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  1. Nvidia has launched its most affordable GPU in the new RTX 3000-series and it's called the RTX 3060. It's officially priced at $329 which is approximately Rs 29,000, making it one of the most affordable new GPUs with Ray-Tracing capabilities. With this GPU, Nvidia is clearly targeting the people who are upgrading from the GeForce GTX-series to get their first taste of Ray-tracing. It's not really a surprise because the XX60 card has traditionally sold well for Nvidia and we expect this to do good numbers for them. © Unsplash Compared to the older GTX 1060, Nvidia says the RTX 3060 can deliver twice the performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance. With this affordable card, gamers can even expect to play modern titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and get good frames with ray-tracing enabled. The best about the RTX 3060 is that it uses the same Ampere architecture as its beefier siblings. It also comes with next-gen RT and Tensor cores for ray-tracing and AI acceleration, including DLSS resolution upscaling. © Nvidia The RTX 3060 also features 12GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit bus. The VRAM is higher than RTX 3080's 10GB, however, it'll be running on a lower bandwidth overall. It'll be interesting to see how the GPU performs against the other RTX 3000-series cards. We're so excited to find out the best value for money card for the gamers who are on a budget. We'll definitely have more to talk about the new GPU soon so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, you can check out our review of the RTX 3060 Ti here. View the full article
  2. The year 2020 was hard for many reasons, but it did have its own advantages. If you’re into gaming, you know what we are talking about. Not only were there many new releases this year, but you also had the time on your hands to enjoy your gaming sessions, hours at an end. After enjoying the down time to its fullest, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue having fun in 2021. In case you need better equipment or just want to replace your worn out headphones, we are here to help you out. Here are the best gaming headphones that you should get in 2021. 1. GS430 Gaming On-Ear Wired Headphone This one of a kind headset by Cosmic Byte is made to give you an unbeatable experience. The ergonomic design provides easy adjustments and makes sure that you enjoy your gaming session, uninterrupted. Compatible with a 3.5 mm jack, it provides a completely immersive experience. __ECOMPRODUCT__1046__ 2. Stardust Headset With Flexible MicThis next gaming headset is another one of our favourites. It delivers clear sound and has a smart, in-line remote control for the sound and mic. The flexible microphone provides great comfort and has a great sensitivity at picking up sounds. __ECOMPRODUCT__1047__ 3. GS410 Headset With Mic This next gaming headphone comes equipped with self-adjusting headband and cushioned earpads, that will make even the longest sessions feel comfortable. The camouflage print makes for a unique design that surely deserves a spot in your collection. __ECOMPRODUCT__1048__ 4. E3 Air Joy Wired Gaming Headset The next one on our list of best gaming headsets in 2021 is this one by the brand Eska. With a 7.1 surround sound, your enemies in the game don’t stand a chance. The rotatory ear cups, with breathable cotton cushions, provide all day comfort. The LED lights and the in-built remote control makes this one a unique design. __ECOMPRODUCT__1049__ 5. E800 Gaming Headset With a top-notch sound quality and premium flexible material, this headset is sure to become your all-time favourite. The most unique feature is the retractable mic which allows you to use the headset without worrying about losing the mic. The headset has extremely long cables so that your comfort is taken care of. __ECOMPRODUCT__1050__ 6. Air Joy Wired Gaming Headset As the name suggests, this gaming headset has a lightweight and comfortable design. With the top notch sound quality and comfort, this headset is hands down one of the best gaming headsets in 2021. __ECOMPRODUCT__1051__ 7. E1000 Wired Gaming Headset With this headset, you can hear every single move made by your enemy with utmost clarity. With 7.1 surround sound, noise-cancelling feature and leather earmuffs, you can enjoy your gaming time without any interruptions or discomfort. __ECOMPRODUCT__1052__ Final Thoughts These were some of our top rated gaming headsets for you this year. Don’t take our word for it, try them out and you’ll know what makes them our favourite. Explore More View the full article
