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Skyrim not using any VRAM (also crashes past Riverwood)

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So I followed the STEP install guide and installed all the mods like they were listed, except choosing higher quality textures for most of the mods (I have a R9 290 with 4 gigs of vram). I used Mod Organizer as the mod manager. The only things I installed beyond the stuff listed in STEP were SkyRe, Frostfall, Falskarr, Wyrmstooth, Realistic Needs and Diseases, Grass on Steroids, Climates of Tamriel, and ELFX. (if I remember correctly that's everything) When I start a game and go anywhere past Riverwood, the LOD objects do not go away and the normal models do not load at all. Also, if I try to "wait" in Riverwood, the game freezes. Any help to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.

 

Here's my Skyrim Performance Monitor after the game froze upon trying to wait in Riverwood:

 

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I would prefer not having to spend six hours installing mods again.

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Post your full mod list in spoiler tags as well please. AS well as full system specs etc. Also if you are using any post processing software or stuff like hialgo boost etc etc. need more info! :)

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# This file was automatically generated by Mod Organizer.

-ReProccer - Automated SkyRe patch generator

+Stable uGridsToLoad

+Safety Load

+Alternate Start - Live Another Life

+Enhanced Lights and FX

+Project Reality - Climates Of Tamriel-V3

+Wet and Cold - Ashes

+Wet and Cold

+When Vampires Attack

+Traps Make Noise - More Dangerous Traps

+The Choice is Yours - Fewer Forced Quests - Improved Dialogue Options

+Skyrim Coin Replacer Redux

+Run For Your Lives

+The Paarthurnax Dilemma

+Oblivion Gates

+Non-Essential Children

+No NPC Greetings

+Move it Dammit for NPC Companions and Followers

+More Salt Please

+Lock Overhaul

+Lantern Caretakers

+Gildergreen Regrown

+Follower Trap Safety

+Dynamic Fires

+SM Drop Lit Torches

+Thieves Guild Requirements - No Auto Quest Start Brynjolf

+Convenient Horses

+ClamsDropPearls

+Bring Out Your Dead

+Auto Unequip Ammo

+Ars Metallica - Smithing Enhancement

+Waterbreathing Breathless Emerge

+Thundering shouts

+Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds

+Sounds of Skyrim - The Dungeons

+Sounds of Skyrim - Civilization

+Smooth blades draw and sheath

+Realistic wolf howls

+Ultra Realistic Crossbow Shoot Sounds

+Ultra Realistic Bow Shoot Sounds

+Lower Sounding Thieves Guild Door

+IHSS - Improved Horse Step Sounds

+Improved Combat Sounds

+Immersive Skyrim Thunder V6

+Heart of the Beast - Werewolf Sound and Texture Overhaul

+Dragons Shout with Voice

+Clanking Armor

+Better Weapon Swing Sounds

+Better Horse Pain Sounds

+FSS - Better Bards

+Better Animal Footsteps

+Sweet Mother - the Night Mother Improvement

+Super Realistic Ore Textures

+Soul Gems Differ

+Silly Level of Detail - Wine Cellar -- SLOD WC

+Silly Level of Detail - Potions and Poisons -- SLOD PnP

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+Septim HD

+Realistic Instruments - Flute Lute and Drum HQ

+Radiant and Unique Potions and Poisons HD

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+Not Really HD Keys

+N-R HD Display Case

+Intricate Spider Webs

+HQ Paper

+HD Sacks Retexture

+HD Ore And Ingots

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+HD Baskets Retex

+Enhanced HD Dragon Bones 2k v1.6a

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+Detailed Chests Texture Replacers

+Designs of the Nords

+Dark Brotherhood Tenets Restored - Standard Edition

+Better Shadowmarks

+Better Bones

+The 418th Step

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+Skyrim Sunglare V4

+Shooting Stars

+Smaller Ice Spike and Ice Spear

+Running with a bow 3rd person

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+Finer Dust

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+Dual Wield Blocking Animations

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+Burn Freeze Shock Effects

+NoMaaM Breathing Idles BBB

+Better Turn Animation only One pose

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+Ultimate HD Torch

+Shield_of_Ysgramor

+Not Really HD Mask of Clavicus Vile

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+New Thinner Torch

+Jewels of the Nord - HD rings and necklaces

+Improved closefaced helmets

+Greatsword Sheaths and Scabbards Redux

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+Elven Weapon for Silence

+Elemental Staffs

+ApachiiSkyHair

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+Dawnguard Crossbow Explosive Bolts Visualized

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+Better Circlets HQ V1o1

+Accingite Vos - Shields HQ Retextures

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+Natural Eyes

+Better Male Feet

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+XCE - Xenius Character Enhancement

