I've noted that when this stuttering/pausing happens my GPU memory is maxing out, or is nearly maxed, while the GPU's load is somewhere around 70%. CPU is maybe at 40% or so. I can see how VRAM might be the bottleneck, especially with the HD textures. Dropping the texture quality from "high" to "medium" greatly lessens the issue and makes the game playable again.
However I have difficulty thinking there isn't something else going on when I clearly meet the recommended specs, even for the HD pack. Perhaps there's something in my settings I need to adjust? Or do I just need to bite the bullet and keep with medium HD textures and accept that my VRAM just isn't fast enough to keep up?
i7 920 (stock speeds)
2x Sapphire HD5770 1GB/ea (not OC'd)
Catalyst 11.11c (Haven't updated further as I don't think any of the drivers after this yield performance improvements for Skyrim).
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Edited by JdeFalconr, 27 February 2012 - 03:02 AM.