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Hello everybody and good day!As many of you may know from seeing my previous posts I have just received a new computer from my parents. Here are the specs:Velocity Micro Gamer's Edge PC2GB PC3200 RAMAMD Athlon X2 Processor (Dual Core=X2? im guessing :) )nVidia 7900GT (SLI ready MOBO)Creative Audigy 4 Sound Card and a 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System.However the new video card is obviously really powerful. I suppose in saying all this I really have two questions1) I am getting about 35 FPS not even all sliders all the way up. I am fine with this, but is this normal (I see many posts on this forum from people who have similar powerful comps)2) nVidia lets me set modes like FS9.exe should I do this. Or how do other people run FS. Is there something I need to do within the nVidia program to optimize FS9 performance ?Many thanks !Tony NelsonVATSIM ID: 945686

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Tony,Ok here's how it works...FS is pretty much CPU limited - what this means in non-technical speak is that the sim's framerate is limited by how much data the CPU can send to the video card, not the raw power of the video card like other games. (HL2, FarCry, etc)35 FPS seems normal to me - that's about what I get depending on traffic and the amount of weather in the area. You're not gonna see reallky high 60+ framerates with FS - there's no system in the world that can do it. Hopefully FSX will move more toward making it less CPU limited.On the Nvidia options:These are "Application Profiles" - basically you're telling the video card to set a particular group of image quality settings when the driver detects that game being run. You should definitely learn to use these. There's a great app availiable at www.nhancer.com (get the version 2 beta in the forum area) that provides a muhc better interface for editing the profiles.My FS profile basically has these settings:Antialiasing - 4X Multisampling with Transparency SupersamplingAnisotropic Filtering - 16XSystem Performance - High QualityTrilinear/Aniso Filter/Aniso Sample Optimizations - OffNegative LOD Bias - Clamp (important if you're using high levels of AF)If you don't know what those terms mean, check outhttp://www.nhancer.com/help/http://www.tweaktown.com/guides/601/the_si...uide/index.htmlhttp://www.tweakguides.com/NVFORCE_1.html


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