Microsoft Flight Simulator System Requirements

12th August 2021 - Specs reviewed

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz / AMD Ryzen R3 1200
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 150 GB
  • DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card
 

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • 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
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HDD: 150 GB
  • DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card
PC System Analysis For Microsoft Flight Simulator Requirements
To run Microsoft Flight Simulator on high graphics settings your PC will require at least a 4GB GeForce GTX 970 4GB / Radeon RX 590 8GB with a Core i5-8400 6-Core 2.8GHz or Ryzen R5 1500X CPU. 16 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. Your GPU is expected to be able to deliver DirectX 11.00. We suggest a 4 year old PC to play smoothly.
FPS System Benchmark
79 FPS
High
Graphics Card
8.12
How well optimised is Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC? 5.9
5.9
Where does Microsoft Flight Simulator rank in the list of the most demanding games?
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Microsoft Flight Simulator System Requirements

Minimum
Recommended
Ultra
Processor
Graphics Card
VRAM
2GB
4GB
8GB
RAM
8 GB
16 GB
32 GB
OS
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 10 64-bit
Windows 10 64-bit
DirectX
11
11
11
HDD Space
150 GB
150 GB
150 GB

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Release Date:

18 Aug 2020

Alternative Game Tags: microsoft flight sim 2020, msfs,mfs 2020,microsoftflightsimulator 2020,ms flight sim 2020
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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce RTX 3080

51.8 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

50.4 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB

49.2 FPS

GeForce RTX 3070

48 FPS

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

47.8 FPS

GeForce RTX 3060

44.1 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080

36.2 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 3080

36.4 FPS

GeForce RTX 3070

33.5 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB

28.7 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080

27.7 FPS

GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile

26.4 FPS

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

24.1 FPS

GeForce RTX 3060

22.4 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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07:46 Nov-01-2020

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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18:26 Oct-20-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 60FPS at 1080p?
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1650 16GB
21% of 14 people think this can run

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti MSI Armor 6GB****
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz
16GB Ram

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07:52 Nov-01-2020

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


-Larry

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00:12 Sep-22-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator on medium at 1080p?
Core i7-4770S 4-Core 3.1GHz GeForce GTX 970 PNY 4GB Edition 8GB
40% of 20 people think this can run

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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07:58 Nov-01-2020

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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09:18 Nov-01-2020

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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11:14 Sep-21-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 30FPS on medium?
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 580 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB 16GB
100% of 16 people think this can run

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

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10:36 Sep-20-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 30FPS on ultra at 1440p?
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Galax EX Gamer Black 8GB 16GB
94% of 18 people think this can run

Stable 30 fps or more?

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16:33 Sep-16-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 60FPS on high at 1080p?
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz Radeon RX 5700 XT Sapphire Pulse 8GB 16GB
60% of 15 people think this can run

Can I run ?

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20:04 Sep-14-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 30FPS on medium at 1080p?
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition 16GB
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08:10 Sep-18-2020

On low/med you should be ok. Adjust resolution.

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12:41 Oct-17-2020

Your graphic card is too weak, i recommend change it to 1660 super

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16:40 Sep-10-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 60FPS on high at 1080p?
Ryzen R5 1600 GeForce GTX 1660 Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 16GB
7% of 14 people think this can run

Can I run ?

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06:56 Sep-05-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 30FPS on high at 1080p?
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 580 8GB 16GB
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What do you think?

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00:13 Sep-06-2020

Same specs here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vheaXica7Cw
It's best to run medium, but you can handle high in non dense areas.

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20:13 Sep-03-2020

everywhere they say for this game a must is W10, only here it's - W7 !?! lol
sadly i'm afraid everyone else is right... :( have to switch for W10 these days.

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21:31 Aug-26-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 60FPS on ultra at 1080p?
Ryzen R7 1700 Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB 16GB
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Any chance my ageing PC can handle it?

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11:15 Oct-07-2020

Works well at 4k on my System with undervolted Vega 64

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16:40 Aug-26-2020
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Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz Radeon RX 5700 MSI Mech OC 8GB 16GB
73% of 15 people think this can run

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17:49 Aug-25-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 30FPS on high at 1080p?
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14:51 Aug-26-2020

You will average right under 60FPS.

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10:38 Aug-24-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 60FPS on high at 1080p?
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20:06 Aug-23-2020
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Ryzen 5 2400G GeForce RTX 2060 Zotac Gaming Amp 6GB 16GB
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Or a combination of medium-high?

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21:19 Aug-23-2020

an rtx 2080ti struggles to keep this game at 60fps actually it mostly stays in the 38-55 fps area at 1080p

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01:35 Aug-24-2020

According to Tom’s Hardware, at those settings you’ll average 50FPS. Of course in low detailed areas and or high altitudes you will hit 60+.

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13:16 Aug-25-2020

Well ive seen its performance on an rtx 2080ti which barely only goes to the 60's in certain areas otherwise its almost always in the 35-50 fps range im talking realtime benchmarks not toms hardware lol go watch a youtube benchmark video or something please

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00:11 Aug-27-2020

Okay. I'm not wrong though cause it depends on the location.

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17:38 Aug-21-2020
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What setting would provide me with stable 60 fps in 1440p?

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15:25 Aug-21-2020
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Can I run with max 30 Megabit in download?

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15:03 Aug-20-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 60FPS on medium at 1080p?
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23:07 Aug-20-2020

According to youtube videos such as this one, it's mostly going to be under 60FPS at medium on average. But at high altitudes and or in lower detailed areas, you'll be hitting 60FPS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X48TEl6Yv8c

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14:12 Aug-20-2020
Can I run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 30FPS on low at 720p?
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Can I run my absolute outdated rig but still have an enjoyable gameplay?

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23:10 Aug-20-2020

Yes you can! Check out this video @ 9:40. You'll barely be hitting it though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSqCCLqm1Go

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11:37 Aug-20-2020

is this game really well optimized?

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