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Super Skyrim Performance Advanced Guide SSPAG by afroflow
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First off, this guide has nothing to do with CPU boosts, here I only focus on GPU boosts since that was my big problem. If you are interested in CPU boosts check out STEP:
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/11/?

This guide will make your Skyrim run a lot faster while only removing certain aspects from the game. There are a couple of things that can slow a GPU down, a high resolution, shadows, high quality textures and effects

1: Textures
I know there are mods out there which lower texture resolution. I can say that the performance increase (for me) is minor, it gives me about 3 fps extra. And of course your game will look horrible when you are using those. If you decide to use this mod, it may be smart to remove the armor, clothing weapons and actors folders, if you have these installed your game will look horrible. And in my opinion that is not worth the performance increase.
You can download this mod over here:http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/47/?


2: Effects
You can disable some effect like removing ambient fog, I recommed this. You can also disable decals and set your particle rate to something lower or even to 0. You can do this by going to skyrim in your my games folder and opening the skyrimprefs.ini file. then you set iMaxDesired to whatever you want and set anything decal related to 0.
You can also install Skyrim Performance Plus, this will lower or remove effects like snow, rain and falling leaves, the performance increase is minor.

3: Shadows
I recommend disabling shadows. You can do this by going to skyrim in your "my games folder" and changing:
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=0
fInteriorShadowDistance=0.0000
fShadowDistance=0
iShadowMapResolutionSecondary=0
iShadowMapResolutionPrimary=0
iShadowSplitCount=0

So are there any mods out there which give you an alternative without a performance hit. The answer is YES. sydney666 has somehow done it! I can tell you this mod will not decrease your performance but will make your game look better. Download the mod here: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/30450/?


4: Resolution
This is one of the biggest issues of skyrim, there are not many resolutions to chose from. But if you take, say 80% of your native resolution you will have an average of 10 fps boost. I have been trying to edit this for a long time but I keep ending up with a failed to initialize render error. But thanks to nvidea control panel I have fixed this. I will provide a step by step guide on how to choose your custom resolution. requirements: a Nvidea Graphics card.

First, lets choose your aspect ratio, most common are 16:10 and 16:9. I will provide a list with all resolution lower than 1280x800 and 1280x720.

16:10
1264 x 790
1248 x 780
1232 x 770
1216 x 760
1200 x 750
1184 x 740
1168 x 730
1152 x 720
1136 x 710
1120 x 700
1104 x 690
1088 x 680
1072 x 670
1056 x 660
1040 x 650
1024 x 640
1008 x 630
992 x 620
976 x 610
960 x 600
944 x 590
928 x 580
912 x 570
896 x 560
880 x 550
864 x 540
848 x 530
832 x 520
816 x 510
800 x 500
784 x 490
768 x 480
752 x 470
736 x 460
720 x 450
704 x 440
688 x 430
672 x 420
656 x 410
640 x 400
624 x 390
608 x 380
592 x 370
576 x 360
560 x 350
544 x 340
528 x 330
512 x 320
496 x 310
480 x 300
464 x 290
448 x 280
432 x 270
416 x 260
400 x 250
384 x 240
368 x 230
352 x 220
336 x 210
320 x 200
304 x 190
288 x 180
272 x 170
256 x 160
240 x 150
224 x 140
208 x 130
192 x 120
176 x 110
160 x 100
144 x 90
128 x 80
112 x 70
96 x 60
80 x 50
64 x 40
48 x 30
32 x 20
16 x 10






16:9
32 x 18
48 x 27
64 x 36
80 x 45
96 x 54
112 x 63
128 x 72
144 x 81
160 x 90
176 x 99
192 x 108
208 x 117
224 x 126
240 x 135
256 x 144
272 x 153
288 x 162
304 x 171
320 x 180
336 x 189
352 x 198
368 x 207
384 x 216
400 x 225
416 x 234
432 x 243
448 x 252
464 x 261
480 x 270
496 x 279
512 x 288
528 x 297
544 x 306
560 x 315
576 x 324
592 x 333
608 x 342
624 x 351
640 x 360
656 x 369
672 x 378
688 x 387
704 x 396
720 x 405
736 x 414
752 x 423
768 x 432
784 x 441
800 x 450
816 x 459
832 x 468
848 x 477
864 x 486
880 x 495
896 x 504
912 x 513
928 x 522
944 x 531
960 x 540
976 x 549
992 x 558
1008 x 567
1024 x 576
1040 x 585
1056 x 594
1072 x 603
1088 x 612
1104 x 621
1120 x 630
1136 x 639
1152 x 648
1168 x 657
1184 x 666
1200 x 675
1216 x 684
1232 x 693
1248 x 702
1264 x 711

Then you need to go to control panel/appearance and personalization/nvidea control panel/custom resolution. You need to add a new display resolution here (the one you just chose). Save it and it will go to that resolution and then switch back to your native resolution. Now go to skyrimprefs.ini in the skyrim folder and fill in your new resolution and it will look like this:
iSize H=600
iSize W=960

A mod that lowers the resolution when you move your mouse and gives you better performance during fights is HialgoBoost, this is definitely a must.
Download it here: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/15123/?



5: Other ways to increase performance
There are tons of mods that claim to increase performance I have tried all of them but I'm not sure whether they actually boost the performance or not.



If you have suggestions or know how the resolution fix works for other GPU's feel free to leave a comment to help AMD and Intel GPU users out. Let me remind you that none of the mods I linked are mine, the authors put hard work into their mods and I definitely think you should endorse their files, they allowed you to play skyrim after all!


My system specs:

Nvidea Geforce 9400M 256 mb vram

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 ghz

8 Gigabyte ram