Skyrim FPS Drops GTX 770 + FX 8350

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
AMD FX-8350
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (11-11-11-28)
24EN33 (1920x1080@60Hz)
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.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Best answer
    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.
  4. Alright I'm going to do that now, will post when I'm done.
  5. Thanks man, that did the trick.

    I guess I gotta be more careful with my mods from now on.
  6. Good to hear and glad to help.

    I have been through similar issues.

    The mods can be finicky and they sometimes don't play nice with each other.

    Have fun.
  7. Same gpu, same issue, managed to fix it too. Thanks for this. Lot of mods claims to be compatible with each other but I guess that is not always true.
  8. I had the same problem. see if you're running your pc on power saving mode, if so then switch it back to the default balanced mode. it worked for me.
  9. I have Fx 6300 4.3ghz + Gtx 970. With addons like better snow,ice, water, environment, more textures on rocks, trees, more grass, better cities is Skyrim running on 60fps in all time, no drop at all. But after RealVision ENB is Skyrim like on low profile PC !!! So yes, ENB can be the problem :)
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