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Suggested scenery settings for FSX

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Here’s an updated list of suggested settings for FSX.  This serves as a starting point only.  This is taken from the Vancouver+ FAQ.

Items denoted with * are ones where you may want to adjust as noted:

● Frame rate: 25* (some get better frames at unlimited)
● Filtering: optimum for your video card
● Global texture res: Very high
● Lens flare: Yes
● Light Bloom: No
● Advanced Animations: Yes

● Global: Medium High* (reducing this could make a big difference to sim performance in some aircraft)

● Level of detail radius: Large* (can reduce to medium to help texture loading times, textures will be less sharp at a distance)
● Mesh Complexity: 80
● Mesh resolution: 10m
● Texture resolution: 1m or 30cm (we provide configuration files for both). Some find no loss in performance at 30cm and it looks great when taxiing at CYNJ or CYPK
● Water effects: Low 1.x (this is the most realistic colour for the area)  Many folks prefer the reflections in High 2.x, but this will greatly reduce framerates
● Land detail textures: Yes
● Scenery Complexity: Extremely Dense* (you can drop this for improved performance)
● Autogen Density: Dense (Many can fly usually at Very Dense, but Extremely Dense is not recommended for any current hardware)
● Ground scenery shadows: No
● Special effects detail: Medium

● Global Setting: Medium High (unlike FS9 weather settings don’t seem to have much effect on performance)

Note: our traffic files are designed to add more traffic at 30-35%, and again at 60-70%. FSX default AI has a major performance hit, and a global traffic replacement addon is a recommended addition. General Aviation and Airline traffic, as recommended by Microsoft, should never be set above 80%.

● Airline traffic density: 25%*
● General Aviation traffic density: 25%*
● Airport vehicle density: minimum
● Road vehicles: 11%* (and you can choose light or heavy traffic in the Vancouver+ Configurator)
● Ships and ferries: 10% (much more than this and you will start to see ships in odd places)
● Leisure boats: 15%

  1. helio
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 6:02 am

    i your configuration for FSX it look great my fsx now.do you have any idea what could be wrong in my fsx,some of the aircraft show silver color on it,and some of them not showing any color even a 747 pilot in command every time I installed it showing only silver color on it my CPU 2 quad core vista Nvidia g force 8500 do you have any solution for this,i’ll apreciate if you help me trought this.

  2. Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Helio, what version of FSX are you running? Orginal, SP1, SP2 or Acceleration? I think this is an issue with some older FS9-style aircraft….

  3. Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 at 6:29 am

    I’ve got
    quad 3.00GHz
    6GB of RAM 800mhz

    realy the best system, before I had
    the AMD 5600 dual core with 3GB of
    ram and gt8800

    I’d say there’s %20 diffrence.
    you must install sp1 sp2 it improves the speed.

    not worth upgrading to Quad. not much diffrence.

  4. Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I have FSX Deluxe edition on a Dell Inspiron 530 Windows Vista Home Premium Intel(R)Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz 4.00 GB 32 bit with nvidia Geforce 9800 GTX+ with New 700watts power unit.
    I have installed SP1 and SP2. The install was fine, FSX . When I am on a mission from EHAM to EGLL short hops or any flight plan maybe 500 air miles when I am on the final FSX crashes. please help. I have duplicated the settings shown on your web site and try lowering them but still crashes. I have also use CCleaner and Reg Cure to clear any unwanted bugs or malware. what am i doing wrong?

  5. Rohit
    Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 8:25 am


    my system config is

    xfx radeon 5970 black edition

    12 GB ddr3 Ram

    Intel i7 975 Extream @ 3.33ghz

    Win 7 ultimate 64 bit

    I have FSX Standard can u pls suggest me the best FSX settings

    i wanna have a Realistic Look i also use REX 2.0

    Pls email me


  6. Reballer
    Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks this worked like charm, the water was the fps killer
    quad 3.5ghz, 6gb ddr3, hd6950 840mhz

  7. Herby
    Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Hi i have laptop with Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Quad Core
    Processor with Hyper Threading 3.4GHz [Turbo] with memory 8GB dual channel DDR3 and i use Windows 7 64-bit, can you suggest me the best FSX setting for my laptop?

    • Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 6:11 am

      I suggest you go to the forums at AVSIM for your answers…good luck!

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