can i run flight simulator x deluxe with HIGHEST settings...

bluedoggiant

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can i run flight simulator x deluxe with HIGHEST settings on an imac with a 2.8ghz core 2 extreme processor, 2 gigs ram, on vista in bootcamp?


p.s. video card is: ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
 

equilibrium17

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I don't own the game, but no way in hell will you be able to run FSX on a 24" IMac, at anything close to Max settings, unless you are OK with fps output down in the slideshow range. FSX on high setting is a monster. You need a top end gaming rig with a cutting-edge graphics card (or cards. . .) to play it on Max settings. The IMac just aren't built to be gaming machines.

FSX is actually one of the games Tom's Hardware uses for performance testing of VGAs. This chart may be of interest to you:

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html?modelx=33&model1=858&model2=853&chart=293

Apparently, the 2600 PRO in the new IMac is actually an underclocked 2600XT, so take the fps shown on that chart for the 2600 XT, and round down a bit. . . 4fps or so ain't gonna be very playable.

You should be able to play it on lower settings just fine, though. AIUI, FSX scales down pretty well.
 

RichardI

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In a word. NO.

Before I bought my iMac I had a PC with a quadcore 2.67, 4 gb fast DDR2 ram, a 10,000 rpm Raptor HD and an 8800 Ultra with 768 MB ram. WinXP Pro.
I couldn't run FSX at full settings on that machine.

Rich :cool:
 

bluedoggiant

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In a word. NO.

Before I bought my iMac I had a PC with a quadcore 2.67, 4 gb fast DDR2 ram, a 10,000 rpm Raptor HD and an 8800 Ultra with 768 MB ram. WinXP Pro.
I couldn't run FSX at full settings on that machine.

Rich :cool:
u have my same exact settings? what settings were they able to run on?
 

overcast

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u have my same exact settings? what settings were they able to run on?
LOL WHAT?!?! How does

2.8ghz core 2 extreme processor, 2 gigs ram, ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

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quadcore 2.67, 4 gb fast DDR2 ram, a 10,000 rpm Raptor HD and an 8800 Ultra with 768 MB ram
 
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can i run flight simulator x deluxe with HIGHEST settings on an imac with a 2.8ghz core 2 extreme processor, 2 gigs ram, on vista in bootcamp?


p.s. video card is: ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
I run FSX using bootcamp on my Mac Pro 2.66 using the Nvidia 7300 GT and it runs pretty well. Not at max settings but i do get a decent 30fps. i'm planning on upgrading my video card though for xmas.
 

GFLPraxis

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In a word. NO.

Before I bought my iMac I had a PC with a quadcore 2.67, 4 gb fast DDR2 ram, a 10,000 rpm Raptor HD and an 8800 Ultra with 768 MB ram. WinXP Pro.
I couldn't run FSX at full settings on that machine.

Rich :cool:
Wait, if you can't run FSX at full settings on an 8800 Ultra, what CAN you run it on? That's basically the most powerful card on the market.
 

contoursvt

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Sometimes games are made which scale as the hardware gets faster. Even though the game may not run on maxed settings on a single 8800 Ultra right now, it will definitly be very close to it. It may run on max settings on the next gen of Nvidia or ATI high end cards or possibly an 8800 setup in SLI.

I remember way WAY back when Quake3 came out, the existing hardware as nowhere close to driving the game at say 60fps at 1600x1200 with all the filtering. It was at least a year or year and a half later when that happened. So the game was ahead of its time. Same is probably the case with FSX and I'm sure the same will be true for Crysis when its released.

Wait, if you can't run FSX at full settings on an 8800 Ultra, what CAN you run it on? That's basically the most powerful card on the market.
 

Willis

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so at what kind of settings can u run fsx in vista bootcamp with the highest end imac default configs?
To be honest with you, I dont think many people know. The only way you will find out is to do it yourself.

Ok, you wont have Max settings, but, it will be playable. All you have to sum up in your own mind is are you willing to upgrade your iMac in a couple years time which should have a better graphics card, but that isnt always the case.. OR get a Mac Pro with the ATI card, OR do you just stick with a windows machine for gaming.

choice is yours my friend
 

bluedoggiant

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To be honest with you, I dont think many people know. The only way you will find out is to do it yourself.

Ok, you wont have Max settings, but, it will be playable. All you have to sum up in your own mind is are you willing to upgrade your iMac in a couple years time which should have a better graphics card, but that isnt always the case.. OR get a Mac Pro with the ATI card, OR do you just stick with a windows machine for gaming.

choice is yours my friend
i windows, thats the only game i play
 

equilibrium17

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I can run it on a AMD Sempron 3200 (1.8GHz), 1GB RAM with a 7600gs at max, and performs well for me.
???

Are you sure you have FSX set to maximum all-around?

According to Tom's Hardware benchmarks, at 1920x1200x32, full AA, full AF, Ultra Quality, you should only see about 10 fps from a 7600gs system. Ref this chart:

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html?modelx=33&model1=858&model2=717&chart=293

So either Tom's Hardware is way-off (and they are usually very good), or you have some kind of prodigy 7600gs. . .
 

Slarti42

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What about the new 2.4 GHz iMac?

2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 MB L2 cache
1 GB RAM (but eventually expanded to 1.5 or 2 gigs)
ATI Radeon 2600 PRO graphics, 256 MB

How would FSX run on this machine, with Boot Camp and Windows Vista (with Vista reduced to a graphical minimum)? Should X-Plane still be preferred?
 

daveIT

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No

I have a Mac Pro 2.66 with X1900 512MB and 2GB RAM and TrackIR. With SP1 installed and all the sliders/options set to max I was getting about 4fps during turns.
 

ricardovj

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FSX on iMac is great!

I just got a 24" iMac with 3.06 Ghz dual core processor, 2GB ram, NVidia 512MB video card and I've got FSX running on Boot camp on Windows XP and I get GREAT performance. Setting the "Ultra-high" setting under display preferences, plus anti-aliasing and trilinear I get 20fps taking off Boston Logan airport (default scenery), up in the air I get much higher frame rates, even with clouds and water effects and such. Plus the quality of the image is great, the 24" monitor is awesome.

I'm glad I spent the extra $400 or so to get the 3.06 vs the 2.8 which comes with a cheaper video card!

Ricardo.
 

alphaod

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FSX with maximum requires a lot of RAM, so you might need more RAM. FSX doesn't load the textures into the GPU, it's load them into RAM first.
 

Apple Ink

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Thats the worst game I've ever seen or played! Dunno what Microsoft was thinking while developing it? I cant imagine what can run it if a $4000 comp cant!
 

dimme

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With all these post. I am surprised no one suggested X-plane 9. I run MS flight simulator X in high mode with 28 fps on my mac pro 2.88 with a nivida 8800 & XP. My biggest complainant is I get the menu freeze offend. The worst part of flight simular x is that it runs in windows.