huascar wrote:I have everything on max. It is not so much alienware delivering but the configuration made by FSGS, a company that configures your flight simulator.
I don't think there a computer out there capable of delivering 100% performance with everything on max. I'd be happy to show you some screen shots of the settings. I must also say that cities like New York, San Francisco, LA etc hit a ceiling in terms of performance. You cannot have all the add ons like Manhattan X, FS Dream Team Kennedy, Ultimate Terrain X. Ground Environment, Active Sky, Extreme Environment and FRAPS on and expect no lag issues. I'd would really like to see a video with all these goodies on and on max and see a smooth performance. Would you care to share a screen shot with us?
huascar wrote:I have seen the video, in fact it is one of my favorites. It is an edited video and IF you think this is how his computer performs you are in for big surprise. I want to see and unedited video, take off from Kennedy international, Ultimate Traffic (on), Ultimate Ground Environment (on), Active Sky (on), Ultimate Terrain USA (on), FS Dream Team JFK (on). His video does not tell the whole story, my friend. He is selecting portions and putting them together at the end. Why don't you show us your unedited video? I'd like to see you fly over Manhattan with your and I want to see a real ground, as NYC should be. Then we can talk about specs.
huascar wrote:Mate – I am not trying to promote alienware computers. While alienware makes the best off the shelve computers, I believe they are over price. You should consider Aliwenware if (a) you have the resources to spend, and (b) if you do not have the technical expertise to build your own.
The point I was trying to make earlier is that you hit a ceiling in FSX no matter what computer you have. These videos you see out there can be deceiving because they are edited. No computer in the world can run without a lag in a place like New York or Los Angeles (to name a few) and have all these horrible add-ons (which some are beautiful I have to admit) but destroy your performance. The guy who made the New York video (if honest) can tell you how FXS really works.
I’ll leave you with a video I just made it for the sake of this argument.
There are some edits because I needed to cut it short. But this is how my computer looks in Los Angeles (one of the worst places for flying). You will see some lag (I don’t hide it), but over all I promise you that any computer out there will have a lag when flying in LA and with all the add-ons and settings I have. I also have FRAPS running which is a frame killer. In the video I am setting up for landing at Los Angeles International.
Lastly, the person responsible for setting up my alienware is a Microsoft engineer who knows FSX very well. I hired him to configure my machine for FSX and I am super happy for the performance. His name is Michael and the name of the company is FSGS - http://www.fs-gs.com/index.html
huascar wrote:I was just trying to be provocative with the subject. I knew it was going to create an itch.
You are correct, there is not computer in the world capable of defeating FSX with all these add-ons.
I overclocked my computer this past weekend even further. I went from 4.1Ghz to 4.5Ghz and I think I'll stay there for now. There isn't a significant improvement but it is noticeable. My computer specs are as follow:
Intel Core i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 4.1GHz (now overclocked to 4.5Ghz)
16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
1 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
1 2TB ( 2x 1TB) SATA II (3Gb/s) 7,200RPM (2 x 32MB Cache)
1 Matte Stealth Black Alienware Aurora w/ 875W Multi-GPU Approved PSU
You are correct about the add-on. It is Mega scenery California and the airport is LAX International by FS Dream Team (check it out). Scenery is beautiful but it is also huge!
Looking at your processor, you can push that baby way above 3.8Ghz. You may have to look into your 750W, is it enough?
I am new to this overclock business and one thing is certain - monitor the temperature and do a stress test. Do small increments. There a guy in Spain who helped me with me. We did a Skype conference and overclocked this baby. Intel sustain a lot of of heat so push him.
huascar wrote:I measured the FPS in NYC before the overclock and after the overclock. I also flew around the same area with the same settings. By going to 4.5Ghz from 4.1Ghz I noticed a boost of about 3 fps. With this particular overclock there was a noticeable difference but not a dramatic change. Now, if you go from 3.8Ghz to 4.5Ghz, you might see a world of difference. How high are you planning to go? Want to really push it?