The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Wyfwulf Mar 17, 2014 @ 12:09am
Lag with Mods
First let me make this clear. The mods I am using are not intense graphical mods or ENBs. I just have a few mods for their features and Climates of Tamriel, SMIM,SKSE, and SkyUI.
I have a 1 day old MSI gaming laptop with a NVIDIA 860m (12GB RAM, i7) so it shouldn't be a problem with the computer, right?
I started up skyrim vanilla before I had installed any mods and it runned perfectly on ultra. Install mods, plugins, place old save games (and SKSE scripts) in their folder, then come back to the game to get around 10 FPS. At first I thought maybe the laptop was defaulting to Intel Graphics so I restarted the game with the NVIDIA. Still no luck. I am using the SKSE launcher, so I checked to make sure the NVIDIA was being used for skyrim. It was.

I don't know if it has anything to do with saved games, but I did use my old saved game and the SKSE script file belonging to it and placed them in documents>my games>skyrim>Saves

Does anybody have an idea to fix this? I bought this laptop mostly for skyrim so I would really like this to work! About to sleep now so tomorrow when I have time I will try to narrow it down to one mod by disabling them.

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Dr. Shocks DO - Sen = a / a+ c Mar 17, 2014 @ 12:38am 
I have a 1 day old MSI gaming laptop
Then you probably don't know you computer has Intel/nvidia switchable graphics.
It's most likely using the slower Intel graphics for Skyrim
Mr.Hmm Mar 17, 2014 @ 1:17am 
that and Skyrim uses 4GB RAM no more also laptops tend to overheat alot faster than Tower computers
Adura Mar 17, 2014 @ 1:39am 
Originally posted by Shocks -The Elsweyr Trader-:
Then you probably don't know you computer has Intel/nvidia switchable graphics.
It's most likely using the slower Intel graphics for Skyrim

I find it hard to believe that this was accidentally switched between adding mods.

Couple things to consider:
1) SMIM is very much an intensive graphic mod. Anything that makes the game look prettier (especially things that add more detail to meshes and textures) is going to put additional strain on your computer.

Having said that, it might be pushing it to assume that a 50+ fps drop is do to that alone, though it is possible.

2) While I don't use Climates of Tamriel, I have heard that it can be somewhat intensive on the computer.
Last edited by Adura; Mar 17, 2014 @ 1:39am
Incunabulum Mar 17, 2014 @ 3:34am 
And yeah, SMIM *is* an 'intense graphical mod' all one its own.
Gorith Mar 17, 2014 @ 6:44am 
adding to what others have said. A laptop really is a poor choice for gaming (yes even a "gaming" laptop). The chipsets tend to come in underclocked by default compared to the desktop versions, the ammount of power they are allowed to pull is alot lower (limiting their performance capabilities), And M class GPUs and CPUs tend to have missing features and overall lower hardware in comparison to desktop components of the same classification.

My suggestion is if possible take the laptop back and spend that money on a custom built desktop you will get far more bang for your buck.
Last edited by Gorith; Mar 17, 2014 @ 6:46am
Wyfwulf Mar 17, 2014 @ 10:14am 

@Shocks I did use the NVIDIA to run it, I right clicked the shortcut on the desktop and chose the card.

@Darkahron I checked to see if the computer was overheating and it was not.

@Adura thanks! I'll try it without Climates and SMIM installed and see how it goes.

@Incunabulum Sorry, I didn't know this because on my last laptop running both it did not feel much laggier than before (still stayed around 15 FPS, you can see why I needed a new computer)

@Gorith I got a laptop because I have to travel, and my old laptop was very laggy.

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Date Posted: Mar 17, 2014 @ 12:09am
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