24h race of Le Mans with Pimax 5k+

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#1

Hi guys ! Next week-end I am going to race the 24h of Le Mans on Project cars 2 with two friends and our cherished Pimax 5k+.

I feel that I owe the Pimax team a lot because they gave us such an amazing headset (ok I paid for that) and they offered me a 2080 ti though the review contest (and I didn’t pay for that one ^^). On top of that, they deserve a far better expose, so I hope this race will prove to everyone that the Pimax headset is a quality headset that can be used for hours without any problem.

DISCLAIMER : we are not pro (youtuber or racer) so don’t expect very high quality contents. We just want to share our experience with the headset, the software and the hardware !

I am going to add more informations during the week as the sim rig is almost ready. I can already give you the baseline :slight_smile:


The computer :
GPU : Zotac 2080 ti Gaming with around +120Mhz core clock
CPU : i7-8700 non OC
MB : Msi Gaming Edge z390 Wifi
SSD : Crucial P1 500 Go 3D NAND M.2 NVMe PCIe
HD : 2x1To Western Digital (Raid 0)
RAM : 1x16go DDR4 HyperX Predator 3000MHz
PSU : Seasonic Platinum 660W SS-660XP2
Screen : Philips 50pus7303


Pitools :
Version 180 with Parallel Projection
Quality : 1.0


Project cars 2 settings
MSAA high
Supersampling 1.4


The rig :

Rig : 2DOF moving simulator ( I detailled the project on xsimulator.net ).
Wheel : Direct Drive base on Simucube 1 and Mige 80ST-M04025
Steering Wheel : F1 style wireless with QR
Pedals : Custom hydraulic
Features : 4 bass shakers, moving 4 points seatbelt, headphones for the Radio



#2

are you going to stream it live?


#3

Hello! Ça c’est du DIY! Le siège de kart c’est confortable? Pendant un moment je pensais en prendre un pour faire un baquet de monoplace. (siège de kart incliné + appui tête/épaule diy).


#4

I am going to check what is possible to do tomorrow.

Last year the race manager desk (ok…dinner table… ) looked like this :


I going to see which screen can be streamed and in worst case we are going to use a Samsung S8.


#5

J’ai choisi ça plutôt qu’un siège baquet classique car c’est à la fois beaucoup plus léger et moins cher. Niveau confort ça passe, on va rajouter encore quelques mousses. Puis le simulateur de mouvements ne secoue pas énormément non plus.

Translation : I choose that instead of a classic bucket seat because it’s both lighter and cheaper. Considering confort, it’s ok but we are going to add a bit more pads. Then the sim motion rig doesn’t shake a lot so it’s ok…


#6

you could put OBS on the main machine, and send the image via ODI to a second rig for streaming. this doesn’t use a lot of power. also if you have a passtrough capture card you can record another screen on the second machine without any lag.

you could also add live video on the streaming rig with just a USB webcam, so it wouldn’t hurt gameplay.


#7

Cool! I do a lot of PC2 with my 5k+ also.
You could just use the NVIDIA build in streaming function over twitch or steams Version both are easy to use
Edit:
Link: https://www.howtogeek.com/340554/how-to-stream-your-pc-gameplay-with-nvidia-geforce-experience/amp/

I find OBS a bit hard if your not into it.


#8

Thanks to both of you ! I am going to check which one is the most efficient !


#9

Almost ready !



#10

First video online ! Quite a bad start indeed…


#11

Still pushing hard at the fifth place !


#12

Anybody saying that he can’t weare the 5k for more then an hour will now be pointed to your experience :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::+1:t3:
Nice job, tell us about it as soon as you are up to it!
Thanks anyway for sharing!


#13

Wow, I am glad to see that.
I will pin your post for 5 days!
Cheers!


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#15

Only 1 hour left, and so good so far !

I spent 9h with the pimax 5k+ on the head (4x 2h15). I must add :

  • We made the 24h of le mans with Lenovo Explorer last year that got a psvr-like design.It swings a lot more than the pimax due to his design when you turn head.(to check if there is a car by example)
  • Compared to the HTC vive (that I owned too), thanks to his very lightweight design, it is more natural to turn head with the Pimax.

#16

I must add that the guy wearing the headset on the picture above wears glasses without any problem too…

How to make overclocking safe :


#17

We won the race ! Due to many crashes we spent 3/4 of the races between first and last place. Then in the last 6 hours, thanks to a very grippy track, we took the first place and kept it easily.

On the failures side :

  • most of the shifter paddles failed during the race and were replaced.
  • The belt tensioner system heated a 3D printed parts that become deformed and inoperable.
  • The sim motion rig was going down a little bit with time. We re-calibrated it two times.

But no problem with the Pimax headest, nor with the computer, Pcars 2, and any software used (Simhub, Simtools, Profiler, Mumble).

Again, thanks a lot to the Pimax team to have bring such an amazing headest to us ! Now that we are used to it, it doesn’t even appear like a high-end expensive headset, it’s just appears like the way it’s supposed to be : a thing that you put on your head, and immediately forget it because you are in another world.

PS : I am sorry to have been incapable to stream the race decently, but I already spent all my free time this last months to build this simulation rig, and that left no time to learn how to stream… Next time it will be better !


#18

This much racing is not quite my cup of tea (more of an arcade-y racing type myself). But i love seeing people put in the effort to make great setups for fun activities like this. So thanks for sharing!

Also, got a solid chuckle from the overclocking setup


#19

Yeah it looks exagerated but we didn’t want to take any risk so… On the other side we also needed to OC a little bit to reach a decent framerate.


#20

Awesome indeed. I remember a buddy doing the endrance races in the first Gran Turismo. Not an easy task. He kept nodding off here & there during the race. :beers::sunglasses::+1::sparkles: