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Using all of these settings and mods could bring your PC to its knees. You have been warned.

Combination of mods and INI tweaks to improve skyrims graphics. *Note: No blocky low res shadows inside or out*


HIGH RES SCREEN SHOTS --------------------------> https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink
(Remember to blow up and zoom for full detail)

PC Specs:

Intel I7-860 @ 2.8ghz
8GB Rippjaw DDR1600
Asrock P55 Extreme
2x SLI GTX 560 TI OC
Corsair TX 750
Asus Xonar STX 7.1
OZC Vertex Turbo SSD

Game Settings: 1920x1200 8xAA 16AF everything maxed out.

Mods Used:

Nvidia SSAO profile with extra 16x AF filtering (High Quality)
Alpha resampled/filtered textures
High Res Armor textures
Enhanced Blood Textures
Antialiasing and Sharpening
Detailed Faces
No more blocky noses or chins

INI settings: *Note: to get sharper shadows change fShadowDistance= From 8000.0000 to 2500.0000 and fInteriorShadowDistance= 3000.0000 to 2500.0000* (This was a dramatic improvment) If you change any graphics settings in your launcher after you set this you will notice NO improvement. Set game grahics first then modify your INI.

[Display]
iTexMipMapSkip=0
bFXAAEnabled=1
fMeshLODLevel2FadeDist=10000000.0000
fMeshLODLevel1FadeDist=10000000.0000
fSpecularLODStartFade=2000.0000
fLightLODStartFade=3500.0000
fTreesMidLODSwitchDist=10000000.0000
iShadowMapResolution=4096
iShadowMapResolutionPrimary=4096
iShadowMapResolutionSecondary=4096
fShadowBiasScale=0.1500
iShadowMaskQuarter=4
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=3
fShadowDistance=2500.0000
iMaxDecalsPerFrame=100
iMaxSkinDecalsPerFrame=25
iAdapter=0
iSize W=1920
iSize H=1200
iMultiSample=8
iMaxAnisotropy=16
iPresentInterval=0
bFull Screen=1
sD3DDevice="NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti"
fInteriorShadowDistance=2500.0000
bFloatPointRenderTarget=1
fGamma=1.0000
iShadowFilter=4
fDecalLOD2=1500.0000
fDecalLOD1=1000.0000
fShadowLODStartFade=1000.0000
iTexMipMapMinimum=0
bTransparencyMultisampling=1
iWaterMultiSamples=4
iShadowMode=3
bTreesReceiveShadows=1
bDrawLandShadows=1
bDrawShadows=1
fLeafAnimDampenDistEnd=4600.0000
fLeafAnimDampenDistStart=3600.0000
fMeshLODFadePercentDefault=1.2000
fMeshLODFadeBoundDefault=256.0000
fMeshLODLevel2FadeTreeDistance=2048.0000
fMeshLODLevel1FadeTreeDistance=2844.0000
iScreenShotIndex=0
bShadowMaskZPrepass=0
bMainZPrepass=0
[Imagespace]
iRadialBlurLevel=1
bDoDepthOfField=1
iPresentInterval=0
[LOD]
fLODFadeOutMultActors=15.0000
fLODFadeOutMultItems=15.0000
fLODFadeOutMultObjects=15.0000
fLODFadeOutMultSkyCell=1.0000
[Grass]
fGrassStartFadeDistance=7000.0000
b30GrassVS=1
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=7000.0000
fGrassMinStartFadeDistance=400.0000
[Decals]
bDecals=1
bSkinnedDecals=1
uMaxDecals=1000
uMaxSkinDecals=100
uMaxSkinDecalsPerActor=60
[TerrainManager]
fTreeLoadDistance=75000.0000
fBlockMaximumDistance=250000.0000
fBlockLevel1Distance=70000.0000
fBlockLevel0Distance=35000.0000
fSplitDistanceMult=1.5000
bShowLODInEditor=0
[BlurShaderHDR]
bDoHighDynamicRange=1
[BlurShader]
bUseBlurShader=0
[Launcher]
bShowAllResolutions=0
uLastAspectRatio=4
[Water]
iWaterReflectHeight=1024
iWaterReflectWidth=1024
bUseWaterDisplacements=1
bUseWaterRefractions=1
bUseWaterReflections=1
bUseWaterDepth=1
[MAIN]
fSkyCellRefFadeDistance=150000.0000
bGamepadEnable=1
bCrosshairEnabled=1
fHUDOpacity=1.0000
bSaveOnPause=1
bSaveOnTravel=1
bSaveOnWait=1
bSaveOnRest=1
[GamePlay]
bShowFloatingQuestMarkers=1
bShowQuestMarkers=1
iDifficulty=2
[Interface]
bDialogueSubtitles=0
bGeneralSubtitles=0
bShowCompass=1
[Controls]
bMouseAcceleration=0
fMouseHeadingSensitivity=0.0125
fGamepadHeadingSensitivity=1.9000
bAlwaysRunByDefault=1
bInvertYValues=0
bGamePadRumble=1
[Particles]
iMaxDesired=750
[SaveGame]
fAutosaveEveryXMins=15.0000
[AudioMenu]
fAudioMasterVolume=1.0000
fVal7=1.0000
uID7=0
fVal6=1.0000
uID6=0
fVal5=1.0000
uID5=0
fVal4=1.0000
uID4=0
fVal3=0.5000
uID3=466532
fVal2=0.8000
uID2=554685
fVal1=0.8000
uID1=1007612
fVal0=1.0000
uID0=94881
[Clouds]
fCloudLevel2Distance=262144.0000
fCloudLevel1Distance=32768.0000
fCloudLevel0Distance=16384.0000
fCloudNearFadeDistance=9000.0000
[General]
iStoryManagerLoggingEvent=-1
bEnableStoryManagerLogging=0
[Trees]
bRenderSkinnedTrees=1
uiMaxSkinnedTreesToRender=40
bUseWaterReflectionBlur=1
bReflectExplosions=1
iWaterBlurAmount=4
bAutoWaterSilhouetteReflections=0
bForceHighDetailReflections=1
fBlockLoadDistanceLow=50000.0000
fBlockLoadDistance=125000.0000
fHighBlockLoadDistanceLow=20000.0000

