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GAMING & SIM RACING

CURRENT HARDWARE

Custom Built Gaming PC:
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  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 4.5 GHz 8-Core Processor

  • Liquid CPU Cooler: Lian Li GALAHAD AIO 360 RGB UNI FAN SL120 EDITION 58.54 CFM

  • Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX X670E-A GAMING WIFI ATX AM5

  • Memory: G.Skill Trident Z5 NEO RGB Series (AMD Expo) 32GB (2x16GB) 288-Pin SDRAM DDR5 6000 CL30-38-38-96 1.35V Dual Channel

  • Storage: SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB m.2 2280 PCIe 4.0x4 NVME SSD

  • Video Card (GPU): NVIDIA Founders Edition GeForce RTX 4080 16GB

  • Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic EVO ATX Mid Tower Case (White)

  • Power Supply: MSI A1000G PCIE5 1000 Watt 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX 3.0

  • Case Fans: 10x Lian Li Uni Fan SL-Infinity 61.3 CFM 120mm

  • Strimers: Lian Li Strimer Plus 24-Pin ARGB Motherboard Extension Cable and 16-8 Addr​essable RG​B VGA powe​r cable PW​16-8PV2


Gaming Console:

  • Sony PlayStation 5


Display:

  • Hisense - 65" Class U8G Series Quantum 4K ULED Android TV

Sim Racing Gear:

  • Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base (8 Nm)

  • Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 with QR1 Quick Release Adapter

  • Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V3 with Brake Performance Kit

  • Trak Racer T80 Lite Sim Rig

  • AIYIMA A07 TPA3255 Power Amplifier 300Wx2 HiFi Class D Stereo Digital Audio Amp

  • 2x Dayton Audio BST-1 High Power Pro Tactile Bass Shaker 50 Watts RMS, 4 Ohms Impedance

  • PopsRacer bass shaker transducer frame mount for Dayton Audio BST-1 (etsy)

  • WALI Adapter Plate for TV Mount, (ADP402), Black (Amazon)

  • SimHub

  • Crew Chief

LATEST GAMING CAPTURES

AMS2 v1.5.6.3: Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Nurburgring (4K, RTX 4080, Ryzen 7 7700)
30:06
tigerdave

AMS2 v1.5.6.3: Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Nurburgring (4K, RTX 4080, Ryzen 7 7700)

