I've got a pretty fast gaming PC:
Core i7-3820 CPU @ 3.6GHz (8 CPUs)
16 GB RAM
Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 with 4GB VRAM running SLI
2560x1600 resolution on a 30 inch monitor
I set the NVidia control panel settings for high performance instead of best quality because I wanted to start at rock-solid 60 FPS before installing STEP:
Ambient Occlusion Performance
Ansiotropic filtering 2x
Antialiasing - Transparency - 2x (supersample)
Texture Filtering - Ansiotropic sample optimization On
Texture Filtering - Negative LOD bias - Allow
Texture Filtering Quality - Performance
Texture Filtering - Trilinear optimization - On
I installed STEP Extended using the recommended texture sizes.
2.F. Conflicting Graphics cost me around 5 FPS
2.G. Landscape & Environment was expensive costing me around 10 FPS.
I think all the LOD mods that make far away objects visible cause a significant drop in FPS. The effect is that the world looks spectacular when I'm standing still, but the movement is stuttering and no longer smooth when I turn.
I also installed the explorers pack and survival pack. Overall, I think it's worth it because most of the time I'm running straight ahead and not turning much. Dungeons/interiors are steady 60 FPS. Thanks for a great compilation of mods.
Edited by Leto, 14 October 2014 - 09:18 PM.