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Well, count me into the v3.0 'club'...is the water warm?

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My final Xmas gift to myself...more out of curiosity, than anything else..lol  Curiosity just doesn't kill the cat...it also does a number on the wallet as well, lol!

 

I guess, sooner than later...it is what it is...now I'll see for myself what all the v.3.0 performance VAS/smoothness hub-bub is about... 

 

Orbx has enough basic platform stuff ready to go...so that was also my shove-in-the-back this morning...

 

I know that v3.1 is coming...so perhaps I'll just install v3.0...and get familiar with the new features and lay-of-the-land. I'll seriously start loading v3.1 up, with the Orbx goodies when that gets released.  So...call me Joe Avatar....as i walk around (I guess better than Orbx 'bob'...) perhaps Friday Harbor, and see what's what with v3.0....

 

Cheers,

 

Yeah..inevitable...just....er...inevitable....

 

Ses

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the water is warm but looks terrible.....no animation  :dance:  :P  FSX has the best default clouds/water.

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the water is warm but looks terrible.....no animation  :dance:  :P  FSX has the best default clouds/water.

Well..that's alright...for I was content with my current v2.4...so the VAS and frame smoothness will be welcome.  FSX is going nowhere...EVER off my hard drive...same for FS9. :)

 

I'm soliciting yours and other's opinions on...can you get away with running v3.0 off of a USB 3.1 Superspeed outboard hard drive?  Was just wondering...would it be fast enough to load in textures, etc?  That would save me from also getting a new inboard drive right now. I want to keep v2.4 around until I decide that v3.0 really is worth the cost to purchase, using v2.4 as my base for keeping, or refund.

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According to LM, 3.1 will be out this year, and I doubt they're gearing towards a Dec. 31th release. If you ask me, I would wait a few more days and make a fresh start with 3.1

 

Kind regards, Michael

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According to LM, 3.1 will be out this year, and I doubt they're gearing towards a Dec. 31th release. If you ask me, I would wait a few more days and make a fresh start with 3.1

 

Kind regards, Michael

Thanks Michael...but curiosity is just killing me as i type this...as  you can just delete it...and then reapply your license to v3.1...I'm going to go for it..but only will mess with the sim itself, until v3.1 shows up.  I have room on my v2.4 Velociraptor hard drive, but for a dedicated installation...perhaps I might get another Velop down the road.  It would be great though, if I could install on my WD 4TB USB 3.1 drive...but I guess that rotation speed and USB hub throughput could be a problem to smooth FPS...but...I dunno...I have never installed a flight sim to an outboard drive. Has anybody, reading this?  Is it doable? 

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As I did with v2, I got a refund.  I eventually re-purchased v2 and that's what I'm sticking with for now.  I cannot and did not see the justification of $60 for bug fixes and hardly any framerate increase on my rig.  I fact, I don't think I saw any fps increase.

 

So for now, it seemed like a waste of $60, and I'm a little disappointed that they even charged a price for it.  I may revisit v3 in the future when there seems to be a justification for basically purchasing a brand new sim.  With that $60, you could keep using v2 (which is perfectly fine) and then download DCS World 2.0 and buy the Nevada map, and save $10...  Now you have 2 brand new sims, instead of 2 of the same.

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As I did with v2, I got a refund.  I eventually re-purchased v2 and that's what I'm sticking with for now.  I cannot and did not see the justification of $60 for bug fixes and hardly any framerate increase on my rig.  I fact, I don't think I saw any fps increase.

 

So for now, it seemed like a waste of $60, and I'm a little disappointed that they even charged a price for it.  I may revisit v3 in the future when there seems to be a justification for basically purchasing a brand new sim.  With that $60, you could keep using v2 (which is perfectly fine) and then download DCS World 2.0 and buy the Nevada map, and save $10...  Now you have 2 brand new sims, instead of 2 of the same.

It just finished installing, so...I'm about to reboot the system and defrag.  For myself...while I was happy with v2.4...didn't even go to v2.5... I didn't want to be orphaned behind...and honestly, with the refund policy...it was a no-brainer that I was going to see for myself, the keep, or refund route. Today's the day...(rubbing hands together) let's see what this baby can do....for my mind and expectations are open for business!

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the water is warm but looks terrible.....no animation  :dance:  :P  FSX has the best default clouds/water.

 

Doesn't have much else going for it. ;)

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Yes you have to applaud LM for having such a great refund policy.  That was why I went or P3Dv3 as well.  But in the end it's not enough right now.

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I for one is now firmly in P3Dv3 land.  Finally after years and much money down the drain, I can see a future in a decent sim platform that can deliver performance with sufficient eye candies.  On the same hardware, I saw a consistent 50% improvement in framerate and no stutters.  I have not touched the cfg file at all.  I can see myself staying at v3 for at least a while and finally I can spend more time flying and not dealing with scenery and tweaking.

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I for one is now firmly in P3Dv3 land.  Finally after years and much money down the drain, I can see a future in a decent sim platform that can deliver performance with sufficient eye candies.  On the same hardware, I saw a consistent 50% improvement in framerate and no stutters.  I have not touched the cfg file at all.  I can see myself staying at v3 for at least a while and finally I can spend more time flying and not dealing with scenery and tweaking.

