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Topic # 11738 9-Feb-2007 10:39
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Hi everyone,

How does Flight Simulator X run on Vista?  I installed the game on XP and it runs very slowly in terms of frame rates.

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Reply # 60224 9-Feb-2007 10:42
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I haven't tried on Vista, but Flight Simulator X is not a light game - it requires quite a grunty speced machine to run, and of course I'd recommend a video card with plenty of memory too.







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  Reply # 60225 9-Feb-2007 10:49
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The game says it is optimised for Vista.  It is funny.  It is a game that needs high specs but wouldn't it slow down more on Vista as the new OS requires more grunt than XP?

My laptop - core duo 2.0, 2GB RAM, 120GB, 512MB discrete graphics nVidia 7900.

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  Reply # 60231 9-Feb-2007 11:40
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On a top end machine Vista will out perform XP by quite a lot. You really notice how much things like DWM and the application caching etc improve speed.

Flight Sim should fly (excuse the pun) on you laptop with Vista.



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  Reply # 60232 9-Feb-2007 11:46
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Brilliant to know!

I did hear that Vista actually uses your processor much better than XP.

For some odd reason on XP the game downgrades your graphics card and only uses half of the processor speed, apparently.  Does this even make sense?  Perhaps Microsoft wants us gamers to upgrade to Vista to make money.

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  Reply # 60236 9-Feb-2007 11:59
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It got nothing to do with Microsoft making the game run better on Vista than XP. It just does given that Vista makes better use of your graphics card etc.

XP is old technology.

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  Reply # 60244 9-Feb-2007 13:14
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Old!=Worse. Too many exmaples to cite for that statement! :)

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=354&type=expert&pid=11

That gives a reasonable overview of Vista vs XP gaming.

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  Reply # 60245 9-Feb-2007 13:19
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I didn't say it was although in this case Vista does have better gaming performance. I ignore the benchmarks and tests since they were done with rubbish graphics drivers which more often than not kill the game.

I've been using nvidias 100.59 drivers are they are brilliant. Smoother gameplay than XP all round on games like NFS Carbon, FEAR, COD2.

The 100.54 driver they used in that caused every game of mine to die.



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  Reply # 60248 9-Feb-2007 13:25
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From the link I see that Vista is worse for gaming than in XP.  Then again, the games tested were not made for Vista, whereas Flight Simulator X is made for it.

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  Reply # 60249 9-Feb-2007 13:27
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Before passing judgement wait until nvidia and ati release decent drivers for Vista. Performance can only improve.

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Reply # 63053 7-Mar-2007 09:43
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runs nicely on 4gb ram, e6700 and evga 8800GTX Wink

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  Reply # 63056 7-Mar-2007 10:02
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Zacburden: runs nicely on 4gb ram, e6700 and evga 8800GTX Wink


$99 for Flight Simulator X

$3000 for a new PC to run it on.


Priceless! :-)


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  Reply # 64448 20-Mar-2007 18:56
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I think Flight Sim X needs vista because it's one of the few DX10 games

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