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Hi All,

I am sure from my own analysis that my PC would benefit from a GPU upgrade. Pls see below current system specs. I think I skimped on the GPU when I built it!

        Operating System
            Windows 10 Home 64-bit
            Intel Core i7 4770K @ 3.50GHz    25 °C
            Haswell 22nm Technology
            16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (11-11-11-28)
            MSI Z87 MPOWER (MS-7818) (SOCKET 0)    32 °C
            iiyama PL2278H (1920x1080@60Hz)
            PL2278H (1920x1080@60Hz)
            4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (EVGA)    29 °C
            1863GB Seagate ST2000DX001-1NS164 (SATA)    27 °C
            232GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250G SCSI Disk Device (SSD)    28 °C
            1863GB TOSHIBA HDWD120 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)    28 °C
        Optical Drives
            ATAPI iHAS124 B
            Realtek High Definition Audio

What I am looking for is a recommendation that if you were to purchase a new GPU what would you get based on I currently use XP 11 but I also intend to install P3Dv4 (for the FS Labs 320 when it is ready).


- Carl



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I would probably go for the GTX 1070, but at the moment it depends very much on the price.that you can find.

8 GB VRAM are really useful at the moment and at the moment the 1080TI doesn´t give you so much additional power that you can really use in P3D or X-Plane 11. This might change when X-Plane goes to Vulkan, but at that time you have other GPUs available.

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1 hour ago, CarlosF said:

If money is no object then 1080ti will do, else 1070 or 1080

That is the verdict. Do not go lower than 1070 in any case.

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Same reccomendation as above: 1080ti if you can afford it, otherwise 1070 or 1080. Stick with Nvidia, based on previous support history with Laminar.

Even if you can't use all of a 1080ti now, it's fairly certain you will at some point during the XP11 cycle, or if you upgrade your monitor resolution to 4k.

P.S. it's not a great time to be shopping GPU's right now, between the bitcoin miners buying up all the high end cards, and a lot of the chips being siphoned off for use in smartphones. Prices haven't dropped the way they should have, for some of these higher-end cards. I don't know when this will ease up though. If you can't wait a while for the market to stabilize, then just go for the highest spec card you can afford.

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I have the 1070 and I'm very happy with it and I get smooth performance in both XP11 and P3D. In fact, it seems to me that X-Plane is mostly bottlenecked by my CPU and not the graphics card, so moving up to a 1080 or 1080ti would probably give little gain in my case (Maybe I could run AA on max, etc).

I expect though that since LR are working heavily on optimising X-Plane and OpenGL Vulcan support, we might start seeing it making better use of the powerful GPUs we now have. I don't expect we'll ever see Aerofly FS2 performance because the sim is more CPU bound (and does much more graphically than that sim), but we can live in hope

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Conventional wisdom for computer upgrades has always been get the fastest hardware with the most memory that you can afford.

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