One of our members, Robin, did some testing with X-Plane 11.30r3, but noticed a huge frame rate drop versus his previousX-Plane 11.26r2. Since I wasn’t really using 11.30 yet – still not officially released – I decided for Robin to have a look myself and seeing if I do get a frame rate drop too when one of my X-Plane versions was updated to 11.30r3.
My experience is that comparing X-Plane 11.26r2 with X-Plane 11.30r3 under exactly the same conditions, no add-ons, same weather conditions, same time of the day, same airport as well as the same parking location, X-Plane 11.30r3 performs slightly better. It’s not much, but noticeable.
But that’s me and Robin has worse results with his computer, and using X-Plane 11.30r3. And yes, his X-Plane configuration could be different then your and mine, but even Robin has both X-Plane versions installed on his desktop and set them to the same level of detail and installed the same packages and so on. So actually, he has two X-Plane versions set the same, but 11.26r2 versus 11.30r3. And yes, his computer is less powerful than mine, but that’s not even important. This comparison between 11.26r2 and 112.30r3 says already enough.
Good, what’s then the question ….
What is your experience with the frame rates with X-Plane 11.30r3 and even better, did you notice a FPS (Frames Per Second) drop or increase?
Comments are welcome. Looking forward to seeing your comments and suggestions.
Incoming message from user/simmer Jason Hart:
I wanted to reach out regarding your post on X-plane 11.30 frame rates. I too have noticed a drastic reduction in frames that has made my sim almost unplayable and really saddens me due to the money I invested into the sim. I went from a normal 40-60 down to 25, which to some is enjoyable, but as an aviator myself, it stutters too much. It’s a shame some users are reporting increases in FPS because I don’t think Laminar will do anything about it. My specs are i5-6400, GTX1070, and 8 GB of RAM. I was using some higher settings, but when I lowered them, it surprisingly didn’t help and the sim became more unstable. Just thought I’d share my experience for whatever it may be worth. I really wish someone had the files for 11.26 so I could revert back for the time being.
Thank you Jason. Posted your message here so everybody can read it too.
Jason, if you update your X-Plane Installation without ticking the “Beta” box, should it not revert back to 11.26? (Unless 11.30 has now been made final, which I don’t think it has as of this morning 12th January). Or, just do a complete reinstall with your discs digital download. But do it quickly before 11.30 becomes final. Your experience is very similar to my own. But I have 11.26 as another install.
Unfortunately, it seems as if the camp is split (a bit like Brexit!!). Some lucky folks are reporting a FPS INCREASE with 11.30, some a moderate decrease, and some unlucky ones, like ourselves, a massive decrease.
I think 11.30r3 is the final one. When I start the regular 11.26r2 program, it ask me if I I want to update or just to ignore it. To me this means that 11.30r3 is the final one. And as far as I know, once you’ve updated to 11.30r3., you can’t return back to the previous version, unless somebody says this is not correct?
Alas, too late for Jason to revert back if that is the case. My 11.30r3 just started as per normal this morning, still indicating it as a beta. (Interestingly, I had deleted the preferences folder and the Zibo went from 24 to 28 fps and the Nhadrian C152 was at 40 fps. The difference in FPS between XP11.26 and 11.30 seems to be “aircraft complexity” dependent).
I’ll try 11.26 and see if it wants me to update. Yes, it does. So, Seems 11.30 is now the “stable” version. Pity.
It seems as of this writing – January 11th 18:20 CET – that LR has officially released X-Plane 11.30 and release 3 will be then the official final version.
I installed R3 (after R2) yesterday and noticed considerable FPS drop about cca 10-15 fps (I have a high end PC (i7-7700K@4,8GHz, 32GB RAM, 1080Ti). I was using lua scripts to improve shadows in the cockpit and water reflections. So I deleted all my scripts and FPS returned back to my normal 45-55 fps.
BUT quality of the highest AA (8xSSAA + FXAA) is subjectively worse: some lines are still slightly jagged! I did not notice that before in this settigs… And of course my cockpit shadows are jagged again as well without my lua scripts 🙁
IMHO LR decided to improve FPS at R3 at the expense of the AA quality…
Thanks for sharing this Pavel. Much appreciated.
I did today some testing too and finally decided – again – to install two clean versions of 11.26r2 and 11.30r3. From all versions I ripped off all add-ons, scripts, shortcut links to scenery on an external drive and so on. Then I started with 11.30r3 and slowly installed step-by-step add-ons etc. I noticed too that a lua script “environment+” reduces the FPS too much. Then I did the same with 11.26r2 and at the end, as it is now running on my hi-end iMac, 11.26r2 performs better then 11.30r3 under exact the same conditions (weather, time of the day, add-ons, FlyWithLua scripts and so on. So I must admit that indeed 11.26r2 performs better.
Looking forward to see others experiences.
I have just found the solution to bad AA:
P.S. And do not forget to turn Threaded Optimisation = ON (nVidia Control Panel) and then REBOOT PC(!)
Thank you Pavel for sharing this although the second line is not for Mac users/simmers, since I believe everyone I know has the AMD GPU. Anyway, great that you shared it!
I have a PC i7 NG 4.5 Ghz Nvidia GeForce 1080 GTX and I realized with the new XP 11.30r3 update that the FPS decreased by about 5-8 frame rates.
Not that it is good news for you, but I sincerely hope others will pop-in and tell us there experience. Many thanks for your reply and of course from Daniel too!