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'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Skyrim

A few links for those enjoying The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda's RPG sequel being played by over a quarter-million concurrent players on Steam. We have Skyrim Intro & Gameplay Running on Multiple Monitors, some Performance Benchmarks to see if your rig is up to the game (thanks Acleacius), and, just for fun: Watch A Horse Ride A Dragon In Skyrim (thanks Ant).

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62. Re: 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Skyrim Nov 13, 2011, 14:57 Kastagir
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 13, 2011, 13:41:
Creston wrote on Nov 13, 2011, 10:57:
I'd call that a fairly nice machine on account of the graphics card.

Creston
Well thanks man. Though with the TDR problem I'm getting close to tossing the card up to sell and maybe picking a ATI card. To be honest I lucked out on the card, and picked it up for $169 a few months ago. On sale, with two rebates. It was retailing for $239 at the time.

And it hasn't given me much grief outside of that.

I was being plagued with TDR issues with my 2+ year old GTX 295 until I upgraded to a GTX 580. I haven't had any issues, even after upgrading to the newest non-beta 285.xx drivers. I know my GTX 295 is dying, and prone to TDRs. Buying a card from a different manufacturer is not guaranteed to solve the problem, since TDRs are not unique to nvidia hardware. The ATI driver can crash just as easily on defective hardware. I'd suggest trying your card without any overclocking first, and then, if you're still encountering problems, consider that the card itself may be defective. All of my TDRs encountered on the GTX 295 were in games; some old and some new. I've never encountered a TDR in Firefox or any of the other situations that people have attributed to the new drivers, but I also never overclock my GPU. I'm inclined to attribute these problems to hardware problems caused by defective or dying cards or overly aggressive overclocking (or both).

Edit: For those that may be curious, I run Skyrim on a single GTX 580 at 2560x1600 resolution and VRAM usage never exceeds ~930MB. That is on Ultra settings with everything maxed out. For my purposes, one card is enough, and 1.5GB of VRAM is plenty. Of course, when someone gets around to releasing some high-resolution textures for the PC, this may be tested. And sure, the UI is a pain sometimes, but if they just fixed the static button help so that you can actually remap keys and have some idea how to do stuff, I'd be happy. As it is, I'm stuck using the default key mapping, and it's a pain when I unintentionally do stuff like unleash a shout at the Jarl because I'm used to a different key mapping.

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