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Ken Pryor

PMDG 737 & ASN--can my pc handle them?

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Hello all,

 

Looking for advice. I'm getting back in to FS after a break and would like to get the PMDG 737NGX and ASN, but I wasn't sure how my system would hold up. I have a first gen I7-920 with 12GB ram and a GeForce GTS-450 video card. I run FSX now with pretty decent frames with more than a few

WOAI packages installed and running the old ActiveSky 6.5. I don't want to shell out a bunch of cash if it looks like my older I7 won't be up to it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks!

Ken

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Hello Ken,

 

As far as I know is Active Sky Next not integrated in the 737NGX. Only in the T7 200 and 300 you can use the ASN. I would gladly be wrong as the radar is fantastic.

 

Ben

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Thanks Ben. I'm not all that concerned about the integration, though that would be nice. I mainly just want to make sure my system would be up to the task of running all of this acceptably well.

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Depending on your ASN weather settings, the type of clouds used and performance settings you set in your 737 your mileage will vary.   I have an i7-3930k With 32gigs of a RAM and GTX 770 and I can maintain 25+ FPS in MOST situations but even my system can bog down in bad weather or at horribly inefficient areas like New York and Seattle.

 

I think you are going to have to make compromises to get anything flyable with your current hardware.   You'll need to RAMP down some settings.    

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ASN should have little to no performance impact. And with those specs and the NGX, you'll probably be getting between 8 - 15 fps on the ground and 20 in the air? With my 7850 and i5 3570k @ 4.2 GHz… I get around 15 fps on the ground at lets say FSDT KJFK and around 30 - 45 fps in in air.

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Thanks everyone. Think I might just stick with the PMDG 737 in FS 9 for now. Maybe I can afford a hardware upgrade one of these days.

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I meant to mention in my last post, I also considered buying both ASN and WideFS and running ASN on a separate machine. Not sure how much benefit there is to that plan.

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Hello Ken,

 

Sorry I misunderstood you. My PC has the following components : Intel Core i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40 GHz, 8.0 GB RAM and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 650. Small Payware aircraft minimal 60 fps. PMDG 777-200 on Rwy VRMM.-Maldives 30 fps (with approaching thunderstorm announcing on WXR) . Taxiing at EHAM-Schiphol (Aerosoft) with WXR however about 20 fps. Overall no problems. So I guess your system is allright for the intented job.

 

Cheers,

 

Ben

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Thanks for the info Ben! I've been out of the game, so to speak, for quite a while and don't know what's what yet. I've been taking advantage of the Christmas sales and have picked up quite a few good deals (but don't tell my wife how much I've spent ;-) )

 

Ken

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Ken I too have an older I7 930 chip clocked at 4GHZ and I get acceptable performance with addons using the PMDG 737 & 777.

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Cool, glad to hear that. I'll probably be buying the 737. I won a $100 Amazon gift card recently and may have to buy it there.

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