Microsoft Flight Simulator X On iMac

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  1. lukefinch macrumors 6502

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    So I am wondering whether to get a new 21.5" iMac. I already have a white macbook and would love a 21.5" iMac as my desktop computer so i can sell the macbook and get an iPad however i need a computer that can play Microsoft Flight Simulator X very well.

    At the moment it is a toss up between a gaming PC or an iMac however if i got a gaming PC i could not sell my Macbook to buy an iPad.

    I was wondering whether anyone on here is currently playing the game on bootcamp and what you thought about it and also if the graphics were any good because it is just about the most graphical and processor intense game there is out there.

    Any help would be appreciated, even if it is a 27" iMac, a 24" iMac or any other mac you may be running it on.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. millar876 macrumors 6502a

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    I got the 21.5" with the HD4670 GPU and it plays FSX pretty well, the only time I've noticed it dropping frames is right after I load a very detailed add-on model (Panavia Tornado GR4)

    Thats using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and FSX SP1 (with accelerator expansion)
     
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    Have you considered switching to X-Plane 9? It works great on OS X and to mention is very very customizable.
     
  4. lukefinch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot millar876, have you got any videos anywhere that I can watch to see how it looks? And to Alphaod, no, I will not use x-plane. I absolutley hate the game, it's awful when compared to FSX
     
  5. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    I can tell that you are not a pilot. X-Plane 9 is as close to actually flying as you can get. It is a very powerful program and very customizable, thus making it a little more difficult to use until you get used to it. The flying is so realistic. I use it to keep my pilot skills current when not able to get out to fly real airplanes. By the way, X-Plane is not a game, it is a Flight Simulator that works with Mac and Windows. Corporations use it to train pilots.

    MS FSX is a game, but it is pretty good. There is not a Mac version.
     
  6. lukefinch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    maccompaq, i am actually a pilot so great start there ;)

    In my opinion, FSX is just better, there is more addons for it and it is a lot easier to look at and its a lot easier on the eyes, that is why i prefer it over X-Plane.

    Also, what you said about x-plane being used to train pilots, FSX is also used, possibly more so than x-plane, and x-plane is also a game, they both are.

    And FYI - i know there isn't a mac version of FSX, otherwise this question would not have been asked.

    Thanks to everyone else's help here though, anyone else want to share their experiences?
     
  7. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I can speak for the iMac but I know when I upgraded to Windows 7 64bit on my macpro it was like a upgrade to FSX. Everything works better and faster.:D

    BTW I also prefer FSX over X-plane. I love the movements in the virtual cockpit.
     
  8. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    It's funny how threads like this always turn into a pissing match about X-Plane and MSFS. And inevitably someone chimes in with their pilot's certificate as some kind of reason why their opinion matters more.

    They're both games. They can be helpful to a private or instrument pilot to review or practice certain skills, but they're both still games. Pick the one that you have more fun playing - that's about all there is to it.

    Personally I prefer X-Plane, but that's mainly because I have an easier time getting a consistent 60+ fps out of it on average hardware. MSFS is definitely prettier, and probably more 'fun' out of the box.
     
  9. DianeL19 macrumors newbie

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    Careful, you are showing your jealousy of those who have the money and skills to actually obtain a pilot license.
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I use XWing vs. TIE Fighter to keep up on my flying skills. Ahem.
     
  11. DianeL19 macrumors newbie

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    This is a good example of how people use worthless replies to pad their post count.
     
  12. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    I don't suppose this counts as one?
     
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You got me! Because if that one (and this one) gets removed along with 6937 others, I won't be able to post in the Marketplace anymore :(
     
  14. DianeL19 macrumors newbie

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    Have you looked at my post count? Does it look like I am trying to up my count?
     
  15. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    It's a pity that the guy only has 15 posts.

    Actually, yeh. Most of your (fifteen) posts are argumentative, and inflammatory.
     
  16. DianeL19 macrumors newbie

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    Careful, your immaturity is showing!
     
  17. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    I don't see how these posts add to the discussions.
    No one was even talking to you.

    In a thread about the performance of FSX on a mac?

    How nice.
     
  18. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Ooooh...you got me there! :rolleyes:

    EDIT: Just to get this thread back on topic - what kinds of frame rates are people seeing out of FSX, and with what settings? I'm curious to see how it runs these days.
     
  19. dimme macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to keep this thread on track.
    On my 2008 MacPro with windows7 x64 I lock my frame rate at 33 and it rarely drops below that. Most of my settings are high or ultra high. Very happy with the sim and the performance.
     
  20. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Cool. Can the settings be lowered enough to get a consistent 60 fps out of it? That's the kind of thing that really helps the realism for me. Not that 33 is bad at all - just curious.
     
  21. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I sure it can, I prefer add-on scenery, traffic and eye candy, so that is why I stick to 33fps
     
  22. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    I just fly my plane on weekends.

    The graphics are amazing.

    Everywhere I go is an expansion pack. Who knew?!
     
  23. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    But can you bull's-eye womprats?
     
  24. Tremaine macrumors member

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    I run FSX on my Dual Core 2.8 24" iMac with a nVidia 8800GTS and it runs great, so I'd imagine that running it on the latest iMac would be even better. I can maintain 20-30 FPS with most settings maxed and with multiple add ons, including additional AI aircraft.
     
  25. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    What kind of frame rate do you get?
     

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