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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:45 AM

I've been using Skyrim Performance Monitor v2.27...Posted Image
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:25 AM

I've used the windows performance supervisor tool (probably didn't translate it correctly.) at least the values are identical. not even 30% at MOST through a whole game session of skyrim with fights, long distance travelling, from sun rise to sun set. Tell me, what am I doing wrong, no, tell me, WHY IS SKYRIM SO CHEAP ON MY CPU? o_O
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:34 AM

That makes a little more sense, though I'm surprised at the 8% average. I'm guessing you have some of the quality settings turned down? What are you using for AA? Shadow quality? The 2% figure you can toss, that's when it started gathering data before TESV.exe launched. I did a test run with ugrids at default (5), ultra settings but with custom shadows. I got an average of 22% for total. And that number was in line with what I got from Windows perfmon. I also gathered data from each core, and two of them averaged 32%, and two averaged 16 - 17%.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:43 AM

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Edit:
for the performance guide or sth like that:
https://perfectworld...-for-older-pcs/
 
+fullproc setting didn't increase the cpu usage by any bit, as well as increasing ugrids to 7. although i did get a game freeze using exterior cell buffer 64. I'll increase it again and try it another time using skse this time.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

I used your nVidia settings and changed my AA/AF to match yours and I dropped 19% avg. Then disabled RCRN/ENB and it dropped to 17%. Then used your entire Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini and dropped to 16%. Now that figure is somewhat misleading, as one core averaged about 25%, one 20%, one 15%, and one 10%. All of my tests were also running around Whiterun. But, I finally got down to an average of 8% by using your configs and loading into the world and just standing there, doing nothing.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:17 AM

Well I'm running through half Skyrim and there isn't a bit increase in CPU usage. I keep getting permanent freezes entering the outerrims of whiterun using a uGrids value higher than 7. Increasing Exterior cell buffer to 100 didn't help a lot could you tell me your settings? I already increased SGSSAA to 4 and use 4xMSAA instead of 2xSSAA. Any other tweaks you did?
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:21 AM

I didn't do any tweaks beyond your settings. With my usual setup, my average CPU usage is around 38%. I'd be curious to see results from perfmon for all of your CPU cores.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:40 AM

How do I do that? nvrmind found the setting
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:05 PM

Go to Start->Run and type in "perfmon". In the left pane, click on "Performance Monitor" which will start the gathering process. Above the graph, hit the pause button. Below the graph, right click on the default counter and select "Remove All Counters" (click OK). Then above the graph, click the + button which will open an "Add Counters" window. Scroll to "Processor", expand the group and select "% Processor Time". Below that is an area titled "Instances of selected object:". Select " and click the "Add >>" button.

That will give you a counter for every CPU core, and one for "_Total". Clicking on any one of them while it's gathering statistics will show you the Last, Average, Minimum, and Maximum values in the appropriate boxes. Then click on the Instance counter for "_Total" and click on the Highlight button above the graph (looks like a pen). That will make the Total value in the graph bold.

Then click the Play button above the graph and launch Skyrim. Do your normal testing, running around for a couple minutes, then exit Skyrim. Go to the Process Monitor window and hit the Pause button to stop gathering information.

This is what it looks like on my system before starting the monitor:

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:54 PM

Ok, so here are the results using all my new settings with ugrids 5 and uexterior cell buffer 144: Total: Min: 0,0 Avg: 9,025 Maximum: 33,303 Core0: Min: 0,0 Avg: 27,33 Max: 92,153 Core1: Min: 0,0 Avg: 1,5 Max: 57,670 Core2: Min: 0,0 Avg: 19,616 Max: 70,312 Core3: Min: 0,0 Avg: 0,885 Max: 44,637 Core4: Min: 0,0 Avg: 9,609 Max: 59,157 Core5: Min: 0,0 Avg: 0,932 Max: 35,937 Core6: Min: 0,0 Avg: 13,257 Max: 82,737 Core7: Min: 0,0 Avg: 0,678 Max: 26,562 Next time I'll add the TESV.exe process, too.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 01:16 PM

