Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel T500 Review

👤by Thomas Koflach Comments 📅23-12-11
Test Setup

As an avid motorsport fan since my early years, I’ve been buying the top gaming titles for years. From Colin Mcrae Rally 2.0 to rFactor, there’s not many I haven’t tried.

For a couple of years now I’ve been a G25 user, an extremely well regarded and popular choice within the gaming community. Not content with how the wheel is as standard, I’ve performed the Nixim Brake mod and installed a Leo Bodnar DFP Pedal Controller. These mods both add to the realism of the setup, and mean it should give the Thrustmaster some tough competition.

I will primarily be testing the wheels in F1 2011, as that’s would appear to be the intended market for the Thrustmaster wheel. However, most would expect a £500 wheel to also perform in other titles, so I will be giving it a thorough going over in Race07 (with all the latest track and car packs), rfactor and Ferrari Virtual Academy. The test rig for the gaming will be as follows:

Hardware:
AMD Phenom X6 1090T @ 4GHz (water-cooled),
8GB Corsair Dominator RAM @ 1600MHz – 8-8-8-24,
120GB OCZ Vertex SSD,
Asus Crosshair IV Formula (water-cooled),
2x Asus Radeon 5870’s in Xfire (water-cooled),
1000w Cougar PSU,
3x Dell P2310H Monitors in Eyefinity 5760x1080.


Wheels
Logitech G25 w/Nixim Mod & Leo Bodnar Pedal Controller
Thurstmaster Ferrari F1 T500




Installing the software for the wheel was a simple process, and only took a matter of minutes. The software package isn’t quite as polished as its’ Logitech counter-parts, and lacks the ability to set individual game profiles – but all the fundamentals were there.


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