4 laps. Started P17, finished P2! Still learning the circuit... AUTOMOBILISTA 2 (v1.5.6.3) Captured with OBS at 4K, 60 FPS (settings are below). Note: Since my display is 120Hz, "Max Frame Rate" is set to 117 FPS in NVIDIA Control Panel, but both OBS video capture software and YouTube's playback are limited to 60 FPS. PC Specs: - CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X (ECO mode, PBO enabled, CO -15 all cores) - Video Card: NVIDIA Founders Edition GeForce RTX 4080 16GB (100% stock, no overclocking, latest drivers at time of publishing) - Liquid CPU Cooler: Lian Li GALAHAD AIO 360 RGB UNI FAN SL120 EDITION - Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX X670E-A GAMING WIFI ATX AM5 (BIOS 1415) - Memory: G.Skill Trident Z5 NEO RGB Series 32GB (2x16GB) 288-Pin SDRAM DDR5 6000 CL30-38-38-96 1.35V Dual Channel (EXPO II profile) - Storage: SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB m.2 2280 PCIe 4.0x4 NVME SSD - Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic EVO ATX Mid Tower (White) - Power Supply: MSI A1000G PCIE5 1000 Watt 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX 3.0 - Case Fans: 10 x Lian Li Uni Fan SL-Infinity 61.3 CFM 120mm - OS: Windows 11 (latest build and patches) - Full PC specs and details here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WMTJ7P Sim Racing Gear: - Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base (8 Nm) with QR2 https://fanatec.com/us-en/racing-wheels-direct-drive-bases/direct-drive-bases/gran-turismo-dd-pro-wheel-base-8-nm - Fanatec Formula V2.5 ClubSport Steering Wheel + QR2 Quick Release Adapter https://fanatec.com/us-en/steering-wheels/clubsport-steering-wheel-formula-v2.5 - Fanatec ClubSport RS Steering Wheel + QR2 Quick Release Adapter https://fanatec.com/us-en/steering-wheels/clubsport-steering-wheel-rs - Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V3 with Brake Performance Kit https://fanatec.com/us-en/pedals/clubsport-pedals-v3 - Trak Racer TR80 LITE Racing Simulator https://trakracer.com/collections/simulators/products/tr80-lite-aluminium-racing-cockpit - AIYIMA A07 TPA3255 Power Amplifier 300Wx2 HiFi Class D Stereo Digital Audio Amp https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CJZGT6H/ - 2x Dayton Audio BST-1 High Power Pro Tactile Bass Shaker 50 Watts RMS, 4 Ohms Impedance https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CDDPJTI/ - PopsRacer bass shaker transducer frame mount for Dayton Audio BST-1 https://www.etsy.com/listing/1183808297/popsracer-bass-shaker-transducer-frame - WALI Adapter Plate for TV Mount, (ADP402) for bass shaker under the seat https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09NBV15X7/ - moonka 10.5inch Portable Monitor for SimHub Dashboard https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0C7KPPXTZ/ - Elgato Stream Deck MK2 (for use as a button box) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1709816-REG/elgato_10gba9901_stream_deck_mk_2_black.html - SimHub! https://www.simhubdash.com/ - Crew Chief! https://thecrewchief.org/ OBS SETTINGS (SDR) ----------------------------------- Source: Game Capture Properties: Mode = Capture specific window Window = (game executable) Capture third-party overlays (such as steam) = Checked All other options = Unchecked RGB10A2 Color Space = sRGB OUTPUT / RECORDING Tab Recording Settings: Recording format = Matroska Video (.mkv) Video Encoder= NVIDIA NVENC HEVC Audio Encoder= FFmpeg AAC Encoder Settings: Rate Control = VBR Bitrate = 53000 Kbps Max Bitrate = 68000 Kbps Keyframe Interval = 0 Preset = P5: Slow (Good Quality) Tuning = High Quality Multipass Mode = Two Passes (Quarter Resolution) Profile = main Look ahead = Unchecked Psycho Visual Tuning = Checked GPU = 0 Max B-frames = 2 ADVANCED Video: Renderer = Direct3D11 Color Format = NV12 (8-bit, 4:2:0, 2 planes) Color Space = sRGB Color Range = Limited SDR White Level = 300 nits HDR Nominal Peak Level = 1000 nits
AMS2  v1.5.5.6: GT3 + KARTS = OMG!!! WTF!? AUTOMOBILISTA 2 - NVIDIA RTX 4080, AMD Ryzen 7 7700X (4K)
05:32
tigerdave

AMS2 v1.5.5.6: GT3 + KARTS = OMG!!! WTF!? AUTOMOBILISTA 2 - NVIDIA RTX 4080, AMD Ryzen 7 7700X (4K)

