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Huge frame drops when loading new exterior cells

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Hey guys, so sometimes when I load into a new exterior cell, whether it be from fast travelling or whatever, my FPS will go down to around 10-12 for 10-15 seconds, at which point it will stabilize and go back to normal. Now, this doesn't happen all the time, and generally happens a few seconds after the load when I start looking around.

 

I thought maybe it had something to do with LODs, but it just happened in Whiterun as well? Could it be I've reached my VRAM limit, or would that just cause a crash? 

 

2x GTX 980 4GB SLI

4k Resolution

I7-3770k OC @ 4.3ghz

24 GB DDR3

 

On a side note, I am getting some serious CPU bottlenecks. Any tips on how to lessen the load on my CPU?

 

Mod List and Load Order :

 

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I think your best bet may be to use Skyrim Performance Monitor to watch VRAM usage to see it might be hitting the VRAM cap while loading all the meshes and textures. I suspect you'll see some stuttering in some areas while walking/sprinting if you're hitting the VRAM cap. This is typically more of an issue with Windows 8/8.1/10 due to the 4GB VRAM cap where Windows 7 can expand VRAM well beyond 4GB.

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During these massive frame stalls, I have had VRAM usage anywhere between 3.3 GB and 3.9 GB, the latter pushing the cap but that doesn't seem to be the cause since it still happens with lower usage as well?

 

One spot in particular this happened was on the path overlooking Ivarstead on the way up to High Hrothgar. Core 1 on my CPU goes into the 80's% and GPU Usage will drop during these moments. Now, when CPU usage reaches the 80s is when I start to see frame drops during regular gameplay, to the 50's and 40's, but not to this degree.

 

Perhaps there is simply too much strain on my CPU from LODs/shadows? I am perplexed as to why my GPU usage would drop though as well during these stutters.

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