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Does dual graphic card increase things?

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Hi guys,

This is the rig I bought last year.

Motherboard          MSI 970A-G45 Socket AM3+ ATX
Processor              AMD FX 6300 Black Edition 3.5GHz, 8MB AM3+
RAM                      1x Kingston HyperX FURY Black Series DDR3 16GB
Graph card            MSI GTX960 Gaming 2GB Twin Frozr V
Powersupply          FSP Fortron Hyper 600
Harddisk                Kingston Fury 240GB SSD SATA600 7mm
Harddisk 2             Seagate 1TB SATA600 7200rpm 64MB
OS                         Windows 10 Home

In general I'm satisfied with the results this computer gives in FSX:SE with AS2016, PMDG 737NGX etc.
But I'm experiencing some microstutter especially when flying in heavy scenery like EHAM.

Would adding a second graphic card of the same type make any sense? If not, any other tips that would
make the whole experience a bit more fluid? Ofcourse  I have tweaked everything settings-wise in FSX:SE
there is to find on forums etc. ;-)

Any views on this are more then welcome!

Grtz.,
Hans
 

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My opinion:

A second card would do little beyond complicate your life. As has been stated many times here at Avsim, P3D and FSX are primarily single threaded processing limited. The best improvement would therefore be in getting the best (fastest) processor you can.

Everything else; memory speed, video card and hard drive access speed are secondary.

There was a time when SLI or Xfire made sense for improving performance. For the average enthusiast that time has long past, in my opinion. 

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Okay, so SLI will not bring big improvements, but the microstutter would become less when I would upgrade the processor? Would an FX 9590 4,7GHz 8MB make a difference? 

My goal is to have a steady non stuttering 30 fps on heavy scenery. Would I need to upgrade my Power Supply as well? Would it make spectacular improvements?

Or wouldn't it, and can I be happy with my present rig, considering price-quality. 

Thnx for advising me guys, I don't know if an upgrade would give me what I want in terms of graphical performance.

 

grtz.,

Hans

 

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Dual video cards will increase a couple of things. 1, power consumption and 2, heat production.

FSX is still a very CPU dependent program.  FSX SP2/Accel/Steam really likes multiple cores all running at high frequencies, 4GHz or higher.  Unfortunately, it does not like all CPU brands equally.  FSX performs better on Intel CPU's due to the architecture of the Intel line of CPU's.  Getting 30 fps in heavy scenery areas and without stutters is no easy task.

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Okay, thanks a lot for your input guys! I was allready a happy simmer, so I have to conclude that I'm getting the best out of my system
as it is right now. Knowing that is completely fine for me! ;-)

Thanks again!

Hans

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