The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition System Requirements

12th August 2021 - Specs reviewed

Official Minimum Requirements

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
  • Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945.
  • 8GB of ram.
  • 12 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB
  • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
 

Official Recommended Requirements

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
  • Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320.
  • 8GB of ram.
  • 12 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB
PC System Analysis For The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition Requirements
Your PC will need a graphics card thats as powerful as a GeForce GTX 780/Radeon R9 290 and it should be paired with either a FX-8320/Core i5-2400 3.1GHz CPU to match the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition recommended system specs. This PC setup will deliver 60 Frames Per Second on High graphics settings on 1080p monitor resolution. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition needs a Radeon HD 7870 graphics card to play on low settings, with a Core i5-750 2.66GHz or Phenom II X4 945 processor to reach the minimum specs, achieving 30FPS on 1080p monitor res. You should also have 8 GB system memory for min specs. You will require a DirectX 11.00 GPU. To summarise, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition needs around a 8 year old PC to play at recommended settings.
FPS System Benchmark
91 FPS
High
Graphics Card
6.55
How well optimised is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition for PC? 7.4
7.4
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition System Requirements

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Recommended
Processor
Graphics Card
VRAM
1GB
3GB
RAM
8 GB
8 GB
OS
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
DirectX
11
11
HDD Space
12 GB
12 GB

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition PC Release Date:

28 Oct 2016

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07:58 Oct-29-2016

Can I run it?
CPU - Athlon X2 260
GPU - HD 6670 GDDR5
RAM - 8gb


Looking for 30 fps on 720p

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21:10 Oct-28-2016

im happy the game still looks good for me at 1080p high settings shown in my video

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05:03 Oct-29-2016

you are a youtuber ?

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05:15 Oct-29-2016

I mainly do benchmark video's for the budget GPU's i would buy.

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17:56 Oct-28-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition on ultra at 1080p?
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15:15 Oct-29-2016

i have the fx 8320 and i am use a 970 gtx but i got a 270x msi as well for my bro i did a benchmark and it was smooth drops here and there 30+ 60/50 fps overall

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16:52 Oct-29-2016

I usually get 50/60 fps but sometimes it drops to 30

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17:28 Oct-28-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition at 60FPS on medium at 1080p?
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14:32 Oct-28-2016

I wonder why GD.com thinks my video card is not good.
The game works fine on Ultra (if 40 FPS average is fine for ya).

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12:05 Oct-28-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition at 30FPS on high at 1080p?
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03:06 Oct-28-2016

The game seems to run alright. There is no official SLI support yet but forcing AFR2 seems to work alright. Using a single GPU was running between 35 to 55 fps, but with SLI AFR2 forced on I am getting between 50 and 60 fps (57 average) which is basically the same kind of performance I get in Fallout 4. So basically it runs as I expected.


Graphically this version is a huge upgrade over vanilla Skyrim (unmodded) when maxed out. I can hardly wait to see what the modders do with this 64-bit version with no 4GB RAM limit anymore. Now I just hope that my favorite non graphical mods get updated

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04:50 Oct-28-2016

I'm getting much better performance than Fallout 4. I don't think they used Gameworks this time so the optimization is great. I get 60fps most of the time but it drops to 45 in really grassy areas for a little bit. However, RX 480 users and people using G-Sync monitors are reporting framerate issues, same as Fallout 4.

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05:51 Oct-28-2016

I think that my main problem is a lack of a SLI profile. The fact that I am matching Fallout 4's performance even though I am forcing SLI really isn't that bad. For me the game is staying above 57 fps like 95% of the time with just an occasional dip to like 52. I have only seen 50 fps once so far. I imagine that it will be much better for me after an official SLI profile is released.

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02:52 Oct-28-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition on low at 720p?
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01:16 Oct-28-2016

Launcher automatically set me to ultra settings. Let's see how this goes...

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01:58 Oct-28-2016

It set me to high but i'm running ultra at 60 fps

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23:46 Oct-27-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition at 60FPS on medium at 1080p?
Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 2GB OC Edition 16GB
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Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition? Maybe high?

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00:45 Oct-28-2016

I voted no because... AMD

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23:01 Oct-27-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition at 60FPS on high at 1080p?
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High or Medium. I'm kinda worried... :/

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22:54 Oct-27-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition at 60FPS on medium?
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06:15 Oct-28-2016

I voted yes because...

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18:52 Oct-27-2016
Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition at 60FPS on ultra at 1080p?
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Maybe a mix between high-ultra, or AA disabled for solid 60?


Will be streaming to Twitch (using CPU encoding) while playing, will that cause any issues?

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00:20 Oct-28-2016

OBS allows you to use the NVENC hardware encoder on your GPU. It's the same thing that Shadowplay uses so there's very little fps impact. Judging by my pc's performance in Fallout 4, you are going to want to lower shadow distance and quality to high, and disable godrays. Otherwise it should be possible for you to put all the other settings on ultra.

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06:18 Oct-29-2016

I tried on ultra with low AA, framerate was 40-50 usually.


Disabled AA
Shadow quality/distance down from ultra to high
Godrays on low
Getting a solid 60 at 1080p, no drops while streaming on CPU encoding using OBS Studio.

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Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition? Even on 6gb ram?

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Hi guys, what do you think?

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18:18 Oct-27-2016

If it includes AA, then no. Otherwhise: yes.

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21:12 Oct-27-2016

Ok, I'll try, thank you very much!

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Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition? What would be the best settings for me? Thanks GD - Gods!

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Can I run The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition? What settings would be recommended?

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11:16 Oct-27-2016

i would say around medium settings for your rig

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