+HD Rabbits Plus

+PondFish and Salmon Replacer - texture

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+Improved Foot Wraps for females

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+Frost Atronach HD Retex

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+Diverse Priests

+Dawnguard Rewritten - Arvak

+Cover Khajiits

+Brows

+Birds and Flocks Hearthfire Edition

+Better Freckles

+Better Beast Races v2

+Bellyaches HD Dragon Replacer Pack

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+Superior Lore-Friendly Hair - HD textures

+More Realistic Hair

+83Willows 101BugsHD Butterfly Dragonfly Luna-Moth Torchbug

+Bellyaches Animal and Creature Pack

+Frostfall - Hypothermia Camping Survival

+Realistic Needs and Diseases

+T3nd0s Skyrim Redone

+Skyrim -Community- Uncapper

+Whiterun Trellis Redesigned and HQ

+W.A.T.E.R - Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux RND Tastes a Bit Salty! Version

+Visible Windows

+Vibrant Auroras

+Vivid Landscapes - Tundra Moss Revised

+TreesHD_Skyrim_Variation

+Terrain Bump

+The Beauty of Skyrim - Dungeons

+SkyFalls + SkyMills

+Wyrmstooth

+Falskaar

+Re-Defined Dungeons WIP

+Realistic Mushrooms

+Real Ice

+Point The Way

+Moss Rocks

+26 Moon Size Tweeks

+HiRes Legible Road Signs

+Lanterns of Skyrim - All In One

+Improved Vanilla Mountains HD

+Skyrim Improved Puddles - SIP

+Hybrids HD Plants and Herbs Retexture

+High Quality LODs

+Footprints

+Enhanced Night Skyrim

+Enhanced Distant Terrain

+HD Enhanced Terrain

+Dragon Glyphs HD - Fixed

+Skyrim Distant Detail

+Skyrim Flora Overhaul

+aMidianBorn Caves and Mines

+A Quality World Map

+Enhanced Distant Terrain 2

+High Quality Food and Ingredients

+Tobes Highres Textures

+HD Misc

+Serious HD Retexture Skyrim

+Skyrim HD - 2K Textures

+SRO

+Static Mesh Improvement Mod

+Ultimate HD Fire Effects

+Realistic Smoke and Embers

+Ruins Clutter Improved

+Unknown Enchants

+KenMOD - Time on loading screen

+Smaller Cursor

+Main Menu Spinning Skyrim Emblem

+Not Another Colored Map Icon Mod - NACMIM

+SkyUI

+Skill Interface Re-Texture

+RaceMenu

+No Menu and Loading Smoke

+No Boring Sleep-Wait Menu

+Main Font Replacement

+Lore-Based Loading Screens

+Lockpicking interface retex

+Interface Hard Coded Key Tweaks

+Immersive HUD - iHUD

+High Quality 3D Map

+Dungeon Quest Awareness

+Disease Descriptions for the Immersive Adventurer

+Better MessageBox Controls

+Better Dialogue Controls

+BLESSINGS - Altar Descriptions

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+Realistic Ragdolls and Force

+Even Better Quest Objectives

+Acquisitive Soul Gems

+Weapons and Armor Fixes - Remade with Dawnguard and Dragonborn support

+Unofficial High Resolution Patch

+Unofficial Dragonborn Patch

+Unofficial Hearthfire Patch

+Unofficial Dawnguard Patch

+Unofficial Skyrim Patch

+Distant Decal Fix

+Trade and Barter

+Argonian Sneak Tail Twist Fix

+Skyrim Project Optimization

+Guard Dialogue Overhaul

+Fast travel timescale fix

+SKSE -Elys- AltF4

+Dual Sheath Redux

+Dead Body Collision Fix

+Double Cursor Fix

+Consistent Older People

+Brawl Bugs Patch - Plugins - Modder Resource

+Bowlegged jump animation Fix

+Appropriately Attired Jarls

+Argonian Decapitation Fix

+STEP - Skyrim Total Enhancement Project

 

 

The list above might be the wrong file. Here is the plugins file:

 

