SKYRIM SPECIAL EDITION
INI presets for Skyrim SE Performance and Graphics Boost by Dragonborn Tom
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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.

The new Skyrim Special Edition has been released on Oct 28, 2016 and is a 64-bit application and the graphics environment is similar complex and limited as with Fallout 4, so it will take some time to discover valuable tweaks. Therefore I will publish only my own presets with change log that keep record and document the changes made on the default settings. After some further experiences, I will test presets for low, medium, high and ultra hardware rigs. Don't use my preset recommendations for legacy Skyrim for this version of the game.


Currently ENBoost is not available, just well known ENB with features the same as for Fallout 4.

Recent screenshots made with this settings and my current active mods (see Excel sheet under downloads) here.

Before you start to tweak your INIs, save and backup your current INIs. May be you first start opening yours and then choose one from my presets and compare it in Notepad and edit yours.

If you're using an AMD Radeon graphics card, use the currently new final release, or even better Crimson 17.x, when I was using my old gaming notebook, I used version 17.7.1 and all stuttering has been gone, all supporting Windows 10.0 as well already, to continue with your good experiences on the game and graphics and my settings. When you use the new AMD Radeon Crimson Edition, take care you defined the game settings for Skyrim as mentioned before, as adjusting AMD game profiles is different as before with CCC. You are now able to adjust the predefined profiles in the new AMD Radeon Crimson UI.

But keep in mind, that usage of VRAM on Win8 and Win10 is still limited for DX9 games up to 4GB only, not higher as it was possible with Win7. Microsoft Platform Support Team is already investigating this bug, but if they will fix it is not sure, depending on how many users complaining. Details here.

With Skyrim V Special Edition, general memory issue has significantly changed, as this remastered version of the game is a 64-bit application supporting DirectX 11, which enables use of more memory. Famous modders are also prepared to change and working on their mods to match and make them compatible with the new version. There have been made also major changes for the LOD system, which solves all legacy uGridsToLoad and referencing scripting issues.

The hardware I am using currently: Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, nVidia GTX 1060 with 6GB VRAM . Same as I do for Skyrim LE. When you use hardware with crossfire mode 'Optimize 1x1' and/or 'AFR compatible' there is not much advantage currently using both GPU. Alternatively if you have installed AMDs application profiles with recent Radeon Software Crimson Edition, you can choose 'Fallout 4' as a pre-defined profile for Skyrim SE instead, until ADM provides a matching one. But from my experiences, staying with the standard modus, gives more than 10 FPS on exteriors. If you want to speed up AMD go www.amd.com/report to submit a short report about missing crossfire profile for SSE. But unfortunately both AMD and nVidia have given up support for multi GPU configurations for the future on their drivers.

You need to set your graphics card Anti-Aliasing methode to SuperSampling and AA to 8x or 8xEq and option to overwrite application settings (if you use any ENB presets, you have to leave your graphics card to use application settings) , and disable the two options FXAA or TAA on the SkyrimPresf.ini section [Display] with bUseTAA=0 and bFXAAEnabled=0 (same settings as switching Anti-Aliasing to off in SkyrimLauncher) and you get better graphics experiences without this.

So additionally you have to enable Anisotropic-Filter on your graphics card settings with level 16x and option to overwrite application/game setting (except you use any ENB preset). If you use my own INIs, you have to do this, as I have switched them all off on my settings and get better graphics and performance experience without this blurry scenarios.

Until the graphics vendor provide a profile for Skyrim SE, I experienced some gain on FPS with a temporary configuration:

SkyrimPrefs.ini
[Display]
iVsyncPresentInterval=0

But you have to enable VSync on your graphic cards settings and enable 60 FPS limit too. My current presets are set to this, so be aware.
Or instead toggling the card settings, you can use Frame Rate Stutter Fix - Steady FPS by heitzdaddy


When you use one of my presets, watch the INIs special sections as mentioned below on this text and edit it with the values from your own backup INIs, especially the values in regards of your language and graphics device, otherwise it will be reset by default Skyrim in-game configuration.


Remember to change your graphics reference in the SkyrimPrefs.ini under [Launcher] section (sD3DDevice=) and on the [Display] section your display resolution (iSize H / iSize W). Otherwise the game will overwrite the whole INI. You must also check the language setting on [General] section (sLanguage=) in the Skyrim.ini, otherwise the Steam game management will start downloading the languages files for this language. And on the Skyrim.ini under [Archive], there is an entry for 'sResourceArchiveList2=Skyrim - Voices_**0.bsa'. You better compare your own Skyrim.ini on this section. If this entry doesn't match for your language, you will not hear your NPC's voices.

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.


For game content fixes it is recommended to use Unofficial Skyrim Patches, mainly USSEP. Most of Arthmoor's mods are also available in other languages to match your game language you use.

My recommended graphics mods:

Mods from ramccoid
Mods from Gamwich
Mods from raiserfx

My recommended follower mods

Rigmor of Bruma by Rigmor
Sofia - The Funny Fully Voiced Follower by John Jarvis and Christine Slagman
Vilja in Skyrim by Emma Amgepo Lycanthrops
L u n a by VRDaphni and VRApollo and GodOfVengeance
Recorder - Standalone Fully Voiced Follower by potasticpanda
Caesia Follower by Miroslav - Anbeegod
Ambriel - The Lost Princess SE by Excelsior2000


If you want to use any weather or lighting mods, follow this recommendation for installation order

Weather mods (Dolomite Weathers - Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics II by Dr Mega and Kojak)
Relighting Skyrim (Relighting Skyrim - SSE by --JawZ-- and NovakDalton)
Interior lighting mods (Enhanced Lighting for ENB (ELE) - Special Edition by --JawZ--)

ELE and RS don't do the same, so no overwrites should occuring and for Dolomite there shouldn't be any overwrites either as it is confirmed to be compatible.

Recommended settings for Dolomite Weathers INI settings which comes with the mod, look into your games data directory

[Display]
fGlobalSaturationBoost=-0.2   ;default -0.13, recommended -0.2, that reduces saturation to somewhere between the natural and vivid versions. -.2 is around the natural version, 0 is the vivid version.
;;;fReinhardWhiteScale=2    ;reduces glare only, commented out, not active, not necessary

Use load order from
LOOT. Latest version which support Skyrim SE here. Check the thread on LOOT and get the newest version, but read the release notes if you upgrade.

And read the hint about master files timestamps to avoid wrong loading here. You can find recommendation from Arthmoor too on USSEP posts and comments. This bug has been fixed in the meantime now starting with game version 1.3.9.0.x and the newest CK version.

If you are using SFO SE mod, be aware it contains an ini file which changes your [Grass] settings (see my change log for version 1.1) on your Skyrim.ini, which will cost a lot of FPS. You can delete this ini which comes with this mod.

BTW, this version of Skyrim is more sensible removing mods during a play through. You will get a broken savegame if you remove mods you have had enabled before.

If you want to try an ENB preset, look at
Sin Xtreme Realism ENB by L3st4t or
50 Shades of Rudy - ReShaded Rudy ENB for CoT by Zeratem
Natural View Tamriel (NVT) ENB by firemanaf

If you want to play a Vampire, you should not miss this mods.

And for your optimal modification installation and load order, use
Skyrim S-E-P-T-I-M Guide from zackalope

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