Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 - 2000 Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 - 2000 Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 - 2000
Exhibit: Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 (2000)

Hardware & Operating Systems

Date OS Comments
2002 WIndows XP Hard Drive Space - FULL install - 1025.7 MB
The sim ran quite successfully on my Celeron-466 with only a 466 MHz CPU and a Creative 3D Blaster Banshee which only had 16 MEG of RAM.
2002   Addition of a Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500 card built around a Geforce 3 chipset and with 64 MEG of onboard RAM enabled me to sample most of the graphical delights.
2002 (late)   In 2002 I upgraded my CPU to an AMD Athlon XP2200+ chipset and. predcitably, I could now run the sim with all the graphics options maxed out, and at a frame rate which hovered around 40 fps, occasionally dipping down to 20 fps and peaking around 70 fps.

It seems that Microsoft's strategy is to make their new releases playable on current machines at the time of release, but build in "future - proofing" in the sense that computers available about 18 months after the release date can push the engine to it's limits.
     
     

Gear retraction sequence from the beta version of Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2.
Gear retraction sequence from the beta version of Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2

These images were taken in 2002 using a Creative 3D Blaster Banshee.

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
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These screenshots were created with a Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500..

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