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Skyrim PC Players: Boost Your Framerate!

A simple download can increase your framerate significantly.

By Dylan Coffey on 11/25/2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has some weird glitches and issues, but most of them are minor. Some are even invisible, such as the fact that the PC version of the game uses only 2GB of RAM even if the machine it is running on possesses more. This causes a bottleneck for higher-end machines, resulting in a lower-than-optimal framerate and texture quality. Fortunately, Monochrome Wench over at SkyrimNexus, a new branch of the popular modding website TESNexus, has released a simple fix enabling users to get up to 4GB of RAM in to play while playing Skyrim. Hopefully some expansion to this wll come later, enabling 8 or even 16GB of RAM to be utilized; the game looks so pretty on 2GB, it baffles the mind to think of how it may look with 16GB on a top-of-the-line rig. Head on over to SkyrimNexus and pick up the 4GB Skyrim mod here.

There are some other minor tweaks that PC Skyrim players can implement to snatch a few frames per second from the jaws of Oblivion. One of the simplest is to disable the XBox 360 Controller setting in the Gameplay menu; for whatever reason, this nets a few frames per second for basically no work. It's also worth noting for those with weaker machines that actor and object fade can be increased as high as 7 with no significant performance hit; this will increase gameplay quality by allowing the player to see enemies at a much farther distance. For braver souls, there's the Better Skyrim Performance Mod which you can find here; it replaces some of Skyrim's technologies with their Oblivion counterparts, making the game run much faster. Check out some other tweaks in this Steam forum thread, and enjoy your dragonslaying in a few frames more beauty.

UPDATE: This writer just installed the Better Skyrim Performance Mod and saw an immediate skyrocket in performance. It is a zero-risk procedure; the archive contains only a single .DLL file which is placed in the Skyrim directory. If something goes wrong, one can simply delete the file. This writer recommends the BSPM to all PC Skyrim players, unequivocally.
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kev1n57 on August 10, 2014

Downloaded and installed the BSPM. Amazing increase in FPS. I was suffering with lag even though my graphics card is newish. Nvidia Geforce GTX 770m. Thanks for this, will enjoy playing Skyrim again.
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BigBearDKbh on February 08, 2013
could that boost work for other games as BF3 or is there a boost for (many) other PC games ??
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epicgamer50055 on April 29, 2012
Meh, had the 4GB RAM mod a couple months ago, but thanks for letting those with better rigs who didn't know about the chance to!
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dieg234 on February 04, 2012
I USE AN XBOX! AMERICA!
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nickrmorin on March 21, 2013
XBox is much better than PC.
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Forbidden404 on January 08, 2012
I don't know about the 4gb ram patch, for me, it made no difference, but the BSPM... I have a amd radeon 512 mb and I had to still playing in medium quality ):
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Forbidden404 on December 19, 2011
Oh, so I shall test this later
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thefrez on December 06, 2011
i want to try and get
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NinjaViking on November 28, 2011
does this mod cost any?? or is it illegal or anything?? just curious because IGN leaked a mod for MW3 and i had ins investigating me because of it XD
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praxisofevil on November 28, 2011
Mods are free, as are all mods on SkyrimNexus. Technically if developers wanted to be jerks and prevent you from modifying the game, they could.... but considering Bethesda releases mod tools so that the community can do whatever they want, I don´t think you have anything to worry about.
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Merfyz on November 26, 2011
Sometimes i re consider thinking about getting the xbox 360 version of skyrim.
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NinjaViking on November 28, 2011
do you have it for PC?? haha have you tried god mode????
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Merfyz on November 28, 2011
I haven't been able to even get one of the games yet as i am traveling, and i would get the PC version when i get back but my graphics card for my laptop most likely wont do the game justice.

I do want it for PC though.
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samrat2170 on December 01, 2011
i really want skyrim
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Merfyz on December 01, 2011
Go get it then?
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nickrmorin on March 21, 2013
Get the XBox version its much better.
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praxisofevil on November 25, 2011
Thanks a lot! That .DLL did wonders for my framerate. "skyrocket in performance" was not an exaggeration. I have no more stuttering at all.
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McGill93 on November 25, 2011
I've been modding Skyrim a lot since I got it. These two mods worked well for me, along with the others I downloaded. I honestly can't wait until people mod it as much as they did Oblivion.
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viktor13jaar on November 25, 2011
so cool this game i love it
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