• Review: Carenado - B58 Baron For X-Plane 11

    B58 Baron

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Stuart McGregor

    Suggested Price:
    $29.95

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    Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11     Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11

    The Aircraft

    The Beechcraft Baron has been around since the early 1960s, and in my opinion, is one of those iconic light aircraft that everyone should try out at some point in their simulation careers. Now the great thing is, Laminar Research provide a pretty good rendition as part of their fleet of default aircraft, so if you are not sure if you want to splash out and dive straight into payware, you can try out their B58 to get a feel for whether this type of aircraft is for you or not. The real-life Baron is still in production today which is a testament to its appeal as a twin-engine light aircraft, and the B58 variant was in production from the late 1960s right up until 2004, where production then continued as the G58. If you are unfamiliar with the Baron B58, it is the long-bodied version of the aircraft (short body being the other option), and comes with twin Continental engines, typically seating 4 - 5 passengers and crew. If you are thinking on purchasing a real one, it will set you back somewhere around US$1.5 million, so read on, as the version being reviewed here may be more in line with most people's budget. The aircraft being discussed in this review is the recently released X-Plane 11 version of Carenado's B58.

    Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11     Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11

    Getting Started

    The Baron retails at $29.95, which I believe is a fairly reasonable price for what is on offer, and hopefully this review will give you some insight into the features of the aircraft and whether the asking price is a fair one or not.

    I purchased my copy at Carenado's shop, and as with most developer sites there is a good description of the aircraft's features, what is included in the package and also the minimum system requirements you need to have to get the best out of it. It is a reasonably large download at 365 MB, and based on the description provided, to make the most of the features on offer from your prospective purchase, you will need a system with a quality CPU and GPU with at least 4 GB VRAM. One thing to note is that to get the rain effects, you also need to download and install the Librain plugin, and a link to the file is also provided on the download page. I must admit that I didn't notice this at first, so it's well worth reading all the info provided on the product page before you jump in.

    Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11     Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11

    Installation is straight forward enough, usual story, simply unzip the downloaded file and drag and drop into your Aircraft folder. First time you start the B58, you will be required to enter a License Key, however this is provided with the download and only takes a couple of minutes to enter and activate. I had no issues.

    Various documents are provided in the DOCUMENTATION folder, and these include a variety of procedures, reference documents and recommended graphics settings for X-Plane 11. Fairly standard for Carenado. For this review, I did follow the designer's advice with respect to Visual Effects, Texture Quality and Antialiasing, so I believe my observations and experience are a fair reflection of what others might experience, although different hardware setups will get different results. One thing I didn't do, was crank up the Reflection Detail as suggested, as I found this totally killed my frame rates. Throughout my test it was left at Minimal. For reference, my own system consists of an Intel i9 9900K 3.60 GHz CPU, a RTX2080Ti GPU and 64 GB RAM. I also have a number of Saitek panels and 3 x 27" screens, and my test flights were all carried out in and around WBKK in Borneo during the day and early evening.

    Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11     Carenado - B58 Baron for X-Plane 11


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