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PMDG 747 Cargo - How much improved compared to passenger version?

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Gents,I just found out that the 747 Cargo version has some improvements compared to the passenger version. I am thinking of the FMC system. Does this justify an upgrade from the passenger version I am currently flying?I am not particular interested in cargo flying but if its a better and improved simulation model I will buy it.Thanks and regardsKjetil

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Hi, I beleive there was a good review of the -F here on avsim a few weeks back, that you may find useful :)To be honest there is very little FMC upgrades/improvements. The main things that are improved upon, are the inclusion of PW/GW/RR engine displays on the ECIAS as well as their respective sounds, the new all-in-one digital standby display and the new style LCD looking main displays. There are also a few systems differences too, such as the ECS and and also fuel - no stabiliser tanks.However, this was enough for me to purchase, as I find the 747 a fantastic plane/simulation, and I can either choose to fly pax or freight now :D

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Flying both, I've found that I liked the PAX version better. There seems to be a slight FPS loss on the F v. the pax versions. (Especially noticed when flying on the F/O's side)The good thing about getting the F is you get a new sound set (which is still awaiting another update), and like AK said in his post, PW/GE/RR performance enhancements and annotations on the EICAS.Other than the cargo doors and other fluff outside, I would say stick with the PAX for now; save for the above, it is, for all intents and purposes, quite similar.

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I bought the 744F and I am very happy with it, although I agree on the slight FPS loss in its VC depsite the update. I bought it especially because the 744F is in itself a major patch for the 744pax as well, not only the soundset, many improvements in the FMC routines, more accurate and refined fuel predicitions etc...That being said, it's also a mater of taste, I've always loved freighters :-) , and most important, always preferred the short 747 hump ala classics jumbos rather than the stretched ones.

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I love the freighter, I have always loved cargo, I dont know why. But anyway, I am very disappointed in the FPS loss when flying in the VC. I get double the frames in the 2d panel compared to the VC. Oh well

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Yes, the FPS loss in the freighter VC is I believe due to nothing else than the visible nose cargo door. Gives an idea to what would have been with the infamous wingviews in the pax 744.

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its unfortunate that PMDG claimed it would be fixed in the patch, and has been silent ever since the patch was released and didnt help at all. infact I think my FPS is even worse now

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Alex-I think they actually did fix it, but depsite the fix, the visual of that nose cargo door still affects frames/s.I get reasonnable FPS, my end, not as good as the pax version though.

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