Skyrim INI Recommendation by Dragonborn Tom
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Added: 19/02/2014 - 07:31PM
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First of all, read this all careful, as you will miss some important Information and may get bad experience if you tweak your INIs wrong.

Watch the INIs special sections as mentioned below on this text and edit it especially in regards of your language and graphics device, otherwise it will be reset by default Skyrim in-game configuration.

Here I have uploaded my Skyrim INIs which I got the best result in performance and graphics.
There is one upload for Skyrim INIs I'm using with high scripting relevant mods like HDT and several special followers like Vilja, Cerwiden, Sindra, Rigmor, M'Rissi ...which cause a lot of load on the scripting engine. With this special Papyrus and Thread settings, graphics experiences also improve.

Who likes to use Steam Workshop, you find my collection, hints and screenshots from the game with my settings and used mods

And if you like to have my screenshots as wallpapers, go

On this files download section here on Nexus under Miscellaneous, I uploaded a list of my mods I'm using currently with this settings and which are the basics for the scenarios of screenshots I've uploaded on the image section here and especially on Steam Workshop. Currently I play with nearly 160 active mods.

I discovered, that just rebooting the device to reload the graphics adapter config, helps to make use of all of the configured settings quite well. And sometimes you have to start the game a few times to continue playing, as this is due to the Cell Stabilicer plugin, which prepares your memory for correct allocation on loading the game. So don't worry, this is by design.

If you want to learn some more about far distance flickering and field of view dependencies,
here is a good video about this topic.

My reference hardware is

AMD Radeon HD 7970 4GB GDDR in Crossfire Setup with latest CCC, which is important for Crossfire
on a Schenker XMG 722 PRO Gaming-Notebook.

Remember to change your graphics reference in the SkyrimPrefs.ini under display section (sD3DDevice=) and your display resolution (iSize H / iSize W). Otherwise the game will overwrite the whole INI. You must also check the language Setting (sLanguage=) in the Skyrim.ini, otherwise the Steam game management will start downloading the languages files for this language.

Mod Organizer and some other mod manager tools like STEP makes and uses its own Skyrim.ini and Skyrimprefs.ini located at Mod Organizer/profiles/your profiles name. So be aware to replace or change the right INIs to get your results.

I use most of recommended mods and configuration advice and recommended install order from this list from SkyrimTuner, even I don't use ENB 

watch the mod files on several mod recommendations they provide extra mod for nonENB users with similiar effects or patches for nonENB users. I usually use 2k resolution and texture of graphics mods, not more. And read the section about Performance & Stability, I used a lot of the recommended stuff to get the best out of my INI settings.

Additional performance and stability is possible using
SKSE 1.7x and memory settings on skse.ini.

It is recommended to use
Stable uGridsToLoad Cell Stabilizer which enables you to easily change your uGridsToLoad settings without damaging your saved game file. My INIs contain settings for uGridsToLoad=7, if you want to use lower value, you will ease the scripting engine, as scripts are not starting so early as with higher values too. This setting is known to have impact on performance regarding scripting, that is why I could level this by higher values for fUpdateBudgetMS.

And keep in mind that you may need some or several starts of Skyrim to make the Stabilizer work, give it a few tries.

Except the Skyrim Project Optimization, I used nearly all of the recommendations from
Skyrim Stability Guide and Skyrim Graphics Guide

And load order from LOOT. Check the thread on LOOT and get the newest Alpha version, but read the release notes if you upgrade.

You have to travel a while through Skyrim until you get all advantages and all texture well loaded from your new settings.

If you want to use ENB presets, use RealVision, AIR ENB or EWIs Realvision ENB for NAL.
Just change the settings on this INIs according modders recommendation in regards of


And make sure you edit the right INIs, when you are using a mod manager.

When you enjoy this, I much appreciate your endorsement and vote.