The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Static Mesh Improvement Mod
Category: Graphics, Landscape
File Size
642.147 MB
Feb 15, 2012 @ 9:02pm
Oct 31, 2015 @ 4:01pm
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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 10/31/2015 to use SMIM version 1.89. Adds various improvements, notably better sarcophagus meshes, doorbars, stone pillars, and wood pyres.
  • 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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Wendersnaven 6 hours ago 
You Sir, are a scholar and a gentleman!
Deathevalution 19 hours ago 
thx m8
UnCommentator Jun 27 @ 10:53am 
Could you update it to fix the doors as well? All the doors in skyrim have metal and bolts holding them together but they're flush with the wood and LQ textures.
Mrmcguffin64 Jun 26 @ 10:20pm 
You had me at no performance hits, and had me throwing myself at you for the sexy sexy 3-D textures
Evil Mod Pixie - Vivi Jun 26 @ 3:06pm 
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! SMIM + SkyUI, + iHUD = Skyrim perfection!!
AMilli0NliGHTS Jun 21 @ 7:20pm 
Does this not work on nmm anymore? I tried to install it and it says "A problem occurred during instillation."
Wow, you deserve it!
Brumbek  [author] Jun 17 @ 9:05pm 
@Charles and Not a snake: thanks for your comments! I also feel SMIM is REALLY excellent! Sometimes I just look at the pretty SMIM objects and thank myself over and over. It gets awkward. ;)
Not a snake Jun 16 @ 4:04pm 
You should totally work for Bethesda!
You have a great eye for detail! :D