Best Microsoft Flight Simulator Settings

Your hardware won't suffer after this guide!

Recently Released Microsoft Flight Simulator has taken over the PC Gaming Community. The game is fantastic, and so far it has received tremendous feedback. Nearly all Journalists and Sites have given it a 10/10 Rating. On top of that, it has 92 Metascore. These ratings look good, however, when you look at the user reviews, they are mostly negative and mixed. Here is the user review rating on Steam.

Update: Flight Simulator Latest Patch resolved several crashes and freezes when starting up the game. The game’s also now pretty optimized compared to previous builds.

I’ve tested Microsoft Flight Simulator on the following PC specifications:

  • CPU: Core-i5 12400f
  • GPU: RTX 4070
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 2.5TB SSD
  • Operating System: Windows 10
Key Takeaways

You’ll at least need an Intel i5-4460 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU, Nvidia GTX 770 or AMD Radeon RX 570 CPU, and 8 GB RAM to run this Flight Simulator.

The following settings put a major strain on your game’s performance: 

  • Trees
  • Texture Supersampling
  • Water Waves
  • Reflections
  • Tesselation Quality

Microsoft’s latest Flight Simulator is one of the most demanding games on PC. Last gen Nvidia GPUs (30-series) had trouble pushing the 60 FPS mark. However, I ran the game on my RTX 4070 and was comfortable pushing over 80 FPS on 1440p resolution with DLSS and Frame Generation. Besides performance, the game’s stability is just fine as I haven’t encountered any crashes or bugs.

Best Graphics Settings For Microsoft Flight Simulator

How To Get High FPS In Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Graphics Settings

The settings I am about to show are very balanced. They will get you good graphics, and the FPS will be high. Not only that, but you also won’t experience FPS Drops and crazy stutters anymore. I’ve tried numerous settings, but these ones are the best. They are very balanced, and the performance you get is crazy.

Summary of Best Settings

Display Mode Fullscreen
Full-Screen Resolution Highest Possible
Global Rendering Quality Custom
V-Sync Off
Render Scaling 100
Anti-Aliasing TAA
Terrain Level Of Detail 100
Tessellation Quality Ultra
Buildings High
Trees Medium
Grass and Bushes High
Objects Level of Detail 100
Volumetric Clouds High
Texture Resolution High
Anisotropic Filtering 8x / 16x
Texture Supersampling Off
Texture Synthesis High
Water Waves Medium
Shadow Maps 1536
Terrain Shadows Ultra
Windshield Effects Ultra
Ambient Occlusion High
Reflections Medium
Light Shafts  Ultra
Bloom Off
Depth of Field Ultra
Lens Correction Off
Lens Flare On
Use Generic Plane Models (AI Traffic) On
Use Generic Plane Models (Multiplayer) Off

Here are some graphics settings compared visually: 

  • Flight Sim Reflections

Windows Optimization Tips

Now that you’ve configured the in-game graphics settings, it’s time to configure your Windows. There are several tweaks that you can use to boost your PC’s general performance which also translates to better in-game FPS. Here are some of the most effective Window optimization tweaks you should try: 

Tip: It’s essential that you also tweak your Nvidia Control Panel settings or AMD Radeon settings to gain additional boost in gaming performance.


Flight Simulator Settings

In my opinion, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is fairly new, and with the passage of time. The game will become more optimized, and we’ll be seeing better frames. Right now, all you can do is find the right balance as shown in this guide. Other than this, if you have low-spec hardware. It’s maybe time you start to spend more money and get better hardware, not because of this game. But in the future, all games will be like this.

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Feedback From Our Fellow Gamers

Good information thanks!

It worths!

New PC with upgraded GPU and processor. Stuttering. This has helped.

I7 10700k paired with egva 1070ti ftw2 , will it does the job after this settings?

Very thorough guidance. Some options don\'t see recognisable so have to find other help by searching the web or guess whether the option I can see is relevant.

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