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asked by (14 points)

Here's the configuration


  • 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core
  • 12GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (2 x 2GB)
  • Six Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Four USB 3.0 Ports, One HDMI 1.4 Port
  • Supports up to Three 4K Displays
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Unique Compact Cylinder Design
  • Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra

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answered by (19.3k points)
One thing that jumps out at me immediately is the dual GPUs. If the operating system treats them like a single GPU, it might not be an issue, but in general, X-Plane does not recognize (and probably will not for the future) a 2nd GPU so it is not worth spending money on it.

While the X-Plane team is primarily on Macs, it's due to ease of use of programming tools, not for gaming power. In general I find that you can get a lot more GPU and CPU power for the money if you look at Windows computers.
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Thanks. Price is only $1999 - new in box but 2013 version
commented by (14 points)
Further question. Just spoke to Apple support. They told me Mac OS treats the 2 gpu as a single gpu. Also, they checked the system requirements for x plane 11 and claim there should not be an issue. Your opinion?

Thanks in advance
commented by (19.3k points)
In that case I guess it's just a matter of preference. Do you know if they confirmed that it will run with X-Plane's minimum or recommended specs? A machine from 2013 will be on the old side to run X-Plane 11, in general. You may be able to technically run the sim with minimum graphics, for example, but will you be happy with what you're looking at? That's up to personal preference and what you're looking for out of the sim experience.
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Will find out -  computer arrives tomorrow and will try 11.  Thanks ror you comments
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Works more than perfectly. Very satisfied with the MacPro's rendering of XPlane Would recommend, at the right price, the Pro for Xplane
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TSOC88, I have the exact same Mac Pro except I have 64 GB of RAM and 500 GB SSD.

What Graphic Settings are you using and monitor/monitors?

I have having some issues. I am new to all of this?

Thanks so much!!