My, hear how the winds down in Melbourne are howling along, with sleets of rain. Kinda like the Warning Wind of sim-land. Bitter changes always around the corner, of unexpected intensity.
Ugh, enough of that, let’s get to the point – Despite my new re-re-discovery of the beauty of FSX, I was still pretty annoyed at the too-stable feeling of flight in some of the default planes. Yes, the A2A beasts are ‘alive’ and the PMDG 737 NGX has a very satisfying flight feel, but there was something ‘missing’. A little more ‘oomph’ needed in the winds, some variety, a little pucker factor to offset the safe feeling I get sitting in my giant armchair with its 4 cupholders and ‘personal massager’ here in my man-hole.
Fortunately I had REX from last year, so I was set, roight?
Nope. All combinations of weather settings didn’t work to my liking. Its weather engine is quite slow, so slow in fact that I sometimes wonder if it’s working at all. I really think they need to work not only on the speed of its update progress, but feedback to the user, to keep him or her confident that things really are changing behind the scenes.
Coincidentally, Active Sky 2012 went on sale recently, check it out here. So, as I say in the video, I ‘took one’ for you simmers out there and paid my approx $35 for yet another weather engine! For a sim I’m only just starting to look at! God my credit card is going to melt this month. You better donate once I rip myself off this sim and get around to adding that fat button to this site!
So the video above is my VERY BRIEF U.I. overview of this excellent addon. It demonstrates its speed of weather generation, a significant advantage over REX. I’m working on another video to show off some to the effects possible with AS2012, but for now I can say that the conclusion I make in the video definitely stays. I’ll be using AS2012 solely from now on, just keeping REX on the hard-drive in case they make some BIG improvements to the weather aspects.
And yes, I love the AS2012 cloud textures, as much as, if not more than the REX ones. REX produces stunning, dramatic views out the window. AS2012 isn’t far behind, but as a few in the forums have mentioned, it actually looks more realistic to me, more subtle. And the fog and low cloud editing features – all I can say is ‘wow’. I can’t wait to share the video with you! That’ll be tomorrow, ahead of doing some more flight testing of X-Plane’s upcoming 777. Ah it’s a tough life…
As Chip has mentioned, I’ll be picking up the new PC on Saturday most likely. Specs are:
Intel i7 3770k 3.5 – much research shows that there’s not much point in getting the more expensive chips, games just don’t use their features.
Kingston 8G DDR3 1600Mhz HyperX – ditto, apparently getting 2100mhz super memory is only worth a tiny percentage gain.
Motherboard Asus P8 z77-v (only $135, a little more upmarket than the one offered to me originally)
Cooler Noctua NH-D14 - Seems well regarded in the forums for overclocking the fairly hot Ivy Bridge CPUs.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX670 OC 2GB – Came up very well in the recent Tom’s Hardware review of GPUs. Amazing low price for such a card!
Seagate 1TB SATA3
Coolermaster case (can’t remember the model, it’s an overclocking special, but nice price)
Power – Coolermaster GX750, headroom for the more powerful GPU.
Same OS, Win 7 Home Premium 64bit.
I’ll be transferring over my 2 existing 120gig SSDs and Asus Xonar soundcard, as well as the Bluray burner. Still using my trusty LG 27 inch monitor, no need to replace until the Nvidia 3D ones get MUCH cheaper, or the consumer version of OCULUS RIFT is released. Then we’ll all be in nerd-heaven.
Wow, that burner was a great buy, around $100. In one afternoon I was able to backup ALL our digital videos and pics, as well as 90gigs of music. Great peace of mind knowing that we have a second backup, in a reasonably secure, physical medium.