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  1. Add to that, that such small, but detailed regions mostly have very sharp and straight borders - which don't blend to the area next to it at all. And sometimes the colors fit within the region, but not to the global environment. France VFR comes to mind: It's done very well, but the colors of the PR textures look weird compared to the autogen trees. Yet it's fantastic together with LLH sceneries for example, but the is a very unnatural line around the very small areas covered and it's also very expensive compared to their size. (Well, the price for French satellite imaginary doesn't really help that fact, as people say). You could also argue that this is the same with the borders of the TE regions and in some way also the LC regions, but there is a way larger area covered, so the chance of seeing those borders while low and slow is smaller. Having said that, I still like to fly to LC based regions, even if I have new hardware for a few days and for the first time I'm able to run TE regions at all in a sensible way (which is of course absolutely fantastic). But concerning loading times and texture resolutoion over very large areas, I still don't mind flying over well made LC regions with good autogen and a few important PR texture spots.
  2. I had the plane in FSX and loved it. BUT: Is the problem solved that you can't steer the plane on water at low speeds? This kept me from flying floatplanes all the time, as not even A2A could manage to solve that issue using Accu Sim. At idle and at low speed it was hardly possible to swim to the pier with the side of the aircraft without crashing into it. And yes: the water rudder was down
  3. I would fly into any part of the world as long as there are quite some PW airports there. I would love to fly in Thailand, Patagonia or Korea,... but I voted for Italy & the Alps because there is quite some airport infrastructure there. Other people might think different, but for me personally, a region is unattractive if there are zero (of very few) airports, or let's better say small atmospheric airfields there to fly to. That's why I still fly a lot in the PNW and in Southern England, but hardly in Ireland or in NZNI and I didn't even purchase TE Netherlands, even if I would concider this place very interesting and nice. Unfortunately, I doubt that there would be an Orbx airfield infrastructure even nearly to the PNW or Southern England, if you would do Thailand, the Himalayas or Patagonia as a FF region. If yes, I would go for it without a doubt. Cheers, Dominik
  4. Finally this Norwegian beauty of an airport!!! I have hoped for this for years as I think this is one of the most beautiful approaches and idyllic places in the region - at least what I know from photos and videos!
  5. The big question is: Does it really crash if the VRAM is at its limits? Or do the textures just get blurry for a long time and some objects hesitate to load as it is at P3D v4.5?? I just upgraded my whole PC to get the i7 9700k and before that I got a RTX 2060 Super, just to get 8 GB of VRAM in order to run P3d v4 smoothly. If that is still to little even to run a sim like P3d v5 just without a crash, then LM definitely does something wrong or hasn't fixed the right things yet. It's not like 6 or 8 GB VRAM graphic cards are components from the stone age.. Just imagine how quickly addon developers will adapt to the new possibilities and how soon even an 11 GB VRAM graphic card will be pushed to its limits again.. - if just a crash is the answer by LM, then v4.5 has been my last P3d sim.
  6. Great place to fly to!! But is there any chance for a "heavy" version of Van Nuys? For years I've been thinking KVNY would be the perfect addition to the Orbx style airports in the US, even kind of a "base" for GA flying in the whole virtual region.
  7. Wherever there are (collections of) good PW airports. Unfortunately there aren't too many in Asia, at least not nearby each other for short haul / domestic flights.
  8. All right, for the case someone might be interested because he has similar thoughts on upgrading his hardware, here's a little update on what I did: - Just tidying up the sim brought nothing than a little shorter loading times. - Deleting the graphic driver completely and reinstalling didn't help either. - Various settings almost changed nothing at all. So I had to invest. I tried a new graphic card first, not because I thought it was the main issue, but because it was the easiest part to change. Now, I've got the RTX 2060 Super with 8 GB VRAM. What to expect: The blurred textures on the approach have gone, autogen scenery is now ALWAYS there - yay! Even at very dense settings, and I could extend the LOD, cloud and shadow radius a bit. Very good, but fps only improved very little at the big airports (unfortunately, as predicted^^). But at least I've tried if it might have been "good enough" - well, it wasn't. Upgrading the CPU means indeed a new mainboard (no octa core for my 1155 socket), and updating the mainboard meant also updating the RAM - because it now really needs to be DDR4 RAM. And that means probably a new Windows 10 licence, because the old one was a free upgrade from a Win 7 OEM licence, which would be linked to the old mainboard, as people say... (?) You see where things go... I hope at least the CPU cooler, the PSU and the case will do their job as well as before. I've now grit my teeth, closed my eyes and ordered an ASUS Prime Z390-P with an i7 9700k and 16 GB DDR 4 RAM, additionally to my new RTX 2060 Super. Don't this new system dare and work brilliant for anything less than the next 10 years of flightsimming I'm gonna report back again how much better it is when it's done.
  9. ...and in this case, it's not exactly sceneries that urgently need visual upgrades in any way. But I've missed a greater density of (smaller) NZ airports all the time since FTX NZ has been released. Apart from Milford Sound and Queenstown, NZ has been nearly without good airports for years, and the sceneries mentioned above came very late relative to the development of the region - which was why I hardly flew there to discover all the beautiful and fascinating landscape. Yes, the default airports have been upgraded, but it's by far not the same as a good pw airport. I wish there were more places like NZMF and NZQN nearby. Whangerei and Gisborne also came in relatively late and are unfortunately very far away from anything else availible there.
