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I recently had this exchange with a reader and thought it might be worth posting.

I have a question regarding your setup.

I have upgraded my pc to exactly your specifications (6770k 4 gh -> overclocked to 4,6; 16GB DDR4 3000, NVidiaa GTX 980TI) with 3 monitors (all 3 with nvidia surround connected together to get 3x full hd).
The good thing: when I am at ORBX pacific NW scenery with normal airports (Concret Mun eg) i get 30 fps with a view configuration like yours (3 aditional views one left, one right and one main). When I go to KSEA (san francisco) i only get 11 FPS.

Could you please send me your settings (Graphics, NVIDIA?, any tewaks?)? And do you use hyperthreadeing?

I have changed Afinity Mask to 14 (have swiched off HT but it males no change)

Thank You!

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Hi [name],

My settings are pretty standard. I use no real tweaks in the config file after corresponding with Rob Ainscough who said he uses none and believes P3D is best when it self configs. I do use HT, but have alternated over the past year from using it to not using it. I use AM 116, and then I use the Project Lasso app to assign all the add-ons to the other cores (0-1, 5-7) so that P3D can run on a few cores by itself. I think that helps with FPS. I also overclock the 980ti a bit (+50). All that said, in Orbx SoCal with Orbx vector my FPS can be very low. I turn the scenery way down when I’m down there. The bottom line is that three or four open windows is a test, even with our powerful gear. But 11 FPS would be very low for me.

I would send my graphic settings but I change them a lot based on when I’m flying (for example, SoCal – very few AI aircraft, normal scenery settings, vs out in the mountains where I max everything out). I also use a different graphic setting at night than in the day (lower resolution for everything including terrain because you can’t see it).

I did an informal analysis of the FPS impact of different settings on my rig a few weeks back, which I’ve not yet published, but it showed that by far the biggest FPS hits for me were (in set order):

– Airline, GA, and Road Traffic
– Casting Shadows (with clouds being the big hit, more so than scenery and vegetation)

For what that’s worth.

Let me know how the rumble keeps working out!

BFG

 

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