Microsoft Flight Simulator Performance – Enhance Your Gaming Experience

Microsoft Flight Simulator Performance – Enhance Your Gaming Experience:


Microsoft’s Flight Simulator is, arguably, our first look at an actual next-generation gaming experience. Let’s see how you can have the best settings for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Get Ready to Take Flight: Essential PC Updates for Flight Simulator Enthusiasts!

  • Ensure a seamless Flight Simulator experience by updating your PC’s Windows version.
  •  Upgrade your graphic card and video card to enjoy realistic graphics and smooth gameplay.
  •  Increase your computer’s virtual memory and storage capacity for optimal performance.
  •  Free up space on your PC by uninstalling programs that are not essential for your gaming experience.
  •  Learn how to temporarily disable anti-virus software or add Flight Simulator to the exception list to avoid any performance issues.

Features overview:

The game’s official website simply describes this as “one of the most advanced flight simulation games ever released”. However, to accurately point out the game’s impressive evolution (or regression, depending on how you see it), we’re going to be focusing on just three specific things: settings, sounds and performance.

Before talking about those sections, let’s take a look at graphics first. Although it’s not as fantastical as the effects available on the upcoming high-resolution Crysis 2, the graphics options available here are impressive. We see an increase in textures, transparency, water, terrain detail, light and colour depth. Our test rig is reasonably well-equipped: an i5 3570, an Asus X6800 GPU, 3GBs of RAM and two sticks of 8GB Crucial M4 EVO SATA (256GB) hard drive.

If you are having problem with frame rate per second, you need to have computer that meet it’s minimum requirement and make sure to create a restore point in windows 10.

The Benchmarks:

Flight Simulator 2020 is a preview build of Microsoft’s next game engine and, as such, is not the final title. All data is either sourced from actual Microsoft products or our experience. We suggest checking for yourself.

Flight Simulator. To be honest, it was the most stable of all the software we tested with.

Let’s see how you can have the best settings:

ultra settings

Memory. It’s one of the parts you need to pay attention to. Because of aircrafts, it will always be full of memory, but the important thing is to keep the rest of your computer feeling nice and cool. A lower number of songs and sound files will keep the computer from overloading.

HD Video. Your HD video will benefit from a large amount of RAM and a faster processor, so keep it to a low setting, and you won’t be noticed.

Screen Resolution. Not everyone has the best computer available, so if you’re on a Mac, or maybe you’re on a budget, try to keep your screen’s resolution at 1280×720. Don’t go higher than 1280×720, or it’ll be obvious you’re playing a Microsoft game.

Noise Reduction. Don’t forget that the vast majority of people have good hearing and would be shocked to hear your PC screaming as you fly a plane.

You need extreme hardware:

PC hardware

To accomplish this, you’ll need to have three factors of extreme relevance to the game. The first is a top-of-the-range system running at full HD. Second, you’ll need all the DirectX 11 features enabled, and third, you’ll need to be running DirectX 10.5 or better.

Older Microsoft Flight Simulator is a great example of where proper colour correction is very much required. These games use a pre-colour corrected graphics pipeline, so colours are muted and often muddy as they were made in past years. Most people have, by now, moved on to better titles in the run-up to today’s AAA title releases, so if you are looking for your next flight sim to be of the utmost quality, this is something you should look into.

Disable Hardware Acceleration:

If you aren’t using a GPU, disable hardware acceleration for one or more of the GPU’s cores. To do this, click the gear icon in the lower right corner and click Properties. On the main tab, Performance Settings, click the gear icon, click Advanced Settings, and then click Software Settings. Next, click Hardware Acceleration and choose either disabled or ‘Off’.

The CPU can handle the load, but the GPU will not. However, it’s one of the best sacrifices you can make. If you’re gaming with a GPU, enable hardware acceleration, and the performance will increase. This will cut down your frame rate in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 in half, which is not ideal.

Enable Game Mode:

By enabling game mode, you’re going to have a better experience and enjoy flying more in MFS.

Cancel/Resume for change Right-click the Flight Simulator: Aircraft tab and click the “A” button. On the title screen, simply click on the Settings button and then Game Mode. Select Resume/Cancel. With it set to default, nothing is saved. The next time you load the game, you’ll need to do it all over again.

Change Rendering Mode. Before you adjust the resolution, head over to the menu and select a Rendering Mode. You can choose between three:

Very High: maxes out the GPU for maximum visuals,
High: middle-of-the-road,
Low: your best possible setup.

Set up your ESRAM In order to play Crysis or whatever, you need to have a good amount of memory available for ESRAM. So to add the extra RAM required, head over to the options menu and set the memory type to Normal. Disable Jitter!

Best Nvidia Settings for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020:

Geforce RTX

If you would like to enjoy the maximum capability of the Nivida setting when playing Flight Simulator 2020 use the settings below:

On the Control Panel open Nivida, then go to 3D Settings>Manage 3D Settings then choose Program Settings tab and from the list, select Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Set individual settings as follows:

Image Sharpening – Sharpening Off
Anisotropic filtering – 16x
Antialiasing FXAA – Off
Antialiasing Gamma correction – On
Antialiasing Mode – Application-controlled
Antialiasing Transparency – Off
Low Latency Mode – Ultra
Max Frame Rate – Off
Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) – Off
Optimize for Compute Performance – Off
Power management mode – Prefer maximum performance
Shader cache – On
Texture filtering Anisotropic sample optimization – Off
Texture filtering Negative LOD bias – Clamp
Texture filtering Quality – Quality
Texture filtering Trilinear optimization – On
Threaded optimization – On
Triple buffering – Off
Vertical sync – Fast
Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames – 1


The purpose of this guide was to show how we can maximize Windows Aero to its fullest extent by setting realistic lighting, choosing the right GPU and setting advanced graphics. This can be a good document for having the best performance with MFS regarding what settings you need in order to get the best experience.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and feel free to leave your opinion in the comments below.

10 thoughts on “Microsoft Flight Simulator Performance – Enhance Your Gaming Experience

  1. This does look like something I would enjoy.  My dad is a pilot, all our friends are pilots, and seems like I could learn from this and then not look so stupid when my dad asks me to fly.  Do you think something like this would be beneficial for someone that would like to learn how to fly? 

  2. I will need to upgrade my computer a bit to get the best experience out of a flight simulator. But I am glad I am reading which points require attention. There are several demands, and not all hardware can manage them. So, a huge thank you for setting me on track to get started with Microsoft Flight Simulator.

  3. Wow its so crazy that my computer cannot play the latest games anymore. I was going to upgrade my graphics card to stay current, but my friend told me it cost half of what it would to upgrade to a new gaming computer. The great thing about this guide is if you can run Microsoft Flight Simulator at the best settings, you should be able to run just about any other game or program pretty well too! I cannot believe how intensive this simulator is, everything looks so realistic. I appreciate you making the article so thorough, looks like you covered everything!

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Yes regular computer will not able to run the latest games. You have to either upgrade graphics card or buy a new computer.

  4. This seems like something that is very tricky and complicated. I don’t like playing games that are too complicated. I like simple games. This type of games is more for my brothers. They love to play games that will make you think so I will be sure to share this article with them 

  5. I loved to play flight simulators, but I always fend them so hard and also my computer wasn’t up to date for them.

    Now however, I have an high end computer and I can play them.

    Looking to the new game they have, the graphics, well, they look stunning! It is real lif, and I can just admire it!

    I think I will buy it and play it right away! I guess you recommend playing it with added hardware, just instead of playing it with the keyboard, right?

    1. You can play it with keyboard, however if you use joystick or other accessories that will make flying experience easier and better.

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