Microsoft's Jet-Engine Flight Sim PC Probably Isn't as Loud as It Looks

Microsoft Flight Simulator PC
(Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft's and Xbox are giving away a gaming PC to celebrate the Microsoft Flight Simulator's France and Benelux update, and it sure fits the game's aesthetic. The build looks like a jet engine, or at least part of one.

Putting out of mind the idea of just two-thirds of a jet engine working, you can find more details about the giveaway on the @XboxFR  Twitter account (first spotted by our friends at PC Gamer).

The PC includes an Intel Core i7-11700K, Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 (no mention of which specific model, though) and a Z590 Aorus Elite AX motherboard. That sounds like a fairly powerful rig, though it may not actually max out the game. Our testing has shown the game stressing top-end parts, especially at higher settings and resolutions.

One other thing to note is that from the images, the build appears to be massive. That motherboard is full-ATX, but it appears that the build is the size of a standard mid-tower, with most of the jet engine look simply being decorative. It would be cool if that front jet engine fan provided some serious airflow, but that would be a bit much--and probably dangerous.

It is unclear if the contest is limited to users in France. To take part, you need to retweet the tweet, follow the @Xbox FR account and comment with the hashtag #MicrosoftFlightSimulator. Microsoft also hasn't said how long the giveaway will last.

While this desktop may not play the game at its highest settings, it will likely look at home in diehard fans' setups, which often include a realistic flight stick/HOTAS setup, pedals and multiple monitors to recreate flying as realistically as possible.

This follows a series of other fun designs Microsoft has promoted in contests recently, including a refrigerator that looks like an Xbox Series X (and the mini fridges it will soon make).

The Microsoft Flight Simulator France and Benelux update is available now.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon

  • hotaru.hino
    I'm surprised they didn't make the fan an actual fan to cool the PC with.
  • Nemesia
    I can only see 1 rear fan.
  • USAFRet
    Nemesia said:
    I can only see 1 rear fan.
    And we can't see whats behind the front "fan blades", or whats on top.

    meh...its a very nice one off case mod.
    Lets not get too wrapped around the axle on "OMG! It's not perfect!"
  • Rdslw
    if those turbine fan blades would turn on like 200 rpm, that would be insane airflow already.
  • pixelpusher220
    Rdslw said:
    if those turbine fan blades would turn on like 200 rpm, that would be insane airflow already.
    it's good that this will only be in homes without small children or pets.

    Eventually anyway, the initial burn in period may get a little bloody