This sounds really, really nice!

 

So with version 3 there's not a single thing you need to modify or add to prepar3d.cfg for best results?

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Yes you have to applaud LM for having such a great refund policy.  That was why I went or P3Dv3 as well.  But in the end it's not enough right now.

So you went for a refund?

 

I just installed ORBX Global, and am finishing off installing PNW.

 

I hope this makes things better.

 

I agree with everybody...water sucks worse than even v2.4, no matter on High, or Ultra.  No animation...looks like flat 'fixed' water surface.

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One thing I would say, as you said you needed to defrag says your on a HDD, one thing I would advise you do is get a good SSD and put p3d on that.

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Does REX 4 Direct not load into v3.0?  When I run the configuration, it only shows for FSX and P3D v2.4...any suggestions?

 

Just changed v2.4 in mask, to install in v3.0...seems to work.


One thing I would say, as you said you needed to defrag says your on a HDD, one thing I would advise you do is get a good SSD and put p3d on that.

Thanks for the advice.  Getting about the same FPS as v2.4, so no loss on that topic.

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Update for P3D should be out very soon  :wink:

 

I dont think they release on weekends so I would look at sometime next week

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Wow...does Rex 4 Direct really clean up the look of the water....much better....whew....and now I have animation and waves!

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Thanks Michael...but curiosity is just killing me as i type this...as  you can just delete it...and then reapply your license to v3.1...I'm going to go for it..but only will mess with the sim itself, until v3.1 shows up.  I have room on my v2.4 Velociraptor hard drive, but for a dedicated installation...perhaps I might get another Velop down the road.  It would be great though, if I could install on my WD 4TB USB 3.1 drive...but I guess that rotation speed and USB hub throughput could be a problem to smooth FPS...but...I dunno...I have never installed a flight sim to an outboard drive. Has anybody, reading this?  Is it doable? 

 

Hi Mitch, Yes, I had P3DV2.4 on its own drive (F:) with a Samsung 250GB SSD. I since have moved  v2.4 to my C: drive and will install v3.1 on my F drive SSD when it comes out. (soon I hope) Hey, thanks for all the questions you have answered for me about X Plane. My DVD copy is suppose to arrive between Dec29th - Jan 9th 2016. I think it is comming from the UK. I have a lot to learn on X Plane platform, however the free (Donations) scenery software is absolutly outstanding!!

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Well...my first impressions, as viewed with v2.4 as a base.

 

P3D v3.0.  I like it!

 

Very smooth animation, even with ORBX Global and PNW and KFHR installed.  Smooth, stutter-free right down to 18 FPS, while I can maintain with my normal (high/full max) v2.4 settings, FPS between 30-80 range.  

 

There is definitely a performance pick up, in going from v2.4, and I suppose v2.5 to v3.0.  I just need to tweak the look via the HDR section, and REX 4 Direct is a MUST HAVE, to give you believable water and wave animation.  Just point v2.4 to your v3.0 folder, and everything from REX 4 Direct will install. 

 

I won't be seeking a refund, for v3.0 and beyond in my books, is a 'keeper'.......and will start to transfer all my Orbx to v3.0, and delete v2.4.

 

The main recommendation that I can offer those that have not dropped the coin on v3.0...is that you WILL pick up a very noticeable gain in flight animation performance...it IS smoother than any previous version...and perhaps, that alone is the needed incentive to drop the coin for this version.

 

Cheers,

 

Mitch

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Wow...does Rex 4 Direct really clean up the look of the water....much better....whew....and now I have animation and waves!

Which wave theme did you select? My water is frozen as ice. And I tried numerous suggestions.

 

Thanks and kind regards, Michael

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Which wave theme did you select? My water is frozen as ice. And I tried numerous suggestions.

 

Thanks and kind regards, Michael

I use 'Glitter', and it works great...looks great...am quite happy. I am using High as my setting, with Bath engaged.

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Thanks, didn't try this one yet, but I am afraid it's something in my (and some other people's) general setup. Tried high and bathymetry already.

 

Not worth to go into more detail here, we already had a thread at the LM forum.

 

Kind regards, Michael

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Thanks, didn't try this one yet, but I am afraid it's something in my (and some other people's) general setup. Tried high and bathymetry already.

 

Not worth to go into more detail here, we already had a thread at the LM forum.

 

Kind regards, Michael

Well hopefully v3.1 will address issues. I ran v2.4 and then v3.0 with the same REX water color/wave animation, and they are practically the same. I agree with a lot of users though, that FSX in DX10 mode with Steve's Fixer program, still is the best virtual water out there. In the FSX to P3D translation, something was lost...but having said that, P3D water can be lived with.

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This sounds really, really nice!

 

So with version 3 there's not a single thing you need to modify or add to prepar3d.cfg for best results?

That's right.

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That's right.

Well, guess it's time to treat myself with a Christmas gift :wink:

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