  3. If I had to choose the best gaming display available in the market for gamers, it has to be the LG UltraGear 27GN950. There’s no question that this monitor is probably the only gaming panel that gamers need for next-generation gaming. Whether you are a PC, PS5 or Xbox Series X gamer, this monitor ticks all the boxes. It is, by far, one of the fastest monitors we’ve ever used and for single-player gamers, the best panel to experience blockbuster games. This monitor aces in almost every department and with the new generation of consoles now available in India; the LG UltraGear 27GN950 is the ultimate gamer gear to own in 2021. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The LG UltraGear 27GN950 has a 27-inch 4K nano-IPS panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz. It even has support for HDR10 and DisplayHDR 600 content. It has a response time of 1ms and peak brightness level of 600 nits with HDR. Usually, you will find monitors in the market that sacrifice one or more of these features but this particular monitor has it all. Since it comes with everything you expect from a gaming monitor, it also comes with a hefty price tag. In India, the LG UltraGear 27GN950 costs Rs 59,999 which is not exactly affordable. However, in our eyes, this monitor is a great investment that will last you for at least seven years of gaming. Since this generation is going to be all about 4K gaming thanks to the new RTX 30- GPUs and next-gen consoles, this monitor fits the bill perfectly. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The monitor comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports which means you can push games to 4K resolution at 60Hz. While this may prevent higher refresh rate gaming on next-gen consoles at 4K resolution, but it isn’t really a big deal since we’re quite sceptical of consoles pushing higher frames at 4K anyway. Having said that, if you turn down your console’s resolution to 2K or 1440p resolution, you can achieve up to 120Hz refresh rate on the Xbox Series X. The PlayStation 5 currently does not offer 1440p resolution, however, we can expect an update in the near future that might support the lower resolution. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla However, if you wish to experience the full 4K 144Hz gaming performance, you can only achieve that from the DisplayPort. This is great news for PC gamers who recently purchased the new RTX 30- GPUs, as the monitor is also G-Sync compatible natively. Most monitors that are capable of pushing high frames tend to sacrifice picture quality but that is not the case with this NanoIPS panel. The colour accuracy, saturation levels, white balance and vibrancy is not only good for gaming but content creators alike. It’s one of the best IPS panels you can come across on a monitor for gaming, watching videos and editing images as well. LG’s calibration of both blacks and blue hues is also perfect which doesn’t need much messing around with. When it comes to the performance, the LG UltraGear 27GN950 is buttery smooth and in order to take full advantage of the panel, we tested it with the Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity. I tested a range of games such as Call of Duty Warzone, Cyberpunk 2077 and Battlefield V to test the colour accuracy and the refresh rate smoothness of the monitor. At 4K resolution, each game played extremely smooth at 144Hz refresh rate. The combination of finer details and high refresh rate is a rare feat in gaming monitors and the LG UltraGear 27GN95 achieves that flawlessly. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Having said that, not all is rosy about this monitor as we did find a few problems with its HDR performance. In every game that has support for HDR, it felt like the game looked a bit unnatural. It’s not the best HDR panel we’ve used and to be fair, it isn’t really a big requirement for games at the moment. I recommend using the LG UltraGear 27GN950 is SDR mode as the experience is far more pleasing to the eye. Another minor issue we were able to notice were ghosting effects at times which is quite common amongst monitors that run on 1ms response time. Having said that, the ghosting issue was far less prevalent on the LG UltraGear 27GN950 as compared to my personal Acer 1440p IPS 1ms 144Hz monitor. Other notable features include having the ability to plug USB drives straight into the built-in hub and can be connected via the supplied USB-A Male to Male cable. You can connect up to three USB drives that enable you to free up space from your PC’s motherboard. It’s a fairly common feature in modern monitors, however, we would have liked to see a USB-C port somewhere. The monitor also comes with an RGB backlight that helps in reducing strain on eyes and can be customised from your PC. