Kok's article makes for fascinating reading. He makes a very interesting point: Because FSX can do so many different things, we try to make it do all things for all scenarios at all times - with mediocre performance as a result. What he is really advocating is the development of a menu of specialized scenario settings that could be tailor-loaded to fit the flight at hand. As everyone knows (well, most people know) you can easily make, save and load custom settings in FSX. (They are kept as config. files under My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files in Windows XP.) The trick is knowing what you are doing in developing them!
Wouldn't it be cool if some expert in FSX could develop and distribute (maybe through a downloadable .zip file containing, or even a simple utility that "creates") pre-canned settings files, based on the following variables:
* Large Plane / Small Plane / Third Party Plane * Large Airport / Regional Airport / Small Airport * Coastal Flying / Mountain Flying / Midlands Flying * High Airways / Low Airways / Scenic Low and Slow * Add-On Scenery / No Add-On Scenery / Minimize Scenery
By my math that would be 243 scenarios (3x3x3x3x3). Did I get that right? Well, a .zip file with premade/named settings files could only usefully deliver a handful (because who wants to hand sort through 243 settings files before each time you fly). A handful of ready made settings would be helpful; BUT, a utility that produced a setting file after selecting 15 variables would be super cool and simple to use! ;D Obviously, these would have to be hand written and the utility would simply produce canned results. HMMM. Food for thought?
I'm experimenting here to see if .cfg files will upload/download. I followed Kok's settings list to the t and saved it as "Tweeked Settings One" and am going to try to include it as an attachment.
I recently upgraded to a real stand alone video card for my 3 year old factory machine as I was having real problems with FSX stuttering and not reflecting a realistic adventure. Prior to changing cards, I reset the settings in FSX as Kok's suggested, and was much better. Now however I'm obtaining frame rates of over 100 and fairly standard frame rate in the 50's to70's for the HJG aircraft. Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT. I believe this is an older card built for the year of my machine and therefore not overpowering. It is great. Can even increase settings more than Kok's suggestions in certain aircraft.