When it comes to helicopter simulation in Flight Simulator X, no two systems are alike. What settings work for one person's hardware and software might not necessarily work for another. However, quite often is the case that a new user of Flight Simulator X might have chosen Flight Simulator settings that are working against them no matter what hardware or software they are using. This article will provide a basic set of sample settings that might help at least get you started.
There is no silver bullet fix for performance in Flight Simulator X. However, just like all previous versions of Flight Simulator, having a good baseline of generally decent performance settings can be helpful for setting a starting position from which to customize your individual environment for maximum quality and performance.
The settings I share in this article are my own, and may not reflect your particular tastes. I hope they will help a few people get better results from their Flight Simulator X installation.
Visual Example of Settings
The following screenshot shows what the end result of the following settings look like on my hardware. You can see that it is not necessarily the highest visual results that can be achieved within Flight Simulator X, but for 50fps, they are quite good.
|50fps at KMSO with the settings shown - on average Hardware ($1000-$1500 PC - 2 years ago)|
The following are a collection of screenshots from the various settings screens available within Flight Simulator X. I have included my sound, control calibration, and aircraft realism settings in case they might help anyone.
Display Settings - Graphics
Display Settings - Aircraft
Display Settings - Scenery
Display Settings - Weather
Display Settings - Traffic