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Other customisation options include setting up profiles from the monitor’s menus and even have the ability to adjust response times depending on your preference. There are preset profiles also available for different types of gamers such as FPS, RTS, and Vivid profiles. If you are simply reading content on the monitor, you can also enable a specific profile that adjusts the blue light filter according to the ambience. The Final SayThe LG UltraGear 27GN950 is probably the only gaming monitor one should invest in 2021. It offers everything a gamers needs regardless of the platform and is good enough to last you for the next seven years. If you are serious about gaming and need a high-fidelity monitor, it doesn’t get better than the LG UltraGear 27GN950. View the full article
  4. Usually, PC gamers get the short end of the stick as games usually launch in a broken state for the platform. Games are usually first made for consoles and then ported for PC which leads to many performance issues on PCs. However, the tables seem to have turned when it comes to Cyberpunk 2077 as the game is riddled with bugs for console versions of the game. In fact, for the first time in years, a game on PC has received a better, glitch-free version and players on the platform are not going to give up this opportunity to troll console players. Many comparisons of the game have been posted online that shows Cyberpunk 2077 in all its glory for the PC version while the console version suffers from graphic and performance issues. I hadn't really seen any solid comparisons of console Cyberpunk v PC but I just saw this screenshot and oh wow. Left is Xbox Series X, Right is recorded an hour ago on my PC. pic.twitter.com/iEjz5eWaTj — Merchant (@Merchant_MTG) December 10, 2020 © Reddit/ u_CautionarySparkle The developers at CD Projekt Red had already apologised to console gamers for the sad state of the game and for "not showing the game on base last-gen consoles before it premiered.” The studio has promised update patches in January and February, however some feel that it might be too late. Sony has already removed the game from the PlayStation Store and is now accepting refunds from players who bought the game from its platform. Many PC players are now posting memes across every social media platform to poke fun at console players who are not accustomed to bad ports of a game. In fact, many PC gamers have expressed they couldn’t care less about console gamers not having a great experience with the game. © Reddit/u_tthreedee © Reddit/u_like_and_umm © Reddit/u_lo_REZ90 © Reddit/u_dhanveer_as Some PC players simply posted screenshots from the game and boasted about how good it looks. Of course, these were posted as an attempt to throw shade at console players which did add fuel to fire amongst console players. This is how my Johnny Silverhand looks like. Beautiful game on PC. from r/gaming © Reddit/u_dhanveer_as View the full article
  5. Cyberpunk 2077 is here for everyone to play, however, the long-waited RPG is suffering from performance and graphics issues on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. In fact, these issues are causing the game to be unplayable which has led to many players shelving the game until a patch is released. © Reddit The game isn’t looking too great on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, however, we’re hearing it isn’t much of a problem on next-gen consoles. In fact, the best version of the game is currently on PC where the game looks at par with what we have seen so far. Even in our review, the game looked fantastic with the RTX 2080 Ti and the RTX 3090 which we will discuss in detail later. However, on-base consoles by Sony and Microsoft, the game is suffering from glitches, chippy frame rate drops to game-breaking bugs that have broken the immersion for players entirely. Experts at Digital Foundry tested the latest build of the game on said consoles and found that the PlayStation 4 would often run it around 720p and up to 900p resolutions at times. The game looked extremely glitched and blurry which prompted the experts to call the game more on the lines of a Nintendo Switch port. If you want to know how bad the graphics can look, check out this video below: Welcome... to #Cyberpunk2077 on PS4 fat / XBO ! pic.twitter.com/77BSmEuw6y — Legolas (@Legolas) December 9, 2020 On the PlayStation 4 Pro, the folks at Digital Foundry found the game would max out at 1188p and dip as low as 972p. On the PlayStation 4 Pro, the game would drop down to 20 frames per second and also found stuttering issues in the early hours of the game. The game would specifically get rough while driving and exploring the Night City. Digital Foundry said that Cyberpunk 2077 looks completely different on Windows PC hinting that the experience was designed more for that high-end PC experience. View the full article
