The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda's epic sword & magic game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is our RPG of choice for benchmarking. It's altogether a good CPU benchmark thanks to its complex scripting and AI, but it also can end up pushing a large number of fairly complex models and effects at once, especially with the addition of the high resolution texture pack.

For every Portal 2 you have a Skyrim, it seems. At 1920 the GTX 660 Ti actually does well for itself here, besting the 7900 series, but we know from experience that this is a CPU limited resolution. Cranking things up to 2560 and Ultra quality sends the GTX 660 Ti through the floor in a very bad way, pushing it well below even the 7870, never mind the 7900 series.

Altogether the GTX 660 Ti achieves about 80% of the performance of the GTX 670, making this another game that is hurt badly by the loss of a ROP block and memory bandwidth. At the same time the GTX 670 is the first NVIDIA card fast enough to compete with the 7950, so the GTX 660 Ti came into this benchmark with unfavorable odds. 68fps is more than playable, but hardcore Skyrim players are going to want to stick to cards with more memory bandwidth. At best, the bright spot for NVIDIA is that the GTX 660 Ti is nearly 100% faster than the GTX 560 Ti, a remarkable improvement, but also one being fueled by the meager 1GB of VRAM the latter has.

As for our factory overclocked cards, this is another case of Zotac leading the pack. Its memory overclock is exactly what’s needed to counter the GTX 660 Ti’s lack of memory bandwidth, which helps it easily clear EVGA and Gigabyte’s cards.

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  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - link

    ROFLMAO - the ONLY REASON you say you wanted the 7950 and it LOSES.

    There's the level of "your cred", you freaking loser.
  • Galidou - Saturday, August 18, 2012 - link

    This is only the point of the iceberg when we speak about credibility. Anandtech was nice enough to have a stock clocked part, we can't say that for most of the reviews on the internet.

    I even got on a website ''not gonna say it, could be too much shame for them'' that was comparing a non reference 660ti overclocked with... suspense... a 7850. And then some times in the review offered an ''alternative analysis'' against a 6870, who's dirty now?

    I won't name any but of all the review sites I usually read, they were all testing overclocked cards (plus the included Nvidia boost) against stock clocked AMD cards, ALL of them... Only one included minimum frame rates to all of the games tested which was interesting to see the limiting bandwidth acting at certain points. One can only wonder if the games released won't have any problem with that.

    I first came here on anand and almost pulled the trigger buying one RIGHT after finishing reading. Then I visited my other sites and it got all messed up. Anand didn't have minimum frames everywhere, others had different results, the games I play switch from one brand to another for the ''best bang for my bucks''.

    With all that mixed up mess, one can only wonder where the ''real'' truth is. I'll probably just end up buying a 7950 overclocking it 40-50% higher and not wonder about future games. At least I waited long enough to see the 660ti. Anyway the other reviewers had quite good result with the 7950 and it was STOCK omg 40-50% overclock can't give a bad performance...
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, August 19, 2012 - link

    *OC 660ti's on newegg and only 3 Stock.
    The author pointed out there is no default version, and Partners have a somewhat free reign on released clocks.
    Now be a good person and go look for yourself, you'll have a hard time finding a stock card vs an OC oob card.
    I'd also like to see that 40-50% 7950 OC....(methinks you really spewed overboard there)
    Reviews are noting a 17%-22% max performance gain on maximum 7950 OC, and that does not mean it's stable, except on a sole rider, non internet server, spanking clean, just defragged, built for benching, top of the line components, reviewer super massive rig.
    So, can we get that 50% OC bench set from you ?
    NO, of course we can't.
  • Galidou - Sunday, August 19, 2012 - link

    My friend bought the Twin frozr 3 while it was on special on newegg(300$ a week ago). overclocked 1150/1700 stable that's a 44% overclock and he could go higher, with the stock cooler. We reported gains of around 30 to 36% performance gain in games.

    On newegg, there's plenty of people reporting 1150 to 1200 core overclock, because it is in fact a 7970 board at a very cheap price. If you really can't accept one good thing about AMD that's where I differ from you.

    The thing is, Nvidia won this round for the average user, most of us don't overclock and are not fiddling with voltages and such. Including a nice boost is good for those average users, the fact is and whatever you might say, overclockers know it. AMD is very overclocker friendly this gen, end of the line, cry about it some more, it doesn't change the fact that they already know it, sorry. If you tried to misinform the people, you're too late, it's already circulating on the internet my friend.

    Now you shall say and I've heard it: ''People have been able to get their gtx680 overclocked to 1300 core in some cases so they are..........''. I know the drill, 680 has for the most part, a boost clock of around 1100 - 1150 boost clock. Lemme translate that, 200mhz overclock on a 1100 boost clock, 18% overclock on the cherry picked 680, because I'm comparing it with a 7950 which didn't pass the 7970 requirement.
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - link

    Oh look at that, I didn't use a single fact again.
    you're pathetic.
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - link

    the 660Ti's are hitting 1300+ cores.

    you're losing at stock out of the box in your highest triple monitor rez dummy

    Keep attacking like the fool you are.

    Now you may apologize profusely and thankme for saving you from your brainwashed amd embolism you claim to have acquired at overclock net
  • thebluephoenix - Monday, August 20, 2012 - link

    Cerise, as a punishment i would make you read few nvidia related articles at site called Semi Accurate to see why is so wrong to be biased idiotic crazy fanboy. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - link

    Charlie is a liar, I am not. Deal with it. Reply
  • Galidou - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - link

    Everyone is a liar but you Cerise, all hail to you ohh great hardware god, I'm still waiting for news of you on you almighty owner of all the knowledge.

    Come and teach the nitrogen overclockers of the world about your so great knowledge about video card.
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - link

    Yes, time for you to bow down, then thank me for having to correct you three times already, on the FACTS. Reply

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