The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Static Mesh Improvement Mod
Category: Graphics, Landscape
File Size
631.249 MB
Feb 15, 2012 @ 9:02pm
Jul 20 @ 6:05pm
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Static Mesh Improvement Mod


What is SMIM?
SMIM is a massive project to greatly improve the appearance of countless 3D models in Skyrim. SMIM makes Skyrim architecture, clutter, furniture, landscaping, and general visual quality much nicer.

Some mods add a few things here and there. SMIM is a massive graphical upgrade you will benefit from your entire playthrough! The average player will see countless SMIM'd objects every few minutes.

What DLC or mods are required?
None. No Official DLC or mods are required for SMIM. However, SMIM includes fixes and improvements for all the DLCs. Moreover, the Official High-Res Texture DLC is absolutely recommended because it covers many objects not touched by SMIM.

Will this hurt my game or break my save?
No. No. No. SMIM is perfectly safe. SMIM cannot ever harm your save game. You can install or uninstall it as often as you want.

I want some stuff in SMIM but not others. How do?!
If you want to customize the textures and install options, download the Skyrim Nexus version[]. Skyrim Nexus features a very convenient Nexus Mod Manager[] to help you install mods.

What is the performance impact of SMIM?
SMIM increases the polygon count and texture resolution of many objects in the game. Modern computer systems with quad-core processors and discrete AMD/nVidia graphics cards only suffer minimal (1-5) frames per second loss.

Keep in mind Skyrim has engine limitations that cause issues over 60 frames per second. Therefore, on modern hardware, there is a very large headroom where Skyrim could run at 60-100+ FPS, but since physics issues and graphical glitches occur over 60 FPS, SMIM often won't reduce your FPS below 60, assuming you can reach 60 FPS to begin with.

My personal i5 2500k 3.3GHz CPU and nVidia GeForce 680 graphics card doesn't experience any FPS loss at all. Other mods, such as, ENB Series, can be extremely hard on your computer. Both ENB Series and Skyrim 2k HD are not recommended because of their often severe performance impact. Feel free to post questions about performance if you aren't sure your computer can handle SMIM.

What about compatibility with other mods?
SMIM is built in such a way that everything works with it. Nothing will ever break. All that will happen if another mod edits the same mesh or texture that SMIM edits is the mod lowest in your load order will take priority. Don't worry about it. Feel free to use the big texture replacers along with SMIM.

Credits and Permissions
  • SMIM is 99% my own work based on Bethesda's original game.
  • Thanks to modders NebuLa, raiserfx, Ancient76, Langley, pfaffendrill, tehx3n, and Corepc for letting me modify their stuff or for helping me out in other ways.
  • For the full list of royalty-free and public domain photographs and textures used in SMIM please see the Readme file included in the Skyrim Nexus version of SMIM.

Version History:
  • Updated 07/20/2015 to use SMIM version 1.84. Adds much awesome stuff.
  • Updated 04/28/2015 to change Part 1 to full SMIM version 1.75 since SW now allows large mods. Consider donating if you enjoy SMIM. In fact, consider donating even if you hate SMIM! Generosity is good for the soul or whatever.
  • Updated 06/21/2014 to use SMIM version 1.72. Now six separate parts.
  • Updated 01/31/2014 to include the missing Dwemer Ingot mesh.
  • Updated 01/19/2014 to use SMIM version 1.61. Now five separate parts.
  • Updated 08/09/2013 to use SMIM version 1.49. Now three separate parts.
  • Updated 02/09/2013 to use SMIM version 1.34.
  • Updated 02/04/2013 to use SMIM version 1.33. Now two separate parts.
  • Updated 05/29/2012 to use SMIM version 1.21.
  • Updated 03/17/2012 to use SMIM version 1.18.
  • Updated 02/28/2012 to use SMIM version 1.12.
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IrishReaper 8 hours ago 
This is in my honest opinion the best mod for the game.
pigwing Aug 31 @ 2:16pm 
Just about everything looks sooooo much better, from barrels to thistle
I've taken to playing in 1st person just to take closer looks at everything
thanks so much,
pet SIMM for me
Brumbek  [author] Aug 31 @ 12:35pm 
@Dolly: SMIM load order doesn't matter much. Sounds like some weird install glitch or something. Try reinstalling some mods. Unsubscribe to SMIM and resubscribe. Although none of that should be needed, really. Per usual I will say that SMIM isn't at fault for any of these issues, but corrupted downloads can occur or just wacky hard drive behavior on some computers.
Dollynho little friend Aug 31 @ 12:30pm 
Purple Rabbits! WHY!.... hey i dont know why, but since i ve reinstalled Skyrim, rabbits are purple and in some dungeons i see giant red errors... i am using the same mods as i did before and they worked perfectly fine, maybe its the load order or something, do you recommend it on top or bottom? tnx
Reddsquirrel Aug 31 @ 10:37am 
This guy's a salesman! Soooo much work and personality. Brumbek is also really funny!
[Capitalist] Ninjadrunk Aug 29 @ 8:26pm 
Such Bravery 3 Years of devlopment hell if you ever leave victorious i'll make sure you get a medal and i mean a God damn Medal.
Kamehameleon Aug 28 @ 8:21am 
Dude, can you narrate my life?
Brumbek  [author] Aug 25 @ 10:30pm 
@adam.venn: No. It didn't harm your save. It DID NOT. SMIM doesn't touch trees and terrain and stuff. SMIM can't cause the problems you describe. It simply can't. Poor SMIM being falsly accused. SMIM didn't hurt anyone! Anyway, glad you like SMIM. :)
adam.venn Aug 25 @ 9:19pm 
Actually... It did harm my save... it caused any static mesh in the game including rocks, terrain, trees, tunnels and some sort of mesh on certain armors to be replaced by transparent red exclaimation points. however, there was an easy fix in that deletion and reinstalation of the mod fixes the problem. Good mod, 10/10. (it also might cause some slight lag, the max is five frames at the worst. Very Good mod Though.
Besik Aug 22 @ 11:18am 
Failed to download a subscribed file! Steam error 9