Skyrim Lag in Cities

TheCutting

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Skyrim runs fine on my pc anywhere outside of cities at ultra 60fps, but when I stare down the main road of a city/town it lags down to 40 fps, it is really annoying for a game that came out 5 years ago. Is it just an optimisation problem? Will a better RAM speed help?

AMD FX 8350 4GHz 8 core
1333 mHz 16 gb ddr3
MSI GTX 970 4GB
Windows 10 64-bit
 

TheCutting

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Normal 1080p all things up to high/ultra, tried tweaking the settings nothing helps
 

tenderous

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And this is vanilla Skyrim? (No mods)
 

TheCutting

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yeah no mods

 

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Have windows task manager running in the background with the "Performance" tab while you're playing in the city. After it lags, exit Skyrim and look at the task manager to see if either the CPU or Memory reached 100% for about the amount of time you were experiencing 40 fps. Also see disabling AA helps.
 

TheCutting

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I didnt even reach 50% usage while I was in the city
 

Well it being old means that it only runs with Dx9!!!
When it has to draw a lot of stuff on screen one single driver thread has to do a lot of talking to your GPU which is very demanding on single thread speed because it is very inefficient.
 

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