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.


ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6GHz Dual-coreDual Core 2.0GHz
Memory3GB DDR2 800MHz2GB
Video CardnVidia GeForce 9600GT 512MB DDR3(Green Edition)DirectX 9 compatible with 512 MB of RAM
Driver / Patch versionnVidia Forceware 295.731. with High Resolution Texture Pack
Operating System / DirectXWindows 7 SP1 64-bit / DX 11Windows 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 Usage
Memory Usage

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





FXAA-Off AA-2x
FXAA-Off AA-4x
FXAA-Off AA-8x



Texture - Low
Texture - Medium
Texture - High
Texture - High Resolution


Anisotropic Filtering

Filtering - Off
Filtering - 2x
Filtering - 4x
Filtering - 8x
Filtering - 16x


Radial Blur

Blur - Low
Blur - Medium
Blur - High



Shadows - Low
Shadows - Medium
Shadows - High
Shadows - Ultra


Decal Quantity

Decal - None
Decal - Medium
Decal - High
Decal - Ultra


Water Reflect

Water Reflect - None
Water Reflect - Land
Water Reflect - Object
Water Reflect - Sky
Water Reflect - Trees
Water Reflect - All

  1. Lol I’m afraid this system is all too similar to my own…
    4GB DDR2 667
    GT 640 1GB DDR3
    Win7 64 Bit
    Athlon 64 X2 4400+ @ 2.65GHz

  2. 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!

    • 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

    • 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.

  3. Would increase the fps even more if you had thinned out the grass at least xd

  4. I’m at solstheim and it didn’t work out. It’s still slow.

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