Well I spent all day on this thing. I will start off by saying that 2 days ago, I had a 600w PSU and a gtx760. TSW killed my computer whenever I would try to run it. Upgraded to a 1070 strix. Turned on TSW and this time a crazy shut down, and failure to reboot. Machine went into a continuous start/shutdown loop. No error messages or anything. Pulled 700W PSU out of other computer. Spent a day too scared to start TSW. Grew a pair today. Spent the whole day running TSW. My machine is a i5 2320 @ 3Ghz. 8GB ram. Windows 8.1 64. 700w PSU and GTX1070 strix. FPS was anywhere from 15 up to 45, maybe 50 ocassionally. Even at 15FPS when in yards, or experiencing meets, it still ran surprisingly smooth at 15fps. I think my avg FPS would have been around 22FPS. I checked, and all 4 cores were running at 70% or greater, and GTX1070 was running a pretty solid 25%. Now I am no programmer, but something seems a tad off with those number. Ran TSW windowed FS, AA-TAA, but I had the ghosting effect, changed to FXAA and now I see black lines running into the sky, originating from the stack cars. Vsync-off. Foliage-high, shadow-med, effects-med, post process-high, view distance-high, texture quality-high.
Some bugs I noticed. Locos behind lead loco, are displaying a light beam onto the car behind them, although the high light is not on, on those rear facing locos. The exhaust. What to say there. A big fail? Either I am driving a steam loco, or those turbo chargers are all blown on those locos. SD40 cab stayed lit with sunlight inside the tunnels. And experienced an issue with not being able to walk through open doors from inside going out on the AC front doors. Exited the rear of loco, and had to close front doors from outside and reopen and then I could once again move through those doorways.
Sounds. EPIC FAIL. Not even close. Same horrible horn used for all three locos, and the sound just cuts off cold turkey when you stop sounding horn. No echo nothing. The geeps, sounds are weak at best. They just don't sound like good healthy geeps. The AC. At first I thought Hoover. But then I came to my senses and realized those sounds suck so much that it is clearly the industrial strength Kirby vacuum. They should have kept Searchlight Simulations on board to do the sounds. One question I would love to ask of the DTG folks that did the sounds. At what point in your sound work on those locos, were you able to sit back, pat each other on the back, crack open a nice cold beer, and say to the DTG team, "man we nailed those sounds. We truly captured the essence of American railroading with these three locos". Loco sounds are a bad joke. Rolling stock sounds....weak. Too quiet. Did I see in another post they used Krellnut's sounds? DTG shoulda not edited those sounds, because I just finally loaded them into my TS2017, and those sounds were amazing as is.
While I was driving through a tunnel, did I actually detect a bit of tunnel echo? Anyone else catch this?
Physics seem off in general. But what is there, is playable. But I prefer them to be as realistic as possible.
So in conclusion, I will say, TSW is not really what I would call a failure. But I think the folks at DTG need to check their pride at the door. There were a lot of great, talented people, that they could have included in this development, but they didn't. And those choices seem greed based. What they advertised, and what they delivered, are two very different things. Thankfully, people not tied to DTG are working hard to fix some of the issues. Searchlight Simulation is working hard, to get the sounds fixed. And others are poking around under the hood of TSW getting ready to do their thing. We have never had a train sim get released, that didn't have major issues. And a good many of those sims were fixed, not by their owners, but by the average guys and gals that love trains, and computers. I think in the long run, TSW will be fine, and that will be due to those of you that have been around, tinkering under the hood of all these sims, since MSTS up to now. So I thank you tinkerers now. Your fixes and workarounds will be greatly appreciated.