Chimera ENB – Extreme Performance (WIP)

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ENB built on a low-end PC meant for low-end PCs. If you want better visuals without regard for performance, opt for other ENBs. Again, this one is all about performance, and you will not get extra goodies like complex particle lighting, SSAO or Sub-surface Scattering.

Performance Monitor

By far the most performance-freindly ENB ever created is Stakado Cinemascope. This is possible because Stakado uses a very old binary. Anyhow, this

still makes Stakado’s ENB a good parameter to measure performance.

By default, you will get ~90% of Stakado Cinemascope’s performance. [/color]

In other words, if you get over 60 fps everywhere in Stakado while outside, you will definitely get at least 50 fps with Chimera on average.[/b][/size]

To gain better performance in general, consult the last section on this page.


In terms of aesthetics, Chimera ENB sticks close to vanilla vivid weathers colours in daytime. Dusks and dawns are much more gloomy in comparison, and nights are a balance between realism and high fantasy.


This ENB uses vanilla image-spaces by default. This gives it in-built compatibility with all imagespace modifiers. In short, khajit nighteye, bend time shout, and other effects retain their vanilla look as is.


Chimera adds only a handful of effects compared to a modern ENB preset. This includes:

– A much more realistic enhanced sky.

– Distant volumetric mist

– Enhanced shadows that alleviate the vanilla blocky shadows.

– Overall colour-correction to enhance Vivid Weather colours

– Keeps vanilla imagespace modifiers intact

Required Mods

The only hard requirement is Vivid Weathers.

Other than this, I recommend:

Relighting Skyrim

ELE lite

More Subtle Nirnroot

Embers HD

Realistic Water Two[/url]


1. Download ENB v262 binaries here.

2. Copy d3d9.dll and enbhost.exe from the ‘Wrapper Version’ in the

downloaded archive to the main skyrim directory (where TESV.exe is).

3. Copy my ENB files to the same folder.

4. Install Vivid Weathers with any mod manager, and opt to disable ground fogs (important).

5. Enable customizations in the Vivid Weather MCM menu and set ‘Bloom’ to low (not required but recommended).

Performance Pointers

If you are struggling with performance, you can do the following:

I recommend getting BethINI which will make ini tweaking MUCH easier.

– The prime usual suspect to tank FPS is shadows. Set shadows to 512 from BethINI, as ENB shadows will mask the low quality.

– Grass mods also dramatically cut down performance irrespective of ENB usage. Consider doing away with Grass mods altogether. If vanilla grass still gives you a hard time, use my additional grass tweak from the optional downloads (dramatically lowers grass density, but will increase performance). As an alternative, you can use Grass on Steroids to get both performance and dense grass.

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