For me an event to forget. I did not at least any preparation before the event and thus did my laps look like during this event, lol.
You can say I could drive just one single clean lap during the whole event (1:38.x at the second part of the race), as the tires where
still in good condition and behaved as expected ('cos after a few laps the car got more and more unpredictable + when you act not careful with the car).
During the rest of all laps I had understeering in front and especially a sliding rear at almost every corner + traffic (of course).
a bit off-topic:
Tomorrow I'll get a new graphics card. I purchased a Geforce GTX 560 Ti [Zotac, OC Edition] though I have absolutely no money left for anything.., but
I could not resist, because currently you get two games for free as well (as a download coupon) -one from the shop I ordered it (alternate) + one from the
card manufacturer (zotac)-. Let's see what I like more (ATI or Nvidia), overall Nvidia might have a more professional performance and picture-look I think
(though Ati/Amd cards produce a really sharp picture, which Nvidia doesn't offer like this, but it's (Ati/Amd) bright colors are a bit 'mickey-mouse' I think
At least my performance problems should be gone with the new card. I had to struggle much on some tracks with my current mid-segment Ati HD 5770,
the last time with much performance struggle was the Zandvoort track, where I had very bad FPS / flow with many cars in a race session (but that was also
due to the fact that everyone had a bad NetQ at this event, which lowered the performance also I think).
-update (a kind of review of about the new card): Finally installed the Nvidia card. It provides different colors than the Ati/Amd one definately (Radeon seems to be more neon/(saturated) at the colors).
First I didn't like it [thought (and still think a bit) ATi had more wow-effect in 3D apps caused by the ultra sharpness and also better depth in the picture], but more and more I like the look
of Nvidia more, since all in all the colors seem just to be more naturally now. (Also my HD 5770 changed it's colors very slightly -more to red/yellow- when it was at higher temps for a while.)
As a disadvantage of Nvidia you can say it has a washy 2D pic.-qualy, the card seems to use some kind of AA on pixels as a standard when not in native resolution, so that it looks washy
(text at boot-startup screen, text in the Bios and the Fps-, time- numbers at the bottom of the screen in 3D Mark '06 + it's loading pictures are more washy as well for example..).
I did not have this with my ATi card, there those text in the bios and so on had been always completely pixle-sharp.
I was a bit disappointed about the performance under Directx9: I get just 100 points more with the GTX 560ti in 3D Mark '06 compared to my ATi Radeon HD5770*, the FPS are quite
exactly the same (!), just at the canyon-flight test I get resonalby more FPS. But of course this benchmark is pretty useless to get an exact idea, what the card is able to handle regarding it's whole performance.
With the new 3D Mark '11 under Win7 I could increase from 2200 P(performance)-points to 3300 P-points (with slightly better FPS at all tests), so my new GTX 560ti definately has more power
(in DirectX10 & 11, tesselation), but I expected it would be quite a lot more of an FPS increase. One reason for that might be that my CPU [AthlonII X3 @ 2,9 GHZ] may limit the GPU and
performance-rating in some situations/tests, so it's natural, that there stands no reasonably higher count at the end of most benchmark-tests. -At least Nvidia definately has less graphic glitches caused by the
driver + no "ATi texture '50HZ'- flashing" as well.-
The wattage consumption of my PC stayed exactly the same in idle condition (105 watts windows idle) btw., but of course in action (210-285 watts) the PC needs 10-80 watts more now than with my previous graphics card.
Now I will go on track and test the new card in NKPro (and other games), at least the 256bit DDR5 Ram-width should cause less trouble than the small 128bit DDR5 interface-width in my 'old' mid-class
*->update no.2/edit: Ok, now I found out the reason for the bad FPS in NetKar, I get less FPS with the GTX560ti than before with the HD5770 (when you google 'GTX 560ti bad FPS' you find dozents
of people with the same problem), but that's just due to the reason that the card only runs at a minimum of GPU usage
. When you switch the driver option
"Power Management Mode" to -> "prefer maximum performance" instead of "adaptive" this problem is solved for me, then the card always runs at its full power at 3D applications and I finally get a much
higher FPS in NetKar at least under Win7
But for some strange reason this driver option is currently only available in the Nvidia display driver for Win7, the current Nvidia display drivers for WinXP has disabled this specific driver entry somehow
..No I must correct myself, the low FPS doesn't seem depend much on this driver-setting at least under XP. You can unlock this option to "prefer maximum performance" with NvidiaInspector under
XP too, but FPS stay quite low still, though I set up my WinXP from scratch in the last day(s) and hours it did not help.., performance is the very same as before.
-Conclusion: Somehow the Win7 32bit Nvidia drivers seem to work fast with the 560ti, but it's WinXP32 compilants seem not to do so well (fast) for some reason (at least with NKPro).
Though btw. I don't understand why I get a better FPS performance in 3D Mark '06 in XP compared to Win7, in Win7 this benchmark has much less performance -though both, the benchmark and
NKPro, are DirectX9 programs-.
Generally I shouldn't believed all that 'nice' written benchmark results around in the Net.. , now I'm wiser. The 560ti is still quite an average class graphic card as the 5770 was/is, so there is no improvement
in FPS beside upcoming newer games. So for my purposes I could have stayed at my 5770 still and save the money first.. :\ .
Also the ATI card's pic looks sharper, though I like the overall more homogen colors of the Nvidia card more.