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My findings on a hardware change...

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I'd like to start off this post by saying a big thanks to some members here that have given me the opportunity to own some really nice hardware for very low cost.  And also some background: Especially the point that I don't frequently upgrade my PC to new parts....even though I am very blessed with a nice salary, my wife and I are very responsible with our finances and a big PC upgrade isn't usually in the battle plan LOL.

This summer I did a mobo/cpu/ram change from my trusty 2011 build P67A/2500k/16GB ram/GTX 980 (originally a GTX 570) to a Z97/4790K/32GB ram/GTX 980.  I also "finally" caved and went with Windows 10 Pro (from Win7 x64 Pro).  There were some headaches at first (actually you can read some of my hardware forum posts here) - I had issues with boot, CTD's, and recently video card issues.  After a lot of youtubing, general googling, and advice from users here I was able to have a very stable 4790K system with my GTX 980 FTW.  I ran that setup until very recently when another generous member offered me his GTX 1080 Ti for a lot less than it is worth.

I had also changed my OS drive to a SSD and at present am running this setup:

Asus Z97 Pro Wifi * i7 4790K * 32GB ddr3 ram * GTX 1080 Ti SC * Seasonic X750 PSU (from 2011) * Windows 10 Pro * 1TB SSD for "games" 500GB ssd for Win10 and a "traditional" 1TB 7200rpm HDD for software.

Clearly in our FSX/ESP/P3D/XP world a faster CPU always helps...  I did notice a difference with the CPU change for sure (I don't have any numbers but it was pleasant).  More importantly, and the main point of this post is to write how surprised I am at the stark contrast between my GTX 980 FTW to GTX 1080 Ti.  In XP11 and P3D v4.

I'm still running at 1080P (and a second monitor with a VGA cable - well not anymore I've got to get an HDMI - I guess the 1080 ti doesn't like my 3 way vga->dvi->hdmi adapter combo LOL).  Anyway I'm using a myriad of addons in the screenshots that follow.  I sort of picked a known situation that I typically fly with to get a "feel" for what the new GPU will do.  I also turned up a lot of the GPU hungry settings like DL, shadows, reflections, terrain rendering (tess enabled).  I also cranked the AA to 8xSSAA (before I really could NOT run that setting).

And seen here are:

P3D v4.5 latest hotfix, FlightBeam KMSP with all settings, ENVTEX/DIR, ASP4/ASCA with a thick overcast, A2A Bonanza with DL enabled (along with dual RXP GNS).  In the VC I'm averaging 33-36 fps.  In the external I get 41-48 fps.

And while I don't have numbers from the previous GPU to scientifically compare, they were approximately 30% less!  To me that is a massive gain in image quality, and increased rendering capability from the 980 to 1080ti.  Needless to say I am very satisfied with the results of the GPU change.  I wasn't sure that the change would be that much.  In XP11 the change is very noticeable again...I can run max texture compression with my ZL16 Ortho for Socal, and some of the texture hungry addons like HotStart TBM900 (the best out there) and the AFL King air 350 with dual RXP GTN's does just fine....  I'm easily into the 30-40 fps range where previously my 4GB video ram the 980 was just overrun....so I believe the vram may page out to RAM not sure on that....but I was getting a lot of stutters....and now nearly none!

Anyway the pics of P3D v4.5:

48938964797_3066ab4970_o.png1080ti_ext by ryan b, on Flickr

48938964722_13e3f8761b_o.png1080ti_int by ryan b, on Flickr

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|Ryan Butterworth|

| i7 4790K@4.4GHz | 32GB RAM | EVGA GTX 1080Ti | ASUS Z97-Pro | 1TB 860 Evo | 500GB 840 Evo Win10 Pro | 1TB Samsung 7200rpm | Seasonic X750W |

 

 

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Awesome Ryan! 


Bruce Buckley | RW Commercial / Instrument / SEL / MEL

I9-9900K @5.0GHz HT ON, Maximus XI Hero, GTX 1080ti, 32GB DDR4 3200 14, 1TB NVMe SSD, 500GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 40" Samsung 4K TV, Saitek/Logitech Pro Yoke, Throttle Q, Rudder Pedals, Switch Panel, WIN10, P3DV5.1, ASP3D. Lots of ORBX stuff and some other add on airports / aircraft

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Hey Ryan: Please check your PMs.

Thanks!


Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK, Blk Ed MB; Intel I7-4790K CPU (@4.5 Ghz); Deepcool 240 AIO Cooler; 16 Gb G.Skill RAM (F3-2400); Win10 Pro (P3D V5 HF2); 2 Samsung 1Tb SSDs;Toshiba 3Tb hard drive; Gigabyte Aorus Extreme 1080ti 11Gb VRAM; Toshiba 43" LED TV @ 4k;

 

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nice.  Just curious why the pro version of win 10?


9700k | Maximus XI Hero| 32gb DDR4 3000 |EVGA FTW3 3090 | 1tb EVO Plus 970 and 500GB M2+3TB HDD | 43" Samsung X60R 4k and 2  22" monitors | Corsair RM1000x |  240MM AIO.| MFG Crosswind | T16000M Stick | Saitek Throttle Quad | Skalarki MCDU and FCU | Saitek Radio Panel

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I have been really happy with my 1080ti.  It's good times, because 10-15 years ago if you had upgraded the GPU like that, you'd be getting 2 more fps.  ha ha.


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i7-8700k @ 5.0 ghz, 32 GB G.Skill TridentZ, 1080Ti, 32" BenQ, 4K res

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On 10/23/2019 at 12:27 PM, micstatic said:

nice.  Just curious why the pro version of win 10?

I had Win7 Pro and just changed to win10 pro.  I think I had 7 pro because of remote desktop or something with that....I used to help my grandparents via remote.


|Ryan Butterworth|

| i7 4790K@4.4GHz | 32GB RAM | EVGA GTX 1080Ti | ASUS Z97-Pro | 1TB 860 Evo | 500GB 840 Evo Win10 Pro | 1TB Samsung 7200rpm | Seasonic X750W |

 

 

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Hi Ryan,

You say that you have 32GB RAM.

How much RAM is P3D actually using?

Regards, Robin


Robin


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I've gone over 16gb with P3d, SF, AS, map program, tons of chrome tabs etc open.  


9700k | Maximus XI Hero| 32gb DDR4 3000 |EVGA FTW3 3090 | 1tb EVO Plus 970 and 500GB M2+3TB HDD | 43" Samsung X60R 4k and 2  22" monitors | Corsair RM1000x |  240MM AIO.| MFG Crosswind | T16000M Stick | Saitek Throttle Quad | Skalarki MCDU and FCU | Saitek Radio Panel

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On 10/28/2019 at 6:46 AM, Wobbie said:

Hi Ryan,

You say that you have 32GB RAM.

How much RAM is P3D actually using?

Regards, Robin

I haven't looked recently.  Xp11 will use much more than p3d though.


|Ryan Butterworth|

| i7 4790K@4.4GHz | 32GB RAM | EVGA GTX 1080Ti | ASUS Z97-Pro | 1TB 860 Evo | 500GB 840 Evo Win10 Pro | 1TB Samsung 7200rpm | Seasonic X750W |

 

 

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