Hi fellow simmers!
Since weeks I´m planning a step toward future, tired of stuttering and fps in the low 20 range. Now FSX is announced - a mere coincidence - the planning gets even more real.
The future will be dual core processors it seems (maybe not yet 2006, but surely 2007 and further when software development expands).
So I am waiting for the soon expected release of Intels new 3,45 GHz Pentium extreme edition 955 (produced with the new 65nm technology) dual core cpu with hyper threading activated and want to combine them with two grafic cards (SLI)and 4 GB RAM.
Does anyone know if FSX will support two core cpu´s? It is a fact that you can only benefit from a dual core processor if you can use supporting applications, which are not many at this time. Otherwise you could expect more speed from a high-speed single core cpu?
My second and last question is the hard disc configuration: I would use 2 S ATA 250GB discs (the second one mainly for backups. Now it looks very persuading to use them in a RAID array (remembering 6 min flight loading times using fotorealistic scenery...). What I don´t know is how such a configuration looks like: will the 2 physical discs show up as only one 500 GB disc in windows explorer?
Does anybody of you guys know if it´s possible to defrag them or to make a drive image or any other backup (like Norton ghost)if files are spread all over the two drives? Can I use a third physical drive (e.g. a 3,5" firewire drive)to save or create restore points in case of a severe problem?
Maybe you could answer some of my questions
My regards to all of you