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My system:

OS - Windows 10 Home

Intel Core I-7-4790K @ 4.0 GHZ

Memory(RAM) - 32.0 GB

CPU - 64 bit

GPU - Geforce GTX 970, driver 361.75

Storage - 2 TB

With medium settings, it is hard to get past 20 fps.  Disheartening as I purchased new PC based on recommended x-plane specs on site.



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Hi Gary,

Tone down your rendering settings a lot. You have a very capable machine to run XP but there is no computer yet to fully max out XP in today's time. I get 30+ fps with medium to almost high rendering options but not extreme. Tone down your rendering options to the LOWEST possible setting and increase 1 setting at a time to see how your frame rate is affected. Restart the sim to the changes take effect.

Frame Rate Rules

Below 19 is terrible

25-35 + is optimal range for XP

60 + very unlikely

My Specs

Intel i7 4770k @3.5 ghz

GTX 970 4 gb VRAM

16 gb RAM

1 TB storage

MSI Z-87 G-41 Motherboard

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need additional guidance

Go super easy on cloud puffs setting- FPS killers. I have mine at 10%

Buildings, cars, trees, HDR, and texture resolution are GPU CPU killers as well. My HDR isn't working good so I turned it off


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This was informative, I have a similar setup based on the recommendation by x-plane:

i7 - 4Ghz

32 Gig mem

EVGA GeForce GTX 970

ASRock z170 extreme6

I thought that f x-plane recommended something it was to run the whole program not bits and pieces, so a little disappointed there, so you can tell the frustration there when you buy a recommended PC, but can only use parts of the program, kind of defeats the purpose.


I have seen other people run 4 monitor setups with a lower GPU, and a single PC.  Any ideas on how they accomplish this?
commented by (594 points)
Hi Casa,

Hopefully when X-plane 11 rolls by, we can fully max out 10. XP 10 is future proofed so even though if someone has a kelvin super cooled NASA computer, XP won't max out and it will bring any computer to its knees.

I'm not sure if I can answer your second question but I gave some advice

As for your multi-monitor setup question you asked, From what I've heard, you need independent PC's running to each monitor and thus you can accomplish a 4 or more monitor setup if you are willing to spend a ton of money for 4 PC's. Another thing that I heard was that XP doesn't support SLI thus you can't use 2 or more graphic cards, XP will use only 1.

commented by (12 points)
Good evening, the scenario is possible with one PC and one GPU, the key here is to have 2 copies of X-Plane loaded on the PC, and have one copy as Master and the other as a Slave, then have one copy with scenery only and the other copy on your 4th monitor with the cabin view.


Another option is to have one copy of X-Plane with only scenery on your 3 displays (nvidia surround) then have on your 4th monitor (touch screen) for your controls.


commented by (594 points)
Hi Casa,

That is very interesting and helpful info for anyone who wants to accomplish a multi-monitor setup with  X-plane.

I don't plan on purchasing more monitors (I have 1 monitor) simply because I don't need it and I have limited space available to me currently.

Helpful info though.