Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020): PC graphics performance benchmark review

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Image Quality and System requirements

Image quality settings and benchmark system

For this title, we use a run with the best image quality settings, the highest possible quality mode. Games typically should be able to run in the 60 FPS range combined with your monitor resolution you matched your graphics card too. For a flight sim, your target can be 30 FPS due to slow-moving scenery though realistically you'd be hard-pressed to even reach 60 FPS with this title and Ultra image quality settings.




Our initial set of tests will be based upon ultra quality settings and TAA enabled


The graphics cards tested

In this article, we'll make use of the following cards at a properly good PC experience graphics quality wise, the quality mode as shown above with Vsync disabled. The graphics cards used in this test are: 

  • GeForce GTX 1060
  • GeForce GTX 1070
  • GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1080
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1650 Super
  • GeForce GTX 1660
  • GeForce GTX 1660 Super
  • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • GeForce RTX 2060
  • GeForce RTX 2060 Super
  • GeForce RTX 2070
  • GeForce RTX 2070 Super
  • GeForce RTX 2080
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Super
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • GeForce Titan Xp
  • Radeon RX 470
  • Radeon RX 480
  • Radeon RX 5500 XT (8GB)
  • Radeon RX 5600 XT
  • Radeon RX 570
  • Radeon RX 5700
  • Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • Radeon RX 580
  • Radeon RX 590
  • Radeon RX Vega 56
  • Radeon RX Vega 64
  • Radeon VII
Test environment (system specification)

Our graphics card test system is based on an eight-core Intel Core i9 9900K processor on the Z390 chipset platform. We have energy-saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). We use Windows 10 all patched up. Each graphics card runs on the same PC with the same operating system clone.

System Spec

  • Core i9 9900K
  • Z390 (ASRock Tachi Ultimate)
  • 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz CL16
  • NVMe M.2. SSD WD Black

Graphics drivers

  • GeForce graphics cards use the 452.06 (download). 
  • Radeon graphics cards we used the latest AMD Radeon Adrenalin 20.8.2  (download). 
Our test PC was outfitted with this heavy set up to prevent and remove CPU bottlenecks that could influence high-end graphics card GPU scores. Let's head onwards to the next page where we'll look at some screenshots and then start measure several monitor resolutions in terms of relative performance versus quality settings.


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