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Michael Fraser
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@bart_simpson, I run the X-Plane 11.5 beta on my 16" MBP (i9, 64GB) with a 5700XT (this one: https://www.xfxforce.com/gpus/radeon-tm-rx-5700-xt-8gb-gddr6-thicc-iii-ultra ) in a Razer Core X.

I'm a long time X-Plane user on the Mac, and I know how much the platform has struggled due to (a) the lack of NVidia support and (b) AMD's poor OpenGL performance.

I am *BLOWN AWAY* by how good this setup is in 11.5. Frame rates are 3-4x higher than I was getting before on the 5500M. I run on a 1440p external screen with nearly maximum (just back off the AA a bit, since I don't see a lot of difference at the very top end and it costs frames). Even in regions that tax the CPU/GPU (think of NYC with the Drzeweicki scenery) + orthoscenery at ZL16 (+ ZL19 around airports), I'm still getting FPS > 30 at all times, usually 40+ in more reasonable scenery.

 

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Riccardo Latino
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@bart_simpson, Hi, I would like to add an eGpu with the 5700 xt on my MBP 13 too. I have the quad core 1,4 ghz of 2019 with 8gb ram and I want to know how much it changes as frame rate adding the eGpu. Moreover, in your opinion would it be possible to run decently with a 3440x1440 resolution? I usually flight only with the google earth images as scenery, so they're not as heavy as other complex scenery. What do you think ?

 

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bart_simpson
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@riccardo_latino

Hey Ricardo,

before adding the eGPU to the setup I saw frame rates of around 15 FPS but with much lower settings.

Now I do not know the benchmark comparisons of my 2016 machine vs. yours but I would suspect, that yours is generally faster, right? However UWQHD has a 30% higher pixel count than QHD.

Given those cornerstones I would expect that you could run X-Plane at around the same FPS as I do. But that is just a rough guesstimation from my side.

 

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