Joined on 06/05/01
What a revelation!
Pros: Smooth operation Fast feedback response Strong clamp
Cons: I wish I had been able to purchase a discounted bundle with the higher-spec reversible pedals and the 30cm alcantara Ferrari wheel. As it was, I purchased the items separately.
Overall Review: I purchased this base to replace a Logitech Driving Force Pro (Logitech's first 900 degree wheel, predecessor and pretty much the same as the Driving Force GT). I had always had a big problem with the Driving Force Pro's feedback. In Gran Turismo 4/5/6, when the rear tires started to slide, there was a strong resistance against counter-steering (turning the wheel towards the direction of the skid). In that situation in real life, the steering would become very easy to turn into the skid and usually would point the front wheels directly into the direction the car was moving if you just let go of the steering wheel. The Thrustmaster T300RS, in Gran Turismo 5/6, does exactly that! It turns out to have been an issue with the Logitech wheel, maybe in the speed that it can alter the feedback force, maybe in the way that the forces are programmed by the driver. Whatever the case, it was a big problem with realism in the Driving Force Pro, and not a problem at all with the T300RS. I have been told by someone with extensive experience with Gran Turismo that it seems to be a problem with Logitech wheels in general when used for Gran Turismo. Which seems really odd, given that Logitech has been the "official" GT wheel since Gran Turismo 4, but there it is. The feedback forces are strong, and the wheel turns smoothly with minimal noise. The loudest noise is the fan which runs if the feedback motor has been working hard.
Does its job
Pros: Runs stably with 4 sticks of 1.6V 2133MHz RAM and a 90W 4GHz CPU. Well placed power and fan connectors.
Cons: Uses "safe" memory settings by default. To run the memory at manufacturer's rated specs, must enable XMP in the BIOS. SATA controller is in AHCI mode by default, which results in a no-boot with a drive that was used in a system set up for IDE mode. I have also had trouble with AHCI and RAID drives, so I don't know what AHCI is good for.