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X-Plane 10 Benchmarked

Klaus Hinum, 02/15/2014

Serious. After Microsoft more or less abandoned the flight simulator market following the release of their Flight Simulator X, Laminar Research has the only viable and constantly updated alternative with their X-Plane Flight Simulator. Our review will focus on the hardware requirements and show which notebooks and desktops handle the simulator smoothly.

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Benchmark

For the original German article, see here.

For this review we'll use the integrated benchmark functionality in X-Plane 10, which can be started via the parameter --fps_test. For the most basic functionality, the user simply inputs the numbers from 1 to 4 to specify the quality settings from low to ultra-high. In addition, we'll also specify the resolution (1024x768, 1366x768, and 1920x1080) and the color depth (32-bit). We decided to use the time demo test_flight_c4 as our sequence, which is included in the 64-bit web demo version 10.25 as used for this review.

Update: We received a mail from an X-Plane developer that test 4 is not intended for benchmarking: 

However, test 4 is _not_ an actual test of the product - it is a specialized "CPU-only" test that was put in so that driver developers could look at changes in performance between driver versions.  The test intentionally ignores the GPU to "focus" on CPU driver time.  (Similarly test 5 is a GPU only test to focus on shader compilation.

Here are the 4 commands to execute the benchmark:

 

X-Plane.exe --fps_test=1 --load_smo=Output/replays/test_flight_c4.fdr --pref:_is_full_ALL=1 --pref:_x_res_full_ALL=1024 --pref:_y_res_full_ALL=768 --pref:_bpp_full_ALL=32
X-Plane.exe --fps_test=2 --load_smo=Output/replays/test_flight_c4.fdr --pref:_is_full_ALL=1 --pref:_x_res_full_ALL=1366 --pref:_y_res_full_ALL=768 --pref:_bpp_full_ALL=32
X-Plane.exe --fps_test=3 --load_smo=Output/replays/test_flight_c4.fdr --pref:_is_full_ALL=1 --pref:_x_res_full_ALL=1366 --pref:_y_res_full_ALL=768 --pref:_bpp_full_ALL=32
X-Plane.exe --fps_test=4 --load_smo=Output/replays/test_flight_c4.fdr --pref:_is_full_ALL=1 --pref:_x_res_full_ALL=1920 --pref:_y_res_full_ALL=1080 --pref:_bpp_full_ALL=32
1024x768 fps_test=1 ... low
1024x768 fps_test=1 ... low
1366x768 fps_test=2 ... medium
1366x768 fps_test=2 ... medium
1366x768 fps_test=3 ... high
1366x768 fps_test=3 ... high
1920x1080 fps_test=4 ... ultra
1920x1080 fps_test=4 ... ultra
1024x768 fps_test=1 ... low
1024x768 fps_test=1 ... low
1366x768 fps_test=2 ... medium
1366x768 fps_test=2 ... medium
1366x768 fps_test=3 ... high
1366x768 fps_test=3 ... high
1920x1080 fps_test=4 ... ultra
1920x1080 fps_test=4 ... ultra

Results

The screenshots depicting the various settings show that even the lowest preset is not necessarily the lowest setting since "texture resolution" and "world detail distance" are still set to high and very high, respectively. Though these settings are comparatively high, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU is already a workable solution.

The next setting reveals far more graphical details than the first. Medium details (fps_test=2) require at least a middle-class graphics card like a GeForce GT 640M to ensure smooth operation. Even so, we advise users to scale back some settings for improved frame rates. Some slower cards like the GT 720M proved to be an acceptable alternative at times with decently high frame rates. It appears that the X-Plane benchmark can really take advantage of the high clock speeds that the dual-core Haswell CPUs offer.

The next higher setting (fps_test=3) requires a high-end graphics card like the desktop GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M to ensure stutter-free performance. Additionally, a high-end CPU is also required.

Update: Our ultra settings are not suitable for benchmarking, see quote above.

The highest setting is most likely reserved for top-of-the-line desktop graphics cards like the Radeon R9 290X or the Nvidia GeForce 780 Ti in combination with a fast CPU. In the benchmarks we conducted, none of the test systems reached frame rates above 25 fps, although the Schenker W503 with GTX 780M and Core i7-4700MQ came quite close.

Of utmost importance is a powerful CPU. The GTX 780M paired with a Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, for example, posted the highest test scores and beat out a GTX 680 desktop GPU with a Core i7-2600K CPU at the highest settings. A detailed analysis of how the processor can impact performance is shown below.

