Is it safe to run this simulator on a macbook air?

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asked May 14 by jakeharris29 (12 points)
I downloaded this simulator today and when i started it up my macbook air started making more noise the I've ever heard it make before, only making me assume that it is really struggling to run the simulator, i dropped all graphics to minimum and the sound still continued, is this normal or is it possible that the game might cause my laptop to overheat?

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answered May 14 by glenfer (1,593 points)

Hi Jake,

I am not with Laminar Research; just a flight simmer.

X-Plane is resource hungry whereby good cooling is required.for the graphics card and the CPU.  X-plane will successfully run on a laptop if it is a designated gaming machine.

Dedicated X-Plane users usually run a purpose built Windows based PC which allows for future upgrades rather than purchasing a new unit every few years.  These units have additional cooling included when purchased.  Any Mac system is basically a sealed unit and is difficult to upgrade.

You need to look at the specifications to successfully run X-Plane which can be found at http://www.x-plane.com/kb/x-plane-11-system-requirements/   and compare with your system.  Many flight simmers build/purchase a system that is equal to or has higher specifications than the recommended systems.

Good luck

Glenn

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