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Skyrim FPS affected by MODs or Environment?

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March 7, 2012 12:16:07 PM

Last night I noticed Skyrim FPS drop from 60 to 30-40. I haven't checked FPS for quite some time, so I am not sure what's behind, although I suspect a few.

- Lots of vegetation: I happened to play in the middle of woods and bushes. When I entered into a cave right next, FPS jumped up back to 60. But previously when I was playing in similar environment, I didn't feel big change in FPS, although I didn't check actual reading.

- MODs: I downloaded 11 MODs. They are like Dragonfalls Manor, Dragonbone Armor, Wild sound, Hi-res snow, etc... nothing grande. Can any MOD affect FPS?


Here is my spec

i5 2400
MSI H67
DDR3 8 GB 1333MHz
EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 @840 MHz 295.73 WHQL
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
1920 x 1080 DVI
Ultra (GTX 570 Recommended setup)
March 7, 2012 12:49:56 PM

GPU temp was steady under 60C, so the heat was not an issue. I've been playing hi-res since it was available, and didn't have (at least didn't notice) tje FPS issue. I will try to run it without MODs tonight.
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March 7, 2012 1:26:55 PM

you've listed 4/11 mods, as mentioned, depending on what the mod actually does it can impact the performance

background processes can also impact the performance
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March 9, 2012 2:50:41 PM

Which Mods do you really reccomend, M8?

Cheers,
André
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March 9, 2012 3:46:55 PM

"Background process"

The culprit was Avira popup windows. When the FPS hit 30, I exited to Windows, found the Avira ad, closed it, and it went back to 60. Great. But the background process didn't impact FPS inside cave.
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March 9, 2012 3:47:52 PM

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