723: My SU5 Tuning #4 – ReShade

In MSFS, objects in far distance, even on a clear fine day, are too hazy to me.  This is one thing in particular I dislike.  And the Sim Update 5  (SU5) further worsens it as the overall color tone has been washed out, making the scenery looks very dull.

I use ReShade to tune the screen to my preferences.  Click image to enlarge.
The app is somewhat like the “Shade for FSX” that changes the atmospheric effects in FSX in the old days, but ReShade for MSFS is more sophisticated.  And most importantly, I don’t see any impact from using it at all.
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722: My SU5 Tuning #3 – Menu Bar not Hiding

In MSFS sim update 5 (SU5), the white triangle of the menu bar on top of the screen doesn’t hide itself as it did in the past when you move away the mouse from it.MenuBar  Maybe a bug and probably will be fixed in future updates.

I remember there is a command or a key or something that can hide it but I don’t remember what it exactly is.

However, I do remember there is an addon I downloaded a few months ago that can hide the menu bar.  It’s called No Handle Bar from ither.

I didn’t use it then.   Now a good temporarily fix or maybe for good.

721: My SU5 Tuning #2 – Graphics Settings

With the improvements brought by the MSFS Sim Update 5  (SU5), I can push many graphics rendering options further to the higher ends.

However, I decided to make changes to only four of them in the end because I don’t see any noticeable benefits of changing the others as well.  Therefore, I’d rather keep them as they were so as to grasp more power leveage on hand for the running of the simulator as a whole.

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720: My SU5 Tuning #1 – nVidia Control

Update does not necessarily bring improvements to all aspect.  One noticeable degradation from the recent MSFS Sim Update 5 (SU5) to me is the increased aliasing of the aircraft in external views and many other objects closing by.

As reported in my Post 716 and 717, my MSFS Settings were just finetuned a couple of weeks ago. Except the Power Management I changed to Prefer Maximum Performance in nVidia Control, all others were kept as Default without changes.

With SU5, I have to adjust many items in nVidia Control related to antialiasing accordingly in order to counteract the image degradation. Continue reading

719: My New Flight Illusion Trim Wheel

The HW-GEN003 Trim Wheel from Flight Illusion in The Netherlands belongs to a new line of products.  My first reaction after unpacking it is:  It’s HUGE !

No kidding.  I was actually stunned a little by its “huge” size even though I was prepared to accept that it would be big after reading its physical dimensions before the purchase.GEN003_01_resize_resize

Pardon me if I sound a bit exaggerated.

But it was true at that moment because the contrast was so big that this relatively huge unit was packed in a relatively small package — which is about half the size of the box shipping the Flight Velocity Trim Wheel, which on the contrary is about half the size of the Flight Illusion trim.

Frankly, I have never seen any other trim wheel for simulation bigger than this one.
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717: CPU Still Crucial in MSFS

Regarding the Graphics Settings of my two computers in the last Post, some friends asked what the specifications of my two PCs are and questioned if it is justified to compare them side by side since there aren’t much too difference in the comparison chart shown in the post.

Yes, interestingly, except a few items I set higher than the other, most of the settings between the two PCs are identical, even their looks under my desk.
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716: My Current MSFS Settings

Perhaps you have encountered similar situations before:  the performance of the simulator deterioriates as time goes by.  In the end, you’ll have to tune it again.  I just did about a week ago.

Followings are what I set at present:

nVidia Drivers Reinstalled – As Clean
GeForce Experience – Removed
nVidia Settings Power Management ModePrefer Maximum Performance
Others – Default
Windows Settings Game Mode – ON
Xbox Game Bar & Captures – OFF
Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling – OFF
CPU Priority FlightSimulator.exe – High via Prio (Post 714)

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