After almost 4 years of MSFS 2020 , What are your loading times?

Hi there,
After almost 4 years of MSFS 2020, What are your loading times? Any info is greatly appreciated. TIA

Well above 10mins on Series X since the last update. I assume PC isn’t much better? I fear I might have to do a complete reinstall, which is not something that is a joy to do. I pretty much get stuck on the “Checking For Updates” screen for way longer than I used to. The next phase of loading isn’t much better either tbh.

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I’m on PC. 746 addons, most from and about 50 purchased planes and sceneries. Just did a test and coming in at 2:30m. I have all nvme drives.


About 1 minute? I dont keep alot of addons active at any one time


2 minutes with all addons except FSLTL and non-redundant AIG models
6 minutes with FSLTL and non-redundant AIG models added (about 52GB)

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I have very similar results. I don’t use FSLTL though. I think I use…AIG? I think it’s called. But model matching is what seems to drive up loading times.

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About a minute for me too. I use Addons Linker to split my mods though. When I’m flying in the eastern US / Caribbean I use one set of mods, and when I fly in the western US / Hawaii / French Polynesia I use a different set.

As a side note, I use FSLTL also. I used AIG about a year ago but to be honest I don’t remember why I switched.

Community Folder

3:00 to load sim and 1:00 to load flight

Community Folder
64 Items

4:30 to load the sim and 1:50 to load the flight

OS Name Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Version 10.0.22631 Build 22631
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core™ i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz, 3600 Mhz, 8 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 3004, 7/9/2021
SMBIOS Version 3.2
Embedded Controller Version 255.255
BaseBoard Manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
BaseBoard Product PRIME Z390-P
BaseBoard Version Rev X.0x
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 32.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 31.9 GB
Available Physical Memory 28.3 GB
Total Virtual Memory 33.9 GB
Available Virtual Memory 28.7 GB
Page File Space 2.00 GB

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2 TB

Monitor Dell S2721DGF 27 Gaming Monitor
Full Screen Resoluton 2560x1440
GPU processor: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
Driver version: 555.85 5/21/24
Driver Type: DCH
Direct3D feature level: 12_1
CUDA Cores: 7680
Resizable BAR Yes
Core clock: 2610 MHz
Memory data rate: 21.00 Gbps
Memory interface: 192-bit
Memory bandwidth: 504.05 GB/s
Total available graphics mem: 28624 MB
Dedicated video memory: 12282 MB GDDR6X
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 16342 MB

Partial Specs & settings:
Build: SU15 v1.37.18.0

Graphics Tab:

Display Mode: Full Screen
Full Screen Resolution: 2560x1440
Anti-Aliasing: Nvidia DLSS Super Resolution
Nvidia DLSS Super Resolution: DLAA
Nvidia DLSS Frame Generation: on
AMD Fidelity Sharpening: 50
V-Sync: On
Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: Greyed out
Frame Rate Limit: 100% Monitor Refresh Rate
HDR10: Greyed Out
DirectX Version: DX12 (Beta)
Global Rendering Quality: Custom

Advanced Settings

Terrain Level of Detail: 300
Off Screen Pre-Cache: High
Terrain Vector Data: High
Buildings: Ultra
Trees: High
Grass and Bushes: Low
Obj LOD: 150
Volumetric Clouds: Ultra
Texture Resolution: High
Anisotropic Filter: Off
Texture Supersampling: 4x4
Texture Synthesis: High
Water Waves: High
Shadow Maps: 1024
Terrain Shadows: 256
Contact Shadows: High
Windshield Effects: High
Ambient Occlusion: High
Cubemap Reflections: 96
Raymarched Reflections: Off
Light Shafts: High
Bloom: On
Motion Blur: Off
Lens Correction: Off
Lens Flair: On
Glass Cockpit Refresh Rate: Medium

Traffic Tab:

Aircraft Traffic Type: Real-Time Online
Traffic Density: Greyed Out
Show Traffic Nameplates: On (key bind to on/off)

Airport Life
Airport Vehicle Density: 20
Ground Airport Density: 50
Worker Density: 15

Land And Sea Traffic
Lesiure Boats: 50
Road Vehicles: 75
Ships and Ferries: 20
Fauna Density:

Data Tab: Data Connection:
All six options - On, Data Limit - Off, Bandwidth - Unlimited, Rolling Cache - Off
Developers Tab: Developer Mode - Off
MSFS Version: MS-Store, Standard, plus All WUs & City Updates


App. 14 min

From clicking the icon to getting the main menu on screen, less than a minute.

