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Old Oct 12, 2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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So I've been hearing a lot about this mod lately, but I can't seem to find much detailed information about it. What is it, how does it work and what does it do?
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 10:00 PM   #2
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the enb series of mods are a lot of mods for a bunch of different games. they're just called the enb series because they're all made by one person (or one team, not very sure). this is their website - http://enbdev.com/index_en.html where you can see which games they've released mods for, what each one does and obviously you can download them. in general the mods usually make games look better by changing around shaders and stuff like that which aren't normally exposed by the developers. they add a lot of pc specific features to games which are mostly all console ports these days and they sometimes improve performance and remove bugs too. they're most graphics related though.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 11:09 PM   #3
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the enb series of mods are a lot of mods for a bunch of different games. they're just called the enb series because they're all made by one person (or one team, not very sure). this is their website - http://enbdev.com/index_en.html where you can see which games they've released mods for, what each one does and obviously you can download them. in general the mods usually make games look better by changing around shaders and stuff like that which aren't normally exposed by the developers. they add a lot of pc specific features to games which are mostly all console ports these days and they sometimes improve performance and remove bugs too. they're most graphics related though.
More or less. ENBseries basically intercepts draw calls and inserts its own code to add or improve existing visual effects. Generally speaking, it can't cause a game to run better because by intercepting those calls and brutally plugging in additional rendering code, it adds significant overheads to the rendering and makes things run worse. If you're system is overall quite powerful, then the effect may be fairly unnoticeable.

It's a great tool though, and pretty much the only way to add some of the more advanced visual effects into a game that either is supported by the renderer but not in any way enabled in the game, or that was poorly implemented by the developers in the first place.

Ambient occlusion, Antialiasing / Supersampling, lighting effects and other similar things are what it can do for a game. You can see some basic comparisons of it being used in GTA4 on the link below, but it's from a horribly outdated version. Still, you get the idea;

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,7...ideo/Practice/

The screenshots below are what GTA4 CAN look like now with a heavily modded version of ENBseries, called 'iCEnhancer', done by a different person altogether;

Big image so no thumbnail - http://www.gtagaming.com/images/mods...74_Capture.PNG




If you can run it, it's totally worth it.
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I have almost never had good luck with any ENB series mod. They definitely don't remove bugs, I'll tell you that much.
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Does ENB consume more cpu power or gpu power or both equally?
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Does ENB consume more cpu power or gpu power or both equally?
CPU and Ram don't seem to play a significant role. You do need some serious gpu power though.
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More or less. ENBseries basically intercepts draw calls and inserts its own code to add or improve existing visual effects. Generally speaking, it can't cause a game to run better because by intercepting those calls and brutally plugging in additional rendering code, it adds significant overheads to the rendering and makes things run worse. If you're system is overall quite powerful, then the effect may be fairly unnoticeable.

It's a great tool though, and pretty much the only way to add some of the more advanced visual effects into a game that either is supported by the renderer but not in any way enabled in the game, or that was poorly implemented by the developers in the first place.

Ambient occlusion, Antialiasing / Supersampling, lighting effects and other similar things are what it can do for a game. You can see some basic comparisons of it being used in GTA4 on the link below, but it's from a horribly outdated version. Still, you get the idea;

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,7...ideo/Practice/

The screenshots below are what GTA4 CAN look like now with a heavily modded version of ENBseries, called 'iCEnhancer', done by a different person altogether;

Big image so no thumbnail - http://www.gtagaming.com/images/mods...74_Capture.PNG




If you can run it, it's totally worth it.
The bottom pic is from a mix of several enb releases including icenhancer and in the middle of editing it. Eventually it was improved quite a bit over that but thats the beauty of enb is you can leave them as is and they look great or you can tweak it to your specific preferences.

Also at about that point I transfered my game file to another pc that is just a c2d e6750 with a gtx 460 1gb both stock and it ran slightly better then the default game on that pc.

EDIT: You also need to be careful with Icenhancer as there are some texture mods included that are worse then the origonals. I played through most of the game before I realised my trees were worse then the default.

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ENB just takes too much of a frame rate hit 30fps-->18fps Maybe you SLI or Crossfire people can do it but my rig can't.

Plus it doesn't look good much of the time.
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ENB just takes too much of a frame rate hit 30fps-->18fps Maybe you SLI or Crossfire people can do it but my rig can't.

Plus it doesn't look good much of the time.
lol i clicked your link then responded to it in that thread thinking it was still in this one.
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ENB just takes too much of a frame rate hit 30fps-->18fps Maybe you SLI or Crossfire people can do it but my rig can't.

Plus it doesn't look good much of the time.
The same seems to be true for the skyrim enb configs.

During certain lighting condition they look like ****.

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