Best Graphics Card for X-Plane 11 in 2022

We have tested FPS with different Nvidia GPUs in X-Plane 11. The FPS was distinctive in different scenarios. The scenario in which we tested the FPS is Clear weather, Daytime, and New York City. The Results were terrible with the AMD graphics card in X-Plane 11. I’m not blaming AMD necessarily for this. In other games, the AMD cards perform as expected. You got to go with NVIDIA if you want to run X Plane 11 right now. In this article, we have chosen the best graphics cards for X-Plane 11.

[ Note: Prices of graphics cards are very high because of supply shortage and some other reason. We added and compared them on their Release price.]

Best Graphics Card for X-Plane 11


GPU NAME TITLE CHECK PRICE
MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X Best option for 1080p-Medium High Graphics VIEW ON AMAZON
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super AMP Best Option for 1080p-1440p-High Graphics VIEW ON AMAZON
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Best Option for 1080p Max,1440p High and 4K Medium Graphics VIEW ON AMAZON
EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Overall Best graphics card with Superb 4K performance VIEW ON AMAZON

1. MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X

Image of MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X

If you are looking for a Graphics card with Low-TDP and has excellent performance at 1080p in X Plane 11, then the Nvidia GTX 1650 Gaming X is the right choice. This GPU can easily handle X-Plane 11 at 1080p High graphics settings. It is affordable and consumes low power. The MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X is a much faster and better option than GTX 1050 Ti. In X-Plane 11, It is 35% faster than GTX 1050 Ti and is only 6-7% slower than AMD RX 570.    

The MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X comes with the famous fan-stop feature that shuts down the fans during light usage. With just 29 dBA, the GPU is incredibly silent in gaming, which is whisper quiet, nearly inaudible. It has almost every great feature that a budget GPU can have.

Its performance in XPlane 11 is very close to the GTX 1650 Super.

FPS Test at 1080p Resolution in X-Plane 11

Graphics FPS (Vulkun) FPS (Open GL)
Low  88 70
Medium 76 59
High 56 39

Specifications

Model name MSI GTX 1650 Gaming X
Cuda Cores 896
Dimensions (Lx W x H) 245 mm x 127 mm x 39mm
Base Clock 1485 MHz
Boost Clock 1860 MHz
Memory 4GB GDDR6
Memory speed 8Gbps
Memory Bus 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 128.08GB/s
Outputs  1x HDMI |2x DisplayPort
TDP 75W
Suggested PSU/ Minimum PSU 350W/300W
Power Connectors 1x 6-pin

Pros and Cons

⊕ Things I like ⊗ Things I Don’t Like
Extremely quiet in gaming No Backplate
Good overclocking potential Memory not Overclocked
Idle Fan stop
Low Temperature
8K Support

 

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2. Zotac GeForce 1660 Super Dual Fan

Image of ZOTAC GTX 1660 Super AMP Compact Graphics card

If you are looking for a mid-range graphics card to play X-Plane 11 with 1080p High settings, then Zotac GTX 1660 Super can be the right option for you. The card lies between GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti, but actually, it is much faster than GTX 1660 and only a little slower than GTX 1660 Ti. Compared to GTX 1660, the GTX 1660 Super is 10% faster and only 1-2% slower than GTX 1660 Ti. This GPU matches the performance of the Nvidia GTX 1070.

The Zotac GTX 1660 Super comes with fast 6 GB GDDR6 memory. I am not just saying that it’s fast, the memory is actually fast. The Memory of GTX 1660 Super is clocked at 14 Gbps, while the memory of GTX 1660 Ti is clocked at 12 Gbps which means faster memory than GTX 1660 Ti. If we talk about the temperatures and noise level while gaming, the coolers of this GPU performed well in cooling the graphics card, But the fans were a bit noisy, which can be irritating for some gamers. If you are playing X-Plane 11, then probably you’ll be using headphones or listen to the game sounds from the speakers. So, you’ll not notice any sound from the Fans. But overall, The Zotac GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan provides an excellent price/performance ratio and is a very power-efficient card.

FPS Test at 1080p Resolution in X-Plane 11

Graphics FPS (Vulkun) FPS (Open GL)
Low  97 80
Medium 86 66
High 62 47

There was a large drop in FPS at 4K resolution because of less memory but, the game was playable at 4K with medium graphics maintaining almost 35 FPS.