My MSFS instal with purchases & add-ons is about 410GB, and I have FSLTL and a number of updates & enhancements in the Community folder.

I have Windows 11 on a stand-alone Samsung 980 pro m2 nvMe, and MSFS + a couple of other games on a Crucial PCiE 5 m2 nvMe SSD.

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Depends greatly on the Community folder.
In my case between 2 and 5 minutes with addons and about 1:30 minutes without addons.
In-game loading times when loading a flight are relatively short. Under a minute usually.

About 2-3 minutes with my usual plethora of addons.
I use the fastlaunch option, so no Asobo/Blackshark splash screens.

Around 8 mins. Slow. Not only initial load but the poor design of having to go back to main menu to change planes, livery, airport. Takes so much time

here it take me approx 2 min 30 to launch the sim, having all World update installed, community filled with 55 mods including FSTL liveries (for a total near to 81 Go for the community folder)
everything (community and “official” folder) are installed in a Nvme ( 2 Tb Samsung SSD 980 pro ) except the main executable folder of the sim which is located in the system drive on a SSD MX500 by crucial

Less than 1.5 minutes to load, about the same as my other 2 flight sims - IL2 GB and DCS. I don’t run any background stuff like web browsers, etc., except my Track IR, and occasionally HWInfo 64 to check PC component temps. I don’t have a bunch of add-ons in my community folder either, less than 10 at any given time. But I do have a fast fiber connection and a good machine which runs cool and quiet and quite solid:
My Current PC:

Corsair 5000D Air Flow case, white
XPG Core Reactor Modular PSU: 80 Plus Gold - ATX 850 watt
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero AMD AM4 X570S Zen 3 Ryzen 5000
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X3D 8-core, 16-Thread CPU
Noctua NH-U12A, Premium CPU Cooler
MSI Geforce RTX4080 Gaming X Trio Graphics card w/ 16 GB VRAM
TEAMGROUP T-Force Xtreem ARGB 3600MHz CL14 32GB (2x16GB) PC4-28800 Dual Channel DDR4 DRAM
Seagate Firecuda 520 500GB Performance Internal Solid State Drive SSD PCIe Gen4 X4 NVMe 1.3 : Primary Windows Drive (Win 10)
SABRENT 1TB Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 Internal SSD Maximum Performance Solid State Drive with Heatsink : D:/ drive
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM
ASUS ROG Swift PG329 1440p, 165 Mhz IPS 32" monitor
Razer BlackWidow Lite TKL Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard
Razer Viper Ultralight Ambidextrous Wired Gaming Mouse
HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset
TrackIr 5 Premium Head Tracking
Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Throttle
Virpil VPC MongoosT-50CM2 Grip and VPC MongoosT-50CM2 Base
MFG Crosswind Rudder pedals

Couple minutes, never measured. This is with quite a few add ons and nvme. It used to take longer.

About 2 min after the click on the icon to pass the initial loading screen and 2.5 min more to join the main menu. I’m on Win 11 with two Nvme drives and MSFS deluxe with all free add ons, PMDG and inibuilds airliner together with FSLTL in the community folder.

2-3 minutes after SU15. It was close to 5 minutes before the update. I think I have less than 100 mods, and all world updates installed

about 3-4 minutes. 152gb community folder.

Never timed it, but at a guess I’d say 5min, maybe a smidge under.

112GB Community folder.
445GB Official folder.