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Hi. Just re-downloaded Skyrim from steam to play on my newish GTX680's (I played skyrim on GTX280 tri-sli previously). I am thinking mods this time. I downloaded the Steam install and it detected Ultra settings but when I play It stutters horribly. Tried messing with v-sync, adaptive on off, lucid on off, SLI, non-SLI, AFR1 & 2 same stuttering, I am using 310.67 beta drivers and freshly installed them a few days ago. Anyone know how to get this to work? I would like to start applying some mods, but definitely want to make sure I have a stable starting point.
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I'm surprised the game was ok with your old tri-sli. Game and the Gamebryo engine does not do crossfire/sli well. Try playing with only one 680.
 
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I see you have 2 different GTX680's.

Are they on the same frequenty?
   
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Spec wise yes they should both boost from 1084 - 1150, but one normally boosts to 1173 while the other boosts to 1183. It may just be temperature differences between the two. I have heard that syncing the speed exactly is not important with 680's as it was with past cards that used fixed clockspeeds instead of boost? Am I wrong?
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I'm surprised the game was ok with your old tri-sli. Game and the Gamebryo engine does not do crossfire/sli well. Try playing with only one 680.

One 680 stutters as well in all except one setting. The problem is that once I start piling on the mods the horsepower added by the second card will be needed. I would rather delete it and play something else then run it with one card.
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...Likely is the beta driver...I have a I 3770 (non-k) at 4.5Ghz and water cooling with an Asus GTX 670 Direct CU ii clocked up a bit ...loaded up the latest Nvidia beta driver yesterday - only to have horrible stuttering in most games which were perfectly smooth before (Aero FS, NFS Most Wanted etc).

...reverted back to the 306.97 Nvidia non-beta driver and that solved half the problems - until I reinstalled 306.97 again, but this time using the 'clean install' option...now everything is back to a buttery smooth game play
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I was thinking that. The other game I am currently playing is metro2033 and that is a buttery smooth 80FPS (maxed out minus DOF). I will try an older driver later to see if that is the deal. I was reading vsync was the problem but I explored that already, I even made some little modification to a file and added something=0 to get rid of vsync. Didn't work either.
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Spec wise yes they should both boost from 1084 - 1150, but one normally boosts to 1173 while the other boosts to 1183. It may just be temperature differences between the two. I have heard that syncing the speed exactly is not important with 680's as it was with past cards that used fixed clockspeeds instead of boost? Am I wrong?

Nope, not wrong. And it's not temp-related, it's just that different Kepler cards boost to different speeds, inherently. The driver will actually handle it behind the scenes (w/o visibly affecting the clocks) so that they sync properly despite the small difference in clock speed. Plus like you say the issue is there w/SLI disabled, so this obviously isn't the issue. Let us know how the older driver works for ya ... latest beta's are turning out to have various issues for a lot of people on the boards.

I played all of Skyrim on my SLI 470's, never had any stuttering issues ... so I don't think SLI is 'the problem'.
    
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Yes it was drivers. Went back to 301 whql and it works. Only problem is each GPU is only getting 45-50% usage now and the framerate hovers between 55 and 60.. Would you consider that fixed or not?
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...glad the drivers did the trick!

I am not familiar with the game you mentioned, but keep in mind that when your re-installed drivers, vsynch settings and such may have reset. It also depends whether you are running Lucid Virtu VMP etc.

In aero fs, I get a consistent 120 fps (it's max) without vsynch, and 60 with vsynch on, though it 'feels the same'. As to your GPU usage for your SLI, it just sounds that you have a lot of headroom left, a good thing I would say re future multi-monitor upgrades and such.
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