How Well Does The Elder Scrolls Online Run On Your PC?

Test System And Graphics Hardware

As always, we strive to represent game performance across a wide range of graphics hardware. We include cards ranging from the low-end Radeon HD 6450 and GeForce GT 630 GDDR5 to the powerful Radeon R9 290X, HD 7990, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, and 690.

We all know that boards like the Radeon HD 7990 require a substantial amount of power, so XFX sent us its PRO850W 80 PLUS Bronze-certified power supply. This modular PSU employs a single +12 V rail rated for 70 A. XFX claims continuous (not peak) output of up to 850 W at 50 degrees Celsius.

We've almost exclusively eliminated mechanical disks in the lab, preferring solid-state storage for alleviating I/O-related bottlenecks. Samsung sent all of our labs 256 GB 840 Pros, so we standardize on these exceptional SSDs.


Test System
CPU
Intel Core i7-4770K (Haswell), Overclocked to 4.4 GHz @ 1.2 V
Motherboard
ASRock Z87 Pro3 LGA 1150, Intel Z87 Express
Networking
On-Board Gigabit LAN controller
Memory
8 GB Corsair Vengeance LP (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1866, Model CML8GX3M2A1866C9B
1866 MT/s 9-10-9-27 2T @ 1.5 V
Graphics
GeForce GT 630 512 MB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 760 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 770 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 690 4 GB GDDR5