The improved shadows alone makes a massive difference. Hope this helps!

Edited by stevosn95, 12 November 2011 - 08:45 PM.


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>Asrock P55 Extreme

Seriously?

You spent THAT much money on a computer and you chose asrock? Have you ever even heard of the word "bottleneck" and what it implies in the world of computing? The slowest part will ultimately determine the speed of the overall system. By utilizing an asrock mainboard, you will not be able to use the full speed of your GPU, ram, SSD nor CPU. Additionally, you will probably not be able to successfully overclock your system, while the i7 has enormous OC potential

That computer is such a waste of good money

On topic: very delicious screenshots

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Thank you, I shall give these a try.

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>Asrock P55 Extreme

Seriously?

You spent THAT much money on a computer and you chose asrock? Have you ever even heard of the word "bottleneck" and what it implies in the world of computing? The slowest part will ultimately determine the speed of the overall system. By utilizing an asrock mainboard, you will not be able to use the full speed of your GPU, ram, SSD nor CPU. Additionally, you will probably not be able to successfully overclock your system, while the i7 has enormous OC potential

That computer is such a waste of good money

On topic: very delicious screenshots


Opinions are like a$$holes everyone has one and their so eager to share, causing the whole world to stink. You could have easily been more tactful about discussing with him that his choose of main board was bottle-necking his PC without being a complete jackass. I don't know, like explaining why it is and offering a good quality argument to your "opinion" verse passive aggressively calling him a dumba$$. This is why I don't usually post but lurk.

stevosn95-

The pictures are pretty nice, I've done the same with my game as well and it improves the visuals quite well. You can also up the render distance of the grass from 7000 to 20000

look for these in the skyrimprefs.ini

[Grass]
fGrassStartFadeDistance=7000.0000
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=7000.0000

change to this

[Grass]
fGrassStartFadeDistance=20000.0000
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=20000.0000

20000 seems to be the max, performance hit for me was negligible, but your mileage may vary.

