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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.
Microsoft Flight Simulator System Requirements
14 Jul 2020 - Specs reviewed

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 64
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz / AMD Ryzen R3 1200
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • System Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 150 GB Hard drive space
  • DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card
 

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Win 10 64
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 6-Core 2.8GHz / AMD Ryzen R5 1500X
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • System Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Storage: 150 GB Hard drive space
PC System Analysis For Microsoft Flight Simulator Requirements
To run Microsoft Flight Simulator on high graphics settings your PC will require at least a 8GB GeForce RTX 2080 / Radeon VII 16GB with a Core i7-9800X 8-Core 3.8GHz or Ryzen 7 2700X CPU. 32 GB will also be needed to achieve the Microsoft Flight Simulator rec specs and get 60FPS. Microsoft Flight Simulator needs a graphics card thats at least as powerful as a GeForce GTX 770/Radeon RX 570 4GB paired with Ryzen R3 1200/Core i5-4460 3.2GHz CPU to match the min specs. This PC setup will deliver 25-35 Frame Per Second at Low graphics setting on 720p resolution. To be able to run at all you will need at least 8 GB system memory. Make sure your GPU can run DirectX 11 or Microsoft Flight Simulator won’t run. We suggest a 2 year old PC to play smoothly.
FPS System Benchmark
79 FPS
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System Requirements Report for Microsoft Flight Simulator
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Graphics [1920 x 1080]
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16GB
9.9
This system has no obvious bottleneck for this game
Performance Report
Processor
Intel
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
AMD
Ryzen R3 1200
Graphics
Nvidia
GeForce GTX 770
AMD
Radeon RX 570 4GB
RAM
8GB
Processor
Intel
Core i5-8400 6-Core 2.8GHz
AMD
Ryzen R5 1500X
Graphics
Nvidia
GeForce GTX 970 4GB
AMD
Radeon RX 590 8GB
RAM
16GB
Processor
Intel
Core i7-9800X 8-Core 3.8GHz
AMD
Ryzen 7 2700X
Graphics
Nvidia
GeForce RTX 2080
AMD
Radeon VII 16GB
RAM
32GB
Max Playable Resolutions at 30 FPS
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Resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
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8.3
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16GB
9.9
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Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Release Date:

18 Aug 2020

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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce RTX 2080

32.9 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile

30.8 FPS

GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

20.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060

20.8 FPS

Radeon R9 380

3.2 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080

27.7 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile

26.4 FPS

GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

20.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060

19.3 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080

23.7 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile

21.2 FPS
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Ryzen 2700 @4.2GHz (31%OC)
MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming edition
64GB RAM @2733MHz


These are my specs and I can run MS Flight Sim 2020 with 20-25 FPS @4k low-med or 30-40 FPS @1440p med. & 60-90FPS running High-Ultra settings @1080p
Honestly 30 fps is more than enough for this sim.

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Maybe at 1080p low-med. Honestly, this game doesn't need tons of fps to be playable! I have a 1660 Super and I can run 4k 20-30fps low-med settings, and I play @1440p @30-40fps on med-high. I wish I had a 1440p panel b/c my 4k one is bad looking on any resolution that is not native 4k. Everything is blurry and text/objects are super "broken" If that makes sense, The texts and lines on the monitor become almost unreadable with the breaking up of the text that the monitor does.
Either way, 1080p is doable for sure, also, this game uses about 32-40gb of ram when I play. 16 GB should be enough. It is basically the min amount for this game.


@Ziom32 I think you can run it


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is 8 gigs playable? i can handle a few stutters no issue but is it gonna be playable at all? Or do i really have to stick in another 8 gig before playing this?

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I voted yes because… although 8gb is technically below recommended specs, I think your fine @1080p though with low-med settings.
I have 64gb and I've seen this game hit over 40gb of use. It's overkill, 16gb was almost not enough for me @4k or @1440p resolution @ med to med-high settings. With the 16gb option, I was left with about 1.5gb of usable ram left. Watching twitch and/or YouTube became slow as heck.


@Alpaccino31388 I think you can run this game, even with 8gb of RAM. (Although, if you have a DIMM or 2 lying around, I'd highly recommend using it as well, even if it means lower RAM speeds).


BTW DON'T believe what others say, this game is totally playable at 25-30fps
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Thanks for the long reply. I ran the game at all medium settings 1080p nothing set to low and got about 25-40 fps ( i also saw it go to 48 fps for a while near open areas) but all in all totally playable , if anyone has the same setup as me even with 8 gigs 1600mhz ram there are almost no stutters and it doesnt even feel like its at 30 fps lol it feels more like 45 when its at 30

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Can I run it ? I don’t mind set the graphic to low-mid.

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