So THAT'S why GT3 and KARTS don't race together... AUTOMOBILISTA 2 (v1.5.5.6) Captured with OBS at 4K, 60 FPS (OBS settings are below). Note: Since my display is 120Hz, "Max Frame Rate" is set to 117 FPS in NVIDIA Control Panel, but both OBS video capture software and YouTube's playback are limited to 60 FPS. PC Specs: - CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X (ECO mode, PBO enabled, CO -15 all cores) - Video Card: NVIDIA Founders Edition GeForce RTX 4080 16GB (100% stock, no overclocking, latest drivers at time of publishing) - Liquid CPU Cooler: Lian Li GALAHAD AIO 360 RGB UNI FAN SL120 EDITION - Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX X670E-A GAMING WIFI ATX AM5 (BIOS 1415) - Memory: G.Skill Trident Z5 NEO RGB Series 32GB (2x16GB) 288-Pin SDRAM DDR5 6000 CL30-38-38-96 1.35V Dual Channel (EXPO II profile) - Storage: SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB m.2 2280 PCIe 4.0x4 NVME SSD - Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic EVO ATX Mid Tower (White) - Power Supply: MSI A1000G PCIE5 1000 Watt 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX 3.0 - Case Fans: 10 x Lian Li Uni Fan SL-Infinity 61.3 CFM 120mm - OS: Windows 11 (latest build and patches) - Full PC specs and details here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WMTJ7P Sim Racing Gear: - Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base (8 Nm) - Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 with QR1 Quick Release Adapter - Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V3 with Brake Performance Kit - Trak Racer T80 Lite Sim Rig - AIYIMA A07 TPA3255 Power Amplifier 300Wx2 HiFi Class D Stereo Digital Audio Amp - 2x Dayton Audio BST-1 High Power Pro Tactile Bass Shaker 50 Watts RMS, 4 Ohms Impedance - PopsRacer bass shaker transducer frame mount for Dayton Audio BST-1 (etsy) - WALI Adapter Plate for TV Mount, (ADP402), Black (Amazon) - SimHub! https://www.simhubdash.com/ - Crew Chief! https://thecrewchief.org/ OBS SETTINGS (SDR) ----------------------------------- Source: Game Capture Properties: Mode = Capture specific window Window = (game executable) Capture third-party overlays (such as steam) = Checked All other options = Unchecked RGB10A2 Color Space = sRGB OUTPUT / RECORDING Tab Recording Settings: Recording format = Matroska Video (.mkv) Video Encoder= NVIDIA NVENC HEVC Audio Encoder= FFmpeg AAC Encoder Settings: Rate Control = VBR Bitrate = 53000 Kbps Max Bitrate = 68000 Kbps Keyframe Interval = 0 Preset = P5: Slow (Good Quality) Tuning = High Quality Multipass Mode = Two Passes (Quarter Resolution) Profile = main Look ahead = Unchecked Psycho Visual Tuning = Checked GPU = 0 Max B-frames = 2 ADVANCED Video: Renderer = Direct3D11 Color Format = NV12 (8-bit, 4:2:0, 2 planes) Color Space = sRGB Color Range = Limited SDR White Level = 300 nits HDR Nominal Peak Level = 1000 nits
3 GT3 Sims, Same Track! ACC vs AMS2 vs GRID LEGENDS at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, Australia (4K,60p)
34:07
tigerdave

3 GT3 Sims, Same Track! ACC vs AMS2 vs GRID LEGENDS at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, Australia (4K,60p)

