LowSpecGamer: How to improve performance on Skyrim


Skyrim is a game of epic dimensions. Here are a couple of ways to improve performance on low end computers.

Mods shown on this video:
Skyrim performance PLUS: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/6387/?
Performance Textures for Armor, clothes and weapons: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/42360/?
Performance Textures for creatures and animals: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/43921/?

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The laptop used for this video has the following specifications:

CPU: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U
RAM: 4 GB DDR3
VIDEO: Intel HD Graphics 4000

All gameplay footage is taken using an external video capture device.

Intro footage taken from the official Skyrim release trailer.
A short clip of the northern lights taken from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnmfGbuO9Ws
A short clip of a pony related mod is taken from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxnig51b13Y
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  • ZombieBassBoss

    well it went from 7-12fpsto a stable 29

  • Spaghetti O's

    I was getting 3 fps now I'm getting like 5 thanks 👍

  • Sinuev1

    Tweak the game all the way down to run a solid 60fps on a potato. Install ENB. Back to 15fps again.SUCCESS!

  • Jaysonfred

    Anyone else watching this so they can game on their laptop instead of desktop?

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    02:09 "we are farting 2 enemies"

  • floopdoodle

    "sexy daedric princes"what have you been doing?

  • Celestino Garrós

    2:30 Sexy daedric princes??? WTF!?!? Let`s hope it is a joke

  • Adrian

    If you keep up this work on your channel I guarantee you that you will have extreme succes. This channel is seriously a diamond in the rough. Keep it up and 2015 will be reeeeeal nice to your channel :D

  • deathbros100

    good video "where draw distance is a myth" killed me lol

  • Mr _Quilava

    On a old pc I went from 3 or 4 to 30fps

  • rainbow pig

    if the fog slow your fps change "iMaxDesired" to 25

  • ANGRYWOLVES

    You might want to update this video at some point because of the advent of SPINI, RAPTR, Project Lasso and other programs that can improve Skyrim performance

  • RushXV

    You should also do fallout new Vegas. I just bought the game and it would be nice to have a video on how to run it better, the game is 9.99 in the U.S. on steam

  • Emman Cardano

    It's cool how you still play and upload videos even though you don't have a good pc. :)

  • Jorlok Zander

    3:33 as far as I know, "iShadowMapResolutionPrimary" and "iShadowMapResolutionSecondary" settings don't actually work. But what you could do is set "iShadowMapResolution" (the same thing, just without "primary/secondary") to "1". This setting is located in the same config file in the same "display" section, just a bit lower. And setting it to "1" will actually give you the lowest resolution shadows the game has. What you could also do, to make said shadows a bit prettier without any effect on performance is to change "iBlurDeferredShadowMask" to "5". This will blur those ugly shadows actually making them look nicer. Although, if you reduce shadows as far as to make them only draw up-close, you may not need this.

  • Sinuev1

    Tweak the game all the way down to run a solid 60fps on a potato. Install ENB. Back to 15fps again.SUCCESS!

  • Kiari

    Assassin's Creed 4 PLS!!

  • LaggyStand Yt

    Thanks, this went from max settings 57 fps to lowest settings 139 fps

  • harry48224

    Despite having a highend pc, I am obsessed with lowend gaming. I really enjoy your videos!

  • OkarasChimera

    this is book marked for when I get my GPD WIN delivered to my house and I'm so going to play through the game thanks mate

  • Ahmad septim

    try ASO , and thank me latter it makes my fps like 4 or 5 times more !!! but with a cost , but sometimes we need fps

  • ENasos Akos

    You are the best man,from 6-10 fps on 35-45 fps amazing

  • hassan nawaz

    i have similar laptopi5 3210m 2.5-2.8turbo8gb ddr3intel hd 4000i get 40fps on default + increased draw distance and some other view distance settings increased. i can even increaee some other settings to medium with fps not going below 29.

  • Enzo Gurgel

    If all Fails Hialgo Switch.

  • Pullismann

    Finally my Lenovo T430 Will DESTROY Skyrim

  • Catcrumbs

    HialgoBoost made the difference for me. It's a mod which causes the game to drop resolution instead of frame rate. It makes the game run much smoother, particularly when rotating the camera.

  • 3Edges

    Thanks so much! My Skyrim ran at 10 fps before and now it runs at more than 30 :)

  • minibattleship

    Thank you. This will help me a lot because I have a computer at the moment that fits minimum Skyrim requirements. I just bought Skyrim after finishing my journey in Oblivion!

