frame rate in Skyrim as you can see in the Frame Times graph with the black bar – it is consistently wider than the other competitors in my testing.  This is one case though that even the MacBook Air’s dual-core processor with the HD 5000 are able to get a faster average frame rate than the quad-core Core i7 + HD 4600 while also maintaining a lower frame time variance (for the most part) as well.  This means that the MBA can play Skyrim faster than and just as smooth as the Core i7-4702MQ + HD 4600. 

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