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Im about to buy an iMAC with this this good enough to run XPlane 11?

3.6GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB video memory
16GB 2400MHz DDR4
1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

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Hi Michael,

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

Have a look at the following link at    for the system requirements.  Serious flight simmers go for a purpose built Windows based PC using specifications equal to or better than the recommended specifications.

In building a purpose built machine you can upgrade components as and when necessary and when affordable.  Here in Australia a Mac system will cost an arm and a leg to purchase whereas a PC will not cost as much.

One issue you need to have is good cooling on the CPU and around the graphics card as a considerable amount of heat is generated.  Does your proposed unit have any cooling?  Bad or no cooling will contribute to the system crashing during a flight.

I am of the opinion that the graphics card is the weakest part for your planned system.  Have another look at the recommended specifications.  Also consider a NVidia graphics card instead of an AMD or clone card.  NVidia has been known to give you a better performance.  From my readings in this forum this is particularly so with a MAC.

Good luck


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Thanks Glenn.  Same here in Ireland re the price of the MAC..I dont actually need a MAC as Ive a MACBOOK that does all my work needs, its just that I like the fact it doesnt have a big ugly box taking up room on the floor or on the desk.