Originally Posted by Hawkwing
-Lush grass and lush trees
This one looked great, but i could not believe the framerate hit that I took because of it. If you read up on the mod's forum on SkyrimNexus, people were posting like "How can you say there is no FPS impact!?". With the grass mod I lost about 2-4 fps, but with the TREES I lost anywhere from 10-20 frames in some cases, it was shocking.
And while the trees looked great, they completely blocked the view in some places when I was fighting enemies who could see me but I couldn't see them because of the forest trees, like dragons, etc...had to remove it.
I don't run FXAA, AF, or AA in the Skyrim setup menu. I force AA and AF in my ATI setup. To me it looks better. I have a 5870 card and at 1080P i am usually at the locked 60 fps, but areas that are dense trees and flora will dip down to around 33 FPS. Sometimes when running around, I will catch the scenery at a certain vista and a certain time of day, and it reminds me of a Thomas Kinkade painting.
Yeah it can be very impressive. With the texture packs installed you can use FXAA for almost no performance hit, and still get sharp looking textures....in fact playing the game without FXAA on but with the 8k texture packs installed (not stock, SKYRIM 2K) you almost WANT fxaa blurring things up a bit, things can look too sharp.
My only problem is that the texture packs seem to cause some funny pop-in problems. Example I'm walking towards a wall....and a few hundred feet out I see the detail-level of the wall change. On the standard packs the transition is more seamless, but on the re-done packs the wall actually changes...eg: big corner stones appear that are not modeled in the 'distance texture'......so I think thats a flaw you get when using 3rd party textures. I can live with it.