will any new i5 laptop run Pheonix or RF6
The Pheonix flight sim package says you need "ATI Radeon 9800/NVidia Geforce Ti4200 with at least 128MB memory or better" in order to run the program. Most laptops don't come with that. I called Pheonix, and they couldn't give me an answer. Who runs one of these flight sims on their laptop? what kind of graphics do you have? Would any new Dell/HP $800 laptop with an Intel i5 processor and 6gb ram run these programs? I think most new laptops come with an Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics...is that good enough? I'm about to get a new laptop, and I want to make sure it will run one of these software sims.
HD 3000 is an on board graphics chipset. This will be fine for the older phoenix simulator, but for real flight a dedicated video card will work a lot better. On board graphics share memory with the rest of the computer and are quite a bit weaker than a dedicated graphics card.
Simulators are a close to video games in terms of the computer requirements. So for a simulator the processor (Core 2, i3, i5, etc....) is less of a concern than the video card.
The ATI 9800/ Nvidia Ti 4200 refer to old dedicated graphics cards. Those cards are about 10 years old.
Real Flight 6 system requirements are listed as
3D Accelerated Video with:
32 MB Dedicated Video Memory
Full DirectX 9 compliant (Shader Model 2.0 or better)
So the hd 3000 should be able to fulfill this requirement. Granted it does not have dedicated memory.
For optimal performance they recommend
3D Accelerated Video with: 512 MB dedicated video memory
This refers to a dedicated graphics card. Such as the dell xps series that use a NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M.
So what it boils down to is the hd3000 should be able to run real flight with the graphics on low and possible frame rate drops (Occasional stuttering), but with a dedicated graphics card the graphics can be set to a higher setting and resolution. For Phoenix the graphics requirements appear to be low enough the onboard graphics should be more than sufficient.
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