View Full Version : X45 vs. CH Fighterstick and Pro Throttle

01-24-2005, 05:47 AM
I was wondering if anyone could comment on a comparison of the 2 setups. I am thinking about buying the CH setup versus my X45. I am happy with my X45 other than it being a little on the cumbersome side.

Possible comparisons:
1) size differential (throttle, stick)
2) programing (software comparison)
3) performance differences (smothness)
4) hotas or button differences

I have CH peddles so the lack of rudder control on the CH stick and throttle is not an issue. All useful replies much appreciated.

01-24-2005, 05:58 AM
Didn't try the Saitek, but it is my understanding they are not in the same league.

At least the price would suggest it. You might want to check my review of CH gear on Amazon.

01-24-2005, 08:01 AM
The two setups are very similar physical size.

The CH software is more powerful and complicated but has excellent support at CH Hangar.

The X45 stick feels like junk compared to the CH Fighterstick USB.

The only thing you might miss from the X45 throttle are the two rotaries. This is why I still use my X45 throttle with the Fighterstick.

Order CH stuff from here if you're in the UK: http://www.rcsimulations.com/

TgD Thunderbolt56
01-24-2005, 08:13 AM
Both work satisfactorily, but the CH stuff will last you for YEARS and is much more precise. The cost is considerably more especially with the need for pedals (which you already have), but this is one of those areas I encourage the seemingly frivolous purchase because unlike other PC hardware, these controllers won't be obsolete in 6 months...or maybe in 6 years!

CH...without a doubt.

Order it in the US here: http://www.magnum-pc.com


01-24-2005, 08:22 AM
Flyingscampi, you've given me an idea. I use an X45 and, of the two pieces of hardware, I feel the stick is the weaker. On the other hand I love the throttle functions, especially the rotaries and rudder rocker.

Did you come across any problems combining the CH Fighterstick with the X45 throttle?

01-24-2005, 08:34 AM
Check out this link - CH Hangar (http://www.ch-hangar.com)

I originally had a CH gameport setup way back when I first started with flight sims. I then stepped down to a Saitek X36. Then I had a Cougar. I'm back to a full CH USB setup now, and couldn't be more pleased with it.

01-24-2005, 11:30 AM
Tallyho - The only problem I had was trying to get used to the new stick and all the remapped commands! I had to dampen the settings in controller setup as the fighterstick is easier to move and I kept stalling.

Remember you will lose the pinkie shift lever on the X45 stick but you will still have the 3 modes on the x45 throttle and the fighter stick so you won't go short.

Actually, I did have a minor programming problem with the POV hat on the fighterstick. On the X45 it has a mouse emulation mode which lets you swing your head around without repeatedly clicking the POV. I've got the same thing on the fighterstick by using the advice given in this thread:


Some people retain the x45 stick as a button bay, but I haven't got any functions left to map http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

01-25-2005, 04:41 PM
Flyingscampi can the rotaries on the base of the fighterstick be used to trim? Thanks all.

TgD Thunderbolt56
01-25-2005, 05:22 PM
The rotaries on the stick ARE functional with the throttle. I use mine for trim as it is and it works flawlessly.


01-25-2005, 05:27 PM
Great, thanks Thunderbolt56.

01-25-2005, 07:00 PM
I tried the X-45 and it just didn't work for me. It made me realize that I really like my MS Sidewinder stick, but I really did want a HOTAS, so here is what I have decided to do. I sent the X-45 back and retained my Sidewinder, and I plan on very soon ordering the CH throttle. Maybe this summer I will get the Fighterstick.

01-25-2005, 09:40 PM
The X-45 has a couple of extra rotaries I believe (but you'd best double check the specs to make sure) however the CH Gear is much better quality. If you can afford the CH, go for it.