# This file was automatically generated by Mod Organizer.

Skyrim.esm

Update.esm

Unofficial Skyrim Patch.esp

Dawnguard.esm

Unofficial Dawnguard Patch.esp

HearthFires.esm

Unofficial Hearthfire Patch.esp

Dragonborn.esm

Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.esp

Falskaar.esm

Wyrmstooth.esp

ApachiiHair.esm

ClimatesOfTamriel.esm

Lanterns Of Skyrim - All In One - Main.esm

SPIKE.esm

Skyrim Project Optimization - Full Version.esp

HighResTexturePack01.esp

HighResTexturePack02.esp

HighResTexturePack03.esp

Unofficial High Resolution Patch.esp

Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp

Chesko_Frostfall.esp

Rainbows.esp

ADS.esp

BWS.esp

Clanking Armor.esp

DragonShoutVoice.esp

IHSS.esp

Improved Combat Sounds v2.2.esp

randomthunder.esp

Thundering Shouts.esp

mintylightningmod.esp

StaticMeshImprovementMod.esp

StaticMeshImprovementMod-DragonbornTernFix.esp

TradeBarter.esp

83Willows_101BUGS_V4_HighRes.esp

Ars Metallica.esp

Ars Metallica - Dawnguard.esp

Ars Metallica - Hearthfire.esp

Ars Metallica - Dragonborn.esp

Auto Unequip Ammo.esp

BirdsHF.esp

BLESSINGS - Altar Descriptions.esp

Bring Out Your Dead.esp

ClamsDropPearls.esp

Dead Body Collision.esp

DD_Dawnguard Additions.esp

DD_Dragonborn Additions.esp

Dual Sheath Redux.esp

DungeonQuestAwareness.esp

fFastTravelSpeedMult_4.esp

Lanterns Of Skyrim - All In One - Climates of Tamriel - lvl-3.esp

manny Lantern Caretakers.esp

More Salt Please.esp

More Salt Please - Dragonborn addon.esp

Moss Rocks.esp

ORM-Arvak.esp

PilgrimsDelight.esp

Point The Way.esp

RabbitsPlus.esp

Radiant and Unique Potions Poisons and Booze.esp

ShootingStars.esp

Skyrim Flora Overhaul.esp

SkyrimImprovedPuddles-DG-HF-DB.esp

SMDropLitTorch.esp

Traps Make Noise.esp

Traps Are Dangerous.esp

WetandCold.esp

WetandCold - Ashes.esp

Chesko_LoreBasedLoadingScreens.esp

Footprints.esp

Footprints - Ash.esp

NoxUE2.00.esp

RaceMenu.esp

RaceMenuPlugin.esp

SkyUI.esp

iHUD.esp

daedric_phelm.esp

Elemental Staves.esp

ExplosiveBoltsVisualized.esp

imp_helm.esp

imp_helm_imp.esp

imp_helm_dawn.esp

imp_help_dbrn.esp

Lock Overhaul.esp

SkyRe_Main.esp

SkyRe_Combat.esp

SkyRe_EncounterZones.esp

SkyRe_EnemyAI.esp

SkyRe_EnemyScaling.esp

SkyRe_StandingStones.esp

SkyRe_Survivalism.esp

Gildergreen Regrown.esp

Run For Your Lives.esp

When Vampires Attack.esp

The Paarthurnax Dilemma.esp

SkyrimCoinReplacerRedux.esp

Appropriately Attired Jarls Redux.esp

BetterQuestObjectives.esp

BetterQuestObjectives-Dawnguard.esp

BetterQuestObjectives-Hearthfire.esp

BetterQuestObjectives-SkyRePatch.esp

BlockSparkles.esp

Distant DetailHF.esp

DiversePriests.esp

DiversePriests_BringOutYourDeadPatch.esp

dynamic fires.esp

FalskaarDawnguard.esp

Grass_On_Steroids_SFO-SHORT.esp

Guard Dialogue Overhaul.esp

masser Size x1.5.esp

SFO - Dragonborn.esp

SFO - Expanded Diversity.esp

secunda Size x1.5.esp

Convenient Horses.esp

dD - Enhanced Blood Main.esp

dD-Dragonborn-Dawnguard-EBT Patch.esp

TheChoiceIsYours.esp

TheChoiceIsYours_Dawnguard.esp

Thieves Guild Requirements.esp

Waterbreathing Breathless Emerge.esp

aMidianborn_Skyforge_Weapons.esp

Chesko_Step418_SN.esp

Oblivion Gates v3 without Markers - Skyrim + Dawnguard DLC.esp

Oblivion Gates v3 - Skyrim + Dawnguard DLC.esp

SoS - The Dungeons.esp

SoS - The Wilds.esp

SoS - Civilization.esp

EnhancedLightsandFX.esp

ELFX - Exteriors.esp

ELFX - Dawnguard.esp

ELFX - Dragonborn.esp

ClimatesOfTamriel-Dawnguard-Patch.esp

ClimatesOfTamriel-Dragonborn-Patch.esp

ClimatesOfTamriel-Nights-Level-3.esp

ELFXEnhancer.esp

SoS - The Wilds-PatchCoT.esp

SoS - Civilization-PatchCoT.esp

RealisticNeedsandDiseases.esp

RND_Dawnguard-Patch.esp

RND_HearthFires-Patch.esp

RND_Dragonborn-Patch.esp

RND_USKP-Patch.esp

Disease Descriptions_RND Compatibile.esp

BFSEffects.esp

DeadlySpellImpacts.esp

Acquisitive Soul Gems.esp

Soul Gems Differ - E.esp

dD-No Spinning Death Animation.esp

Beards.esp

Brows.esp

Slightly Reduced Distance NPC Greetings.esp

SPTConsistentOlderPeople.esp

Follower Trap Safety.esp

moveitLWT.esp

NonEssentialChildren.esp

Alternate Start - Live Another Life.esp

BetterQuestObjectives-AlternateStartPatch.esp

dD - Realistic Ragdoll Force - Realistic.esp

SkyRe_Races.esp

Animated Weapon Enchants.esp

DawnguardRuneWeaponsFXSReplacer.esp

WATER.esp

WATER Plants.esp

WATER DG.esp

WATER DB Waves.esp

WATER Falskaar.esp

DiversePriests_ConsistentOlderPeoplePatch.esp

