1.9 seemed to fix the texture load problem, where high res textures would pop into place 30 seconds late. But wow is the slowdown bad when there are a lot of particle effects. Whole game nearly freezes when a blizzard hits… Clear Skies has become my favorite shout. :(
Really weird history with 1.9. First day it ran great and certainly improved overall performance. Shortly after the first day however when I focused on Dawnguard the frame rate went to hell. Worst performance since pre- 1.4. Now after completing all DLC the frame rate is back to normal and the draw distance has improved..
Omnipotence: "God creates an infinitely heavy stone and drops it on the person who posed the question about lifting it."