Best steering wheel bases without direct drive

We present a guide on the topic No direct drive Wheels compatible with PC and consoles, ordered by their torque measured in Newton meters. All of them are currently available on the market and can be purchased in Europe through their official stores or distributors.

These bases feature outdated technology consisting of gears in some cases and belt driven motors in others. Most of them fall into the gaming peripheral category rather than the simulation device category.

Power has never been one of their strengths (haha) and neither has responsiveness, but they were the best option available and continue to sell well at the entry-level. Due to their low cost, they are often used for in-person events. The dominant brands are Logitech and Thrustmaster. The forces mentioned here are estimates based on user measurements and may differ from the actual performance of the base or the conditions under which the measurement was taken.

One last note. It is important to remember that for the same amount of power, a direct drive base will always offer much better acceleration, less input lag, less noise, and much greater durability and resilience than a belt drive motor. It’s like comparing driving 100 km at 80 km/h in a 1950s bus versus a brand new sedan – a similar comparison.

Based on measurements found on the internet, an older but still applicable to this list could be the following:

  • Logitech DFGT: Less than 2.5Nm
  • Logitech G25: 2.5Nm
  • Logitech G27: 2.3Nm
  • Logitech G29: 2.1Nm
  • Logitech G920: 2.2Nm
  • Fanatec GT3 v2: 2.6Nm
  • Thrustmaster Tx: 3.9Nm
  • Thrustmaster T500: 4.4Nm
  • Fanatec CSW v1: 4.8Nm
  • Fanatec CSW v2: 7.1Nm

Let’s take a look at what they currently offer:

1Nm

Thrustmaster T80 Ferrari 488 GTB Edition

Let’s start with something that isn’t just a toy that will last us two weeks. This Ferrari 488 GTB Edition T80 doesn’t have FFB (Force Feedback), but it does have a linear resistance and centering method, so at least we don’t feel like we’re spinning anything haphazardly. It’s light, a good size, and offers 240-degree rotation to get you started in some car games with ease. Some Playstation 5 games also recognize it.

Power: We give it an overall rating of 1 because it has no FFB.

The price is 128 euros and you can buy it here.

2Nm

Thrustmaster T128


Thrustmaster offers entry-level options for all budgets, and this is one of their latest releases that aims to raise the quality standards of entry-level bases. With 250mm, FFB, magnetic pedals and shifters, a 13-button wheel and compatibility with Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X, it presents itself as an option to consider.

Force: Possibly a little over 2 Nm.

The price is 181 euros and you can buy it here.

Logitech G29


A classic among the classics. What can we say about this veteran whose latest version, without any modifications, has found its way into 90% of the homes of sim racing enthusiasts? Most of you know that it is extremely reliable and lasts for years. Highly modifiable pedals complete the balanced set, offering a geared motor inherited from the original 2005 G25. In versions for Xbox Series X and Playstation 5.

Strength: Just over 2 Nm

The price is 285 euros and can be purchased here.

Logitech G923


The evolution of the G29 to introduce a complementary telemetry FFB system. The TrueForce, which Logitech added to this model as an oddity, has really come in handy in the company’s Direct Drive lineup. This is possibly the last edition of this model that is still sold at a rather high price. In versions for Xbox Series X and Playstation 5.

Strength: Just over 2 Nm

The price is 327 euros and can be purchased here.

Thrustmaster TMX


An already amortized model from Thrustmaster, released to compete with Logitech and the Xbox-compatible G920. We find something similar in this case in versions with 3 metal pedals or two plastic pedals. We analyzed it many years ago and it was even better than the G29. Available in the Xbox Series X version.

Strength: Just over 2 Nm

The price is 204 euros and can be purchased here.

Thrustmaster T150RS


An already amortized model from Thrustmaster, released to compete with Logitech and the Playstation-compatible G29. We find something similar in this case in versions with 3 metal pedals or two plastic pedals. We analyzed it many years ago and it was even better than the G29. Available in the Playstation 5 version.

Strength: Just over 2 Nm

The price is 185 euros and can be purchased here.

3Nm

Thrustmaster T248

Thrustmaster T248

The latest from Thrustmaster with the intent to completely take over the entry level. Everything is better than the competition, and that’s how we described it in our reviews. More force feedback, better pedals, better materials, better sensations and better performance. Available in Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 versions.

Strength: approx. 3 Nm

The price is 316 euros and can be purchased here.

4Nm

Thrustmaster T300

Another model that has accompanied us for 10 years. When I saw it I didn’t even think it was still on sale but here it is and it’s still selling well so it seems reasonable to keep it. Available in the Playstation 5 version.

Strength: approx. 4 Nm

The price is 400 euros and can be purchased here.

Thrustmaster TX

Very similar to what we just mentioned above. The PC and Xbox version of the T300 that has been with us for a trillion years. In this case there are even more attractive pedals at a slightly higher price, although it is also possible to buy the base separately for 253 euros. Available in the Xbox Series X version.

Strength: approx. 4 Nm

The price is 423 euros and can be purchased here.

5Nm

Thrustmaster TS PC

One of Thrustmaster’s best bases, according to the comments we’ve read on social media, and one that PC gamers have used a lot in recent years. It is only compatible with this platform, seems to offer good value for money and can be purchased in different packages with different prices depending on your needs and preferences.

Strength: approx. 5 Nm

The price is 488 euros and can be purchased here.

6Nm

Thrustmaster TS-XW

Thrustmaster has partnered with Sparco to incorporate iconic racing materials into its peripherals and this is one of their most famous collaborations. This P310 replica, along with this powerful base compatible with PC and Xbox, is also one of their best-selling products, despite the high price. The base can be purchased alone for 400 euros in the Xbox Series X version.

Strength: approx. 6 Nm

The price is 631 euros and can be purchased here.

7Nm

Thrustmaster T-GT II

T-GT II

The latest version of Thrustmaster before the transition to Direct Drive technology was the second iteration of the T-GT base 2017. In this second part there are few changes compared to the first version, but we have already covered them in our reviews. It’s the official Gran Turismo 7 steering wheel, in case that matters. Available in Playstation 5 versions, the base can be purchased separately for 453 euros.

Strength: approx. 7 Nm

The price is 720 euros and can be purchased here.

We still think it’s much better to go for Direct Drive bases.

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