X-Plane 10.25
    1920x1080 ultra (fps_test=4) test_flight_c4     1366x768 high (fps_test=3) test_flight_c4     1366x768 med (fps_test=2) test_flight_c4     1024x768 low (fps_test=1) test_flight_c4
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
22.1 (min: 0) fps ∼81%
27.1 (min: 0) fps ∼83%
50.8 (min: 0) fps ∼87%
101.9 (min: 0) fps ∼85%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
14.9 (min: 0) fps ∼55%
26.1 (min: 0) fps ∼80%
50.6 (min: 0) fps ∼86%
104.3 (min: 0) fps ∼87%
GeForce GTX 680, 2600K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
Desktop GTX 680, Intel Core i7-2600K
20.1 (min: 0) fps ∼74%
24.1 (min: 0) fps ∼74%
43.1 (min: 0) fps ∼73%
95 (min: 0) fps ∼79%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
9.9 (min: 0) fps ∼36%
16.7 (min: 0) fps ∼51%
41.9 (min: 0) fps ∼71%
89.1 (min: 0) fps ∼74%
Radeon HD 6870, FX-8350, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/EU
Desktop Asus M5A97 Evo Desktop
14.3 (min: 0) fps ∼52%
18.4 (min: 0) fps ∼56%
35.7 (min: 0) fps ∼61%
69 (min: 0) fps ∼58%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
12.3 (min: 0) fps ∼38%
33.9 (min: 0) fps ∼58%
80.2 (min: 0) fps ∼67%
GeForce GT 640M, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
6.4 (min: 0) fps ∼23%
13.1 (min: 0) fps ∼40%
27.6 (min: 0) fps ∼47%
65 (min: 0) fps ∼54%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
11.1 (min: 0) fps ∼41%
13.5 (min: 0) fps ∼41%
29.8 (min: 0) fps ∼51%
62 (min: 0) fps ∼52%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
9.4 (min: 0) fps ∼34%
12.1 (min: 0) fps ∼37%
28.8 (min: 0) fps ∼49%
51.2 (min: 0) fps ∼43%
Radeon HD 7660G, A10-4600M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZ-7PC0128D/EU
AMD Pumori Platform A10-4600M
5.8 (min: 0) fps ∼21%
8.7 (min: 0) fps ∼27%
19.2 (min: 0) fps ∼33%
42.8 (min: 0) fps ∼36%
HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
4.4 (min: 0) fps ∼16%
6.6 (min: 0) fps ∼20%
14.6 (min: 0) fps ∼25%
37.7 (min: 0) fps ∼31%
Radeon HD 8400, A6-5200, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/EU
ASRock IMB-A180-H Mini-ITX AMD Kit
3.4 (min: 0) fps ∼12%
4.9 (min: 0) fps ∼15%
10.9 (min: 0) fps ∼19%
21.4 (min: 0) fps ∼18%
Show Restrictions
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
 X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low
1024x768
low (fps_test=1) test_flight_c4
med.
1366x768
med (fps_test=2) test_flight_c4
high
1366x768
high (fps_test=3) test_flight_c4
ultra
1920x1080
ultra (fps_test=4) test_flight_c4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
120
58.7
32.6
27.3
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
104.2
54.6
29.8
21.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
108.9
52
28.5
22.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
105.4
54.3
28.5
16.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
101.9
50.8
27.1
22.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
94.75n2
46.75n2
26.9n3
17.2n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
97.85n2
50.95n2
26.65n2
20.05n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
104.3
50.6
26.1
14.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
104.1
48.8
25.8
17.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
100.4
49
25.2n2
19.65n2
AMD Radeon R9 M390
84
52.5
24.7
19.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
81.8
46.6
24.5
24.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
79.9n5
40.2n5
24.3n6
14.9n6
AMD Radeon HD 8970M
81.7
46.3
23.7
17.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
82.5
38.9
22.3
13.7
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
71.7
41.4
22
16.4
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
72
42.2
21.8
20.6
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
80.5
41.6
21.6
11.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
82.2
39.2
21.5
17.1
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
83.1
39
21.3
13.7
AMD Radeon HD 7970M
67.9
38.8
20.2
14.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
65.9
44.7
20.1
18.75n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
79.7
38.1
19.8
10.5
Intel Iris Graphics 550
30.3
22.7
19.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
82.2
38.4
18.7
10
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
76.4n2
36.8n2
18.3n2
10.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
84.9
41.1
18.3
14.2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
89.1
41.9
16.7
9.9
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
71.1
33.7
16.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
51.85n2
31.95n2
14.8n2
18.2
AMD Radeon R9 M265X
66.8
30.5
14.7
9
AMD Radeon R5 M255
56.1
34.3
14.6
12.2
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
54.6
27.4
14.1
AMD Radeon HD 8750M
61.65n2
31.85n2
13.55n2
11.7
AMD Radeon R7 M260
54
30.7
13.5
11.8
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
62
29.8
13.5
11.1
AMD Radeon HD 8850M
56.4
27.2
13.5
11.7
AMD Radeon R7 M270
59.6
31.5
13.4
5.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
65
27.6
13.1
6.4
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
73.4
33.9
12.9
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
80.2
33.9
12.3
NVIDIA GeForce 820M
68.2
29.2
12
NVIDIA GeForce 825M
43.1
25.4
11.3
AMD Radeon R7 M265
53.6n2
26.3n2
11.25n2
4.2
AMD Radeon R5 M230
53.3n2
27.25n2
10.6n2
9.1n2
Intel Iris Graphics 5100
41.1
21.8
10.3
8.5
Intel UHD Graphics 620
49.3
19.8
10.1
8
Intel HD Graphics 4600
43.35n2
24.9n2
10.1n2
9.4
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
31.7
17.7
9.6
Intel HD Graphics 4400
30.2
18.4
8.8
AMD Radeon HD 7660G
42.8
19.2
8.7
5.8
AMD Radeon HD 8650G
39.3n2
19.05n2
8.7
6.5
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
38.6
17.5
7.5
5.4
Intel HD Graphics 4000
41.85n2
16.35n2
7n2
4.55n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
46.6
15.5
6.9
4.5
Intel HD Graphics 6000
40
13
6.9
AMD Radeon R5 M240
