1) taxing the aircraft is still not right. IMO they have not improved this. The aircraft goes all over the place while trying to stay straight. For example...if your turning and then want to go straight again there is a delay in the controls and then you end up over correcting. This is made worse if the frame rate slows down for graphics to load. Your holding the rudder to turn and the aircraft is not moving(graphics loading) but as soon as the aircraft starts to move again you find you have just turned off the taxiway into the grass. This is very annoying.
2) I only have the graphics and other goodies set to about 50% and the game still trips up trying to load graphics. My system is an AMD 3.8Ghz processor. 1GB of RAM and 256MB graphics card yet if I push the graphics any more the game is unplayable.
3) in typical microsoft fasion the game crashed the first time I tried to exit it.
4) for a game made by pilots for pilots they still have boring ATC voices.
Turn the Graphics way down. They kill the Frame Rates. Turn the autogen off altogether. Set yourself a target Frame rate of lets say, 29FPS. With your system specs it should hit that pretty solidly and the game will be quite acceptable.
They still haven't sorted out their whole stall/spin issue. I spun the Extra on it a few times, it spins for for the first 4 or 5 rotations, then it just loses itself.
Buying yourself another GB of RAM will vastly improve the performance of your PC. Just one thing about your AMD 3.8Ghz. I'm yet to see an AMD clocked to 3.8Ghz. It's most likely an AMD 3800+. Probably running somewhere around the 2.0Ghz mark, but thats all techie stuff. e.g. This is an AMD 64 X2 3800+. But it's running @ 2.0Ghz, good ole AMD.
on another note, did anyone have problems intercepting the localiser at the destination airport when on an IFR commercial flight?? The final vector I get from ATC nearly always points me directly at the airportwhich means i miss the approach and feel like a twat having sat in front of the thing for 2 hours only to muck up the landing!
Any help would be appreciated
The main CPU handles the physics and maths of the game, so will be effected by the ammount of autogen scenery and traffic it has to plot and track positions for. Be aware though that FSX makes extensive use of the Virtual cockpit view (standard rendered panels are still there but you have to go through the menus to find them). This is way more processor intensive.
If you buy a good mid-range card for about ?200-ish (they can go all the way to ?500+) you should get away with a reguar 2 Ghz CPU. Most newer ones come in the PCI Express format (these can work out cheaper than an equivilent AGP) but may have an onboard adapter bridge so that they will still work with the AGP slots. For NVidia systems you can have an SLI setup, with 2 matched cards. Each card will render alternate frames and display them consecutively on the monitor, but you will pay for the privilege.
The system is a bit pricey for what you get; sensor, basball cap, cd with drivers and the 3 point clip - if you get the pro system with vector 3d. ?140 for that was a little dissapointing, but worth it if you are a regular flight simmer. Basically the system tracks your head movement and translates that into the POV ingame. So you look left and POV looks left, lean closer to the screen zooms in, sit a bit higher raises seat height. I was able to look around the side of the cowlings and around struts. The motion onscreen is amplified so that you don't lose sight of the screen.
buggy-B wrote:For NVidia systems you can have an SLI setup, with 2 matched cards. Each card will render alternate frames and display them consecutively on the monitor, but you will pay for the privilege.
ATI now also offer Crossfire, a dual graphics card set-up. Be aware though that these often require more power, so your PSU must have two graphics connectors. The system can either be worked as "buggy-B" says with each card delivering consecutive frames, or they can display the image as a sort of patchwork, each card working on a few different parts of the image.
I went in town the other day (Cork) and in Virgin it's ?90, both Game and Gamestop are ?75 and Smyths only stocks the standard version from what I can see.
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