  • Saurabh Subudhiray

    is the Skyrim vanilla reduced texture good for low pcmy specs:e7500 2 core3gb ramg41 express chipset

  • Kireon BK

    game decided that I have a super-duper pc so it set ultra setting as default (I have 3-10 fps)

  • GatorSmitty

    I actually like playing the games on these settings. I find it much more enjoyable.

  • Hannes Beukes

    Please do ARK survival evolved :)

  • Lie Sandy

    Disable Shadow XD!!Optimized texture!

  • bybull 23

    it works!!! thanks man!!!!!!!

  • Kiagus Ahmad Naufal

    will its work for me?My Specs :Intel Pentium P6100RAM 3GBIntel HD Graphics

  • Demi Kraw

    HiAlgoBoost is veeery nice :)

  • Diesel McGregor

    Went from 5-7 To 14FPS Amazing

  • Mário Bárbara

    PLEASE do HITMAN: ABSOLUTION !!!!

  • GuilZ Ninja

    draw distance,detailed faces and beauty has left the gameLITERALLY

  • ღɪʟᴏᴠᴇᴘɪɴᴋღ

    My iPhone have 2 GB ram and my pc have 1 GB ram.I level up and upgrade my convincing level for my dad...NOW I HAVE 8 GB !!!!1!

  • Mário Bárbara

    i finally bought this game and i have to say that i LOVE YOU

  • pochowandpoch

    Excelent configs!! thanks. (^__^)

  • Rising Spirit

    I have a better computee than you but I still can't run Skyrim over the lowest settings without getting under 10 fps

  • basile Gituranya

    I just bought a laptop for school I have a gaming pc at home but sometimes I wanna play games at school so how are these specs (do you think they can handle skyrim to the point that its playable)AMD E1-6010 APU with Radeon R2 Graphics 1.35GHz4G of ram (3.45G usable)

  • GamePil

    this is Amazing but i think my Laptop is still to slow :D (Dual-Core 2,40GHz Intel Core i3-2370M and 4GB RAM)

  • ColorExplosive

    You forgot to include a link for Skyrim Project Optimization in your description

  • Shahryar Basith

    Terrible Textures for Weak Computers.Best optimising mod ever made.

  • The Unwanted One's

    Hey Bro Can You Do A Video For Reign Of Kings.........

  • Databat123

    The fact that my computer runs skyrim with less fps than yours without you configuring yours, makes me sad. Also the fact that the configs barely did anything with my fps, and I had to resort to Ultra Low graphics mod.

  • Dank Louai

    with mods it went from 12fps to a stable 40fps and indoors to a 170fps

  • sarc0tic

    dude in the first example the FPS was fine lol. Whatever good video nonetheless.

  • Keegan Obenauf

    I installed Skyrim on my computer… I got about 5 frames per second on lowest settings (without editing the SkyrimPrefs.ini file or mods). Is it a lost cause or do you think mods will give me a playable frame rate?

  • The YouTube Phantom Official

    for some reason, my specs are well above recommended yet I still get a massive amount of lag on high quality 1920x1080.

  • Fletcher Fletcher

    Intel BYT-M 4Core 3 540, up to 2.66GHz 4GB of RAM^^^^Is that Good, Average or Sh*t?

  • Lukasz Bubel

    You can also save some frames by decreasing the resolution in the SkyrimPrefs.iniI've doubled framerate on my tablet by changing:iSize H=800iSize W=1280toiSize H=400iSize W=640(remember to change to a resolution which would be valid for your GPU)

  • raw pc

    Do one on Dayz / Arma 2 ..... hahahhaha jk.. good luck getting that shit to run past 20fps on almost any config XD

  • Skallheim

    Dude, i just love you, love, love you

  • Nikola Jankovic

    do Gta IV please. Btw thanks for this helped me a lor

  • Asry Toroko

    i have a Pentium III and a Voodoo 3dfx and now the game run at 0.1 fps in 100x60thanks

  • dead meme

    I'm going to try that later. Subscribed!

  • Howard Lam

    but can you do this with the special edition?

  • Johny Strike

    Is there anyway to disable shadow completely? like no shadows anywhere?

  • Sonja Beils

    Thanks a Lot, now i can fight those dragons

  • Ricardo Milos

    Thank You Sir. My game got a boost of fps when I played again with the settings.

  • //RTX

    Thanks!! FPS went from 19 to 48

  • Weak

    Lol. Have a better PC than you and still have 15 FPS :D

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