Radeon HD 6450 512 MB GDDR5
Radeon R7 240 1 GB DDR3
Radeon R7 250X 1 GB GDDR5
Radeon R7 260X 1 GB GDDR5
Radeon R9 270 2 GB GDDR5
Radeon R9 280 3 GB GDDR5
Radeon R9 280X 3 GB GDDR5
Radeon R9 290X 4 GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 7990 6 GB GDDR5
SSD
Samsung 840 Pro, 256 GB SSD, SATA 6Gb/s
Power
XFX PRO850W, ATX12V, EPS12V
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics Drivers
AMD Catalyst 14.2 Beta 1.3, Nvidia GeForce 335.23 WHQL
Benchmarks
The Elder Scrolls Online
Custom Tom's Hardware Benchmark, 40-second Fraps run, Stonetooth, Betnikh
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  • 760 is the highest tier nvidia card you used for 1080?
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  • Now that this pipe dream is released, where is a Fallout 4 acknowledgement?
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  • I'm running it at 4K and in ultra it's very smooth with an I7 and titan black. Having said that I don't plan on staying a subscriber. They got my 80.00 bucks to start and that's it. I can't get over the subpar graphics although I realize it's an MMO and can't have the best graphics going for it. Nor does it have the attention to detail, depth, and immersive ness that I expect in an elder scrolls title. I've gone back to skyrim and all the mods. Skyrim at 4k is a work of art. The MMO seem faked with monsters just keep respawning out of thin air and no real meaning or placement in the world around you. Again I understand it's a MMO and not a detailed single player game. What worries me is how will this affect the Elder Scrolls single player? Are they gonna blow that off?.. ;(
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  • Am now tempted to get this, just hope it doesn't flop like SWTOR and D3 did.
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  • FUS RO DAH!
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  • I played during the final open BETA test and that was enough for me to decide this wasn't for me... and I was gutted by that decision.Any populated area is complete chaos with people, horses and more just spawning out of nowhere all around you. The only way not to get annoyed and distracted is to blank out most of what is going on around you which is a complete contradiction from what is supposed to be an immersive MMO.More than that though is that I found the intro sparse and almost none existent, I felt lost and had no real idea of where I should go, what I should do whren I got there nor why I should do any of it.As for the graphics, it looked good but nothing to blow me away and certainly there was nothing that I felt was better than Skyrim on the same rig, even without Skyrim's mods running. I just want to also add what this article doesn't cover in that your personal PC hardware may well run the game very smoothly but as with any other online game, it's smoothness is more down to the internet connection of yourself and those you choose to game with. From my experience, a fibre connection is an absolute must for smooth gameplay.
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  • How is the user interface on this ? Is it as bad as in Skyrim ?I am wondering if I should try this game but if the interface is "console-like", it would certainly speak against it.
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  • played this game in the beta invitational. it sucks bad just because it changes the gameplay to the boring, old fashion, 1 2 3 4 key skill/spell. i've quit wow because of that, even D3 and GW2 failed at that. The only games I liked nowadays for the combat system are Tera and Neverwinter. TES is nice because you play it like an FPS, and with the gamepad was really nice. just because of this I can judge it a total fail. I've played 3 hours before removing the game. is something changed meanwhile? i want it more action. like a Reckoning Online. no ones roleplays online anymore, the DAoC era is gone.
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  • I watch some people play this live on twitch an being a fan ever since Morrowind I have to say I'm not that impressed or interested. There is a part of me that wants to give it a try but there is a bigger part of me saying don't fall for this money pit. $15 a month isn't really the issue speaking of money... it's just the fact that it cost something every month in general. I love the elder scrolls series but I've never been a fan of MMORPG. It takes too much dedication to feel accomplished in a game of this genre an with that said it takes away from the instant gratification I got playing the other games in this series.It should have just been a multiplayer release an not an actual MMORPG. Like just a single player storyline type of thing but with the option to let a group of friends join you. Kind of like Diablo 3 or Dead Island I guess you could say.The PVP idea IMO is trash. A duel arena against other people using your character from your current campaign would had sufficed. Though there is nothing I can say that will change anything so there you have it Zenimax.... You lost another faithful fan on this title. Hopefully you will announce a fallout 4 (offline) title soon or your next Single Player Elder Scrolls title. If not you can count me out forever.
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  • why Radeon 280X performance falls below GTX 760?
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  • I'm thinking that this could be very good actually, IF they did it like Torchlight 2 or D2. The ability to play OFFLINE or with your selected friends on LAN and, when you wanted to, go online to participate in war, event, hanging out w/ stranger or something. Double the initial price or whatever, but with those feature I mention, "Shut up and take my money!". If it stays like this, I'll never touch it.
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  • Im running this on the A10-7850K APU using integrated graphics with 8 gigs of dual channel ram on high with no problem
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  • many thing odd and wrong in this article, gpu test has no 780 vs the 290x, and more people run high hz monitor in 1080p than that rare wide thing.the cpu part has amd 8350 that should be expected, but no i5 4670, and still you ppl run aa, pls do not use grafics blur that dont add any fidelety to image. like motionblur, antialiasing and the fucus distance blur thing.
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  • I was actually really pleased by how well ESO ran on my Mac, as it's not a gaming machine at all and is now pretty old; it's a 2008 Mac Pro with GeForce 8800 GT, while it's CPU performance is still strong, most budget gaming PCs will run circles around it on most titles. Even so, I was able to run ESO at 1080p (though I think the game graphics themselves were at 720p) and at the High setting with a few tweaks. Looked pretty good, and ran really well, except for the unbearable fan noise on my GPU that is.
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  • I have an A-10 6700 APU with a EVGA GTX 750 Ti Sc but I'll never share benchmarks of it on ESO until they show me that the game is worth my money. Right now I'm not paying $15.00/month until some new content is uploaded an until I see them stay true to their promise with updates that make it worth my while an not just little BS updates that I never would notice.
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  • How does the GTX 660 score slightly BETTER than the R9 280X? When i built my gaming rig i originally had a GTX 660 and when i replaced it with my R9 280X it was night and day difference in performance in every game...Am i missing something or is that just a mistake on toms side.
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  • Quote:
    Now that this pipe dream is released, where is a Fallout 4 acknowledgement?
    It's a different studio. Both published by Bethesda but Fallout and Elder Scrolls are developed by Bethesda Game Studios while Elder Scrolls Online is developed by Zenimax Online.
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  • XxXGunXxXGraveXxX said:
    How does the GTX 660 score slightly BETTER than the R9 280X? When i built my gaming rig i originally had a GTX 660 and when i replaced it with my R9 280X it was night and day difference in performance in every game...Am i missing something or is that just a mistake on toms side.


    The game clearly favors Nvidia graphics cards, at least with the build tested. But as you also see with the absence of SLI and Crossfire profiles, driver work isn't done on the game, so it's possible AMD just hadn't optimised their drivers while Nvidia had, giving Nvidia a huge artificial advantage. Time will tell if that's the case.
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  • Sweet, look at that 8350 rocking out almost nearly catching an i3.... go AMD!
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  • I just started playing this game a couple of days ago and I'm having a good time - My advice is do not listen to the negative people in regards to this game Most of them view the game with preconceived notions and are mostly butt hurt single player fanboys that didn't want them to make a MMO. There is no way to make a MMO exactly like a single player game like Skyrim. Making a MMO is way harder and a huge investment,. The game is way high budget and they are committed to the game for the long haul and will be adding tons of content. They claim there is something like 40 million different types of weapons which is probably more than Diablo 3. Monthly sub fee is no big deal most successful games have had it. WoW has had a monthly fee for almost 10 years now. Monthly fee gets you content - F2P does not. I'm playing the game with a quad core, 4gb of ram, and a Radeon 4890 so you don't need a new, expensive video card to run the game.
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