Standard Benchmarks

Many modern games have a built-in benchmarking tool to provide consistency. The goal of this thread is to try to remove as many inconsistencies as possible between users. There are some steps to follow before running a benchmark:

  • Go to settings, reset all to default, then switch the preset to your desired preset. Leave all other settings. Restart flight simulator.
  • Close all other intensive applications.
  • Go to the world map, load this benchmark file, select the benchmark aircraft, set cruising altitude to the correct altitude for your benchmark, leave all weight and balance as default
  • Set time to the time of the benchmark
  • Turn all traffic off
  • Set weather to Clear Skies
  • Start flight, and enable all 3 AI control sliders
  • Benchmark starts when the plane takes off, ends when plane touches down
  • Use FPS counter from DevMode in the game. Unfortunately there is no way to log it, but other counters show different numbers than this counter. For now, we’ll just have to eyeball it

Use the following format to report results (credit to Ryanosaurs13 for the original benchmark post):
GPU: RX 5700 XT Flash,
Monitor: ASUS VG249 1080p 144Hz
CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 OC @ 4.3 GHz
RAM: 32Gb OC @ 3600MHz CL16
Settings: Ultra
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 22fps, occasional lag spikes, GPU limited

The SB1 benchmark is a simple flight over New York City.
Download and import the Flight Plan from https://nextcloud.technophilus.net/s/A3KmkBHqscEzWsQ
The information for this benchmark is as follows:

  • 1500 feet cruising altitude
  • Time 1600Z
  • Aircraft: Cessna 172 (G1000)

By popular demand, the SB1N benchmark is a simple flight over New York City at night.
Download and import the Flight Plan from SB1
The information for this benchmark is as follows:

  • 1500 feet cruising altitude
  • Time 0400Z
  • Aircraft: Cessna 172 (G1000)

The SB2 benchmark is a lighter flight over Utah.
Download and import the flight plan from https://nextcloud.technophilus.net/s/Nxaoc6pbSFqqQdT
The information for this benchmark is as follows:

  • 7200 feet cruising altitude
  • Time 1800Z
  • Aircraft: Cessna 172 (G1000)

Feel free to post new benchmarks in this thread!

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Here is my first benchmark run:
GPU: RX 5700 XT Reference,
Monitor: LG 4k 60hz
CPU: Ryzen 9 3900x PBO
RAM: 32Gb OC @ 3200mhz
Settings: High
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 22fps, smooth, GPU limited

Still lot’s of variable such as:
-gpu settings in Nvidia control panel and Amd equivalent.
-Windows power option choice
-Internet connection speed and quality
-Maybe whether rolling cache is running.
-type and speed of storage device.

Yeah, unfortunately that is the case. These external variables affect any game benchmark, I’m just trying to get as close as possible to the “benchmark” option in other games.

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Here is my first benchmark run:
GPU: MSI 2080ti,
Monitor: Samsung 32" 1440p HDR 144hz
Resolution: 2560x1440
CPU: Intel i7 6700k
RAM: 16Gb OC @ 3400mhz
Settings: Ultra/High
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 48fps, Main Thread limited, 1 good lag spike to 20fps (loading in downtown NY)

here is mine benchmark

GPU: GTX 1070 @ 2GHZ
Monitor: CHIQ 4K TV 43inch 60hz 7ms inputlag
Resolution: 3840x2160p
CPU: Ryzen 5 2600X running in gamemode @4.05 Ghz
RAM: 32GB @3200 mhz cl 16
settings: Preset HIGH
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 10 to 20 Slideshow GPU Limited

Here is my second benchmark run:

GPU: MSI 2080ti,
Monitor: Samsung 32" 1440p HDR 144hz
Resolution: 5120x2880
CPU: Intel i7 6700k
RAM: 16Gb OC @ 3400mhz
Settings: Ultra/High
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 39fps, GPU limited, 1 good lag spike to 32fps (loading in downtown NY)

Here is my third benchmark run:

GPU: MSI 2080ti,
Monitor: Samsung 32" 1440p HDR 144hz
Resolution: 3840x2160
CPU: Intel i7 6700k
RAM: 16Gb OC @ 3400mhz
Settings: Ultra/High
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 45fps, Main Thread limited, 1 good lag spike to 36fps (loading in downtown NY)

Might I suggest duplicating the flight plan and benchmarks for a Standard Benchmarks NIGHT to go along with this info? The difference between day/night flying in terms of performance is significant enough that I have to make changes to my gfx settings to fly at night. I think it would be helpful to see the comparison of how different hardware performs when the city lights come on.

i tested at 12 am that should be midnight

Good point. I’ll be making more benchmarks later. A desert benchmark is planned.

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dont overwork yourself

  • BOARD: Asus MAXIMUS IX CODE
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
  • RAM : G.SKILL F4 DDR4 4000 C18 2x8GB
  • M2 DISK: SSD GIGABYTE AORUS 1TB M.2 Gen4 NVMe PCI-e 4.0
  • GPU: Gigabyte GeForce® RTX 2080 TI Gaming OC 11GB GD6
    Resolution: 1980x1080p

settings: Preset Medium
Average Frames: 49/50 FPS

settings: Preset High
Average Frames: 43/44 FPS

settings: Preset Ultra
Average Frames: 30/31 FPS

Here is my first Utah benchmark run:
GPU: RX 5700 XT Reference,
Monitor: LG 4k 60hz
CPU: Ryzen 9 3900x PBO
RAM: 32Gb OC @ 3200mhz
Settings: High
Benchmark: SB2
Average Frames: 25fps, smooth, GPU limited

Instead of all this settings change, and errors that may happen, why not create a preset called Benchmark along with the ultra, high med and low settings,. .? And a flight in the activities called Benchmark which is the same run of flight from point a to point b.

Now how might that work out? : )

GPU: ASUS 1650 Super 4GB OC @ 1890 MHz
Monitor: Samsung 1080p 60hz
CPU: i9-10850k OC @ 5.3 boost (5.0 on 6 cores)
RAM: 16Gb @ 3600
Settings: High
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 41fps, occasional drops to 30 fps, GPU limited

Re-ran at Ultra settings: 29 FPS with microstutters.

Update with the new 3080:

GPU: MSI RTX 3080 Suprim X
Monitor: Samsung 1080p 60hz
CPU: i9-10850k OC @ 5.3 boost (5.0 on 6 cores)
RAM: 32GB @ 3600
Settings: High
Benchmark: SB1
Average Frames: 62 FPS, occasional microstutters,
Main thread limited

Re-ran at Ultra settings: 52 FPS, smooth, main thread limited.

I ran the benchmark again, this time using MSI Afterburner. Since Afterburner is free to use and works on all versions, I think it might be a good standard to use for benchmarking. It simplifies the process since you don’t have to “eyeball” the average FPS. Also you can record 0.1% and 1% low to give some indication of smoothness/stuttering.

Running SB1 again at Ultra using Afterburner to record the FPS, I got the following results:

Average FPS: 51 (this is within 1 FPS of my “eyeballed” average)
1% Low: 27
0.1% Low: 11

It would be good if more people did this. Obviously a built-in benchmarking mode would be better but I think this “community benchmark” is the next best thing.

A great idea this platform for benchmarks. But the link to the standard flightplan is not working. Is this tread already dead?

As pointed out, the OP’s links to the flight plans are now dead. Attached are the two that I have, SB1 and SB2:

SB1-NEWYORK-CLEARSKIES-C172-1600Z.PLN (2.7 KB) SB2-UTAH-CLEARSKIES-C172-1800Z.PLN (1.9 KB)