21.2
12.9
6.4
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
27.4
16.7
6.3
2.7
Intel HD Graphics 5500
33.5n2
13.4n2
5.9n2
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
23.6
13.2
5.9
AMD Radeon HD 8610G
29
14.3
5.7
AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
28.4
11.8
5.1
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
17.8
10.7
5.1
AMD Radeon HD 8400
21.4
10.9
4.9
3.4
Intel HD Graphics 3000
18.05n2
9.65n2
4.85n2
3.4n2
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
21.3
11.1
4.8
4.3
Intel HD Graphics 5300
26.7
10.7
3.9
3.4
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
11.8
6.9
3.4
2.5
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
AMD Radeon HD 8670M
51.2
24.8
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
ATI Mobility Radeon 9800
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Laptop)
Intel Extreme Graphics 2
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce 405M
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
AMD Radeon HD 8240
Intel UHD Graphics 605
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450
AMD Radeon HD 6310
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
AMD Radeon 610
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
22.1
13
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
Intel UHD Graphics 615
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
AMD Radeon HD 7870M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
AMD Radeon HD 8830M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon HD 8330
17.7
9
VIA Chrome9 HC
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
Intel HD Graphics 5000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
Intel HD Graphics 5600
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
AMD Radeon HD 8790M
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
AMD Radeon R5 M335
AMD Radeon R7 M260X
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
unknown
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
AMD Radeon HD 8650M
ATI Radeon HD 4100
AMD Radeon R9 M380
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce 305M
AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 705M
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
ATI Radeon HD 4225
Intel UHD Graphics P630
AMD Radeon R5 M330
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
Intel HD Graphics 515
NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
AMD Radeon Pro 555
Intel HD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
AMD Radeon RX 540X
NVIDIA GeForce G 102M
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
NVIDIA GeForce 710M
AMD Radeon R7 M360
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
AMD Radeon HD 8350G
36.7
15.5
NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
AMD Radeon Pro 460
NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
AMD Radeon R9 M390X
VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860
ATI Radeon HD 4200
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 8550G
Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580
NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon R7 M440
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
AMD Radeon R9 M370X
Intel HD Graphics 620
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce 4 488 Go
AMD Radeon R9 M395X
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
Intel HD Graphics P630
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
AMD Radeon R9 M470X
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon R5 M315
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
Intel UHD Graphics 617
ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
Intel HD Graphics 500
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
Intel HD Graphics 615
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
Intel UHD Graphics 600
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400
AMD Radeon R7 M465
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
AMD Radeon HD 7590M
AMD Radeon RX 490M
ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
AMD Radeon HD 8310G
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5770
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
Intel Iris Graphics 540
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Intel HD Graphics 610
AMD Radeon RX 540
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
ATI Radeon HD 4250
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
AMD Radeon HD 6850M
AMD Radeon 630
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
AMD Radeon 620
AMD Radeon HD 7730M
AMD Radeon HD 6830M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
ATI Mobility Radeon X800
AMD Radeon RX 570X (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon M7
AMD Radeon HD 8770M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v
AMD Radeon Pro 560
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870
NVIDIA GeForce 610M
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
Intel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Intel HD Graphics 520
ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
AMD Radeon HD 8590M
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 7190M
NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5165
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 7620G
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
15
7.6
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
AMD Radeon HD 6290
ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
AMD Radeon R7 M340
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
AMD Radeon R7 M445
AMD Radeon R7 M370
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
AMD Radeon R9 M395
ATI Mobility 128 M3
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
AMD Radeon R9 M470
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M
AMD Radeon R9 M375
Qualcomm Adreno 685
