Skyrim reaches 4Gb memory usage and freezes(possible memory leak)
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So, like the title says. My Step 2.2 modded Skyrim started freezing today with no reasonable explanation. It's not a crash to the desktop, just stops responding. I Alt+tabbed out a couple of times to look at the task manager, and it always happens when memory usage in the Performance tab reaches 4.2-4.3GB. While in idle, my rig sits at 1.2Gb with an other 7Gb physical memory available. On the hole I have 8Gb of physical Ram.
As I got further in and saved more, it seems to reach the peak faster, freezes becoming more frequent(and repeating like it does, being quite irritating).
The strange thing is, I've been playing for over a week - with good performance, no stuttering of any kind - (Skyrim unplugged active since modding it up) and it only started happening today(254 saves and a lot of hours in). Â It would make sense that if I overly strained my rig with the details in mods, it would have behaved like this within the first 40 hours.
I thought of save bloating, but my saves are roughly 5.46Mb in size. Used to be 3.4 in the beginning around Helgen - so that can't be the case. Disabled auto saving completely, but that didn't stop the freezes.
The game is now freezing roughly every 15-20 mins. It's hard to name a constant, it's actually quite random. The freezes seem to be happening mostly in outside areas, though I did have 1 or 2 freezes in a dungeon as well.
The versions of the Step listed mods I installed are in 90% ratio in line with Baseline STEP (" ALL Core and non-Core mods; performance/quality and balanced options wherever possible; my box is nice but I hate FPS drops and stuttering!") given my system specs:
Windows 7 64bit
Intel Core i5 2400 3.10GHz
8Gb Ram:Â KingMax 4GB DDR3 1333MHz x2
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti UltraDurable 1GB DDR5 256-bit
If there's any specific information needed, I'll gladly oblige. At this point I really can't think of anything that should be causing this.
*Edit* Definitely a memory leak..can't be anything else. It's down to roughly 5-6 minutes of play time. Lookin at the task manager, memory usage is somewhere along 4.60 Gb. It's not even remotely noticeable in game. Haven't measured fps, but, turning 360 in the game is as smooth as butter, with no stuttering. Trouble is, at 4.60Gb of memory usage, it's a game of dice of when it actually freezes again...
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