Skyrim Slow Framerate MacBook Pro Retina

mac1984user

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I installed Skyrim on my MacBook Pro Retina (Windows 7, 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA 650M) and I am not getting anywhere near the performance others have reported. I struggle to maintain 30fps with all settings on medium and AA/AF turned off at 1280x800. I have the game installed on my SSD whereas other games run very well off a USB 3.0 drive. Fallout 3, which I understand is older, runs at about 25 fps on 'high settings' with AA at 4 and AF at 8. Has anyone else had similar issues? Any recommendations?

EDIT: I have the newest NVIDIA drivers installed.
 

doh123

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Dec 28, 2009
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No one knows for sure yet... but since the last EFI update that was pushed out, a lot of people have been complaining about issues like this. Seems most people complaining are running Windows though, so it may be a Windows-only thing so Apple didn't notice it in testing since they don't support Windows.
 

Moriarty

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I installed Skyrim on my MacBook Pro Retina (Windows 7, 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA 650M) and I am not getting anywhere near the performance others have reported. I struggle to maintain 30fps with all settings on medium and AA/AF turned off at 1280x800. I have the game installed on my SSD whereas other games run very well off a USB 3.0 drive. Fallout 3, which I understand is older, runs at about 25 fps on 'high settings' with AA at 4 and AF at 8. Has anyone else had similar issues? Any recommendations?

EDIT: I have the newest NVIDIA drivers installed.
Try resetting your PRAM (turn computer off, then on again holding cmd+option+P+R until you hear second chime) and SMC (turn off, connect power adapter, then press left control + left option + left shift + power button, all at once, for about a second. Turn on again).

Worked for me when I had framerate issues in every game I had. If the issue is only with Skyrim and other games perform as they should then it's probably something else.
 

mac1984user

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@Moriarty

Thanks for the advice. That worked wonderfully. With settings on high, Skyrim is running between 45 and 50fps now. Other games that were choppy are also much better.
 

lewdvig

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As an avid Holmes fan it pains me to give props to Moriarty. In this case he deserves it. But beware his evil schemes!

Also, I like how this makes me feel old school. Haha PRAM reset. That was the answer to every question 10 years ago. :apple:
 

retinauser007

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Try resetting your PRAM (turn computer off, then on again holding cmd+option+P+R until you hear second chime) and SMC (turn off, connect power adapter, then press left control + left option + left shift + power button, all at once, for about a second. Turn on again).

Worked for me when I had framerate issues in every game I had. If the issue is only with Skyrim and other games perform as they should then it's probably something else.
Moriarty U ARE A GENIUS! saved me from sleepless nights trying to fix my retina THANKS A MILLION!
 
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