PC Racing Simulation

LiquidMantis wrote:

So it sounds like Mountaineer will be back up and running before long. Do we want to start a GWJ iRacing league?

I am all for it. Especially now that Nyxs is apparently back from the dead!

EDIT: iRacing names are in the OP here.

My iRacing account is under Chris Johnson if you guys want to friend me up.

Y'all let me know when you wanna throw down. I gotta hook my wheel back up, but that's no problem. Might need to spend about 70 bucks with iR to get up to date with what I feel like I need to own. That new McLaren looks fun, as well as the new road courses; Brazil for sure.

So it looks like I"m getting bad SLI microstutter in iRacing. It got really bad in a league race today. I guess I'll have to rehook my monitors and see what kind of performance I get with a single 670 at 5760x1080. It was happening on Win7, but that install was 1.5 years old and had a couple of motherboards so I tried a clean install on Windows 8 last night but it doesn't appear to have helped. At least my machine sleeps stably again. :\

I want to say I used to have that issue. It was disabling v-sync that fixed it for me, although you prolly tried that already....

In testing it's actually seemed the best with v-sync on. But I typically run either no limit or frame limited somewhere above 120 (using 120hz monitors) and I can't get rid of it. It's annoyingly subtle at best, then outright incident causing at other points, even though I've never dipped below 70 FPS. I'll recable in a bit to run single GPU, hopefully I don't lose much performance. There's no way I can go back to a single monitor for racing.

Not everyone seems to have the problem, although it does seem common. I'm wondering if a 3rd card would help. I've seen mention that it clears up general microstutter but there are people in the iRacing forum with tri-sli that still have microstutter. Originally I was hoping this would be a stopgap until the 700 series but rumors are saying it's only going to give a 15% increase.

[Edit] I hate to jinx myself, but I think at the very least I dialed out the worst of it. I set "maximum pre-rendered frames" to 1 in the Nvidia control panel and unchecked "cap frame queue" in iRacing. With a brief test it's much better. I'll have to put it through the paces later.

let me know if you (or anyone - cause practicing alone sucks!) want to run a few laps or something. I really need an excuse to put the wheel back on the desk. tonight maybe? I'm around until about 8:30 PM Texas time.

Monday nights are the GWJ D&D session so I can't make it but I'd be down another time. I currently only have the starter kit so I might need to grab a track or car depending on what everyone wanted to run.

You've only got a rookie license, right?

We can pick out something to race with that anyone that has the 'beginning setup pack' can run. I'm a big fan of the SRF's on say.... Limerock?...

Unless y'all wanna just turn left, which is ok (sorta).

Would anyone be up for some Thursday evening running, or would something on say a Saturday / Sunday morning work better for everyone?

ChrisLTD wrote:

You've only got a rookie license, right?

Yeah, I'm a complete noob. I'll probably start actual racing with the new season though. I've just been doing training to get the hang of the sim and trying to decent consistent lap times so I'm not one of the rookies everyone bitches about in the iRacing forums.

Nyxs Optare wrote:

We can pick out something to race with that anyone that has the 'beginning setup pack' can run. I'm a big fan of the SRF's on say.... Limerock?...

Unless y'all wanna just turn left, which is ok (sorta).

Would anyone be up for some Thursday evening running, or would something on say a Saturday / Sunday morning work better for everyone?

Cool, so far all my time has been the MX-5 at Limerock. Thursday works for me. Saturday morning is the GWJ Forza race slot and right now I'm doing a rookie league's training sessions Sunday morning.

LiquidMantis wrote:
ChrisLTD wrote:

You've only got a rookie license, right?

Yeah, I'm a complete noob. I'll probably start actual racing with the new season though. I've just been doing training to get the hang of the sim and trying to decent consistent lap times so I'm not one of the rookies everyone bitches about in the iRacing forums.

Nyxs Optare wrote:

We can pick out something to race with that anyone that has the 'beginning setup pack' can run. I'm a big fan of the SRF's on say.... Limerock?...

Unless y'all wanna just turn left, which is ok (sorta).

Would anyone be up for some Thursday evening running, or would something on say a Saturday / Sunday morning work better for everyone?

Cool, so far all my time has been the MX-5 at Limerock. Thursday works for me. Saturday morning is the GWJ Forza race slot and right now I'm doing a rookie league's training sessions Sunday morning.

I can do road races, but I am going to live at the bottom of standings lol

I probably couldn't do anything until the weekend, since the rig is supposed to get here Thursday and I'll have to set it up and everything.

Thursday would be good with me.

The only reason I asked about rookie status is because it limits our car choice. Moving up in license isn't hard, it just takes time.

MountaineerWR27 wrote:

I probably couldn't do anything until the weekend, since the rig is supposed to get here Thursday and I'll have to set it up and everything.

