PopsBellNC

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  1. The key, Zmack, is that P3D takes better advantage of your existing hardware. Heck, I built my rig in 2010(!) The only updates I've made since 2010 (and all of them pre P3D 4.3) were a jump from 6GB ram to 12 GB ram (Triple Channel on the ancient, but outstanding, i7-920 D0 stepping CPU, which accounts for the strange ram multiples), addition of a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD and finally a GeForce GTX1050Ti gpu. Eight years, and that's it. With these hardware improvements, even FSX ran a bit better (primarily due to the SSD, IMHO, as the former HDD was a true bottleneck). But moving to P3D 4.3, with this exact same setup has been a true revelation - it is no dream - it is reality. For example, with FSX, at the gate at KSFO (Flightbeam), a PMDG 747-400ER (Qantas) and ASF16 live weather, I'd get between 15-24fps from the flight deck, maybe 30fps from exterior spot view in FSX. But, with the exact same hardware and OS (WIN 7 Ultimate), on P3D v4.3 it's 28-34 fps from the flight deck - and now there are lighting/shadows on the flight deck and zero stuttering. And it only gets better when in the air. ๐Ÿ˜Ž These are facts - not a dream. It's simple - Lockheed has improved the sim to take advantage of the hardware. It is all now in much better 'balance'. And one heck of a lot of fun! Bottom-line, to the original poster, make the move to Lockheed's P3D v4.3 and do not look back. ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Absolutely yes, on my rig. My conjecture is that P3D at 64-bit can now use all of the bandwidth of the PCIe bus between cpu and gpu - bandwidth that was lying largely untapped in 32-bit FSX. Plus no memory issues - ever. That, plus the clear performance and efficiency improvements with Direct X 11. This whole move from FSX to PSD v4.3 has been extraordinary.
  3. IMHO, moving to P3D v4.3 is a true 'no-brainer'. 64-bit opens up performance like you would not believe, throw in bug fixes, smoothness of fps, and real fps gains on the order of +50% while using higher graphics settings. P3D v4.3 with PMDG aircraft are awesome. Period. Full stop. Again, IMHO.
  4. PopsBellNC

    Unable to Activate Products

    All activated and up flying! The PMDG Support folks are every bit as good as their products - seriously good customer support.
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    Unable to Activate Products

    Will do, downscc! Thakns
  6. PopsBellNC

    Unable to Activate Products

    Hi Chris, Is the Activation server still down? I purchased the 747 v3 for P3D v4 today, and while activating, the bar gets stuck on 'establishing context' and after a minute or so, says Error - You do not have a valid license. Update on activation issues? Or, perhaps another method to get activated so that I can enjoy my purchase. Thanks in advance!
  7. After much thought, and given that the good folks at PMDG are airplane nuts of the first order (as, proudly, am I), I'm voting for Concorde. From PMDG, THAT would be one remarkable sim! IMHO
  8. PopsBellNC

    DLL Errors

    Thanks, Aaron. I must have been a bit 'touchy' the other night!๐Ÿ™„
  9. PopsBellNC

    DLL Errors

    Aaron, FSX w/ PMDG is not a 'game'. Lockheed Prepar3D v4 coupled with PMDG is decidedly not a game. Both are very sophisticated, realistic, approved and tested simulations. Just sayin'. IMHO
  10. PopsBellNC

    RW Inflight Long Haul Question

    Or, like me, you're retired๐Ÿ˜‰!
  11. PopsBellNC

    Short trip with the DC6

    Read my mind - that was my favorite as well!
  12. PopsBellNC

    Switch off Auto Ground Ops

    It is, Youngie, but not on Auto Turnaround. If you turn the "Auto" part off, you can pick and choose which services you want, when you want them. It's just that it is manual - and I find it kind of fun to pick and choose which service, and also when i want to send them away. Oh, and you must be "chocked" for these work.
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    RW Inflight Long Haul Question

    Yes, yes, you certainly do all that stuff but after the 10-15 min that takes...you play Trivial Pursuit! C'mon old-timers - who else will admit this this with me? And, in all seriousness, TP does indeed keep you awake and sharp.
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    How far has the 747-8 been developed?

    MIA was home base for many (many) years. Personally, I miss the L-1011 - to me, one of the most beautiful big birds to ever fly, and tech-wise it was way - and I do mean way - ahead of its time. But, you do have to sell some of them to actually make a go of it...that little experiment turned Lockheed off of commercial aviation for good. ๐Ÿ˜“
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    747-400 vs NAT requirements

    Ha! Classic! ๐Ÿ˜€