2014 has arrived

Hello everyone,

the new year has arrived and some people might feel there is many question marks connected with the sim. Are we standing at the brim of something new? Will the simulator survive for another year? These questions are yet to be answered and it is up to us, the developers and the users to decide. Speaking for myself, it looks like I am definitely in for something new, even if it might not be a simulator related thing. 🙂

Speaking about the simulator, I am currently taking a look at some new meters to be built in the route… it is going slowly, but it is still going forwards. 🙂 At the same time, I am wondering how powerful PC is going to be needed for the new version of the route. There are two computers I am actually able to use, both of them are mid-ranged machines (which means not the latest gaming hardware, but not very old or weak either). The route is running relatively well on those, but the question is – do you, the users and therefore the target group for the download (once it is ready) have powerful machines, or rather older and probably slower ones?

The answer to this question will probably give you a hint on how well the route will perform on your machine. For your comparison, these are the specifications of the two computers I am using. Notice the first one has a weaker graphic card, but stronger CPU:

Machine no. 1Machine no.2
Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3GHz
4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz

Radeon HD 5450
ROPs/TMUs : 4 / 8
Shaders: 80 Unified
Pixel Rate: 2.6 GPix/s
Texture Rate: 5.2 GTex/s
Memory: 512 MB GDDR3
Bandwidth: 12.8 GB/s
Bus: 64-Bit
GPU Clock: 650 MHz
Mem Clock: 800 MHz
AMD Phenom II x4 945 @ 3.0 GHz
8GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz

Radeon HD 8760
ROPs/TMUs : 16 / 40
Shaders: 640 Unified
Pixel Rate: 16.0 GPix/s
Texture Rate: 40.0 GTex/s
Memory: 2048 MB GDDR5
Bandwidth: 72.0 GB/s
Bus: 128-Bit
GPU Clock: 1000 MHz
Mem Clock: 1125 MHz

The route seems to be performing without any larger issues on both of the above computers. What is your specification like?

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