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Hi!  I recently made the switch to FSX and was horrified by its real-world weather.  It wasn't even accurate!  I started to poke around with Active Sky, trying to figure out which one to purchase.  I want to keep as low budget as possible.  All I really need from a weather program is real-world weather.  If anyone knows any good ones, please let me know!

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Active Sky Next is in my opinion the only contender for the moment, there are others, like Opus and FSGRW, I have them both, but ASN is the best, hands down.

 

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Active Sky Next is in my opinion the only contender for the moment, there are others, like Opus and FSGRW, I have them both, but ASN is the best, hands down.

 

Cheers,

Okay, thanks!  My only other concern is performance.  As of now, I can run the PMDG 737NGX at 1080p around 25 fps.  Is ASN a frame killer?

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I'm on an old rig, using 512 textures and 5 cloud layers. With reasonable settings in FSX I have no issues. I don't get 60fps in bad weather but I get 16-24fps with no stutters, good enough for me.

 

As always, a balanced setup is the one and only magic trick with FSX. Start low and increase as long as you keep the smoothness you want.


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I can also recommend ASN but if you're on a tight budget go for the totally free "FSRealWXLite" (google it). Excellent little freeware weather engine.

 

Hope this helps

 

Adam

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I can also recommend ASN but if you're on a tight budget go for the totally free "FSRealWXLite" (google it). Excellent little freeware weather engine.

 

Hope this helps

 

I definitely plan to eventually get ASN, but until then, you just saved my wallet and FS experience!  Thank you so much!

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Asn for sure. It's just a really really easy program to use. And has no impact of fps

 

And use rex4 for the cloud textures


Greg Smith

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I have tried them all and agree ASN with REX textures for unsurpassed realism and textures. Both have a great forum following to tweak the settings.

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I'm on an old rig, using 512 textures and 5 cloud layers. With reasonable settings in FSX I have no issues. I don't get 60fps in bad weather but I get 16-24fps with no stutters, good enough for me.

 

As always, a balanced setup is the one and only magic trick with FSX. Start low and increase as long as you keep the smoothness you want.

I have the exact same experience with using AS2012.  Keeping the texture size to 512 still looks nice, but has the least impact on frame rates and smoothness.

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Yup, I think 512 looks better, the higher res cloud textures gives me a cartoonish look with sharper edges. By the way, I'm on a GTX680 with a Dell U3011 30" screen.


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