CHAPTERS (click "more") 00:06 - ACC (cockpit) 07:30 - ACC (replay) 14:49 - AMS2 (cockpit) 19:39 - AMS2 (replay) 24:29 - GRID LEGENDS (cockpit) 29:09 - GRID LEGENDS (replay) Since three of my favorite sims/games all have Mount Panorama, I thought I'd try them all back-to-back today while looking for similarities and differences in both the cockpit and replay views. I did 2-3 laps for each sim/game. When I first saw Will at Boosted Media post a video of him racing at Mount Panorama in 2022, I thought, "Wow, what circuit is THAT!?" Since then, it has become one of my favorites. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Sle4ItgDQ I also couldn't stop watching the recent endurance race held there -- it ran for 12 hours! It was so cool see real GT3 cars tackle the actual circuit. And it's uncanny how the accurately sims replicate the real thing! Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5LgtBWRP50 My take: - ACC has the most realistic graphics. - AMS2 has more "feedback" in the force feedback category and the most configurable inputs. - GRID Legends is the most forgiving and therefore can be more enjoyable (e.g. less frustrating) than the other two. If I had to pick one, I'd go with AMS2 for the win! By the way, it took multiple takes to capture thse videos: Grid Legends = 2 takes AMS2 = 3 takes ACC = 42 takes (because I kept crashing or going off-track, so I guess I now know which one is the toughest!) Captured with OBS at 4K, 60 FPS. Edited with Davinci Resolve 18. Note: Since my display is 120Hz, "Max Frame Rate" is set to 117 FPS in NVIDIA Control Panel, but both OBS video capture software and YouTube's playback are limited to 60 FPS. PC Specs: - CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X (ECO mode, PBO enabled, CO -15 all cores) - Video Card: NVIDIA Founders Edition GeForce RTX 4080 16GB (100% stock, no overclocking, latest drivers at time of publishing) - Liquid CPU Cooler: Lian Li GALAHAD AIO 360 RGB UNI FAN SL120 EDITION - Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX X670E-A GAMING WIFI ATX AM5 (BIOS 1415) - Memory: G.Skill Trident Z5 NEO RGB Series 32GB (2x16GB) 288-Pin SDRAM DDR5 6000 CL30-38-38-96 1.35V Dual Channel (EXPO II profile) - Storage: SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB m.2 2280 PCIe 4.0x4 NVME SSD - Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic EVO ATX Mid Tower (White) - Power Supply: MSI A1000G PCIE5 1000 Watt 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX 3.0 - Case Fans: 10 x Lian Li Uni Fan SL-Infinity 61.3 CFM 120mm - OS: Windows 11 (latest build and patches) - Full PC specs and details at https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WMTJ7P Sim Racing Gear: - Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base (8 Nm) with QR2 https://fanatec.com/us-en/racing-wheels-direct-drive-bases/direct-drive-bases/gran-turismo-dd-pro-wheel-base-8-nm - Fanatec Formula V2.5 ClubSport Steering Wheel + QR2 Quick Release Adapter https://fanatec.com/us-en/steering-wheels/clubsport-steering-wheel-formula-v2.5 - Fanatec ClubSport RS Steering Wheel + QR2 Quick Release Adapter https://fanatec.com/us-en/steering-wheels/clubsport-steering-wheel-rs - Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V3 with Brake Performance Kit https://fanatec.com/us-en/pedals/clubsport-pedals-v3 - Trak Racer TR80 LITE Racing Simulator https://trakracer.com/collections/simulators/products/tr80-lite-aluminium-racing-cockpit - AIYIMA A07 TPA3255 Power Amplifier 300Wx2 HiFi Class D Stereo Digital Audio Amp https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CJZGT6H/ - 2x Dayton Audio BST-1 High Power Pro Tactile Bass Shaker 50 Watts RMS, 4 Ohms Impedance https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CDDPJTI/ - PopsRacer bass shaker transducer frame mount for Dayton Audio BST-1 https://www.etsy.com/listing/1183808297/popsracer-bass-shaker-transducer-frame - WALI Adapter Plate for TV Mount, (ADP402) for bass shaker under the seat https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09NBV15X7/ - moonka 10.5inch Portable Monitor for SimHub Dashboard https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0C7KPPXTZ/ - Elgato Stream Deck MK2 (for use as a button box) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1709816-REG/elgato_10gba9901_stream_deck_mk_2_black.html - SimHub! https://www.simhubdash.com/ - Crew Chief! https://thecrewchief.org/
Game Console

WIDESCREEN GAMING LIST

The Story

Back in the early 2000's, as computer monitors and TVs started rolling out in the now-familiar 16:9 format, most gaming titles for PC did not support it. And so I began a quest to search for various "hacks" or ways I could modify the files in the game to fill the entire screen. I guess word got around, because my site was mentioned in the Oct. 2004 issue of PC Magazine (link)!

The archives linked below are now considered "legacy" information since all PC games today will support widescreen resolutions. However, for those who still want to fire-up games from yesteryear, I've dug throught my archives and am re-presenting that information below. I've also re-added the much-downloaded test and grid patterns for various resolutions.

Enjoy!

TV Screens

GRIDS AND TEST PATTERNS

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