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fShadowDistance= From 8000.0000 to 2500.0000 and fInteriorShadowDistance= 3000.0000 to 2500.0000

This worked perfectly, thanks a million man!! No more blocky shadows interior or exterior! I only wanted to play at night because daytime shadows were ruining my experience. Great job!! Sticky this!

@Redtail

You're a freakin dick man. Shame on you. :down:

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>Asrock P55 Extreme

Seriously?

You spent THAT much money on a computer and you chose asrock? Have you ever even heard of the word "bottleneck" and what it implies in the world of computing? The slowest part will ultimately determine the speed of the overall system. By utilizing an asrock mainboard, you will not be able to use the full speed of your GPU, ram, SSD nor CPU. Additionally, you will probably not be able to successfully overclock your system, while the i7 has enormous OC potential

That computer is such a waste of good money

On topic: very delicious screenshots


Didn't really ask for your opinion on my motherboard. I've been building computers and gaming rigs for 18 years... so, I quite familur with what a bottleneck is. This isn't my main board for my gaming PC, this is a board I used for my budget home Theatre pc. My Asus P7P55D Deluxe burnt up last month and I haven't bought a replacement yet becuase I'm thinking for jumping to a 1155 setup. But then again i'm sure your the expert jumpimg on my ass about a "waste of good money" guess my setup is complete s***. lol

Edited by stevosn95, 14 November 2011 - 11:09 PM.


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>Asrock P55 Extreme

Seriously?

You spent THAT much money on a computer and you chose asrock? Have you ever even heard of the word "bottleneck" and what it implies in the world of computing? The slowest part will ultimately determine the speed of the overall system. By utilizing an asrock mainboard, you will not be able to use the full speed of your GPU, ram, SSD nor CPU. Additionally, you will probably not be able to successfully overclock your system, while the i7 has enormous OC potential

That computer is such a waste of good money

On topic: very delicious screenshots


Opinions are like a$$holes everyone has one and their so eager to share, causing the whole world to stink. You could have easily been more tactful about discussing with him that his choose of main board was bottle-necking his PC without being a complete jackass. I don't know, like explaining why it is and offering a good quality argument to your "opinion" verse passive aggressively calling him a dumba$$. This is why I don't usually post but lurk.

stevosn95-

The pictures are pretty nice, I've done the same with my game as well and it improves the visuals quite well. You can also up the render distance of the grass from 7000 to 20000

look for these in the skyrimprefs.ini

[Grass]
fGrassStartFadeDistance=7000.0000
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=7000.0000

change to this

[Grass]
fGrassStartFadeDistance=20000.0000
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=20000.0000

20000 seems to be the max, performance hit for me was negligible, but your mileage may vary.



Thanks man! I'm gonna give these a try now!

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Hi!

Witch ini i need to change? I changed the .ini at this directory: c:/users/xyz/documents/mygames/skyrim . Am i right when i think i dont have to change anything at the steamapps/common/..... .ini ?

Thank you :)

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Hi!

Witch ini i need to change? I changed the .ini at this directory: c:/users/xyz/documents/mygames/skyrim . Am i right when i think i dont have to change anything at the steamapps/common/..... .ini ?

Thank you :)


You should not need to change anything in the steam apps directory.

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Hi!

Witch ini i need to change? I changed the .ini at this directory: c:/users/xyz/documents/mygames/skyrim . Am i right when i think i dont have to change anything at the steamapps/common/..... .ini ?

Thank you :)



Yeah, thats what i tought :) thx

Btw fShadowDistance and fInteriorShadowDistance can be at 1000? the lower the number the better the shadow quality? Has it any bad effect or its just make the shadow to looks smoother.




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