FSX 2020

Article Last Updated: 3/13/2023

Software Release Year: 2020


Foresight FSX 2020

From the Developers:

"Experience the most realistic golf simulation ever with FSX 2020. Play the world’s best and most exclusive courses, practice your skills on the range, or even compete in skill-building competitions with players around the world — all in beautiful 4K resolution."

SurfThing Testing Methodology

Modern simulator software is almost completely dependent on the graphics card installed in the computer. Because of this, we do not concern our software testing with reviewing a wide range of processors as the simulator performance is not affected by a change in the processor model, as long as you are using one from the latest generation. (Processor power comes into play, in large part, when a golfer wants to incorporate other programs like swing capture software utilizing high speed cameras).

Our testing, therefore, will focus solely on the graphics card performance (Nvidia cards only, as many of the software publishers only certify for Nvidia cards). The rest of the system specifications for testing will always use an i9 processor from the latest generation at the time of software release, with at least 16GB of RAM and a solid state NVMe drive.

Our testing results are given in FPS (frames per second). The target goal for an immersive golfing experience is as close to 60 FPS as you can get (note, all golf software companies have capped the FPS to 60). Anything above 30 FPS is considered playable with occasional visual performance dips and graphical tearing, depending on how close to the 30 FPS mark you are at. Anything below 30 FPS begins to be noticeable, unenjoyable, and depending on how low, downright unplayable -- in some cases making the ball flight take twice as long as it normally would.

We test the software on each system in both standard HD (1080P) and Ultra HD (4K) resolutions, so you can select the proper computer for the display type you plan to use. The software is otherwise left in its default settings for the testing. Some software packages have the ability to reduce the visual fidelity in order to increase performance of the software. If a particular software has this capability, we will highlight this fact after the testing results.

We test each graphics card on a wide variety of courses and holes for each resolution. Because each course can have a variety of different foliage and 3D models, each course can bring with it different performance values. The average frames per second taken for each card is the spectrum average of all courses and holes sampled across that resolution.

FSX 2020 Performance Results

  • RTX 3060

    1080P HD

    60 FPS


  • 4K UHD

    60 FPS

  • RTX 3070

    1080P HD

    60 FPS


  • 4K UHD

    60 FPS

  • RTX 3080

    1080P HD

    60 FPS


  • 4K UHD

    60 FPS

  • RTX 4080

    1080P HD

    60FPS


  • 4K UHD

    60 FPS

  • RTX 4090

    1080P HD

    60 FPS


  • 4K UHD

    60 FPS

Test Conclusions and Recommendations

1080P HD and 4K UHD:
If you look at the graph above, you'll realize quickly there is not much to go over here. As stated in our testing methodology, all major golf simulation software caps the gameplay at 60 FPS. The reason for this is that very very few projectors (and not many more televisions) provide a refresh rate over 60hz. Meaning, you wouldn't notice a performance improvement over 60 FPS on these displays anyway.

If you are looking for a smooth FSX 2020 gameplay experience, any modern mainstream video card from Nvidia will be more than enough on either 1080P or 4K. If you intend to load up Foresight's latest software, FSX Play, be sure to check out our performance test results for you to know exactly what you need to run it.


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