The earliest games I remember playing were on the Commodore Vic-20, they were text-based or 'write your own'. I never really used consoles probably due to the time experienced 'programming' on the Vic-20.

After the Vic-20, I was given a C-64 then Amiga by my parents, and this was when I really got into sim racing for the first time. The first major simulation being Geoff Crammond's F1GP, and eventually this led me to move through most simulations, and end up working for simulation developers myself.

rFactor 2 racing simulation:

Apart from racing simulations, space games like Elite, Wing Commander and the X series from Egosoft have been a solid focus. I use them to 'escape' from work.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Benchmarks

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It’s not often, especially during the last few years, that I have been on the cutting edge of PC technology; Just recently I upgraded my PC though, and during the process ordered a GTX 980Ti.

While that 980 was being shipped, I heard NVIDIA were going to have a press conference, so I watched a stream and saw the GTX 1080 being presented. It seemed a no-brainer, so I began the return process for the 980Ti the day I received it. While it is an excellent card, I’d be able to buy a GTX 1080 for the same price!

Below you can see the unboxing, and short clips of the benchmarks:

What I find interesting about how most consumers buy something like a graphics card, is that they go to some tech Web site and look at a chart; The chart will list framerates (usually average over a specific time) for some games or in benchmarking utilities. Most of the time I don’t play the games being benchmarked, and the benchmarking utilities tell me NOTHING about how the hardware will perform on the games I actually do… I work for the developer of rFactor 2, and most of the time I play Elite: Dangerous. These are the games I want the GTX 1080 to perform with. These are the things I care about.

I ran benchmarks comparing the GTX 1080 with the GTX 970 I would be replacing. The results speak for themselves:

So rather than seeing a statistic from NVIDIA or a chart on a Web site, you now have real-world examples for you to make your purchase decision. Good luck.


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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.