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Best Graphics Card for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is a demanding game that requires quite the beefy PC with serious specifications. In order to enjoy the game at various popular screen resolutions, you're going to need to choose the best graphics card for your monitor. We've rounded up some of the best GPUs for playing Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 (opens in new tab)

Best NVIDIA for 4K

The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 is about as good as you can get from NVIDIA right now. Even though it's considerably more powerful than the AMD RX 5700, you will be able to crank all the settings up high on your beautiful 4K monitor.

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ASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (opens in new tab)

Best NVIDIA for 1440p

Need a mid-tier NVIDIA GeForce GPU? That would go to the RTX 2060 SUPER, which was born to render most modern PC games at 1440p. Even Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 would run well on this GPU at this resolution, allowing you to take to the skies with a moderately powerful gaming rig.

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MSI GAMING X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER (opens in new tab)

Best NVIDIA for 1080p

You'll struggle to find a more affordable GPU than the GTX 1660 SUPER from NVIDIA that's actually worth buying. This GPU won't necessarily play games well, but it will be able to handle Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 on a 1080p monitor. Money saved with this GPU could be better spent on a HOTAS setup.

Choosing the right GPU

The graphics card is the most important component that decides just how well a game can be displayed on a monitor. The more money you invest here, the better the end results will be. For AMD FreeSync monitors, you'll need to stick with AMD GPUs (unless the monitor supports NVIDIA G-Sync) and NVIDIA G-Sync monitors will only synchronize with NVIDIA GPUs.

If you plan to enjoy games like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 at 1440p and plan to move to 4K at a later date (or have a 4K display already and want to try it out), you may want to look at the XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT RAW II (opens in new tab) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 (opens in new tab). These are among the best GPUs available from either company.

You can save a little without sacrificing too much on performance, however, and the XFX AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT RAW II PRO (opens in new tab) and ASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (opens in new tab) are awesome mid-tier GPUs and are perfect for 1440p gaming. They will be able to handle Microsoft Flight Simulator well enough while also leaving you with some budget to spare for accessories like the best joysticks and flightsticks.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.