Bootcamp iMac for FS9 / FSX

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Willstone525, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. Willstone525 macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    I have in the past 6 months purchased both an iMac and MacBook Pro to replace my old windows set up. As a future pilot on important factor to me is Flight Simulator. Although I did try X-Plane I just prefer the way that FS runs. I was wondering if people have any experience using both FS9 and FSX under either Win8 or Win7 and whether it runs well in boot camp. I will primarily use bootcamp on the iMac as it is a much more powerful machine (i7 3.4, 8GB ram, 4GB Nvid). I have been told to go windows 7 as windows 8 is more preferred for tablets/touchscreen.
    The main thing i'm looking for is the game to run smoothly without any glitches/errors. The only reason i want to boot camp is just to get flight simulator so I am not fussed using it for any other programs.

    Cheers
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I can't say for FS as I don't have it, but I play BF4 on my iMac (3.5GHz i5, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD and 4GB GTX780M) and it runs absolutely smooth at high settings.

    You should have no problem with FS because it uses the iMac's hardware natively. However, you should download drivers directly from NVIDIA though, Apple's NVIDIA drivers in the Boot Camp package are outdated.
     
  3. Willstone525 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay that is great to know! is that directly from Nvidia website?
    also is it possible to download the game onto a External SDD and then load it that way? or will that be a slow option.

    cheers
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It's possible, but the external SSD also has to be your boot drive.

    Note that Windows can boot from a Thunderbolt drive, but not USB.
     

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