F.3.B.P. ENB Settings
Info: ENB is a graphic render and memory manager made by Boris Vorontsov. ENB ads a lot of new effects to the game, and makes it more stable at the same time. It does however come with the cost of performance. Expect a 10-30% drop, depending on your system and drivers. I strongly recommend installing ENB anyway, even on low-end systems. If you don't think the graphical improvements are worth the FPS drop, then you can disable the effects, and still get the better stability without the performance drop.
Installing ENB & the Settings Files
1 - Download ENB files
ENB Download site: (LINK)
*Download the ENB version that match the latest F.3.B.P. ENB Settings number. (Currently v0.278)
The ENB comes in a ZIP file containing two folders. Unpack the file, and copy the content of the "WrapperVersion" folder into the Fallout 3 game folder. If asked, overwriting any other file(s).
2 - Download the
Project ENB Settings
Fallout 3 Beautification Project ENB Settings v2.78
The Fallout 3 Beautification Project ENB Settings comes in a ZIP file. Unpack and copy the files into the Fallout 3 game folder. When asked, overwrite any other file(s).
3 - This only applies for the Steam version
Disable the Steam Overlay, or the game will start up being almost pitch black. Normal contrast will apply after entering another cell, but it's very annoying.
Setting up ENB
The only thing you need to setup, is indicating how much video
memory ENB can use. The settings are pre-made for systems with Nvidia GeForce 10
Graphics cards. If you have a GTX 1060, 1070 or 1080, you don't need to change anything. Skip to
the next step instead.
If you have an older nVidia graphics card, these setting most likely work as well, but if they don't, the ENB might not be able to auto-detect you memory. In that case, you will be notified at game launch, and you will have to open the Fallout 3 game folder, and then open the "enblocal.ini" file with a notepad.
Find the following lines:
Change the zero value to equal the amount of video memory your system has, minus 384MB.
For instance, if you have 4BG video memory, the line should look like this (4095 - 384 = 3712):
*If you are not sure how much video memory your graphics card has, use this tool made by Boris Vorontsov. (LINK)
If you don't have a nVidia Graphics card, you can use this ENBoost Tool to determine your "enblocal.ini" settings.
ENB In-Game Settings
ENB will load automatically when Fallout 3 starts. You can access the settings
in-game with the following shortcut keys:
Open the ENB settings console: Shift+Enter
Enable/Disable ENB Effect: F12
Show FPS: Insert-key
Take Screenshot: PrtScr-Key
Free VRAM: F4
If you want to play with the ENB setting yourself, you can do so by editing the "enbseries.ini" file with a notepad, or you can edit them in-game, by pressing shift+enter. A word of advise before starting. ENB contains a LOT of environmental settings, which all differ with time of day, location, time of year and different types of weather. When changing settings in one location, it might have unforeseen effects somewhere else, so it's a good idea to test ONE changes at a time, and in different environment. Messing everything up is VERY easy, trust me on this one. It is very time consuming to test this amount of settings in all different environments and times, but it's absolutely necessary if you want a great looking ENB. If you don't have time for testing, I strongly advise not to play around with the environmental settings. However, if you do have the time, by all means, I would LOVE to receive ideas for improvements and better settings, and incorporate them into this project. (Please write me on the Nexus Blog)
Wondering if the ENB effects are worth the 10-30% performance drop? Here are some
screenshots with/without ENB: (All other mods are loaded and enabled, so these are
not before/after screenshots. They only show the difference between ENB
ENB 2.78 Screenshots
No ENB With ENB No ENB With ENB