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
11.8
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
SIS Mirage M661FX
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850
NVIDIA GeForce 845M
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
NVIDIA GeForce 410M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
Intel Xe DG1 (iDG1LP) Mobile
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT
ATI Radeon Xpress X1200
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
NVIDIA ION 2
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
ATI Radeon HD 3200
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go
NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
AMD Radeon HD 8510G
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
VIA Castle Rock
ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
Intel HD Graphics P530
Intel HD Graphics 2500
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
AMD Radeon HD 7950M
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon R5 M420
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
AMD Radeon R7 M380
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
Intel HD Graphics 2000
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
AMD Radeon HD 8250
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce G210M
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
AMD Radeon HD 8410G
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
ATI Radeon IGP 340M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
AMD Radeon Pro 555X
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
AMD Radeon HD 8210
11.2
5.5
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 8870M
ATI Radeon HD 3100
AMD Radeon HD 7290
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6320
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
NVIDIA GeForce 910M
AMD Radeon HD 7570M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
Intel HD Graphics (Skylake)
AMD Radeon R9 M365X
AMD Radeon RX 570 (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon M6
ATI Mobility Radeon X600
AMD Radeon HD 7750M
AMD Radeon HD 6250
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
AMD Radeon RX 640
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
AMD Radeon 530
AMD Radeon 625
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
SIS Mirage 3 671MX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 7600G
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
AMD Radeon R5 M430
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
ATI Mobility Radeon X300
AMD Radeon Pro 450
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
AMD Radeon R9 M270
NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
ATI Mobility Radeon X2500
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
AMD Radeon HD 6870M
AMD Radeon HD 8690M
AMD Radeon R5 M320
Intel HD Graphics 510
AMD Radeon HD 7610M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
AMD Radeon Pro 455
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
Intel HD Graphics 4200
26.2
13.9
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
AMD Radeon HD 8570M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon R7 M460
Silicon Motion SM502
ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
AMD Radeon HD 7510M
AMD Radeon R9 M385
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
AMD Radeon RX 580X (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
12.8
6
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
NVIDIA GeForce 315M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 Max-Q
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650
NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
AMD Radeon HD 7550M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon R9 M485X
SIS Mirage 2 M760
NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
ATI Radeon HD 4270
AMD Radeon HD 7530M
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
Intel HD Graphics 505
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
AMD Radeon HD 7770M
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
AMD Radeon HD 8180
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
AMD Radeon R9 M275
Qualcomm Adreno 630
AMD Radeon HD 8280
15.8
7.8
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
AMD Radeon HD 8730M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
Qualcomm Adreno 680
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
AMD Radeon R9 M295X
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
AMD Radeon HD 8550M
AMD Radeon R9 M385X
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
ATI Mobility Radeon X700
AMD Radeon HD 7630M
AMD Radeon 520
ATI Radeon IGP 320M
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
VIA Chrome9HD
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
      Model
X-Plane 10.25
lowmed.highultra
ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 530
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
?Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

Processor Performance

As far as the impact of the CPU performance is concerned, our tests clearly indicate that the demanding simulations of the X-Plane 10 flight simulator benefit from a powerful processor. Stepping up from the inexpensive Trinity A4-5300 dual-core (1 module) to the Intel Core i7-2600K doubles the performance. AMD's high-end FX-8350 can't take advantage of its 8 cores, since performance doesn't increase significantly after 3 of the 8 cores are active. The result: the older Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K with only 4 cores but better performance per MHz pulls ahead of AMD's flagship.

Benchmarks with NVidia GTX 680 and different CPUs (CPU dependency)
Benchmarks with NVidia GTX 680 and different CPUs (CPU dependency)
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Klaus Hinum, 2014-02-15 (Update: 2016-10-10)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).