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FSX: ORBX ESSA 1st impressions

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Hi there!

Since I love flying in Scandinavia, and Aerosoft´s ESSA is so dated and full of bugs, I pulled the trigger today, and bought ORBX´s ESSA. I have and love their FTX Global & Vector, the regions and Open LC. And I also have some small airfields in the USA. But this is my first major aiport scenery I bought from them, so my expectaions were pretty high.

I just finished some sightseeing in a helicopter, and a short NGX hop from ENGM (v2 from Aerosoft) to ESSA.

Overall, my feelings are not too positive. I like its atmosphere and the nice night lighting. I don´t like some of the textures (blurred, and not really crisp, i.e. on some of the terminal buildings), and the VAS consumption in FSX is really huge!

To be more precise, I had my first OOM in FSX on that very flight. On final, the dinging began, and after vacating the runway, the sim crashed with the OOM message. I really don´t understand that crazy need for memory, especially when I compare the amount of detail to Flytampa´s EKCH.

I have AI traffic set to 0, and all other sliders at reasonable settings, nothing is maxed out, my texture max load is set to 1024.

The performance is decent, 40-55 fps in the default Robinson R22, and 22-26 during the approach in the NGX, and 25-32 on the ground.

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Sure does look nice and am thinking about purchasing but the VAS issue is concerning

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Thank you, guys!

This could be an enjoyable scenery for sure, but the OOM was quite disappointing.

I'll try another flight tonight from a different departure airport.

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Thanks guys!

I'll try another flight into ESSA, this time with some of the features unchecked in its setup menu.

Maybe that will save some VAS.

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Flying a roundtrip EKCH(Flytampa)-ESSA(Orbx)-ENGM(AoN)-EKCH in one session in the PMDG 737, ASN, MT6@35%, FTX Global, FTX Norway, ProATC, textures at 2k and fairly high settings, my VAS never once exceeded 2,9 gig. This is however in P3Dv3.1. Vas monitoring with ProcessExplorer and and FSX VAS Monitor. IMHO, definetly an FSX issue.

 

My only "issue" with ESSA is that I find a bit dark and dirty.

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Flying a roundtrip EKCH(Flytampa)-ESSA(Orbx)-ENGM(AoN)-EKCH in one session in the PMDG 737, ASN, MT6@35%, FTX Global, FTX Norway, ProATC, textures at 2k and fairly high settings, my VAS never once exceeded 2,9 gig. This is however in P3Dv3.1. Vas monitoring with ProcessExplorer and and FSX VAS Monitor. IMHO, definetly an FSX issue.

 

My only "issue" with ESSA is that I find a bit dark and dirty.

That clearly shows, that P3D v3's method of freeing unused VAS is working quite well!

ENGM v2 by Aerosoft is very hard on the VAS, too. And flytampa's EKCH has a quite large VAS consumption as well. Although ENGM to EKCH, or vice versa, is a flight that I've performed many times in the NGX with the exact same settings, without getting close to an OOM.

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