It’s pretty easy find “guides” over the internet on how to tweak your nvidia card, but this abundance of information updated and outdated and mixed together may cause some misunderstanding on what you should effectively do, this simple guide will listall the things to do in five easy points!

Latest Drivers | Nvidia Tweak Guide | Skyrim Options | VGA Presets | Notes

This guide will explain how set your Nvidia graphics card to make it work as good as possible with both our mod RCRN as well as Skyrim.

1. Latest Drivers:
Before doing anything I suggest you to update your card to the latest beta driver available, you can find them on the Nvidia website from this LINK!

2. Nvidia Tweak Guide:
This Tweak-Guide released directly by Nvidia can be read from this LINK and it covers about anything about Skyrim.

3. Skyrim Options:
After tuning the Driver Settings as listed in the Nvidia Tweak Guide, you have to do some things not reported in it, you have to set the right options for Skyrim.
In order to set them you have to start Skyrim via the Launcher and click on Options.
Here you have to set the “mirror” values of what you set on the driver panel, for example, if you set AF 16x and AA 8x forced by the Nvidia Control Panel, you will have to set the same values also into the in-game options, under the Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filter tabs.

This thing is really important, and is necessary, because with the latest Skyrim’s patch only using the forced values without also having set the same values in the in-game options won’t work perperly.

About the Nvidia FXAA, it’s really well done, so if you have a good rig we suggest to force it via the driver panel and use it along with the ones included in Skyrim (required, also if you force the Fxaa via panel) and RCRN.
If you want read more informations about what is RCRN FXAA or if you want discover how it works you can visit the FXAA page, located our Technologies area. In the case you don’t like the RCRN Fxaa, instructions on how disable it are located in the FAQs.

4. VGA Presets:
In the last part of this guide I will show you some premade presets that I’ve developed for the Nvidia cards, they cover almost every rig, anyway you can customize them as you wish, they only offer a guideline.

Ultra: Suggested only for very powerful rigs, this is the best graphics setting that Skyrim can handle, this preset has also been used to take the RCRN’s screenshots.
NVIDIA Control Panel:
FXAA: ON
Texture Filtering: High Quality
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Transparency Antialiasing (TRAA): 8x Supersample
Skyrim:
Antialiasing: AA 8x
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Detail: Ultra
- Advanced: FXAA ON
RCRN:
FXAA: ON

Medium-High: suggested for medium-high rigs, great graphics and acceptable framerate.
NVIDIA Control Panel:
FXAA: ON
Texture Filtering: High Quality
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Transparency Antialiasing (TRAA): OFF
Skyrim:
Antialiasing: AA 4x
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Detail: Ultra
- Advanced: FXAA ON
RCRN:
FXAA: ON

Low-Medium: suggested for not-so-powerful rigs, but still decent
NVIDIA Control Panel:
FXAA: OFF
Texture Filtering: High Quality
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Transparency Antialiasing (TRAA): OFF
Skyrim:
Antialiasing: AA 2x
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Detail: High
- Advanced: FXAA OFF
RCRN:
FXAA: ON

Low: suggested if you are trying to run skyrim on your microwave oven
NVIDIA Control Panel:
FXAA: OFF
Texture Filtering: High Quality
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Transparency Antialiasing (TRAA): OFF
Skyrim:
Antialiasing: OFF
Anisotropic Filter: AF 16x
Detail: Medium/High
- Advanced: FXAA OFF
RCRN:
FXAA: ON

5. Notes:
Via the NVIDIA Control Panel it’s also possible to use the Fps Limiter that is a really useful tool in order to not waste the performance of your vga in useless peaks, use it if you’re running without the v-sync.
I suggest you to set it around 45-50 or according to your average FPS.

The content of this guide is purely informative, take it as it is, and tweak your rig in relation to what you are looking for.
If you are using the “Ultra” preset listed previously i suggest you to check your temperatures frequently, the vga can become very stressed by it!
If you are using an overclocked system, before playing check if it is absolutely rock-solid!

Happy Tweaking!

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