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Just wondering what you Dash owners are getting framerate wise. I have read several posts on this subject and from what i can tell it is extremely demanding. This will effect my decision to purchise it, since my 1 ghz machine might just produce a slide show with the dash. Thanks for any replies.

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I just posted a note on another thread about this, but here it is anyway. I have 667 Mhz celeron overclocked to 950 Mhz, with 512 Mb of ram. With my autogen at medium and my terrain mesh and texutres at high, and my desktop resolution at 1024 x 768, I am getting frame rates of around 10 in airports and 14+ in the air. I consider this to be quite acceptable on my system.

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The key issue seems to be RAM. I think this is a very complex panel and model and it appears that systems with less RAM will spend some time churning the swap file. Overall it runs great on my Athlon XP 1700+ w/ 512MB of RAM and Windows XP.

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Well Shane, I should hope it would run excellent with those specs. If it didn't there'd be a real problem!

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like any other complex panel, it is a ram-issue. Like the PSS-A32x or the captainsim, you won't fly with less than some 700megs. If the framerates drop, have a look at you HD activity....if everything (including XP, FS2k2 and ..) can be hold in the ram, framerates aren't an issue

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Absolute rubbish.I have 512MB ram and there is no noticeable hit on fps. And I don't hear my hard drive thrashing away either.paNMan

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same here. i don't notice it being any worse in FPS performance than the PSS Airbus. it's another great plane.

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My coffee grinder has 384MB ram, and I saw it yesterday in completeagony trying to run FS2K2/wxRE/RealTime/Dash8/ or /A3xx/(memory used was almost about 500MB as the win2k task manager showed)most mem and CPU time was eaten up by FS2K2maybe at 512MB things are ql, but at less I guess not.700MB might not be such an overkill with all those addons andql thingies running.....

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Runs really well considering the complexity of the panels. Just uses alot of ram, HD thrashes a lot at the start of a flight and when changing views on my p4 2.7/ti4600 256ram (win89).

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Can WinMe use more than 512 DDR? Before my upgrade I used 786 PC-133 and it worked great. I talked to my computer tech and he said WinMe will not use more than 512. I want 786 cause I'm running a lot of atuff - ActiveSky, RCv3, FlightMax and ofcourse FS and I get down on RAM quite bad.. Anybody know?Thanks, Adam

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thanks for the replies guys. This is a tough decision. Most of the people that replied had over 2 ghz processors. The only person with a processor close to mine is the first post and he only gets 10 to 14 fps. I have 512 mg of sdram, and it runs the PSS 747 pro and PSS airbus pro fairly well. I am also running winME and been told that it can only use 512 ram. If somebody knows a way around this please let me know! Is there a way to make a swap file for fs2k2 that i can use to take the load of my cpu? Thanks again!

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Yup, as far as I know WinME does not use anything over 512 Mb.... Haven't tried it though, swapped to WinXP Pro before runing out of steam ;-) :-outta Francois :-wave[table border=0 cellpadding=10 cellspacing=0][tr][td valign=bottom" align="center]"At home in the wild"[/td][td valign=bottom" align="center][link:avsim.com/alaska/alaska_052.htm]Don's Alaskan Bush Charters]"Beavers Lead the Way"[/td][td valign=bottom" align="center][br][tr][td valign=top" align="center]http://bfu.avsim.net/sigpics/logo75b.gif[/td][td valign="top" align="left" colspan=2]http://www.fssupport.com/images/moose2.gif[/td][tr][/table

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Swap files reside on hard disk and will not take the load off your CPU as I understand it. FS2002 is RAM demanding, first and foremeost, no way around it. The more you cam load in RAM, the better your simming experience. I just installed and flew this baby for an hour or so, and it flies well, handles good and looks great..but.. I do get some delays in changing spot views.... get a blank aircraft, wait, wait, paints the livery on it ;-) (I have my fps locked to 26 and that is what I get on a small airpotr and when flying with high-res mesh at 500 feet).And I am running on a 2.53 Ghz with 512 Mb RAM, GF$ Ti4600. The Dash-8 is great but DOES need a powerful PC to use it to the fullest. :-outta Francois :-wave[table border=0 cellpadding=10 cellspacing=0][tr][td valign=bottom" align="center]"At home in the wild"[/td][td valign=bottom" align="center][link:avsim.com/alaska/alaska_052.htm]Don's Alaskan Bush Charters]"Beavers Lead the Way"[/td][td valign=bottom" align="center][br][tr][td valign=top" align="center]http://bfu.avsim.net/sigpics/logo75b.gif[/td][td valign="top" align="left" colspan=2]http://www.fssupport.com/images/moose2.gif[/td][tr][/table

