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X-Plane 10 System Requirements

X-Plane 10 requires, at the minimum,

  • a 2 GHz, dual-core CPU,
  • 2 GB of RAM,
  • a DVD-ROM, and
  • a DirectX 9.0c-capable video card with 128 MB of on-board, dedicated video RAM (VRAM).  See here for graphics card compatibility.

However, for the best experience, we recommend the following:

  • a 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors),
  • 4 GB of RAM,
  • a DVD-ROM, and
  • a DirectX 10-capable (DX11 preferred) video card with 1 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM.

X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings.

In order to use the full version of X-Plane, Disc 1 of the installation DVDs must be in your disc drive when launching the simulator. (This is not the case when using X-Plane for Professional Use; in that case, the USB key replaces the Disc 1 DVD.)

When running X-Plane on Linux, please note that you must install the proprietary Nvidia or AMD drivers. X-Plane will not run using Gallium or Mesa open-source drivers.

Note: X-Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.

Tyler Young from the X-Plane team wrote this post

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