Review: Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020): PC graphics performance analysis

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Are you ready to take a short flight with us? We look at one of the most anticipated games of 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator, in a PC graphics performance and PC gamer way. We'll test the game on t...

    Review: Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020): PC graphics performance analysis

    Updated August 21st:

    • added image quality screenshot comparison
    • added core CPU scaling results
    • added image quality settings performance comparison
    • added Core i9 9900K vs Ryzen 3800XT
    • added DRAM memory scaling, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
    • added VRAM scaling with Radeon VII (16GB VRAM) and observe VRAM utilization in normal and dense terrains
     
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  2. waltc3

    waltc3 Maha Guru

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    Yes, I agree that 30-60 fps is likely plenty of frame rate here--no FPS twitch game here...;) Will probably swing for this myself!
     
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  3. Kaarme

    Kaarme Ancient Guru

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    It's pretty weird a Microsoft game in 2020 sticks to DirectX 11. It sends a peculiar message to other game studios.
     
  4. Supertribble

    Supertribble Master Guru

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    This game is very heavy at ultra settings O_O

    Strange to see the 2070S performing worse than the regular 2070 at 1080p and disappointing results from AMD here, particularly the VII which often manages to claw back some performance relative to Nvidia at 4K.
     

  5. r3claim3r

    r3claim3r Ancient Guru

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    Think I'll simply reinstall my old flight simulator X instead.
     
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    9GB VRAM usage for 2080Ti... and to think the new 3080 is supposed to have 10GB :(
     
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    allesclar Ancient Guru

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    Good review. Annoyed that if you buy it on steam, you download the installer and that installer then downloads a 90GBish file.

    Would rather have it be downloaded all via steams server.
     
  8. allesclar

    allesclar Ancient Guru

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    Hilbert, is this graphics card reference in the review right, i couldn't find it in any of the benchmarks.....

    "GeForce GTX 1650 Super"

    Thanks
     
  9. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    There are a couple of cards that are indeed not reference, as NVIDIA did not send them, however, if an AIB/AIC card has to be used, we clock them at reference values.
     
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    9gb allocated to 2080ti, doesnt mean it actually needs it. 7.6gb allocated to 8gb cards.
     
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  11. JamesSneed

    JamesSneed Maha Guru

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    Now where is that "Any" key.
     
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    DannyD Master Guru

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    Well done HH!
     
  13. karma777police

    karma777police Master Guru

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    Another optimized pile of crap released by Microsoft.
     
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  14. DannyD

    DannyD Master Guru

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    The 2070s beats the 2070 at all resolutions.
     
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    alanm Ancient Guru

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    Flight sims are usually very CPU intensive. Nice to know this will be tested by Hilbert later on.
     
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    I'm going insaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaane.
     
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    wow nothing like murdering your GPU for the sake of realism :D I can't wait to fill up my SSD with this courtesy of Gamepass.
     
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    alanm Ancient Guru

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    Pretty sure there will be detailed articles and vids testing and comparing all the settings. And like most demanding games, there will always be some settings that can be reduced without much visual difference.
     
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    pretty bad for google earth official game
     
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    Been looking at this game for a good year now. Glad to see my setup will run it, just not for sure at what res.. I still have not decided to move to 1440 or 4k yet until I saw some reviews. I hope to upgrade to 1440 or 4k this year.

    These are my type of games (simulation). I played FSX for years until I got prepar3d. I can run p3d with max settings at 1080p as smooth as a young girls butt.

    Thanks for the review it puts me a step closer.
     

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