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Without a doubt, the Pss Dash 8 has been the biggest frame rate HOG in my entire ac library. I do run Fs2002 with sliders all up, but every other plane I have, including Ariane's 737's works just fine except for this one. Selling it on Ebay. - Matt Duren

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P4 1.3ghz512mb RamGF 3Runs pretty well with all this only hit I took was Sim Flyers PHL with a lot of AI. about 8fps but fairly smooth anyway. Smaller airports it is smooth as any plane I have.Andrew

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P4 1.8GHz, 256MB RAM, gForce3 Ti200 64 MB DDR and 80GB HD, but some sliders set high, I get kinda good frames in 2d panel view, in outside and VC not too good, though. Didn't measure the frames due to HIDE_INFO_TEXT. DX8.1 installed, not too sure about the nVidia drivers.But however, after all another great package. :-)

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HiI have a XP1800+ with 256mb DDR and it runs great on my machine. It takes a few seconds to paint the plane once you switch to the spot view but once it does that it is as smooth as it can get.Ofcourse if i happen to be at KLAX or some other fps muncher it does get slower but that is expected.I also have GF3 Ti200 and my sliders are somehwere in the middle.Hope this helpsBIK

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I agree. I think you should have at least 512 meg, to help stop paging problems. The textures are high-res, and the model probably has a poly-count through the roof, and it runs fine on my system (256 RDRAM) when it isn't paging...Heh.

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No problem with 2.0 Ghz amd ata 133 7200 rpm 1gb ddr ram v7700TI 64 mbWith all sliders almost max clouds at 80 % and ATC 80 % and no shadow for building and aircraft :-)average is 25 fps... with the dash around no change in a frame rate hit or any changes...No swaping, hate swaping :-)Andr

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thanks folks! well i guess im going to bite the bullet and buy it. i probably well get horrible fps, but from what i hear it is worth it. thanks for the replies!

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Athlon 1.2 w/ 512 RAM WinXP...runs well on my machine with everyting maxed (a little sluggish around heavy traffic though). 18-23 FPS mostly but about 12 near the airports (still need to experiment w/ sliders for texture and whatnot). A really nice bird, especially the FMS, I think you'll like it.

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I'm flying the PSS Dash8 on a Duron 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, GeForce3 Ti200, WinXP Pro. Framerate lock is at 20, and in good conditions I have 14 to 20 FPS, which is about the same I get with any other payware plane - except the Cessna 421C, which sometimes is a little slower. I have AutoGen maxed, and most of the other settings to 2/3. I normally fly with FSGarmin530 and ActiveSky wxRE running, and most of the time framerates are still okay. I had some borderline situations in really bad weather at KORD with lots of AI traffic, which resulted in frame rates of 6 to 8 per second, but that happend with other planes as well.I'd say, although it's not really cheap, get the PSS Dash8. I got it two days ago and have had lots of fun since. Before I only flew GA, and for me it's a wonderful new challenge.Bye,VOlker :]

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Go purchase this thing! My first pay ware plane and I love it, even though I run a P4, 256RAM, 1.8G. Once everything loads up - panels / VC / Spot view etc. I have absolutely no complaints. I found Meljet's 747 to be more of a frame hitter to be honest.I do love this plane though - THE best yet for FS2K2. (Well PA, Dash 7 and POSKY come close but they don't have the added bonus of absolutely amazing panels!)Boone

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I have a PIII 866 w/512MB RAM and a gforce2mx400/64mb video card. the frames are locked at 25.runs fine for me .. i use the "stock" airports except for the few that came with eurowings pro. stuttery with those airports.flys fine for me, spot view takes a bit to paint .. as noted aboveall in all ok for me with RC3, FS_Meteo and FDC all running at the same timeGood Luck ... it really is a fine piece of software.

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