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Microsoft Flight Simulator – Best Graphics Card (2020)

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Microsoft Flight Sim is a beast of a game. It looks absolutely stunning but that obviously comes at a performance cost. It devours whatever computing power you throw at it. That is to be expected given its volumetric clouds, realistic terrain and high poly objects.

To run Microsoft Flight Sim in all its glory, you need some solid graphical power. These are the best GPUs for running Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Best Premium Option

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080TI-O11G Overclocked 11G GDDR6 HDMI DP...
  • Powered by NVIDIA Turing with 1665 MHz Boost Clock (OC Mode), 4352 CUDA cores and overclocked 11GB...
  • Supports up-to 4 monitors with DisplayPort 1. 4, HDMI 2. 0 and a VR headset via USB Type C ports

The 2080Ti is the best option for Microsoft Flight Simulator right now. No other consumer grade card matches its performance, but that performance does come at a steep price. If you are a serious simmer, then that price point may still be acceptable to you. Also, its not like this GPU will only run this one game. It is the best option for pretty much all high-fidelity games out there on PC.

Best mid-range Options

You have two good options in this range depending on whether you like Nvidia or AMD. Both these cards have equivalent performance but there might be price difference because of supply issues.

The RX 5700 XT is AMD’s challenger in this segment.  It’s a pretty card all around and offers excellent performance per dollar.

Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Super Overclocked 8G EVO GDDR6 Dual-Fan Edition...
  • Powered by NVIDIA Turing with 1845 MHz Boost Clock (OC Mode), 2560 CUDA Cores and overclocked 8GB...
  • Supports up-to 4 Monitors with 3x DisplayPort 1. 4 and 1x HDMI 2. 0 port

The 2070 Super is the best Nvidia option in the mid-range price category. It is actually a fine option for most games, but Microsoft Flight Sim will still push it to its limits.

Best Budget/ Entry Level Option

Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Super Overclocked 6GB Dual-Fan Evo Edition VR...
  • Powered by NVIDIA Turing with 1408 CUDA cores and overclocked 6GB GDDR6 memory in a 2.7 slot form...
  • Supports up-to 3 monitors with HDMI 2.0B, DisplayPort 1.4, and DVI-D ports

The 1660 Super is the best budget option and probably has low as you should go before the performance starts getting into the unacceptable category. You should be able to play comfortable at medium settings with this card but don’t expect to go to High or Ultra settings. To be honest though, the vast majority of players usually play all these games at medium settings only and often times you cant even tell the difference.

Best second-hand Option

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition Gaming, 11GB GDDR5X, iCX...
  • Real Base Clock: 1556 MHz/Real Boost Clock: 1670 MHz; Memory Detail: 11264MB GDDR5X. Redesigned...
  • EVGA iCX Cooling - Delivering industry-leading cooling performance to your Graphics Card. Vulkan API

The 1080Ti is probably the best card to come out of Nvidia in years and years. For its price, it delivers stunning performance. Which is why I still recommend it despite its considerable age. It matches the RTX 2080 in performance but just lacks RTX which should not be a deal breaker, especially if you mostly interested in sims like MS Flight Simulator anyway.

About the Author

Gary (Flanker)

Gary has been "hard landing" into runways and driving his Mitsubishi Evo off of cliffs since the early 2000s. These days, he spends most of his precious hobby time with his favorite flight, racing and space simulations in VR. He also has an Engineering Degree in Computer Science which helps a lot with his obsession with optimizing PC hardware like CPUs, Graphics Cards, VR Headsets, HOTAS, Racing Wheels etc. for high end sims.