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Taking the P3D Plunge Today

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Last night I bought and downloaded P3D and the P3D-compatible PMDG 737/777 plus ASN.  Installing later today.  Looking forward to the new experience and would welcome any tips based on your experience.  My current system is five years old but runs FSX SE on Windows 10 extremely well with the programs I mentioned already installed.

 

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Dont aim for FPS, aim for a smooth sim, and start off low on the sliders and work your way up until your happy. :good:

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Hi Luis,

 

Ditto - and I'm going straight from a hardcore FS9 user - to P3D - bypassing FSX completely. Plan on working the install when I get home tonight... Good luck...

 

Regards,

Scott

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"The force awaits....."

 

You mean "The Force Awakens", ha!  :smile:

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Last night I bought and downloaded P3D and the P3D-compatible PMDG 737/777 plus ASN. Installing later today. Looking forward to the new experience and would welcome any tips based on your experience. My current system is five years old but runs FSX SE on Windows 10 extremely well with the programs I mentioned already installed.

 

Cheers!

I'm interested to see how it runs in your older rig with the NGX and T7.

 

I'm considering trying it, but I'm on an 2700K with a GTX670 2GB. I'm not worried about my CPU clock speed, but worried about my 2GB GPU holding me back. The only thing I'm really interested in running 3xtra that FSX doesn't have is cloud shadows and VC shadows. All the other shadows I can live without.

 

What are your computer specs that you running P3D on?

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After installing in this order: P3D, SimConnect, Active Sky Next + SP4 beta to enable P3Dv3 functionality, then PMDG 737 and 777, I get between 15 and 20 FPS in the virtual cockpit on a very cloudy day at LAX with relatively max sliders.  I'm still playing with sliders.  I will probably swap my GTX 580 card from 2011 to a GTX 990 since this program does use the GPU more. 

 

I'll keep playing around with the settings. .

 

No crashes of any type so far.

 

Thanks for the comments.

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I'm interested to see how it runs in your older rig with the NGX and T7.

 

I'm considering trying it, but I'm on an 2700K with a GTX670 2GB. I'm not worried about my CPU clock speed, but worried about my 2GB GPU holding me back. The only thing I'm really interested in running 3xtra that FSX doesn't have is cloud shadows and VC shadows. All the other shadows I can live without.

 

What are your computer specs that you running P3D on?

i7-2700K CPU @3.50 GHz, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 580 (rig bought from Jetline Systems in 2010)

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My advice, install one or two add ons at a time and note the effects. Load a whole bunch of things at once, and something goes awry, it can become difficult to find out what is causing the problem. 

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My advice, install one or two add ons at a time and note the effects. Load a whole bunch of things at once, and something goes awry, it can become difficult to find out what is causing the problem. 

That's the plan.  I really like it so far and I'll eventually find the visual/performance balance I want.

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P3DV3 SP1 is due out later this month (last I heard), I'd wait until it was released as it MAY require a re-installation.

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P3DV3 SP1 is due out later this month (last I heard), I'd wait until it was released as it MAY require a re-installation.

 

Good to know, thanks

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I have a i7 920 OC at 3.5 ghz, 24gb DDR3, and 2 GTX 660Ti's and I luv P3D. Way better that FSX. If my rig can run it at get 35fps coming into Heathrow with the PMDG 777, I'm sure yours can.

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One thing for newbies to P3D to be aware of - generally speaking, the lowest slider setting in P3D is about equal to the highest setting in FSX. So if you slam the sliders full bore - expect a slide show.

 

Best recommendation is to accept the P3D default settings and fly with them for a while to get a feel for the sim and then make small adjustments as you go. When you get the right balance between CPU/GPU you'll know it. Don't chase FPS, go for smooth operation at whatever FPS you get.

 

 

Vic

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I'm considering taking the plunge and getting p3d v3 as well. My only concern are the reports of poor AA and shimmering, and having to offset this issue with 4x SGSSA causing a hit on fps with dense clouds. Is this still the case?

