The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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mao_dze_dun Jun 4, 2014 @ 10:01am
Persistent two second frame dips
So I finally came around to playing Skyrim with the Legendary edition collecting dust in my library for some time. However as usual I Bethesda's horrendous game optimization. Now, I came to terms with the fact that it is possible for a huge 20+ years gaming company that authored numerous GOTY products to be inherently uncable to provide it's customers with a stable, unplighted by bugs game. Maybe that's their thing I don't know :). However, I have this very aprticular problem. The game runs at 60 fps outside dropping to 50ish at sertain places which would be ok. But it does persistently drop with something like 15 frames for a sec or two and it obviously does it when loading a new area. For example - does it at the gate of the first viking village you escape to (I'm only few hours into the game). I have a FX6350 - 6 core, with an Asus R9 270X 2GB GPU and 12 GB of Ram. It's not a monster but it's an ok gaming PC and I kind of expected it to be able to handle a 3 year old game withouch any problems. I've moded the game a bit but only a handful of mods. I've installed some optimized textures and use a couple of tweaks to speed things up. All in all the game runs desently (for a Bethesda game) but that constant frame drop is getting on my nerves. I couldn't find anything helpful on the net. Can anybody give me an advice what to do?

PS Sorry for the humongous post
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Ark Valkyrie Jun 4, 2014 @ 10:25am 
You might want to try downloading all those unofficial patches to fix bugs.

Also maybe this mod will help if you don't have it.
Skyrim Stuttering 64hz Bug:
mao_dze_dun Jun 4, 2014 @ 10:27am 
I started with the unofficial patches :)
Ark Valkyrie Jun 4, 2014 @ 10:33am 
Try downloading the stuttering mod fix then and tell me how it goes.
Gropax Jun 4, 2014 @ 10:34am 
it's AMD crappy drivers its a known bug that goes all the way back to fallout 3 maybe even Oblivion with that game engine. you need to play in windowed mode with the borderless windows mod.
mao_dze_dun Jun 4, 2014 @ 11:04am 
I already had the borderless window mod installed. I've played Fallout 3 and New Vegas, so I came prepared :D. But this is not stuttering, guys. This happens at specific spots and lasts longer than the typical for that engine stuttering. I'd imagine it was not enough VRAM but I think that 2GB should be enough for a pretty lightly modded game. So, I'm completely puzzled.
mao_dze_dun Jun 4, 2014 @ 11:39am 
Update: Ok, actually I was probably mistaken and that is stutter indeed. Unfortunatelly the mod you gave me link to did not help :(
Ark Valkyrie Jun 5, 2014 @ 12:44am 
Sorry late reply was busy but anyways try this and tell me how it goes.

>Go to your (C:) -> Program Files (x86) -> Steam -> SteamApps -> common -> Skyrim -> Skyrim Folder -> Skyrim.ini/SkyrimPrefs and open it (Note: may differ depending on where you installed it)
>Under [General] add the line "iFPSClamp=60" without the quotes though
>Save and close
>Run Skyrim

But that mod should of fixed your problem to be honest.
Last edited by Ark Valkyrie; Jun 5, 2014 @ 12:47am
mao_dze_dun Jun 5, 2014 @ 12:54am 
I think I'll try with a clean install and work my way from there. Maybe I fiddled a bit too much with the game before hand. I'll write an update once it's done.
Ark Valkyrie Jun 5, 2014 @ 1:16am 
Or you could try disabling those textures mods one by one. Some textures mods run at 4K in certain areas like city, dungeon, etc... and 2K everywhere else. And could be the reason as to why you get those massive FPS drop.
Last edited by Ark Valkyrie; Jun 5, 2014 @ 1:17am
mao_dze_dun Jun 5, 2014 @ 2:38am 
No, no - I only dowloaded the official HD pack, a mod of optimized official textures (to run faster) and one mod that actually reduces the particle textures. I've been going for increased performance. Plus I've also added a few dll's and ENBoost so I think it's a mess in there.
mao_dze_dun Jun 6, 2014 @ 3:04am 
Ok, after a clean install the game still continues to stutter. I've installed the stutter fix you gave me and I'm playing in borderless window mode. Mods installed - all unofficial patches, the UI mod, purewaters and some mod that adds more puches to the game. Haven't tweaked the ini files in any way. I'm oficially out of ideas.
EbonHawk Jun 6, 2014 @ 4:56am 
Sorry to hear about your woes. I know how you feel, sorta.

The only constant repeating glitch I'm getting has to do with a brief hiccup when the spoken dialog stutters for just about every character in the game. It doesn't always do it, and sometimes it includes the music tracks (I keep the music turned down pretty low, so I might be missing more of those happening). It's pretty annoying and I haven't seen any mention of it before.

It only started doing it (that I noticed) after I had modded the game, but I started modding early on. It's just not worth going back and removing every mod to see if one is causing it.
mao_dze_dun Jun 6, 2014 @ 7:17am 
I'm thinking of getting a second R2 270X in a couple of months. I'm extremely curious as to how this 3 year old game would fare then. I have the grim feeling it would still not be fluent...
EbonHawk Jun 6, 2014 @ 9:24am 
Here's one guide for how to tweak and enhance Skyrim for better quality/performance balance...

I swear there was another one. I'll keep looking for it...
Zefram Cochrane Jun 6, 2014 @ 3:25pm 
An R9 270x ain't that great, I'd recommend a 280 at least.

I have an HD 7950 myself. No frame drops here. I wouldn't bother with official HD packs either, much better unofficial ones.
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Date Posted: Jun 4, 2014 @ 10:01am
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