I've been trying to get skyrim to run with an enb and some basic lighting mods but it completely kills my fps. I experimented quite a lot and found textures replacers I had only hindered my fps a little bit while the lighting mod I had and the enb probably ate up around 20-25 fps. I then turned all my mods and the enb off and ran the geforce experience to see what my best settings would be, which was ultra.
On ultra with no mods installed or running I've been getting 60 fps at best but when looking at certain things (fields, crowds of of people, lots of light sources, waterfalls ect.) my fps can get as low as 35.
Is all this normal for my rig or is there something I can do?
Here are my specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (11-11-11-28)
2048MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (EVGA)
932GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 ATA Device (SATA)
112GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB ATA Device (SSD)
MSI 970A-G46 (MS-7693)
Oh and my PU is an Ultra LSP750, also I would have tried OC but I was told my mobo and CPU are a risky combo when OC.
I think its pretty common for certain ENB's to slow down a system.
Try contacting the author of the ENB to see if he has any suggestions. Or scour the nexus and see if there is another enb with similar settings and test to see if you get any improvement.
BTW what enb is it?
I used the 'realistic lighting' enb from the nexus, it made the game look more natural (though the dungeons and other indoor areas were considerably darker) but I did not see much of a drop in FPS. I was running a Phenom II X4 too with a Radeon HD 5830 at the time, I haven't played it in a while though.
I've tried several ENB's, Cinematic lighting, Realvison, and Bleak/Unbleak.
Cinematic lighting and Bleak/Unbleak gave about the same hit while Realvison completely killed my system though I later found out it had a performance variant that pretty much everyone uses over the default.
My main issue now is that vanilla skyrim with no mods is getting quite a bit of fps drops in areas with lots of stuff and people, I'm not sure if the was prevalent before but I'm pretty confident my system should be capable of doing better.
you are probably not going to like this suggestion, but it's something you will probably have to do anyway.
I recommend you uninstall the game. Make sure you delete any game files out of the system, I believe the path is program(x86)/steam/steamapps/common/skyrim. Your saved games are in 'My Games', you probably don't need to mess with those.
Once Steam has reinstalled. Start a new game with and a new clean save game (once you can get to the point you can save just before the beheading).
Check your FPS. If you still have the problem of low FPS then we have other issues. But I bet your FPS goes back up.
If the FPS look good, then systematically install the mods and check the game after each one is installed.
If your using Nexus Mod manager or Wyre Bash this will be much easier.
I know it sucks but its the best way to troubleshoot the game.