Hardware – Component
AMD FX-62 processor
64-bit goodness that set the next bar for processing power. SimHQ review link.
ATI Radeon X1900 series graphics card
Runs as sexy as their would be spokeswoman / model Ruby, and allowed ATI fans a chance at running two at a time (finally!) and avoid NVIDIA envy. SimHQ review link here and here.
Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Rising to the challenge of the FX-62, Intel answered with a powerhouse of performance. SimHQ review link.
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 series graphics card
What could be better than a card that handles 2.0 shaders as beautifully as a 7900 card? Another in SLI mode, of course!
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 series graphics card
First to embrace DX10, it gives a lifetime until one will have to upgrade (ten months) when Vista comes out.
WD Raptor 150 SATA drive
One fast, fast drive. Expense is it’s biggest drawback.
Intel Core 2 Duo processors simply doubled up the votes over everything else at a blinding fast speed.
Hardware – Peripheral
You have to ask yourself, should I feel funny about having a leather wrapped racing wheel and an H-shifter attached to my PC table? Well, do ya punk? Odds are, as a sim racer, you don’t and never have, regardless of what Dirty Harry says. This is a racing wheel and pedals and gear shift for grown-ups. The manufacturing standards are high, the clutch pedal make it a real stand out, and if you have ever wanted to wind through the H-shift gears, here’s your chance. Go for it! SimHQ review link here, here, here, and here.
Got three monitors? Now you only need one gadget to merge them into one big display (or two, or three) seamlessly! SimHQ review link.
Ideazon Z Fang Gamepad
The hand sized mini-keyboard that makes fragging even more second nature, even if one is a lefty! SimHQ review link.
Smart idea that eliminates the annoying hat clip or the chance of going to the store with a reflective dot stuck to one’s forehead. Not that this has ever happened to me… lately. SimHQ review link.
No pushing in the clutch on the straight away, the Logitech G25 turned inside everything else for the win.
Console – Peripheral
Logitech DriveFX Racing Wheel
Force feedback by any other name still rumbles in one’s hands. SimHQ review link.
Microsoft Racing Wheel
Who knew the same little company that made FSX also made stuff for consoles? Reliable, wireless, and with force feedback.
For those who bought a Wii, plaintiff’s lawyers, who needs ’em? OK, maybe, but in this case, not a good enough one. Dart, get off the soap box, now.
Though the gag vote pushed hard for our own Magnum, the Logitech DriveFX Racing Wheel wins the tie as it actually works as advertised.