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MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:09 pm
by hoki1185
Hoki asked: "Any suggestions for computer specs for this new sim would be appreciated.Budget 3.5k to 4.5k."

deeknow commented: Have made this post a sticky-one and may merge future threads into this as it's likely to be a popular topic in coming months.

Check out the official MS post showing specs for different CPU/GPU combos.

There have been a few posts touching on this recently at NZFF, e.g.

Re: MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:52 pm
by Aharon
hoki1185 wrote:.Budget 3.5k to 4.5k.


In which currency, please??

Regards,

Aharon

Re: MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:06 pm
by dbcunnz
Aharon wrote:
hoki1185 wrote:.Budget 3.5k to 4.5k.


In which currency, please??

Regards,

Aharon

NZ$

Re: MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:49 pm
by toprob
I can't help much here, the last time I was close to start-of-the-art was when I bought my first Pentium:)
Here's the MFS FAQ including the specs:

https://flightsimulator.zendesk.com/hc/ ... -order-FAQ

You should be able to aim for their 'ideal' spec from the middle of your budget range, with Intel/Nvidia, but I don't know much about the Ryzen/Radeon options. I guess a good comparison site would let you run some figures, I use this one:

https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/N ... 2576vs4048

You can compare CPUs and GPUs here, and you should get a good idea of how things compare.

I need to get something new, but once again I'm aiming for less that high-end, my budget is closer to $3000. However my requirements are a bit different, as I'll need plenty of HDD space, for example. At the moment I have almost run out of space on my various HDDs totaling 5TB, so I need to really think hard about this. (I may end up keeping my current system on the network, as a backup, and to continue using the current drives.) So I'm looking at an i7/RTX2070S system. This will push my budget a bit, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Of course, a lot of folk will tell you to wait a few months, as there are some new GPUs coming up. This doesn't really help me, as the initial GPU version releases are normally high-end, and therefore expensive. And if I wanted to wait for older models to get cheaper, I'd still be waiting a while.

Re: MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:04 pm
by deeknow
Hey Hoki. You must have seen the official spec sheet from MS by now right with the three levels of recommended spec?
see: https://flightsimulator.zendesk.com/hc/ ... -Simulator

You will get a decent rig for $4k NZ near the top end of that sheet performance wise. It won't make enough of a difference if you go for AMD/Ryzen or Intel CPU wise, at least not enough to lose any sleep over a buying decision. I also don't think it's worth the extra $$$ for an RTX 2080 personally so get a 2070 and save the $$$ for more SSD storage (and a faster home internet plan ;) ) or add-ons later in the year.

Not being on the beta program I cant say any of this for sure, just a gut feel :P

Re: MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:20 am
by Aharon
Dbcunnz,

Thanks for your answer on currency

Regards,

Aharon

Re: MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:07 am
by hoki1185
Thanks for your input gentlemen.I am looking at 2 rigs.1) Intel i9-990 8 core 3.6ghz,RTX G force 2080 Super,Transcend 16gb DDR4 2666mhz,exar 1 TB SSD up to 2100mbs,1TB HDD cost $4300.2).Downgrade to Intel i7-970 3.6ghz and RTX G force 2070 for$3600.How important is one's internet speed going to be?I live in the country and get around 32 Mbs, well short of the 50mbs recommended by MSFS 2020 as their ideal high spec.Appreciate your comments,Ian.

Re: MSFS 2020 Computer Specs

PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:59 pm
by toprob
I'm pretty sure that both your choices would give good performance, although I do think you'll see an improvement going to the top system. This is simply based on my comparison between what we've seen posted in public via the alpha screenshot forum, and the latest trailer, which is stated as real footage, but is visually bounds ahead of what the 'normal' user's screenshots have shown. By this I really mean sharpness/detail, although the actually scenery is the same. I'm sure this is the difference between a normal system and one where you can turn the settings way up!

I don't really recall seeing any real discussion about the affect bandwidth has on the performance, but I would think that at 150% of 'recommended' specs you shouldn't suffer too much!