Dual Sheath Redux Patch.esp

ReProccer.esp

STEP Extended Patch.esp

SkyFalls + SkyMills + DG + DB + FS + WT.esp

 

 

 

Also, the full system specs should be listed in the screenshot of Skyrim Performance Monitor. If there's anything beyond those let me know. And I'm not using any post processing software. 

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Umm... 818 FPS? I don't think you need that many. If you are using windowed mode then you need to open up Catalyst Control Center and turn the FPS limiter to like 60 or less. Skyrim doesn't like anything over 60 or stuff starts flying around.

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Umm... 818 FPS? I don't think you need that many. If you are using windowed mode then you need to open up Catalyst Control Center and turn the FPS limiter to like 60 or less. Skyrim doesn't like anything over 60 or stuff starts flying around.

That was just in the main menu. When the game actually loads it drops to like 35 (Which seems a bit low to me considering the hardware, but it might be because of not using the VRAM)

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Your GPU shouldn't be getting to 92 degrees unless it is running and it isn't running unless there is data moving through it to process. I'd say that SPM isn't registering your VRAM usage somehow because no CPU alone is running Skyrim at 35 FPS with your mod setup.

 

Do you have an ENB or SweetFX, some kind of post-processing effect install? Those can be tricky for SPM.

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Your GPU shouldn't be getting to 92 degrees unless it is running and it isn't running unless there is data moving through it to process. I'd say that SPM isn't registering your VRAM usage somehow because no CPU alone is running Skyrim at 35 FPS with your mod setup.

 

Do you have an ENB or SweetFX, some kind of post-processing effect install? Those can be tricky for SPM.

I don't have any ENB or SweetFX installed. Ironically, in my previous skyrim install (not using STEP but it did use RealvisionENB as well as many 4k textures) I got 40-50 fps. 

 

I hypothesize that for whatever reason, Skyrim is making my GPU think my RAM is the VRAM and the reason for the sub-60 FPS is because it is having to send all the data through the PCIE bus, effectively creating a bottleneck and lowering the speed at which the game runs. If you'll notice, the GPU rapidly goes from 0% usage to 90-100% usage and back down. This evidence supports my theory that it is pulling things from the RAM, processing it, pulling more things, processing, etc...

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The temperature is just what the driver reports... which is to be read correctly. It is essentially based on load. If the GPU runs at this given load ALL time time then eventually the temperature will reach that. It is not real time actual temperatures. For that you will need a probe and place it on chip or really close to it.. which is not really possible on GPU´s without custom fit cooling solutions.

 

However if you ever closely watch how it jumps during various load amounts then you will see it makes no sense at all. Stuff inside a Computer does not go from idle temperatures to like 92C over the span of a few seconds or even minutes.. unless it is shorting out in which case you already reached the point of no return and something else (Almost certainly a resistor) on the card most likely is going to burst into charcoal.

 

 

But yeah something is wrong in this case.. SPM is not getting all the info it needs. Depending on the vendor of the card you most likely have access to some monitor software from that company that should work.

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Did you reset your INIs to default when you reinstalled Skyrim? Also, make sure you deleted the d3d9.dll from your Skyrim directory. Since you are using MO, make a new profile and start up vanilla skyrim with SPM and see if it better.

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Well RAM problem aside (I will do some additional testing) the game will load objects past Riverwood with vanilla. Can anyone help me with why it isn't loading objects with STEP installed?


And concerning the temperature, I'm not worried about it. The way the new Catalyst overclocking is set up, it dynamically overclocks the GPU in order to reach a target temperature. 

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