I completely agree with you......... works very well on my low end machine and I spent a couple of hours fine tuning my settings to get a smooth movement panning around the virtual cockpit.
I had to give up FSX a few years ago because FSX with no addons was crashing every flight or every second flight...... it made me almost give up flight simming due to frustration. Moved over to P3D as soon as it became available and have not had one CTD yet....... a huge plus over FSX.
My personal opinion is that P3D is leaps and bounds ahead of FSX....... for example flying the 737 NGX in P3D with a smooth panning in the cockpit is something I never achieved in FSX.
I started off yesterday with p3d 2.5 re-installed with no addons.
After purchasing the p3d version of the NGX, I installed the NGX and gave the virtual cockpit a quick test to see how smooth the panning around the cockpit was. I do not take notice of frames per second as I always average below 10 in the virtual cockpit..... the important thing is not the fps but how smooth the panning is.
I saw a need to adjust my settings and moved all the scenery sliders to the left. Then changed my settings to :
Level of Detail Radius to High
Tesselation Factor Low
Mesh resolution 2m possible overkill but looks great
Texture Resolution 15cm possible overkill but looks great
Scenery Complexity Extremely Dense
Autogen Buildings and Vegetation Normal
Water Detail Low
No reflections ticked
Special Effects Detail High
Special Effects distance Medium
Ran a test and was happy that I had smooth panning.
Installed the following addons and tested the NGX after each install to make sure panning in the cockpit was still smooth
- active sky next - realism mode in settings
- AI Traffic at 35%
- Orbx FTX Global
- FS Global 2010 FTX mesh
Normally by this stage FSX would be crawling in the NGX especially with mesh installed.
The result was that I had each of these addons installed and running in p3d and still have smooth panning in the cockpit.
I was never able to achieve this with FSX let alone have Mesh resolution and texture resolution so far right and scenery complexity at Extremely Dense.
Anyone that experiences slow panning in the virtual cockpit needs to look at the sliders in the settings and work out which sliders should be left and which sliders can be right. For example, I have Tessellation all the way to the left as Tessellation adds more polygons to the mesh scenery...... something I don't need at the moment to be anything other than far left. Once I have installed my atc software and tested my settings with full cloud cover then I may look at moving tessellation slightly to the right.
Moving over to P3D and not suffering any CTDs was the best move I made..... however at the expense of not flying the NGX. I missed my NGX over the last few years.
Today that has changed and a big thank you to PMDG for releasing the NGX and the 777 on the P3D platform.
Happy flying everyone
I do not tweak p3d in any way as I am still not sure of benefits of some of the tweaks.
I did upgrade my hardware last year and decided to try out FSX again...... but I got a CTD on my first flight so nothing had changed...... went back to P3D.