I appreciate reading all of the constructive comments.
I think for many of us, Prepar3d and the flight sim in general world fulfills perhaps different needs for many of us as hobbyists. For myself, as a real world pilot, its a great way to stay current, learn the systems of other aircrafts, fly challenging approaches on the ground before I will in real life, and also learn a thing or two about computers.
As I continue to read the comments it's clear that there will be continual updates to smooth out v5 but its also clear that this will most likely happen quicker as the flight sim community continues to fly it. Like many of you, Prepar3d is the "base" for me. I then load in my many addons to get my sim running as smooth and as realistic as possible. I try to turn the settings up to enhance my graphics.. but then I get stutters. So then I go down the rabbit hole of tweaking. Maybe I can do this or that to get better performance and better graphics all with the same hardware. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
I'm not as knowledgeable as many of you in this community regarding hardware, settings, graphics card adjustments, overclocking, etc...which is why I value you the conversations, constructive criticism, and advice many users here share. It has helped me solve many issues over the years. Flight simulation has come a long way and the capabilities of our flying evolves with the development of new software and hardware.
Time to depart.
777 Depature out of CYUL