X-Plane 10 requires, at the minimum,
- Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
- 4 GB of RAM
- A video card with at least 1 GB of VRAM.
See here for graphics card compatibility.
However, for the best experience, we recommend the following:
- a Quad Core, 3.0 GHz or faster processor,
- 16-20 GB of RAM,
- a DVD-ROM, and
- a high-performance, DirectX 11-capable video card with at least 4 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.)
Note: X-Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.