Awesome, that was fast! I'm not sure that the Forza thing is happening this Saturday. If it falls through I'd be in. I'd rather be on the PC rig with iRacing anyway.

[Edit] Current season info is up now. Looks like I'm doing the Mazda Cup and need to practice Summit Point Raceway for this week.

[Edit2] Well, with a few minutes of practice I'm @<1:30. I seem to be somewhat consistent around 1:29.6, I just really need to work on T5. Right now I think I'm coming in too fast where if I come at it slow and more consistent I'll be able to take more speed out of T6. Right now I'm going wide in T5 too often. Looking at the rookie stats though it seems like that's not a terrible time. If I can shave down to <1:29 and be consistent I should have a fair showing.

Well, it is looking like I am not going to get any takers on the rig, so I guess it is going to end up at the dump as soon as I can find a way to get it there

Aw, that's a bummer. I've always had really good luck making problems go away by setting them out on the curb. Hell, back in Austin stuff would disappear before I even made it back inside the house.

Tried that with the wife once...Didn't work...

LiquidMantis wrote:

Aw, that's a bummer. I've always had really good luck making problems go away by setting them out on the curb. Hell, back in Austin stuff would disappear before I even made it back inside the house.

I would do that, but I live in an apartment, so that might be frowned upon.

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MountaineerWR27 wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

Aw, that's a bummer. I've always had really good luck making problems go away by setting them out on the curb. Hell, back in Austin stuff would disappear before I even made it back inside the house.

I would do that, but I live in an apartment, so that might be frowned upon.

Doesn't have to be in front of your apartment.

Druidpeak wrote:
MountaineerWR27 wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

Aw, that's a bummer. I've always had really good luck making problems go away by setting them out on the curb. Hell, back in Austin stuff would disappear before I even made it back inside the house.

I would do that, but I live in an apartment, so that might be frowned upon.

Doesn't have to be in front of your apartment.

Well I also don't have a truck, so I would have to get a friend to help me move it. I also wonder if anyone would end up picking it up; it belongs in a very "niche market" I guess you could say. I really just don't want it to end up at the dump with all of the time that I put into it.

Chris, I sent you a friend request via iracing.

Thursday evenings seem to be the best for everyone that's had an opinion on the subject. Should we, during the first few weeks, just try to get into some practice servers with each other, or do we want to go full bore and setup some sort of private league?

I was thinking that maybe to begin with, we could just run a season or two that's hosted by iracing itself that would fit us. Maybe run a road course one week (whatever that series might be from IR), and the next do an oval (A different series from IR)?

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Don't make me pull up next to you at a light and take yer girl!

How does this stuff work? I'm new to iRacing so I just found out that the hosted sessions cost extra. Leagues are $10/yr, but do you have to pay for league sessions after that too?

I haven't had any time this week to really practice for the Mazda Cup and I'm running out of time to get a decent run at Summit Point. So right now I plan on practicing that today. Of course if I'm the only GWJ Rookie you guys shouldn't feel compelled to limit yourselves to stuff I can run.

I'll have to read up on the league thing, but something tells me that 10 bucks is just for the league management stuff. Track time will cost extra. They're not going to miss a chance to monetize their service when they can.

I'd be up for getting more out of my iRacing subscription.
During the week actually works best for me -- mid-afternoons [3-4pm] Pacific time.

Man... you left coasters make for some strange hours of racing. Your hours of availability put me somewhere between my office and walking my dogs after I get home.

Not saying I wouldn't like to race with ya, cause intern's taste just like fresh baby, but I just can't be ready to race at that time.

I think a league would be a bit too ambitious at this point. It would probably be best to pick a class of cars (the SRF works until everyone is out of the Rookie class), and pick a time where we can all jump into an official race.

If we get more interest we could try our own league, or perhaps piggy back on some other league that would be nice enough to have us. I don't want to keep pimping the SimHQ.com folks, but they have tried a few times to start an iRacing league but there was never quite enough interest (they have active leagues that run rFactor mods). Perhaps with our forces combined...

Nyxs Optare wrote:

Man... you left coasters make for some strange hours of racing. Your hours of availability put me somewhere between my office and walking my dogs after I get home.

Not saying I wouldn't like to race with ya, cause intern's taste just like fresh baby, but I just can't be ready to race at that time.

Nah, you just need to get out of the Central timezone.
It's neither here nor there.

I usually have a hard out time of about 6:30pm, so I can start later but I'll have to bail out around then.

p.s.: I'm probably more like beef jerky than fresh baby at this point in life.

My new baby is here! It showed up at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon and I spent about 4 hours or so putting it together and I'm not quite finished. Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!!!

You made pretty good time then! Although I was hobbled by not having a whole lot of space to move around and I had a busted knee that I couldn't bend or stress.