So, new results with TESV.exe and oh wonder another CtD closing in on whiterun after 5 minutes of gameplay. Core results are about the same but TESV.exe had a maximum cpu usage of 140% (explain that somehow) and an average of 65%. This test had been done with OC'ed graphics card and cpu. maybe that's the reason for the 140%...
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:00 PM

I have a i5-760 @2.8Ghz
And glad I'm not the only one that would freak out in that situation! :)

What is your mobo?



I also use that exact same processor. It is highly OC-able, and I have gone from 2.8 to 4.0 GHz, completely stable. Pretty significant performance increase too. My temps NEVER get above 75C and that only rarely when I am running Prime or stressing the CPU for stability testing.

I can give you specs that work well for the DP55KG mobo (my board), but you will need to pick up some quality RAM capable of running @ 1600. I use a particularly high-spec Corsair variety (with XMP) that I can recommend (7-8-7-20). My ENB results (do the same for a good compare).

Similar specs could also work for your board though.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:09 PM

Ok, so here are the results using all my new settings with ugrids 5 and uexterior cell buffer 144:
Total: Min: 0,0 Avg: 9,025 Maximum: 33,303
Core0: Min: 0,0 Avg: 27,33 Max: 92,153
Core1: Min: 0,0 Avg: 1,5 Max: 57,670
Core2: Min: 0,0 Avg: 19,616 Max: 70,312
Core3: Min: 0,0 Avg: 0,885 Max: 44,637
Core4: Min: 0,0 Avg: 9,609 Max: 59,157
Core5: Min: 0,0 Avg: 0,932 Max: 35,937
Core6: Min: 0,0 Avg: 13,257 Max: 82,737
Core7: Min: 0,0 Avg: 0,678 Max: 26,562
Next time I'll add the TESV.exe process, too.

Now those results explain a lot. I assume your CPU has hyperthreading which is why you have 8 cores showing up, and 4 of them pretty much unused. Those 4 nealry idle cores are bringing the average way down and skewing the results. If you average the values from the 4 most used cores, you get just over 17%.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:15 PM


I have a i5-760 @2.8GhzAnd glad I'm not the only one that would freak out in that situation! :)


What is your mobo?


I also use that exact same processor. It is highly OC-able, and I have gone from 2.8 to 4.0 GHz, completely stable. Pretty significant performance increase too. My temps NEVER get above 75C and that only rarely when I am running Prime or stressing the CPU for stability testing.

I can give you specs that work well for the DP55KG mobo (my board), but you will need to pick up some quality RAM capable of running @ 1600. I use a particularly high-spec Corsair variety (with XMP) that I can recommend (7-8-7-20). My ENB results (do the same for a good compare).

Similar specs could also work for your board though.

My mobo is a Gigabyte P55-USB3. I do have RAm capable of running at 1600 and higher (8gb Corsair Vengeance that are capable of running @ 1866, and 4gb of Corsair XMS3 that can go up to 1600. I only have stock cooling on the CPU, and have a Fractal Design Refine R3 chassi, again just with the coolers that came with it. Would be very interested anyways in safe OCing. :)

I did run the ENB test, but that was before getting new HDD and the 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM that I picked up last week, so will have another go. Got 12.61 last time.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

I recall having a turbo option on a motherboard at one time, but never used it. The biggest problem that you'll run into when motherboards attempt to automate OC (which I'm not sure if that is what this Turbo mode is doing), is that they pump the VCORE up too high which will shoot your temps up along with it.

Correct, Turbo is Intel's auto OCing system. You can control V-droop as well, and there are many fine-tuning options.... the P55-Extreme Intel boards are some of the best for OCing. Just google DP55KG and overclock.

Here are the doc for that board


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