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Everything posted by MZee1960

  1. Funny thing is my computer guy says the exact same thing, especially about the ancient 14nm architecture. He built a few flightsim systems recently, using AMD, and figures most likely the new 2020 sim platforms will all be multi-core applications. 2020 will be a most interesting and exciting year, indeed.
  2. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper may have 32 cores with single core max boost clock of only 4.5GHz, but don't FSX or P3D still mainly utilize only a single core ? If so, then wouldn't an i9 9900k with max single core speed of 5GHz (no OC) be more suitable ? Perhaps MSFS2020 will be a different beast utilizing multiple cores (I hope so) ? ....... We'll all have to wait patiently for this one.
  3. Thank-you, everyone, I'm glad you liked these. When my 9 yr. old ATI Radeon HD 7970 died a couple months ago, I decided to keep my existing system temporarily on life support (not knowing yet what 2020 will bring) , but with an upgraded video card, .. this time of the Nvidia brand. It wasn't until I was pointed to 'Nvidia Profile Inspector' that everything really started to 'gel' and I quickly realized the potential of these great cards.
  4. After a bit of a hiatus, I finally got some free time before the holidays. With my new replacement video card tuned and ready, I couldn't resist stocking up on some airports today, ... and a new ride, and some repaints, and more fun stuff. Started by visiting 80WA ........ parked in the small lot, and took in some great tunes. Then off to 'J-Co' after a wardrobe change (new livery, shown below), for some lunch at the Spruce Goose ....... .... but I think I missed the party !
  5. I currently purchased 6 new scenery packs for FSX (all have been out and available for over a year at least ) and the 'manual download via Central' key in my account, which I use to generate my backup files' now gave me 'c4' files and not the 'WinRAR zip' files I got before. Apparently the older 'FTX Central v3' uses the zip files but cannot make use of the c4 files, whereas the new 'Central' uses c4 files, but cannot make use of zip files. I now see many hours spent creating local zip file backups of each of my Orbx sceneries rendered as going to waste by upgrading to 'Central' - unless the Orbx staff somehow come up with a patch or something. Orbx Central forum is also quite active with various things users have brought up, .. seems to me best is to wait for now. Why fix something when it ain't broke ?
  6. Hopefully we will be notified when end of support for FTX Central v3 occurs. For now, I see both FTX Central and 'Central' are available for download. Also good to know for those that do local scenery backups - apparently Central cannot install from FTX Central zip files, as it uses c4 files.
  7. .......... I heard no manual installer is available either.
  8. Great shots, John ! Does anyone know if this TD product is available to download through Orbx somewhere ?
  9. MS has everyone puzzled and on the edge of their seats right about now ......... you know something's coming, but what that may be is anyone's guess ! I just know that 'something' sure looks mighty fine to me.
  10. Thanks, Pete, for your 'downsampling' thread link. I will check this out next, now that I have the card reasonably well set-up. My fps is slightly better vs what it was with my ATI card, as far as I can remember, .. especially at KSEA.
  11. I turned 31 in October of the the year these guys wrote this tune ..........
  12. I just downloaded version and seems to be working fine, ... now playing with settings ... and beginning to see noticeable improvements in graphics. Thank-you, everyone, for your guidance.
  13. Does it matter which version of Nvidia Profile Inspector I use ? Latest version is, I believe ?
  14. Thank-you, very much, Nick, for the prompt reply. I have never had Nvidia cards in any previous sim computer, so 'tweaking' these and the software used is all brand new to me. I just knew there has to be a more involved program than Nvidia Control Panel, which for the most part just lets you turn filters 'on' or 'off'. I will check out your settings profile and see how things work out even though I don't run FSX in Preview Direct X 10 mode. Milan.
  15. Hi Guys, My ATI Radeon HD 7970 bit the dust after 9 years of faithful service. Today, I opted to install Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti as a 'temporary replacement measure' until a new system is built (planning early 2020 now - waiting to see what will happen between P3DV5, XP12, and MFS2020 re offerings/specs etc.... before finalizing everything). Hopefully early 2020 will bring a clearer picture of where the state of sim will be heading. To my disappointment, my sim (FSX currently) is running with screen tearing, jagged-edged aircraft wings, lots of shimmering textures everywhere, etc. - a total, cartoonish mess... My old ATI card had Catalyst Control Centre with a slew of settings for AA, Anisotropic filtering, V-Sync, etc. My new GeForce card seems to have only 'Nvidia Settings' which is bare bones and very, very limited. I thought I was upgrading somewhat by choosing the 1660 Ti card, and at the very least was expecting better graphics than what I am getting. I would very much appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction to set-up this new card properly. I have heard of Nvidia Inspector with it's truckload of settings, but having never used it before, I fear I will just make things worse, not knowing what settings will work best in FSX. I know Nvidia cards are very good, just have to find out how best to 'tune them', using what settings, and with what software. Thank-you, in advance, for any help. Milan......
  16. Glad to hear you're on the mend, Iain. Great news. Remember to always look after yourself first. Everything else can wait.
  17. Yes, indeed. The 64 bit pie has become very popular in the sim world and everyone wants a slice.
  18. Hi Jack, I feel this card is best with my CPU with minimal bottleneck and good price right now also. I can no longer update the CPU without involving a new MB, which then would become a new build, which I will do very soon regardless with many new updated hardware as well, lol ! So for the time being the GPU is the cheapest and easiest fix. Lots of speculation out there re whether or not MFS will be a subscription only sim - I guess we'll find out by the year end. Definitely interesting, (and very confusing) times ....... if you're shopping for a new sim. They all seem to have their own pluses and minuses.
  19. Great shots, Jack ! I never realized there is so much detail to see in this area. I like P3D for it's 'brightness' both outside and inside the VC - something which many competitors seem to lack in the daylight hours. My ATI 7970 finally died, after 9 years of service. So stuck on the ground without anything to fly atm. Thinking of picking up a GeForce 1660Ti to tide me over for a few months until I find out what's going to happen with MFS 2020 which should tell me how to proceed with my new build, as I would only be interested in having one sim on it on a dedicated drive.
  20. The GB size reduction is definitely good news. My plans of a new build have temporarily been put on a short delay mainly wrt trying to sort out a dedicated sim only disk storage size which would be more future-proof, as well as performance and cost effective. I personally never saw anything wrong with the OpenLC approach.
  21. Great shot, Adam ! Yes, XP lighting is very nice, except the VC's of many AC seem a bit on the darkish side during the daytime hours, with gauges harder to see.
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