[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Oct-22-01 AT 10:15PM (EDT)[/font][p]Quite often when I see screenshots of FS2002, and than the system specifications of the machine used to take them, the RAM is PC RAM (as opposed to RDRAM, DDRRAM, et cetera). It is my understanding that PC RAM is far from the best choice if your a game buff (particularly flight sims), thats why its so cheap compared to it's alternatives. I use 256 MBs of 266Mhz DDRRAM. I use that because I researched it to be a good choice for gamming, especially since Microsoft warned us months ago that this new sim would be RAM intensive.
Now to the point. I see alot of these pictures don't have the greatest framerates, although the numbers in the system specs are higher than those of the PCs MS used to test the beta (wich, according to Peter James never went below 25fps with high scenery settings).
Users ask why this is, I would like to give a simple response: Use better RAM. Theres a reason DDRRAM is about twice as expensive as PC RAM! I assume most people using PCRAM use it because of the nice price. So I would like to give a warning to anyone planning on building or buying a new PC: Stay away from the tempting low prices and high numbers of PCRAM. Alot of Mbs don't mean squat if there is a 'PC' in front of the letters R-A-M. Just pay for the good stuff.
I don't have FS2002 yet myself, but will have it either tommarrow or Wednesday, and when I get it, I will be sure to post what kind of performance I get.