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Corsair Vengeance® 2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gami...

Apr 09 2014 09:53 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. Real pilots wear headsets, to improve communications and reduce engine and other noises. So, why shouldn’t flight simulator users wear headsets? That’s what I suggested in a previous review of Corsair’s Vengeanc...

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NaturalPoint Track IR5

Apr 07 2014 08:20 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

  Review by Ray Marshall. I have just finished reading the Avsim reviews of the Track IR4 published in 2006 and the TrackClip Pro accessory in 2007.  After a quick overview it may appear that not much has changed in 7 years other than IR5 is...

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Saitek® X-55 RHINO® H.O.T.A.S. System

Mar 26 2014 09:38 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. It’s been many years since I operated a flight simulator airplane using a joystick and separate throttle, but I often fly simulated carrier launches and arrested landings in FSX, so it’s time to “get real”...

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Volair Sim gets new center stick attachment

Feb 28 2014 10:04 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review update by Ray Marshall. The award winning Volair Sim now comes standard with a hefty center stick attachment predrilled for the Saitek X52 Pro, the X-65 and the Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog.  When I reviewed the Volair Sim in July of 2013, th...

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GoFlight MCP Pro – Boeing 737NG Mode Control Pane

Feb 21 2014 02:16 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. The GF-MCP Pro is part of GoFlight’s family of cockpit control system modules. According to GoFlight, “The MCP Pro is designed to closely resemble the look and function of the Boeing 737NG aircraft’s Mode Control Panel in color,...

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DIY Building a Z87 Computer for Flight Simulation

Jan 27 2014 03:04 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. It’s always exciting when manufacturers release new generations of computer components. This build was triggered by the 2013 releases by Intel of 4th generation CORE™ processors and the release by NVIDIA and its manuf...

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GoFlight GF-Pro Yoke System

Nov 27 2013 12:57 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Reviewed by Doug Horton. Like many fight simulation enthusiasts, I began the hobby using a small inexpensive joystick as my only controller. The joystick was connected to now obsolete computer though a game port connection, which is also obsolete. Late...

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Wheel Stand Pro for Saitek Pro Flight Products

Nov 06 2013 10:30 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. What’s a wheel stand? It’s a device that holds Saitek rudder pedals and yoke system, including throttle quadrant, and optional accessories. It’s been tested for this review with added Saitek Cessna trim wheel and two accessory pa...

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JetMax by Flightdeck Solutions

Nov 03 2013 04:28 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. Flightdeck Solutions, Ltd (FDS) designs, manufactures, and markets high quality aviation products for commercial customers, aircraft manufacturers, government agencies, and computer flight simulation enthusiasts. As part of my as...

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Obutto Cockpit

Oct 30 2013 01:44 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Reviewed by Robert Whitwell. I have been flying my sim using one of the original “Hotseat” flightsim chassis for many years. I was recently approached by Obutto to review their flight sim cockpit. Looking at the two designs, I was intereste...

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Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Gaming Headset

Oct 20 2013 08:39 AM | djhorton in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton.   Real Pilots wear headsets, to improve communications and reduce engine and other ambient noise, so why shouldn’t flight simulator users wear headsets? Corsair’s Vengeance 1500 USB gaming headset makes this a pleasure, wit...

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Saitek® Pro Flight Cessna Controls

Oct 03 2013 08:46 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. I was particularly interested in reviewing these controls because I fly a real Cessna Skylane 182S airplane. I wrote this article a few months before rejoining AVSIM Online, and noting that Ray Marshall had previously reviewed Sa...

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Air Cooler Shoot-Out

Sep 23 2013 09:29 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. With continuing interest in overclocking, which is usually best done with third-party CPU cooling, I was provided an opportunity to test Corsair’s A70 High Performance CPU Cooler, and I compared its performance with the Coo...

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SSD Caching with DataPlex Software: On the Road...

Sep 09 2013 01:58 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. There are several means of increasing the speed with which computers read and write files. In the simplest case, hard drives have generally included small memory caches, evolving from about 8 MB a few years ago to 64 MB on newer...

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Benchmarking FSX with Three Models of 500 Serie...

Aug 27 2013 04:21 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. Many users spend hard-earned money for new hardware in the vain hope that it will improve FSX framerate performance. Those readers who’ve read my recent article on AVSIM about framerate benchmarking understand how easy it i...

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Testing a Z77 Computer – Professionally Built f...

Aug 16 2013 03:50 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton. As indicated in the previously published article, and provided again as a refresher, a friend had been away from flight simming for awhile, and when he regained interest in the hobby, he recognized that his computer was quite out...

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Anatomy of a Z77 Computer - Professionally Buil...

Aug 05 2013 11:15 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware

Review by Doug Horton.   My good friend Howard, who’d been a flight simmer for over twenty years, took a break for a couple of years, and when he rejoined the hobby a few months ago, he recognized that his dedicated flight simulation computer was...

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Volair Sim Flight Chassis

Jul 24 2013 08:27 AM | raymar in Hardware

Because I am always seeking that next level being introduced for us avid flight simulator fans, I was especially flattered to be chosen to write the Avsim review of the Volair Sim flight chassis.  This NASA looking apparatus does indeed promote ye...

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The AOPA JAY Flight Simulator

Jul 09 2013 07:05 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware

This is quite a treat and very refreshing to see something totally new in the desktop flight simulations market.  Using the 2013 Sun ‘n Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland Florida as the choice location for first public viewing, and using multiple l...

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