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Farran1966
08-13-2010, 04:08 AM
Hello,

Does anyone run this notorious flight sim here? I have heard it runs like a dog but since buying an i7 with 6Gb of Ram I wondered if it might run ok on my rig, does anyone have any experience with it and is it worth it?

Many thanks.

Bremspropeller
08-13-2010, 04:28 AM
There's a thread over at SimHQ that deals with FSX' performance issues.

Generally, your system should run FSX alright - even I can run frame-rater-killers like the Aerosoft F-16 on my (as gaming-rig mediocre) MBP.

Yo should invest some time in finding out ow your settings (including graphics-card) could improve game-performance.

Otherwise:
Buy X-Plane http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

p-11.cAce
08-13-2010, 06:10 AM
Most maligned software ever http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif FSX runs great on any current computer - be sure and pick up the Lotus sim L-39! One of the best aircraft for FSX out there.

Lotus Simulation (http://www.lotussim.com/)

http://www.fspilotshop.com/images/LotusL39-04.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg82/TopDollar38/11391_LotusL39-17.jpg

http://userimages.imvu.com/userdata/00/01/03/89/userpics/formational_575_0.jpg

Muddy17
08-13-2010, 05:06 PM
Well I have a duel core 2GH laptop with 4 gig ram and onboard vid,, with a couple small CFG tweeks FSX runs just fine on it.
Lots of post's out there, give it a try you will enjoy. I just took a 3 month break from blowing things up and can now land 737's mostly on the first try. {killed alot of passengers learning lol}

Farran1966
08-14-2010, 03:07 AM
Thanks guys, I appreciate the info.

Think I might just give it a try.

Cheers

AWL_Spinner
08-14-2010, 07:01 PM
I have an i5-750 (OC'd) with 4Gb and it runs just fine. FSX is more of a CPU than a GPU hog but the latest in graphics cards doesn't hurt either.

Second the L39 recommendation.

And scenery by Orbx. It's beautiful (and very frame rate friendly). Check any out of a host of Orbx PNW videos on Youtube.

As someone who lives in that region the work they've done blows me away!

In fact, FSX with...

TrackIR
REX Weather (stunning skies and water..)
Orbx Scenery (stunning landscapes and effects..)
EZDok Camera (realistic shake and movement..)

..and something like the L39 is more akin to FS-XI. It's a VERY different experience to when it first came out!

Treetop64
08-14-2010, 07:22 PM
Same here with the i5 750 OC'd to 3.3GHz (or 4.2GHz on a cool day). ATI Radeon 4770 HD, 8GB of RAM. Big changes in the config file that SIGNIFICANTLY improves the look, smoothness, and efficiency of the simulator - especially with memory usage.

Can't say enough about the i5 750. With reasonable cooling you get high-end enthusiast performance for less than $200.

Run FSX with:
> Ultimate Traffic II
> A bunch of Ultimate GA traffic (Cessnas galore, Gulstreams, Challengers, Beechjets, etc, etc.)
> Active Sky Evoltion
> Ultimate Terrain USA, Canada, and Europe.
> Ground Environment Extreme for USA, Canada, and Europe.
> FSGenesis High-Res Terrain Mesh for the world.
> EditVoicePack (transforms ATC communications into something much more realistic than default)

I'm really into FSX, especially since I got it running smoother on my current rig than I ever got FS9 running on my previous rig. The hardware's caught up with it, and it's great.

p-11.cAce
08-15-2010, 08:04 AM
For anyone who has not kept up with FSX since the "bad old days" I think this vid more than speaks for itself. Nothing else - and especially NOT x-plane - comes close to this:

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Pacific Northwest:

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smink1701
08-15-2010, 08:24 AM
Got a new computer with a lot of grunt and just installed FSX-Gold and it runs like butter. Is there a good WW2 fighter pack anyone can direct me to???

Thanks

Treetop64
08-15-2010, 10:31 AM
Click my sig.

Bremspropeller
08-15-2010, 11:28 AM
Nothing else - and especially NOT x-plane - comes close to this:


BS - I can run FS-scenery in X-Plane as well http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

M_Gunz
08-15-2010, 12:15 PM
Originally posted by p-11.cAce:
For anyone who has not kept up with FSX since the "bad old days" I think this vid more than speaks for itself.

Could you buy as much PC as it took to run that back when FSX came out? What -is- in your computer box?

And for maligned MS flight sims, I'd like to nominate MSCFS-3! Boy did that one get pantsed!

Mercanario
08-15-2010, 02:18 PM
FSX is great, i spend hours flying around Alaska and PNW flying lttle more than a Piper Cub floatplane, running my own air cargo business through Airhauler and using Tongass Fjords and PNW addons.

p-11.cAce
08-15-2010, 02:53 PM
ould you buy as much PC as it took to run that back when FSX came out? What -is- in your computer box?

No - I could not - then again I could not for IL2 back in the day either http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'm not running a top of the line system by any means - Q6600 processor and a GTS 250 card.

I'm with Mercanario on Airhauler - it's awesome.

WTE_Galway
08-15-2010, 08:08 PM
Originally posted by p-11.cAce:
For anyone who has not kept up with FSX since the "bad old days" I think this vid more than speaks for itself. Nothing else - and especially NOT x-plane - comes close to this:


The sailplane clip is Tamworth airport and the RAAF training facility for new pilots (though it may be closing I am told) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

As far as i know .. they do not have a winch, the nearest glider ops are at Keepit Dam about 60km away and they have a winch but tend to prefer tow launches I believe.

The strip gets regular visits by operational RAAF F18's and is controlled airspace so winch launch glider ops may be a bit hairy.

I have landed at that strip a few times RL in a Cessna during my flight training but its IFR and controlled airspace and expensive to land at. I have even been on a tour of the Control Tower and RAAF facilities there .. so I can confirm that scenery pack (FTX ???) is pretty accurate.

EDIT:

Just for comparison this a recent real life (not FSX) clip of the same general area as the sailplane clip from the air (the real clip seems to be over the paddocks near 12L whereas the glider is over the actual buildings and 30R):

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Treetop64
08-16-2010, 11:41 PM
Wow! Great vid. Does a great job of keeping the wires steady on the horizon during the vertical moves.

Reminds me of when a flying buddy in the military took us up for some stalls, falls, and spins in his Tomahawk (Piper, not Curtiss) over Williams, CA. Good fun, but I did get nauseous...!

M2morris
08-18-2010, 06:59 AM
Here's a side note for those interested about the Helicopters in MS Flight Sim.
It's something I had to find myself:
Assign a key to 'propeller RPM increase' (sounds dumb) but thats what I found I had to do to get my slide to operate as the cyclic and not the throttle. I just run up the RPMs and leave it there and the slide throttle control on my stick becomes the cyclic. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

TheFamilyMan
08-18-2010, 01:27 PM
For maximum FSX goodness you need any variety of the i7s (i5 750 too) overclocked up to at least 3.8 ghz and about $150 (or more) worth of FSX add-ons. You will NOT get an out-of-box experience from FSX like those shown in those videos, but with the above you can. And IMO once you do get there IL-2 pales in comparison (hopefully SoW:BoB will take care of that). Currently spending only about 1 hour in IL-2 for every 5 in FSX (after all, I did drop about $200 of add-ons into it).