  10. All right, I've tried what I could do with overclocking. While doing that, I came to an app called CPUID HWMonitor. And watching all the components running while flying in a critical area, I got proved what Ardbek1977 supposed: All 4 CPU cores are running at 4021 GHz all the time during preparation, taxi and takeoff! They just get a little relief while climbing outside the big cities and in cruise, but not a lot. The GTX 970 does well, GPU and memory are between 50 and 75% most of the time, with the memory being the weakest point here (it reached a peak of 89%). Texture loading times are moderade. Not good, but not too bad either.. I've tried this in the PMDG 737 NGXu at DD Newark with plenty of traffic and dense autogen - which is a real killer so far, thus good test conditions to see the limits. So, CPU really seems to be the most urgend problem by far. The graphic card might also be replaced anytime in future, but isn't the big problem at the moment. BTW, no problems with CPU cooling. It still keeps little over 60°C even after running at full power for a longer period. So, the big questions are now: Is it still an unwritten law that an NVidia graphic card should be combined with an Intel processor? Can a new CPU be damaged when it's installed into an older MB (which MIGHT not be compatible). Honestly, if possible in any way, I would avoid a new MB for both financial reasons and some tricky installing work (at least for me). Is it a big advantage for P3d to have more cores (for example 8 instead of 6 or 4 only) or are the value of the GHz still more important (I might remember that the latter was the case for FSX then).
  11. You speak right out of my heart! I had almost all of the airports you mention and I miss them, now that they are at least outdated, if not even unfunctional. As much as I like the interesting places and big airports in Europe and the US, I never understood why people have been so keen on flying at their home airport again and again for decades... Well, I tried, too. But the better I know the place, the more disappointed I am. Why? Because I know all the details and I have a very defined picture of how those places look like and feel like. And exactly those things are missing in the sim, even at good sceneries, because you concider those details a lot more important than they really are from the air from a neutral point of view. When I flew over my village - first with OpenLC EU, I was disapointed becuase the village and the corresponding streets were displaced about 1 km. And later, with FTX GES, I was disappointed again because even if the streets sat at the right place now, important landmarks such as a big metal and car factory, were just a grey plain area with an industrial tower on it. And it seems very little and unspectacular in the sim - compared to reality from the air and from my impressions. And that's exactly the reason, why I love flying in areas which I've NOT been in real life - or if I've been, then only once or twice. Then you can't miss anything because you don't know it's there, and you can enjoy the full quality of a well made scenery and discover wholly different places, because you focus on the things that have been simulated, not on the small things that haven't. That's why I would rather fly to places like Israel's Farm, Sedona, Longview Ranch or Milford Sound than at the little German airfield next to my home in the sim. South America has always amazed me in points of landscape. And I was happy that for example LatinVFR did all those airports. If they just didn't all move to the US in the end... There are few exeptions: Colombia is now fitted with airports very well, I have most of them and flying there in the sim is a real pleasure. Add Quito to that, because it's just around the corner. Partly, you can do this in some Areas in Brasil. But so many other countries only have very few places to discover in P3d. And as I'm no long-haul friend at all, having just a lonley Santiago, or Cape Town, Dakar, Banjul and Casablanca (for the case of Africa) with nothing around can't make me buy those.
  12. OK, I might remember that wrong. Then it's probably DDR3 RAM. I'm not saying it has been a good expert who told me about the strategy with the RAM at that time^^ But now, it would probably make sense to buy an additional 8 GB DDR3 RAM to fill the second channel, right? 24 GB RAM might be oversized for the moment, but I guess it wouldn't be more expensive than buying two new 8 GB sticks new and sell my used 16 GB stick for a few pennies?! So, I'm gonna start reinstalling, see how it works, then go deeper into overclocking and then upgrade my hardware components step by step where it seems neccesary. One last question on a possible decision of a new graphic card: What exactly can be improved by having more V-RAM in the graphic card (for exaple 4GB in the 970 vs. 6GB in the 1060 vs. 8GB in the 1080)??
  13. Oh, really? I remember hearing people say that I should do exactly that^^ Not sure, maybe I remember wrong.. OK, overclocking was completely new to me when I bought the CPU. So I tried just a little bit and I was very careful, because I never got the feeling that I really completly knew what I'm doing there. I think I have a good cooler built over the CPU. Is there any other way I can accidently destroy the CPU than overheating it?? If not and if I finally go for a new CPU and mainboard, I could new say I've got nothing to lose^^
  14. Oh sorry, only now I see that I forgot to update the specs in my profile when I updated my RAM. Meanwhile I have one single 16 GB DDR 4 RAM installed. I've installed it when I switched to the 64bit P3d v4 some time ago. I've got to correct that in my profile. Yes, that's it. Of course, the best would be to get MB, graphic card and CPU new and good. Even if Corona certainly doesn't take me into financial trouble, it still doesn't make me earn any extra money over the next months. So, I could afford some new parts, but there are really many other things around my house and family that would make far more sense to spend the money on. With this in mind, it might be the best to tidy up and reinstall graphic driver and P3d v4 first, and later upgrade step by step, where neccesary - certainly a lot of work, but I hope it will be worth it by not wasting money for things I wouldn't have needed, as the reasons for the bad performance in my sim isn't clear enough yet. P3d v5 won't run away until that point, for the case I still want to update. In any case, I will only stick with ONE simulator, not 2. I did this twice with FS9+FSX and later with FSX+P3D v2, and both configurations have been a real mess for me, concerning addons. Thanks again for your detailed information and your great help. Regards, Dominik
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