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FS2004 on a Mac Pro?

D3LM3L Guest

I'm getting a new computer very soon- an Apple Mac Pro. I'll be installing Boot Camp on it to run Windows and play FS2004 on it. How will it run with these specs?

Two 2GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
1GB (2 x 512MB)
250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Looks good, I don't know what kind of memory hog the latest Mac OS is, XP likes 128mb but Vista will eat 512 to 1 gig.

Install memory if you need or I should say the sim loves all the memory it can get.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.

Radar

D3LM3L Guest

Memory is extremely expensive for the Mac Pro.. it uses these insane FB-DIMMs that cost $200 for 2x512MB. Mac OS X is also a memory hog but only to a certain extent- if you have 1GB, it'll run amazingly well, and anything higher just gives you more multitasking.

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Give it a chance, it may not be able to run full out, but most of us can't do that any way.
Nothing to lose but everything to gain

Radar

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

D3LM3L wrote:

I'm getting a new computer very soon- an Apple Mac Pro. I'll be installing Boot Camp on it to run Windows and play FS2004 on it. How will it run with these specs?

Two 2GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
1GB (2 x 512MB)
250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB

It will probably run okay, but as far as I know, there is no code in Windows XP, Vista or FS to take advantage of two processors.

CrashGordon
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D3LM3L Guest

How many FPS do you guys think I'd get at fairly high settings?

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RadarMan Chief Captain

High setting and graphic intensive areas, not to well, even if it were a PC not a Mac.

You'll be able to get default or better depending on the area and or add-on scenery-aircraft.

It'll do good but don't expect a hot machine because it isn't. It's better than mine so you should do well.

Radar

D3LM3L Guest

RadarMan wrote:

High setting and graphic intensive areas, not to well, even if it were a PC not a Mac.

You'll be able to get default or better depending on the area and or add-on scenery-aircraft.

It'll do good but don't expect a hot machine because it isn't. It's better than mine so you should do well.

Radar

What would it need to perform better?

Monkeh Guest

Remember to assign the proccess in task manager to one core.

So it gets a nice lots of proccessing power to itself.

Apart from that there's not much else. Remember the mac pro takes standard pci e graphics so you can upgrade *easily* to some nice cards. Your GPU is the biggest hinder in your system, it's no slouch though Smile Xeons are awesome...

F-5E Tiger II Guest

I once ask the same question to the guys here. 'Been thinking about getting a MacBook Pro and was contemplating about running FS2004 thru Windows XP via Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop. If you got doubts about FS2004's compatibility with the Mac OS X 10.4, you might wanna check out these alternatives:

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X-Plane 8.0

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These simulators are compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Just my 2 cents.

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Flyaway Site Admin

We have just posted an article about running FSX on a Mac:
https://flyawaysimulation.com/news/4665/

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