Originally Posted by eiflegend
because the game is poorly optimized for the pc. its a known issue and almost everyone is experiencing it. i have the same card and i get drops into the 30s in some areas, and even switching to the lowest possible resolution doesnt affect it. so either a patch for the game or new gfx drivers will fix it... someday. btw cpu bottlenecking is when during gaming your cpu usage, or the cores the game can use, is at 100% preventing the gpu from performing to its full potential, which obviously isnt the case here
It actually is optimized pretty well for the PC, but it has bugs like all TES games on initial release. Disable Vsync by using this little guide for a few performance enhancements. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim tweaks improve graphics, disable Vsync, change FOV and more | PC Gamer
Disabling Vsync will pretty much take care of the drastic FPS drops going between indoors and outdoors or when you change areas. It will also allow for more FPS to make the game seem smoother. This is one of those games where it seems sluggish around the 30-40 mark.
There are also a ton of extra mods to not only make the game look 20x better than console, but also improve performance drastically even on a stock system. Check them out.
Skyrim Nexus - Skyrim Mods and community
You can also use a program called CFF Explorer to apply Large Address Aware to the game which allows it to see more than 2GB of RAM. This is only really necessary with a lot of mods though.
Originally Posted by Slaymate
Yes, your cpu at its stock speed will be a small bottleneck on your video card. This is true with almost every cpu available at this time. As an example,
You run a benchmark like 3DMark11 and score a 5000. You overclock your cpu by 200MHz and run 3DMark11 and now you score 5100. You overclock your cpu by 200 MHz more and now you score 5200. This basic pattern will continue until your gpu can no longer benefit from the additional cpu power, at which time your cpu is no longer the bottleneck. When the cpu bottleneck has been removed you now have a gpu bottleneck, it's a never ending cycle.
Too **** true.
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