DNA Extreme Config - for anyone wanting to push their hardware beyond Ultra

#1The BeansterPosted 2/1/2012 9:29:01 PM
Just stumbled across this config editor:
http://donotargue.com/cfg-makers/skyrim/

I've seen several threads recently where people complain about draw distances etc; well - here's a quick and easy fix for anyone wanting to push their hardware beyond Skyrim's default Ultra spec. It provides line-by-line options for increasing graphics options.

I am using the full DNA-Extreme config and it is a decent visual upgrade from Ultra; it even looks noticeably better than just ultra+ugrids=9.

However, the performance hit is noticeable. I average only about 50fps (both outdoors & cities), with 35fps being my typical minimum fps and 75 being typical max. Lowest fps I've seen so far was 27fps at one specific angle in Markarth.

Other graphical mods I'm using:
Enhanced Night Skyrim
Enhanced Blood Textures
Enhanced Distant Terrain
Improved NPC Clothing - High Res
Realistic Water Textures
Real Ice
Serious HD Retexture Landscape (2048x2048)
Skyrim HD - 2K Textures 1.4
Skyrim Flora Overhal hi-res
Xenius Character Enhancement

With the DNA-Extreme config and all those mods, my VRAM usage is between 2.7-3.0 GB. However, I have yet to see anything pop in visually :)
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#2Bex_7Posted 2/1/2012 10:32:57 PM
tag for later

though I doubt I can run this well on my rig
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#3The Beanster(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2012 8:00:59 AM(edited)
well the nice thing about the config is that if you don't have a crazy rig, you can use the tool to tweak settings down a bit so that you can get better performance without any major compromises on visual quality :)

I think that the biggest reason it has fps drops on my rig is that increasing ugridstoload + having tons of texture mods running = insane demand on your vram, resulting in periodic fps drops while it loads in new material.
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Phenom II x6 @ 4.0 GHz| XFX Black Edition 7970 @ 1150/1710MHz| 8 GB DDR3-1333 RAM
Currently Playing: Crysis, Skyrim || GT: The Ownage
#4g7g7g7g7Posted 2/2/2012 8:44:28 AM
Do you have a SSD, I remember that oblivion texture mods sometimes got a little crazy and wouldn't load quickly enough off of an HD leading to loads of popping in.
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