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SneakySnake August 24, 2012 03:49 PM

Does Maxing Skyrim require more VRAM or power
I wanting to build a computer to max Skyrim, and by max I mean full draw distance on objects, trees, etc. I'm assuming that takes a ton of VRAM?

What sort of card am i looking at to do that? Any powerful 2 GB VRAM+ card? (660ti, 7950)

lowfat August 24, 2012 03:57 PM

Skyrim can use a ton of VRAM if you install the high resolution packs. But it definitely doesn't require it. I was easily maxing out my 3GB 7970 when I was playing it but I do not believe it helps all that much in terms of framerate.

TedShackley August 24, 2012 09:58 PM

With 1 6950 2GB at stock, I could max every single setting except in advanced I had to change 'draw distance' to high or medium instead of ultra. Like that I would mostly get 60fps with v-sync, when walking around outside doing minor things.

In battles it would drop some, sometimes as low as 30-40fps when lots of magic effects were around. Not sure how 1GB vs 2GB compares. But skyrim is very easy on a quad-core anyway, works the GPU a lot more.

So 1 6950 2GB is good enough for most at 1080p.

And now with 2x6950 and the Hi-Res pack, I can set the 'draw distance' to ultra and outside is perfect. Haven't had to check fraps in ages, but it's always at least 50fps walking outside, and in battle outside it seems fine too, no lag, so its always close to 60fps too.

For my own curiosity next time I play I'll turn on fraps to check my fps.

Well I left Whiterun and headed north looking around 360deg all the time, only flickers off 60fps right around Whiterun itself. Thats more coding related I bet, just like in places of Markarth City its 30fps with 1 or 2 6950s

Fought the giants just NW of Whiterun with a bunch of magic types used, never moved off 60fps with v-sync on.

So for 1080p, 1 6950 2GB can almost max skyrim, 2 is overkill

and so 1 gtx560 1GB is alright I "guess", 570 is better, and 2x560 or 2x570 is overkill, assuming their 1GB can handle it, and I'm sure they can otherwise all 1GBers would complain

TedShackley August 25, 2012 03:49 AM

I've never played the game, whats skyrim????????

BlueByte August 25, 2012 06:42 AM

1 7970 OCed runs around 2-2.5GB usage on 5040 x 1050 on ultra settings. Whiterun as you come through the gate chokes down to 25-30 but that's the only place I have found it choke. Most place stays at vsync, in a couple of places 45-50 in heavy battles with large open spaces.

sswilson August 25, 2012 07:06 AM


Originally Posted by TedShackley (Post 651057)
I've never played the game, whats skyrim????????

The latest Bethusa title in the morrowwind series. Came after Oblivion.

Masteroderus August 25, 2012 01:24 PM

My trifire 6950 2gig rig doesn't play skyrim up to my expectations of smooth 60 fps outside 100% of the time. I think it is because of my processor, the 8150.

So in my opinion get an i5 for skyrim, or better if you can afford the large amount of money for a small increase in single core performance after the i5.

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