Microsoft is giving away a custom Flight Simulator PC that Flight Simulator cannot run at maximum settings

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If I were Microsoft’s marketing director pitching a once-in-a-lifetime giveaway from an incredible bespoke Flight simulator PC, I would do two things:

1) I would probably make it look like one full jet engine, not a half-exposed jet engine, to avoid reminding people that planes rarely (but terrifyingly) fail:

2) I would make sure it has the very best parts on the market, both in terms of wow factor and my unique Flight simulator Hopefully, PC will one day be able to play the notoriously demanding game at maximum settings.

Oddly, this PC ships with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 (not a 3080 or 3090!), As well as a Core i7-11700K instead of Intel’s new flagship Core i9-11900K. We recently tested that Core i9 with an RTX 3090, and it still wasn’t enough to hit 60fps Flight simulator at maximum settings, although I imagine the Core i7 won’t be far from our results are very similar specifications

Does this PC still have good specifications? Absolutely. If you ask them if you are the lucky winner of this Microsoft France / Gigabyte Aorus collab? Absolutely not. That RTX 3070 is worth over $ 1,200 on its own. I’m just telling you something I would do.

Oh, and 3) I would absolutely spin and spin that giant fan all the way around so that it can serve as an epic bragging case fan for the entire PC.

Speaking of epic Microsoft giveaways, remember the Xbox Series X refrigerator? Not only is Microsoft now bringing a genuine Xbox Series X mini fridge into production, the company is apparently going to design them from scratch. That’s according to Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg, who dropped the treat in a clubhouse room last night, where my colleague Taylor Lyles was listening.