Interesting review. For some reason I had figured AMD's later FX processors wouldn't be up to snuff because I'd been reading some bad reviews of performance of 2500K processors struggling over at AVSim, a forum I don't recommend visiting unless you can stomach constant negativity. I've been playing Flight Simulator since the 98 edition when I was much younger. The thing about FS is that it was always a good game/sim series. FS2004 apart from FS2000 (Concorde Yo) was pretty memorable because it was a special edition due to its connection with the Wright flight. Anyway, it wasn't until summer/fall 2006 when FSX came out. FSX was generally smoother than FS9 at similar FPS, but FSX was a performance hog in its own right. At the time, the 8800GTX was the best card you could use unless you were one of the people who were fooled into buying a 8800 Ultra. As the years went on, it didn't improve too much. P3D in its many revisions certainly fixed a chunk of issues. Up until FS2020, it was almost unheard to see a sim with this much detail both in eyecandy and behind the scenes with reasonable performance, even with older and slower hardware. FS2020, titled as Flight Simulator, is supposed to be an ongoing project. While I dread the performance not improving due to the debacle that was FSX for many years, I suspect Asobo, Microsoft and the major graphic card companies (See: NVIdia and AMD) will work together to push the limits of hardware and make it more efficient in the process. I probably won't pick the game/sim up for at least 6 months to a year because I have a long backlog to go through. Hopefully it's as crisp and fresh then as it is now.
Hopefully someone makes a new Concorde for FS. I'd love to see that in game coupled with the new graphics engine.