Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

CPU Performance - Settings Scaling

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

CPU Performance - Settings Scaling 

Like all games, performance scales with in-game graphical settings. With Microsoft Flight Simulator being so hard on both CPU and graphics hardware, we decided to see how graphical settings impact CPU-limited performance by testing the game at 1080p with an RTX 2080 Ti across the title's main presets. 


Low-altitude flight over New York isn't a simple task, and lowering Microsoft Flight Simulator's graphical settings will enable a much smoother flying experience. That said, even Microsoft Flight Simulator's low settings will be unable to maintain 60+ FPS average framerates during this challenging simulation scenario. 

It is clear that Microsoft Flight Simulator is a game that's designed for future processors, or that the game requires some major software changes to properly utilise the power of today's CPUs. We know that this game will support ray tracing in the future, a fact that leaves us hopeful that Microsoft Flight Simulator will receive CPU-related performance benefits thanks to a future DirectX 12/DirectX 12 Ultimate patches. 

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide  
High-Altitude Flight

At higher altitudes, we can see clearer performance scaling, with average framerates extending past 60 FPS at high settings. Even so, large performance dips still occur, though they are difficult to spot under most circumstances given the slow-moving nature of Microsoft Flight simulator. 

When you are so high in the sky, the ground appears to moves at a slow pace, making small framerate jitters hard to spot, especially during straight and steady flight. 

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide  

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Most Recent Comments

24-08-2020, 12:08:01

Because of how this plays a 40 fps is totally playable, and you can achieve that by turning AI air traffic off and lowering airport clutter (though this does take away some realism), I found the AI air traffic popping in the cause of most stutters.Quote

27-08-2020, 06:26:01

I was getting a really low FPS on high so tweaked a few things following a video and now I get between 40-60fps but the performance still isn't the best, maybe because I only have 8GB RAM.Quote

27-08-2020, 06:36:23

On a side topic, anyone found more strange obelisk type structures ?

They are eerily cool.Quote

27-08-2020, 08:08:40

Nice to see free liveries coming out already, and a more functional 320 being worked onQuote

27-08-2020, 08:26:02

Jay did a video about how to get 60 FPS. He got over 40 on a 2060 Super.

It's not like, his ideas, he just used all of the tips he found around the net. Still, it's all in one place I guess.

I want this, but I want to see how fast I can fly a SR71 from Phila to Heathrow, so I guess I will wait for those planes and then see.Quote

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