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  1. I flew this beauty a while back (in sim of course :smile: ) and have just confirmed that it was a paper moving map with stylus (sadly not modelled in sim)! From Wikipedia: I'd read the basic description on David Maltby's site but never thought to look further into it, so I'd never realised quite how cool it was.
  2. Thank you so much for pointing this out Tom. I'd noticed X-Plane seemed to maintain much better FPS in heavy areas like LA after running FSX (which is in max power mode in Nvidia Inspector) than when run first and it looks like you've hit the nail on the head. I can't wait to try this when I get back from uni.
  3. I'm not a sufficiently experienced and hardcore X-Plane user to know how/if this can be done with the default X-Plane camera system, but it might be possible with X-Camera - it seems to have a lot of key assignments and that could well be one of them.
  4. Thank you all so much. I went for the EVGA in the end and I'm loving it! I'm being frankly bowelled over by what X-Plane can look like with all the HDR effects turned on, and despite being perpetually CPU limited, it somehow improved my FSX Heathrow framerates. Finlay
  5. HI all, First up, I'm having trouble with the Avsim search and I have tried Google, with limited success, the results not being specific enough or too varied to help much. After a very, very long time I've decided to buy a graphics card, and as it is to be used for X-Plane and non-flight sim games as well as FSX, I'm going for the top of my budget and looking for an air cooled GTX 980 Ti. There seem to be several contenders but due to a 290 mm case restriction, I've narrowed it down to three options: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SC GAMING ACX 2.0+, Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming, MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti Gaming. I know there are other similar cards like the Asus Strix but that is too long for my case. From what I can gather from reviews (in particular this one http://techreport.com/review/28685/geforce-gtx-980-ti-cards-compared/7), the EVGA has reliability and warranty but performs worse and is midrange for sound, the Gigabyte is the most powerful, but is loud and could need a few returns to get a fully working one (reports of coil whine, which sounds like a bad thing!), and the MSI is quietest and in the middle for power and reliability. I bought my current graphics card for £30 many years ago so I have absolutely no idea which way to turn, and could do with some advice. For example, is the extra power of the Gigabyte noticeable in games enough to put it over the MSI, which is looking like my favourite at the minute; or is the EVGAs reliability and warranty worth its shortfalls. These are the kind of questions I'd appreciate help with as a complete newbie to graphics cards. (How I wish it was a simple as the CPU days when it was just i5 or i7!) Many, many thanks, Finlay
  6. Yes it is: from the forum announcement "full compatibility with DX10 in FSX SP2, XPack and Steam".
  7. I can also recommend Fly UK. It is UK based so there are a lot of European flights and although there is no A330, there is a recently added X-Plane livery for the JARDesign A320. However the ACARS system requires XPUIPC, which may only work on Windows, I can't remember. Flights can be chosen from a large schedule, which is updated twice a year. Good luck wherever you end up!
  8. Although you can't access betas with it, the steam version is otherwise near-identicle and goes on 33 and 50% off sales a few times throughout the year. Finlay Waller
  9. There's a thread on the x-plane . org forum about the plane where questions/updates are occasionally answered/given by the dev team, and they stated in the last few days that they're still hoping for a 2015 release: "Target release is still 2015 and we are optimistic it will materialize. So enjoy summer and be nice to eachother"
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