Peter Inglis in an RAAF F-111 at Amberley Air Force base, 1995.
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November 10th, 2002

AMD Athlon XP2200+ takes on Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 - 2000
Inspired by my new AMD Athlon XP2200+ I revisited this sim and was able to max out all the graphics settings and get a frame rate that varied from 20 to 70 frames per second.

It's amazing what a difference the smoothness makes to carrier landings and takeoffs.

New content in the Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2exhibit:

Intro
Hardware Requirements

Player aircraft: Japanese Aircraft

  • Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter
  • Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Fighter
  • Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-kai

U.S. Aircraft

  • Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
  • Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
  • Vought F4U-1A Corsair
  • Lockheed P38F Lightning

Campaign Missions

  1. 1941, Dec 9th - Wake Island
  2. 1942, Jan 1st - Marshall Islands
  3. 1942, Feb 24th - Wake revisited
  4. 1942, Mar 4th - Marcus Island
  5. 1942, May 8th - Coral Sea Clash
  6. 1942, May 12th - Anti-Submarine Patrol
  7. 1942, May 15th - Return to Pearl
  8. 1942, June 4th - Carrier attack at Midway
  9. 1942, June 5th - Solomons Air Patrol
  10. 1942, June 6th - Carrier coup de grace
  11. 1942, July 7th - Fleet Defense - Guadalcanal
From mission 10 : " These are Japan's Ace gunners... top of their class obviously! I had my engine shot out about 6 times ... not to mention losing wingtips... fires .... turn labels on and be very careful around anybody named "Yamada".

A tough mission. Finally I managed to down 3 or 4... maybe it was 2... of the Torpedo Bombers without getting totally shot up. I nursed a crippled plane back to the carrier but the Enterprise was sailing evasively, as you do when under attack.

I bailed out next to the ship but apparently this just wsn't good enough as they wanted to send me home with a "poor perfomance" rating! "

All the add on products for Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2

All which have been covered in the Museum.

Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 3

Smooth frame rates in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 3?

The frame rates I was getting in this sim were good - it was the stuttering on changing views that was annoying. With a AMD Athlon XP2200+processor I thought I could max out the sim's graphics settings. Wrong. The answer is to knock those sliders back to the left a bit - I have Aircraft detail still on 5 - that didn't seem to affect the frame rate anyway, effects on 1 for now (they still look good), and the scenery and clouds set back to 3.

I reckon that it will take a 4 GigaHerz processor with a 128 MB graphic cards to max this sim out. With the most detailed modelling of low level terrain yet seen on a PC, the sim is trying to pusha massive amount of data through the architecture. Even on the settings I mentioned it looks better than Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2 and better than Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. Next week I'll put up shots of my first campaign in the Typhoon.