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Hi Luis,

 

Yeah - sounds like we have comparable systems as well 2700k and a GTX 570 w/2.5GB... Are you running OC ? The Sandy's over clock well and mines been running at 4.5Ghz for years...

 

Loaded P3D, ASN, and REX last night - pretty impressive - going toad FTX and UTX tonight....

 

OBTW: The tail beacon on the Bonanza doesn't seem to work...

 

Regards,

Scott

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I will probably swap my GTX 580 card from 2011 to a GTX 990 since this program does use the GPU more.

WOW! You're gonna use a video card that doesn't even exist in stores yet? Now THAT's cutting edge! :P

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WOW! You're gonna use a video card that doesn't even exist in stores yet? Now THAT's cutting edge! :P

980 that is! :)

Hi Luis,

 

Yeah - sounds like we have comparable systems as well 2700k and a GTX 570 w/2.5GB... Are you running OC ? The Sandy's over clock well and mines been running at 4.5Ghz for years...

 

Loaded P3D, ASN, and REX last night - pretty impressive - going toad FTX and UTX tonight....

 

OBTW: The tail beacon on the Bonanza doesn't seem to work...

 

Regards,

Scott

 

I think Jetline Systems provided me w/ an overclocked system.  I think I found a good balance.  About to go from FlightBeam KIAD to FlyTampa OMDB on PMDG 777.  20+ FPS in cockpit and the visuals of P3D still look richer than FSX. 

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Hi Luis,

 

Yeah - just bumped my frame rate lock up to 25 - haven't added any airports or planes yet... Loading FTX and UTX as we speak...

;)

 

Regards,
Scott

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One thing for newbies to P3D to be aware of - generally speaking, the lowest slider setting in P3D is about equal to the highest setting in FSX. So if you slam the sliders full bore - expect a slide show.

 

Best recommendation is to accept the P3D default settings and fly with them for a while to get a feel for the sim and then make small adjustments as you go. When you get the right balance between CPU/GPU you'll know it. Don't chase FPS, go for smooth operation at whatever FPS you get.

 

 

Vic

 

Very good post Vic,  Through watching your posts over the last year i aimed for smoothness over FPS and it worked a treat.  I have a powerful system and i still lock my frames at 30/32, i keep my sliders up enough to enjoy the visuals but aim for smoothness all the time 

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One thing for newbies to P3D to be aware of - generally speaking, the lowest slider setting in P3D is about to the highest setting in FSX. So if you slam the sliders full bore - expect a slide show.

 

Best recommendation is to accept the P3D default settings and fly with them for a while to get a feel for the sim and then make small adjustments as you go. When you get the right balance between CPU/GPU you'll know it. Don't chase FPS, go for smooth operation at whatever FPS you get.

 

 

Vic

100% correct, I got my smooth at 21 locked FPS, with the sliders at middle/max, and I have a i7 4970k overclocked over a 970gtx also overclocked... the only think that is bothering me is some cloud dissapearing with the last ASN version.

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I got the "a problem caused P3Dto stop working" error halfway through the 777 flight, but I just did a short hop on the 737 with no problems.  I'm sure there'll some teething pains, but I really like the program and got my FPS in the high 10s/low 20s at the FSDT/FlyTampa quaility airports,  These go up quite a bit in the night, so I'll see if thre are any daytime visuals I can still tweak to my liking.

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One thing for newbies to P3D to be aware of - generally speaking, the lowest slider setting in P3D is about equal to the highest setting in FSX. So if you slam the sliders full bore - expect a slide show.

 

Best recommendation is to accept the P3D default settings and fly with them for a while to get a feel for the sim and then make small adjustments as you go. When you get the right balance between CPU/GPU you'll know it. Don't chase FPS, go for smooth operation at whatever FPS you get.

 

 

Vic

Good advice.

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I think that "lowest settings in P3D are equal to the medium settings in FSX" is probably closer to the truth.

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I think that "lowest settings in P3D are equal to the medium settings in FSX" is probably closer to the truth.

Agree!.  They are working very well.

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