Archive: January, 2008

Review of the Saitek X52 Pro – Flightstick, Throttle and Multi-Function Display

Today at we’re going to take a look at the Saitek X52 Pro flightstick and throttle set and it’s use with Microsoft Flight Simulator version X. I’m not actually planning on using the X52 in my home cockpit build, but had an opportunity to check one out and though I’d review it for the site. I am, however, planning on using the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke system and associated throttles with my build and will be reviewing that kit in the near future so stay tuned.

The bulk of my review is contained in the video below, with a few follow up comments added afterwards.

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FSX Video Performance Testing – Quad-Core QX6850, 8800GTX SLI, 4GB RAM and Vista 64 bit

Progress on the overall project has been going well. I’ve been slowly building the base frame for the cockpit setup and have also started assembling the backlit panels. I’ve been taking a lot of pictures and just need some time to put together posts about the process and progress. However, this post focuses on the system that will be running the primary flight graphics for the simulator.

The video below highlights the performance achieved by my new custom system for FSX. This short flight was a departure from Harrisburg International (MDT) followed by a quick circular flight to land back on the same runway. The flight was filmed from many different angles and then spliced together to create a nice little movie. I’ve also added another video I found on YouTube of a real life approach into the same airport for comparison.


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