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I run Skyrim at 2560x1600 with 1.5GB cards and about 220 mods now, with several texture mods (Skyrim flora, HD textures, Mesh remake, etc) and I never have an issue.

If you're Vram limited you'll know it when you can't claw your way above 2fps, don't trust the dynamic Vram counter in afterburner or whatever as they are rarely accurate. Most game engines will cache everything they can get, and Skyrim is no exception. A while back I went from a 4GB 670 which was using ~3800MB to a 3GB 7950 which then used ~2800MB to a 2GB 680 which would run around 1950MB in the same week. No problems at all, the engine just eats up whatever is there for it to have as it reduces hits to the hard drive.

As a matter of fact, the only time I have ever actually hit a hard vram limit was in Dragon Age 2 at 5760x1200 with 1GB cards which only reported using ~700MB. My fps was less than 0, as in multiple seconds per frame when it had to try and swap textures to system RAM. It was horrible.
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I run Skyrim at 2560x1600 with 1.5GB cards and about 220 mods now, with several texture mods (Skyrim flora, HD textures, Mesh remake, etc) and I never have an issue.

If you're Vram limited you'll know it when you can't claw your way above 2fps, don't trust the dynamic Vram counter in afterburner or whatever as they are rarely accurate. Most game engines will cache everything they can get, and Skyrim is no exception. A while back I went from a 4GB 670 which was using ~3800MB to a 3GB 7950 which then used ~2800MB to a 2GB 680 which would run around 1950MB in the same week. No problems at all, the engine just eats up whatever is there for it to have as it reduces hits to the hard drive.
Thank you for the input. Perhaps I'll wait a bit longer to upgrade.
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As a matter of fact, the only time I have ever actually hit a hard vram limit was in Dragon Age 2 at 5760x1200 with 1GB cards which only reported using ~700MB. My fps was less than 0, as in multiple seconds per frame when it had to try and swap textures to system RAM. It was horrible.
I'm so sorry you had to experience that.
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Thank you for the input. Perhaps I'll wait a bit longer to upgrade.
I'm so sorry you had to experience that.

I know I wrote that super dramatically, but there has been a recent plague of posts basically suggesting that vram limit and software reported usage are the same thing so I was trying to make it pretty clear. If you start experiencing significant fps drops or stutters/hitches that you can't attribute to anything else, there is a good chance you have the real deal. If AB is just reporting you're using what you have then I wouldn't worry too much.

Do you play at 1080p?
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I know I wrote that super dramatically, but there has been a recent plague of posts basically suggesting that vram limit and software reported usage are the same thing so I was trying to make it pretty clear. If you start experiencing significant fps drops or stutters/hitches that you can't attribute to anything else, there is a good chance you have the real deal. If AB is just reporting you're using what you have then I wouldn't worry too much.

Do you play at 1080p?
the little stutter when you turn suddenly, that is VRAM correct?
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Hey guys if your having stuttering issues try setting the frame limit to 60 in MSI afterburner. For some reason it works along with v-sync to keep more consistant frame rates. Since setting my limit, I've experienced no stuttering whatsoever and I run the full skyrim 2k textures along with many other graphical mods.

Also for all the people that think they've done and seen everything in vanilla skyrim, try using a certain shout on the big glowing ball in blackreach. I'll let you guess which shout to use. smile.gif
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the little stutter when you turn suddenly, that is VRAM correct?

Definitely not. I can see if I can force a Vram limited situation and record the results. Those quick stutters when you turn fast are most likely CPU related, Skyrim is pretty CPU bound.
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Definitely not. I can see if I can force a Vram limited situation and record the results. Those quick stutters when you turn fast are most likely CPU related, Skyrim is pretty CPU bound.
do you happen to know some ways to reduce this? I have a 2600k and a 560ti, so just assumed the 560ti was the problem. I can run a solid 60+ (close to 120 if I didn't cap it) with HD textures + HD mods alongside FXAA and 4x af, but it will give 1second stutters if I run a lot or turn suddenly.
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do you happen to know some ways to reduce this? I have a 2600k and a 560ti, so just assumed the 560ti was the problem. I can run a solid 60+ (close to 120 if I didn't cap it) with HD textures + HD mods alongside FXAA and 4x af, but it will give 1second stutters if I run a lot or turn suddenly.

try ocing your processor? 4.0 or 4.5 see if you can spot a difference? I am waiting for my 7950's to come in! soo excited also going to install tropical mod lol has anyone tried tropical mod?
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I want to try the Tropical Skyrim Mod, but it's perhaps the most un-lore-friendly mod out there. That turns me away from it.
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I like the http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/33582 (much taller grass) but it kills my fps.
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