A wee bit of fun with MSFS2020

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A wee bit of fun with MSFS2020

Postby sonjamichelle » 02 Jul 2021 14:20

I'm dialing in the settings on my FlightSim Rig. I'm still chasing the holy grail for FPS, right now I hover around 30 with drops to 20 on busier airports.

I think I will play with the associated programs and see what I can offload to another PC.

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My Specs:

* CybertronPC - CLX SET Desktop
* Core i9-10940X 14-core, 28-thread
* 128GB DDR4 3000 Memory
* 2x NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SLI
* 512 GB SSD (OS Install)
* 1TB Samsung EVO SSD (FS installed here)
* 6TB HDD (Associated apps installed here)
* 5GHz WiFi
* 1000GB Ethernet
* Bluetooth 5.0
* 7.1 Channel Surround Sound
* 11 USB Ports
* 2x TCL 43" HD LCD TV's
* 1x Vizio 43" UHD LCD TV
* 1x TCL 32" HD LCD TV
* VolairSim Home Cockpit Frame
* Windows 10 Professional
* X-Plane 11
* Lockheed Prepar3D v5
* Microsoft Flight Simulator X
* Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020


A few shots of the FS Rig: (Click the link for full picture, the forum cuts off larger shots)

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https://www.sonjas-hangar.us/Screenies/kgrk-kdfw-c700_ai/FS_6.jpg
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I have the full Saitek/Logitech setup:
ProFlight Yoke
Dual Throttle Quads
Switch Panel
Radio Panel
AP Panel
3 FIPS
ProFlight Rudder Pedals

All of that is attached to a VolairSim FlightSim Chassis - Real Comfy :mrgreen:

The 4 TV's are just mounted to the wall with full motion mounts. I DID purchase 3 LG UHD monitors, BUT, the way the VESA mounts are setup on the LG Monitors, when you attached the VolairSim mounting plates you couldn't attach the power or Display Port cables. (shrug). So rather than buying 3 more monitors I went the cheaper route and got 3 TVs. Originally 3 TCL 43" ones, but one broke so I stole my bedroom Vizio 43" and stuck it in the middle. The 4th TCL was a spare 32" I had in the workshop. The monitor down off to the right beside the microphone is hooked up to an old HP i5. It currently displays my security cameras for the house. Though as I chase FPS I may off load LittleNavMap and some other apps. Especially when Asobo brings decent multi-monitor support. Right now using NVIDIA surround or DisplayFusion to strech the app across three screens results in REALLY poor performance when switching between apps. IF Asobo comes through with Multi-Monitor support I MAY get an RTX 30 series card to run the Sim on the 3 main monitors and use the RTX 2080's to run any additional monitors for other apps. *shrug* That is all up in the air and depends on what kind of investment I want to toss in.

One caveat, using TV's rather than actual computer monitors will give you the larger screens, but depending on the brand and capabilities you may not get full resolution (eg: the TCL's max out at 1920x1080 and the Vizio can go up to 4096x2160) I have all of them set to 1920x180 to hopefully give me the best performance. There is also the fact that the color across all the monitors is slightly different. Calibrating and getting the right color settings can be a REAL pain!

So, if you are looking for screen size above 32" a TV will be the best cost. A good 43" Asus monitor costs over $500 USD. Multiply that by 3, yeah, ouch.

The Tablet is an old Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 running Glass Cockpit to Sim For Android.

The old Samsung S6 Edge on the keyboard tray runs TouchPortal which controls OBS Studio for live streaming to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Steam. Basically it is a software based StreamDeck allowing me to switch screens, views, send commands, etc to the stream at the touch of a button.

IF (And that is a BIG IF, I get the funds I'm considering the RealSimGear G1000 Suite. (My Wife Spoils me)

As far as software goes,

* MSFS2020 obviously
* Little Nav Map - Flight Following, Airspaces, TCAS
* SimToolKit Pro - Flight Planning
* SimBrief Downloader - Downloads Flight Plans generated by SimBrief in the various formats needed
* SPAD.Next - Controls the mappings and gauges for the Saitek/Logitech Panels
* FSUIPC
* PeixSoft Glass Cockpit to Sim - G1000 like MFD
* PeixSoft Connector - Network connection for G1000 from Tablet to PC
* SimConnect - MSFS's connector for all the software (Similar to FSUIPC)
* OBS Studio - Live Streaming to Twitch, Facebook, Steam, YouTube through restream.io
* FlyLive Studio - Streaming Overlay for OBS Studio/StreamLabs OBS

And to top it all off a quick video of a flight from Robert Gray Army Airfield (KGRK - Ft Hood, Texas) to Dallas (KDFW, Dallas, Texas)in the Asobo Cessna Citation Longitude.

DISCLAIMER: The AI was controlling the aircraft so I could fiddle with all the various software pieces with out having to concentrate on flying at the same time. So I am NOT responsible for the crazy take off or botched landing, lol. Yeah, AI needs a bit of work. I did trim the REAL mess out, like the 360 degree turn taxing onto the runway and the REALLY poor landing BETWEEN runways. When I'm in a better mood and have some time I'll do a "real" flight, hehe.

https://youtu.be/ERLgZ4fPl9g



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Re: A wee bit of fun with MSFS2020

Postby Josh Meads » 06 Jul 2021 23:55

That is an impressive setup! I have dual monitors for work, and play, but seeing as my "rig" area also happens to be part of the living area... The powers that be do not allow me too much room to expand.

Which application is running the radar/track map you have up on the wall above the setup?

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Re: A wee bit of fun with MSFS2020

Postby sonjamichelle » 08 Jul 2021 17:26

The Map/TCAS is Little Nav Map - Great for Flight Following, Airspaces, TCAS.

There is also a small executable called VFRMap for a "slimmer" browser based solution.

I use OBS Studio to Stream to Twitch/YouTube/Steam and Facebook. The maps are called up using the browser source or window capture plugins to display on the stream.

This is a quick video of our Workshop which is also my Den. I have my FlightSim and my old FS rig as my work PC.

Forgive my voice, blasted allergies. :cry:



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