Low End PC Performance Guide: Skyrim

Set 200 years after the events from Oblivion, Skyrim is the next open-world RPG from the Elder Scrolls series. Developed by the same Bethesda Game Studios, it utilizes the new Creation engine exhibiting lush environments, rocky mountains, and realistic weather effects. It also incorporates Havok’s Behavior technology which renders non-playable characters with smoother and lifelike behavior. The game won Best RPG and Game of the Year 2011 awards from various gaming websites.


Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6GHz Dual-core Dual Core 2.0GHz
Memory 3GB DDR2 800MHz 2GB
Video Card nVidia GeForce 9600GT 512MB DDR3(Green Edition) DirectX 9 compatible with 512 MB of RAM
Driver / Patch version nVidia Forceware 295.73 with High Resolution Texture Pack
Operating System / DirectX Windows 7 SP1 64-bit / DX 11 Windows XP 32-bit / DX 9.0c

If we will be basing from today’s technology, it’s very easy to get past the minimum requirements and our 4-year-old system can definitely play this. But in a game like this, you would want to turn every graphical detail on high as possible for this is where you would really appreciate the beauty of the game. Playing on Low preset will look like you are playing an older game than its predecessor.

CPU Utilization
CPU Utilization
Memory Usage
Memory Usage

Skyrim can use the two cores of our processor and the 2GB memory requirement is sufficient to play this game.


7 Replies to “Low End PC Performance Guide: Skyrim”

  1. Ethan

    HA! Do not need a monster gaming rig? I have a computer that can run ANYTHING else just fine, and this game is unplayable even after ini tweaks and settings modifications! It is IMPOSSIBLE. You WILL need a monster gaming rig of some sort if you want decent graphics, or an awfully powerful machine to even PLAY it at all!

    • Calfurious

      Uuuuh my laptop is only mid-low end, and i’m able to play Skyrim at pretty decent settings, that’s including texture mods for water, armor, landscape, etc.

      I think there’s something wrong with your computer hardware, probably should send a support ticket to Bethesda.

    • Denny

      No…you dont im running at 30 frames outside 60 inside and 20 in certain caves with 2 gigs ram and integrated radeon hd 3000…….its a problem on YOUR end

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