Value Nomad

April 19, 2019

Best Laptops for FSX Flight Simulator 2017

Today I will analyze the best laptops for FSX available in 2017, for enthusiats of one of the best flight simulalor software ever produced

If you are into simulation, you certainly have hear about Microsoft Flight Simulator X, one of the best in its genre. In this post, we will analyze the best laptops for FSX in terms of hardware and budget.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator has been the most successful flight simulator franchise ever created. Despite the fact Microsoft stopped developing it in 2006, the game is still very active today thanks to a huge community of simulation enthusiasts. There are also plenty of add-ons by a number of private companies like Aerosoft and PMDG being constantly updated. In the end of 2014 FSX also got a Steam version, thanks to a deal between Microsoft and Dovetail games.

What Laptop You Should Get to Run FSX?

This is certainly a complicated question, as it depends on a rather vast number of factors. Differently from other Simulators like Eurotruck Simulator or Farm Simulator, FSX has a a number of add-ons that require different hardware requirements to run them smoothly.

To put it shortly, almost any laptop running Win 10 will allow you to install Flight Simulator and get around the game without major problems. However, if you want add ons, and you probably will, you will also need a powerful laptop.

Recommended Laptop System Requirements for FSX

The system requirements disclosed here are my personal opinions. They include the constant need of FSX users to run complex add-ons recently released. These requirements are a mix of what Aerosoft suggests to run its Boeing 777 Add-on (which is extremely heavy) combined with the latest trends on laptop markets on 2017. These specs will guarantee that you will be able to run FSX smoothly for years to come.

It is important to stress that there are RECOMMENDED SETTINGS. You will probably be able to run FSX with a much less powerful hardware, however the graphic setting might be rather poor. I would in any case, suggest laptops with a at least a dedicated GPU and 8 GB RAM.

Recommended System Requirements for FSX: Skylake or Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 or i7, NVIDIA 960 GTX video card or superior and 8 GB RAM or more. It is also advisable to have 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD (or more storage). In terms of OS, any of the latest Windows versions will do, but ideally use 7 or above.

Let’s go to the list of devices, firstly for North America and then onto UK and Europe:

Best Laptops for FSX in 2016 on Amazon (North America)

Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop – 17″ 4K Touchscreen Gaming Laptop (i7-6700HQ, 32 GB RAM,1TB SSD, 4k Screen, GTX 1080 8GB) – VR Ready


The Razer Blade Pro is the ideal laptop for gaming and simulations. It has an extremely powerful hardware and will you to run FSX smoothly on high graphic settings.

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ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ
Display17.3 inches 4K
Storage1 TB SSD

ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE 15.6″ Gaming Laptop


One of the latest releases by the ASUS Republic of Gamers brand. It features the all new i7-7700HQ quad core processor, from the Kaby Lake generation of Intel chips.

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ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700HQ
Display15.6 inches Full HD
Storage256 GB SSD +1 TB SSD

 MSI VR Ready GE72VR Apache Pro-024 17.3″ Powerful Gaming Laptop Geforce GTX 1060 i7-6700HQ 12GB 128GB M.2 SATA + 1TB Windows 10


MSI is one of the most renowned brands of gaming laptops, and its latest VR Ready models are just awesome. This specific mdel is a quad core laptop and perfect for FSX or any other flight simulator software.

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ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ
Display17.3 inches Full HD
Storage1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD

Best Laptops for FSX in 2016 on (UK and Europe)

ASUS ROG GL552VX-CN239T 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)


The ASUS ROG series is made for gamers. This is one of the best gaming laptops available in the UK, considering its affordable price and high performance.

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ProcessorIntel Core i5-6300HQ
Display15.6 inches Full HD
Storage1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD

MSI GL62 7QF 1670UK 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook – (Black) (Kabylake Core i7-7700HQ, GTX 960M, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 16GB DDR IV RAM Windows 10)


This new release for the UK market in 2017 counts with an i7-700HQ processor and a powerful GPU. It will manage FSX with its latest add-ons with great performance.

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ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700HQ
Display15.6 inches Full HD
Storage1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD

That’s it for our list of the best laptops for FSX. Finally, I would like to suggest this guide by kostasfsworld. It offers great suggestions to tweak your FSX and P3D 1.x and improve its performance.


  1. Nice laptop suggestions but honestly most of them are overkill for FSX. A GTX950 or 960 or similar, and a laptop Core i7 dual core, and 8GB DDR3 or DDR4 runs FSX at Full HD with add-ons at 50+ FPS.

    • Value Nomad

      Hi Dave, thanks for your opinion. However, if you run the latest add-ons, for example a PMDG 777 aircraft with an Aerosoft Scenario, you will certainly not get even get 30 fps with a dual core laptop, I can guarantee you. If you check YouTube for the most realistic FSX videos, with heavy add-ons, they don’t use laptops, they use desktops often with i7-6700K and a very powerful desktop GPU, which usually have much higher benchmarks than laptops GPU.

      A dual core Skylake laptop with a GTX 950M, will only run FSX smoothly if you don’t mind good graphics too much.

  2. will the laptops you have listed run fax or x-flight 10 with few hiccups and good graphics

    • Value Nomad

      They should run well. However, if you get for example, Aerosoft Sceneries and PMDG aircraft with some of these ultra realistic terrain, it can get more complicate. It depends on the number of add-ons you have and which of them.

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