here's my opinion:
The mod does make a difference. But not as big as some people claim. Things get blown out of proportion. Some people praise it way too much, so in response, other people criticize it in an attempt to stabilize its exaggerated effectiveness. People who like the mod will continue coming up with reasons as to why it is effective and then offer up some data that supports their claim. Then those who are skeptical will come back and question whether or not the data they provided is legit, leading to questions about the integrity of the software used to measure said data.
...and the cycle continues... and continues... and 'round and 'round we go
Here is my experience, I will give it to you in a primarily qualitative manner:
I use ENB for graphics mod. So when this new binary was released, it was very easy for me to implement. All i had to do was switch from the 0.186 to the 0.193 binary.. the only new parameters were the ones added for the "fix".
For the past 3 months, I have been able to reproduce a CTD
by traveling on foot from falkreath to DB
sanctuary, then entering. My system mem would shoot up to ~3150mb and I would crash. This has been reproducible like clockwork.. i could do it all day long, assuming i repeated the same steps and followed the same path. Also, none of the ideas that have been offered as potential solutions over the past few months have made any difference whatsoever.
Ok, now comes this "fix" from boris. Just like i have a hundred other times, the first thing i do after implementing a proposed fix is try to replicate the CTD
. This time, however, there was no CTD
. The first time as long as ive been running this 'test' i was able to complete it without a CTD
. What does this tell me? It tells me that, without even looking at any of the numbers/data, something is different and has changed enough to where I am no longer able to reproduce a CTD
that I have done many, many time before. If the only variable that changes is the presence or absence of this "fix", and i get different results between the two, i feel pretty safe saying there is a causal relationship. As far as this is concerned, I do not need any data to tell me there was a change because i was able to observe the change first-hand.
Now, if we want to consider data, that is an entirely separate issue. One that we could debate all day long. As I have said in a different post, if we've gotten to the point of questioning the integrity and validity of the software we use to measure and acquire our data, we will never be able to find common ground.
The other thing is, even if your method of measuring memory use is not the most accurate, it will still be able to show you when a large variation has occurred as a result of adding in this mod. If you normally run at 2600mb according to one program and 2800 according to a different program, then you install this mod and the first program reports 2100mb and the second one reports 2250mb. Clearly both programs are giving different data measurements and each program showed a significant decrease in memory, but the amount of change (delta) reported by the first program is smaller than the amount of change reported by the second program.
We can debate all day about validity of this and accuracy of that, but what is important is the fact that clearly
there has been some change, regardless of the amount.
What it means:
I have observed with my own eyes a change in the way the game is played. i.e. unable to reproduce an otherwise reproducible CTD
. Furthermore, I have measured a significant decrease in memory use... so significant that, even with the largest margin of error and most "inaccurate" tool, can not be simply explained away and negated. Thus, with all of this combined, I have no choice but to conclude that the ENB 'fix' released by boris has helped me, in some way or another, alleviate some (if not all) CTD
that results from exceeding the 3.1gb threshold. The "evidence" would also seem to suggest that system RAM usage has decreased, although we do not know exactly how much or to what extent. But i feel safe concluding that there has been some
decrease in system RAM.