Im a bit scared to make this topic.... i didnt have too much luck talking to devs (not here) in a way where its a conversation more than a reply from the dev that feels stepped on his toes when someone says anything. Im not here to do that. I like the 717 pretty much. At least since the view change ctd is gone. Im also aware that this is a beta and maybe things are changed. Maybe you even work on it atm. If so, just ignore it.
Let me say one thing right here at the beginning. Please, really, everyone who feels like he has to post a pic to prove something is better off saving his time ^^ It wont help in any way.
So let me start....i think you know already in what direction it will go now ^^
At the moment of writing the 717 is not really usable for me in v5. We all know about the vram "problem" here and how directX + win + p3d handles it isnt the best. Things improved in HF1 and while flying other planes like PMDG 747/8 i nearly forgot that there was a problem. Seems this plane brings it right back into discussion.
My setup is a i7700 and a RTX 2080 with 16gm ram. In v5 i DONT use Truesky to make this tests.
Ive tried now in 4 airports and everywhere it ends on the startup with a GPU hang because im running out of vram. Im not someone who runs with high settings. They are all around medium, besides 2k textures are used. I dont run with max shadows too, its on "low". Reflections on "middle" and no other plugin is used. No GSX, no AI traffic, nothing. Not even ActiveSky. The shots coming are with the "Fair weather" theme of P3D.
I dont have much time atm to make screens of many planes so i only post 3 comparison pics now, 3 different planes in the exact same situation. Im nearly sure this would continue like this if i would post the 3 other payware planes i have atm.
That pics are done at KORD, fair weather theme, no other plugins used.
TFDI 717, 6.3 GB / 6.6 GB load (i got a gpu hang when i opened the vehicle selection....any more light would have also caused one.)
Majestic Dash , 3.7 GB / 6.6 GB
PMDG 747 , 3.8 GB / 6.6 GB
That shows there is a nearly 3GB (!), 2.8 GB to be precise, difference between the 747 that comes with PBR and the TFDI 717. That is not ok for the fact that many things in the vc are way more blurry in the 717.
Ive tested this on 4 airports now and on everyone i reach the maximum easy. And this is without a single AI plane, no GSX, no real weather with more clouds and like said, no further addons.
This is not ok ^^ Im really sorry to say. I know that your model looks pretty good but also the one of the 747 looks pretty good, that can and should not be the excuse. Reallight alone is using 600MB. Thats a lot....
Just some mins before posting this ive talked to a few ppl with lower end GPUs (4 and 6GB) and they cannot even start the plane... It hangs already on scenery load. And i dont talk about the LatinVFR scenery that is insanely high on vram usage.
Are there any plans to improve this or is your view of the things that we should decrease our settings further to be able to fly it?
That was it already.
Like mentioned in the beginning. I dont want to be rude, nor do i want to step on your toes, nor is this a rant or anything in that way. I like the 717 but its not usable for me in v5. I will NOT decrease my settings to a point where all other planes would run with 100 fps and 2GB load, where everything looks like FSX when only a single one is using the double amount. Thats the reason i also dont fly FSLabs (not bec. the vram issues, we all know its not in v5 yet. I mean in v4 because it has ultra low fps and would require me to set everything to minimum. )
No hard feelings please,
Have a good day.