Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 – Best Graphics Settings

Microsoft Flight Simulator best graphics settings – One of the most anticipated titles of 2020 has finally made its way to the launch day. A lot of people were waiting eagerly for the release Microsoft Flight Simulator from the day the trailer showed up.

The game is extremely intensive when it comes to the graphics. The game tries to mimic the exact experience of flying a real plane. So pretty much everything inside the game has really high graphics and high resolution textures.

Now it is pretty obvious that if a game is on PC then it will definitely have graphics or display settings for people to tweak. And because Flight Simulators have always been a fan favorite, it is quite obvious that a lot of people would try the game. But the problem is not all of them are sitting with a high-end rig. That is the reason why we tested the game on a very basic and mediocre gaming PC.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 – Best Graphics Settings

Graphics Settings

  • Display Mode : Full Screen
  • Full Screen Resolution : Native Resolution of your monitor
  • V-Sync : Off
  • Frame Rate Limit : 60 FPS
  • Render Scaling : 100
  • Anti-aliasing : TAA
  • Terrain Level of Detail : 100
  • Terrain Vector Data : Medium
  • Buildings : Medium
  • Trees : Medium
  • Grass and Bushes : Medium
  • Objects Level of Detail : Medium
  • Volumetric Clouds : Low
  • Texture Resolution : Medium
  • Anisotropic Filtering : 16X
  • Texture Supersampling : 2X2
  • Texture Synthesis : Medium
  • Water Waves : High
  • Shadow Maps : 1024
  • Terrain Shadows : 1024
  • Contact Shadows : Medium
  • Windshield Effects : High
  • Ambient Occlusion : Low
  • Reflections : Medium
  • Light Shafts : High
  • Bloom : Off (Personal preference)
  • Depth of Field : Ultra
  • Lens Correction : Off
  • Lens Flare : On
  • Use Generic Place Models (AI Traffic) : On
  • Use Generic Place Models (Multiplayer) : On

These are all the settings we decided to go with.

If you want detailed explanations on every single setting, then here is an excellent video by Youtuber ACG:

Specifications of the our test system

  • CPU : AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • GPU : Zotac GTX 1060 GB
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 2666mhz
  • OS : Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
  • HDD : 2 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Driver : GeForce Game Ready Driver v451.67

It is always recommended to run a game on a medium end gaming rig if you want to find out the best combination of graphics settings for the game. There is no point in running benchmarks on gaming rigs with high or enthusiast level graphics cards. Because lets be honest, every single game will run smoothly without any issues on a RTX 2070 Super or a RX 5700 XT.

Benchmark – Test Results

Application used for benchmarking – FRAPS

We are still testing the game. The problem is we have been getting different results every time so far. That is why it is hard for us to come to a conclusion at the moment. But one thing you can be sure of, Microsoft Flight Simulator is an extremely heavy title. Probably one of the heaviest titles we have seen so far. And the official system requirements for this game are highly inaccurate. There is no way this game is playable on Ryzen 3 1200 and 8 GB of RAM.


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on September 24, 2020

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