Specifications

Model Name Zotac GeForce 1660 Super Twin Fan
Cuda Cores 1408
Dimensions (Lx Wx H) 210mm x119 mm x41mm
Base Clock 1530 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz
Memory 6GB GDDR6
Memory speed 14 Gbps
Memory Bus 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 336 GB/s
Outputs 1x HDMI & 3x DisplayPort
TDP 125W
Suggested PSU 350W

Pros and Cons

⊕ Things I like ⊗ Things I Don’t Like
Almost as fast as 1660 Ti No Idle Fan Stop
Compact design No backplate
Energy efficient Not that quiet while gaming
Ultra-Low Latency  no support for RTX and DLSS
Low temperature
Great overclocking capacity
Great price/performance ratio

 

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3. Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro

gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti graphics card, best for 1080p gaming with high refresh rate

Many players prefer a 1440p monitor for playing games like X-Plane 11, and if you also prefer then, the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti can be the best option for you. The Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti can run X-Plane 11 smoothly at 1440p with Max Graphics settings. Not only at 1440p, but the game is also playable at 4K High graphics and runs smoothly with medium graphics settings.

The performance of this GPU is better than Nvidia RTX 2080 Super, and also the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti is much cheaper. The Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro is 2% faster than the Founders Edition, 41% more than the RTX 2060 Super.

Gigabyte has built a nice cooler that is more powerful than the cooling system of Founders Edition. It has the cooling performance same as the RTX 3080 FE and is 7°C lower temperatures than the Nvidia 3060 Ti Founders Edition. But noise levels (35 dBA) are slightly higher than the Founders Edition. But the noise was not disturbing.

FPS Test in X-Plane 11

Graphics FPS(Open-GL)
1440p-MAX 40
1080-MAX 51
1080p-High 70

FPS Test at 4K Resolution in X Plane 11

Graphics FPS (Vulkun) FPS (Open GL)
Medium 75 61
High 37 35

Specifications

Model Name Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro
Cuda Cores 4864
Dimensions (Lx W x H) 286mm x 115mm x 51mm
Base Clock 1410 MHz
Boost Clock 1770 MHz
Memory 8GB GDDR6
Memory Clock 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
Memory Bus 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s
Outputs 2x HDMI and 2x DisplayPort
TDP 200W
Suggested PSU 600W

Pros and Cons

⊕ Things I like ⊗ Things I Don’t Like
Faster than RTX 2080 Super As compared to Founders Edition, it’s not that quiet
Capable of 4K in many games Runs in power limit all the time
Idle fan stop feature Price increase over MSRP
Overclocked out of the box
Very low temperatures
Improved DLSS
Increased Power limit

 

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4. EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra

Image of EVGA Ultra Gaming RTX 3080 FTW 3 Graphics card

The last graphics card on the list is the EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra. This Graphics card is the best option for those gamers who are looking for a top-notch option for playing X-Plane 11. The EVGA RTX 3080 can easily handle the game at 4K resolution with Max Graphics settings. The EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra is one of the most factory overclocked RTX 3080 version. Its performance is 5% better than the RTX 3080 Founders Edition, and 38% faster than Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti. The EVGA RTX 3080 is much cheaper than RTX 2080 Ti and has more features.

The thermal solution of EVGA RTX 3080 works great and keeps the graphics card cool and silent while playing X-Plane 11. It also has a very attractive backplate. The Power efficiency is also very improved. For playing X-plane 11 at 1440p or 1080p, the RTX 3080 is not a decent choice. So, I recommend this GPU only for 4K gaming.

Expected FPS from EVGA RTX 3080 in X-Plane 11

Graphics FPS-1080p (Vulkun) FPS-1440p FPS-4K
Low 140 117 95
Medium 122 96 64
High 100 76 45

The RTX 3080 is one of the best options for 4K Resolution. Not just in X Plane 11, its performance is excellent in other games too.

Specifications

Model Name EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3
Cuda Cores 8704
Dimensions (Lx W) 300mm x137 mm
Base Clock 1440 MHz
Boost Clock 1800 MHz
Memory 10GB GDDR6X
Memory speed 19 Gbps
Memory Bus 320-bit
Memory Bandwidth 760.3 GB/s
Outputs 1x HDMI & 3x DisplayPort
TDP 320W
Suggested PSU 700W

Pros and Cons

⊕ Things I like ⊗ Things I Don’t Like
A significant boost in performance over the RTX 2080/2080 Ti Relatively Large price increase over Founders edition
60 FPS is now achievable at 4K Memory not overclocked
It has great overclocking out of the box Runs into power limit all the time
Superb noise level
The fantastic potential of overclocking
Idle Fan-stop
Compared to the founders’ edition, no significant rise in power usage
Improved DLSS
HDMI 2.1 support, AV1 decode

 

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Conclusion-Best Graphics card for X-Plane 11 in 2020

The Best Graphics card depends on your requirements. For an overall great experience in X-Plane 11 and other games too, the best graphics card is Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro. Playing at 4K is also possible with this graphics card. The Best budget graphics card for X-plane 11 is Zotac GTX 1660 Super. It is an excellent graphics card for 1080p Gaming. If you want to go for the cheapest and low TDP GPU but with great results, the GTX 1650 Gaming X is the right choice. The FPS difference between GTX 1650 Gaming X and GTX 1650 Super is very minimal.