"Microsoft Flight Simulator X” offers a variety of graphics options for fine-tuning performance, but it's difficult to get an exact read on how your computer is handling the game unless you can see the raw frame rate. “FSX” includes a simple option for displaying the frame rate on-screen, which in turn lets you tweak your settings for optimal performance. Once you have a reading on your current frame rate, you'll find it easier to make adjustments.
Open “FSX,” and then select any mission or scenario.
Wait for the environment to load fully. Displayed frame rates are meaningless until the game is actually rendering environments and objects.
Press “Shift-Z” twice to turn on the frame rate display. Press “Shift-Z” again to display other performance information, and press it one last time to hide the display.
Tips & Warnings
- Generally speaking, 60 FPS is considered the ideal rate for PC games. At any frame rate below 30 FPS, you will start to notice skips and stutters.