Will Upgrading GPU in Power Spec g358 Improve Simulator Control Responsiveness?

mitch bennett Guest

I have a stock Power Spec g358. If I upgrade the GPU to a $500 replacement GPU will it resolve issues like unresponsive sim controls?

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Firstly, it's essential to note that unresponsive sim controls in a flight simulator might not necessarily be directly linked to the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) of your system. A GPU mainly handles graphics rendering, visual effects, and the overall display. However, the responsiveness of controls often relates more to CPU (Central Processing Unit) processing, RAM (Random Access Memory) capabilities, or even peripheral compatibility and drivers.

Understanding Your Issues:

CPU: Flight simulators, including X-Plane 12 and the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, demand a significant amount of processing power. If your CPU is bottlenecking, then it could result in reduced responsiveness.
RAM: Insufficient or slow RAM can also lead to laggy performance and responsiveness issues.
Peripherals & Drivers: Sometimes, the problem might be with the hardware controls or their drivers. Make sure they are up-to-date and compatible with your simulator platform.
Considering GPU Upgrade:
If you're looking at visual glitches, frame rate drops, or texture loading issues, then yes, a GPU upgrade might help. With a budget of $500, you can fetch a decent GPU in today's market, enhancing your visual simulation experience. But remember, this won't necessarily resolve control responsiveness issues unless they're directly tied to frame rate drops.


  • Before diving into a GPU upgrade, ascertain the root cause of your control issues. Use diagnostic tools or the built-in task manager to monitor CPU, RAM, and GPU usage.
  • Try running the sim at lower graphic settings and observe if the responsiveness improves.
  • Ensure all drivers, including those for your peripherals, are up-to-date.
  • If you're leaning towards a GPU upgrade, consider also checking the compatibility of your system. Not all GPUs might be optimal for the Power Spec g358.

It would be great if you could provide more specifics regarding your issue. For example, are you facing these control problems in other games or applications? Do you notice any frame rate drops when these issues occur? The more details you provide, the better guidance we can offer.

Hoping this sheds some light on your situation. Do revert with further details, and I'll be more than happy to delve deeper into helping you optimize your flight sim experience.

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