  6. Nvidia has some stellar cards under its new GeForce 30-series GPUs. We've already seen what the new top of line cards like the RTX 3090 and the RTX 3080 can do when it comes to performance. But for gamers on a budget, they might not be the ideal option because of the slightly expensive price tag. Well, Nvidia is completely aware of that, which is why they have now announced the new RTX 3060 Ti. This GPU is priced at the lower end of the spectrum but it doesn't have compromises when it comes to performance. In fact, Nvidia claims that it's faster than the last generations' top of the line GPU, i.e the RTX 2080 Super. © Nvidia When it comes to the specs, the RTX 3060 Ti packs 4894 CUDA cores, 152 Tensor cores, and 38 RT cores. These numbers are higher than last year's RTX 2060 Super GPU, which is what most people will be upgrading from. It's got a GPU base clock of 1665 MHz and it comes with an 8GB GDDR6 VRAM and a 256-bit memory interface. With the RTX 3060 Ti, you'll be able to experience Ray-Tracing and DLSS on some of the hottest titles coming out this year and beyond like Cyberpunk 2077. We're super excited to test this GPU and put it against some of its more powerful siblings to see how much of a difference is it going to make for the price. © Nvidia Pricing & AvailabilityIn case you're interested in buying it, The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti will be available on December 2, starting at INR 35,900. This is for the Founder Edition of the card that's made by Nvidia. You'll soon be able to buy customized GPUs from partners like providers such as ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, etc. as well very soon. View the full article
  7. Apple announced the iPhone 12 series of smartphones last night and also detailed features and capabilities of their new chipset, the A14 Bionic. It is the world’s first 5nm process and is touted to be the fastest and most efficient SoC in the world. Apple claims that the CPU and GPU performance has been increased by almost 50% compared to the fastest competing smartphone chips. What Apple is trying to say is that the A14 Bionic chipset is 50% faster than Qualcomm’s 865/865 Plus chipset and blows it out of the water. © Apple To put things into perspective, the A14 Bionic has 11.8 trillion transistors and is capable of doing 11 trillion operations per second which no other chipset can do at the moment. It can even handle some of the most intense machine learning models. What this means is that the chipset is probably more advanced than anything you’ve ever used before. © Apple For gamers, the iPhone 12 is probably the most ideal smartphone to get simply because of the boost in GPU performance. The A14 Bionic pays a special emphasis to multi-core performance and in the case of playing games, that’s exactly what you need. Apple has already invested a lot in gaming on their platforms, thanks to Apple Arcade and the A14 Bionic chipset can truly run console-level games on the new iPhone and the 2020 iPad Air. © Apple If you need more convincing, the A14 Bionic has a new four-core GPU making it the fastest mobile GPU on a smartphone yet. This results in the faster rendering of environments, character models and high draw-distances that was previously reserved for games on platforms like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One. Now, the iPhone 12 can potentially run games that you see release on current-gen consoles at the moment. We’ve already seen a major chunk of Nintendo Switch’s third-party library appear on the App Store or on Apple Arcade and the future looks bright for iPhone and iPad gamers. © Apple What’s even more impressive is that the A14 Bionic is even more efficient than any other SoC Apple has ever made. From what we understand, it has 8% lower power draw and promises the same battery life performance as previous models. The A14 can preserve as much battery life as possible while also providing great sustained and peak performance. We can also see Apple using the A14 SoC in the future for their planned ARM-based laptops, simply because of its impressive performance. We’re going to test the A14 Bionic chipset ourselves when we get our hands on the iPhone 12 series soon and give you more details about how the phone performs in games and other CPU intensive processes. View the full article
  8. My favourite console this generation is the Nintendo Switch simply because I can use it anywhere I want with the physical controller that gets attached to its side. Razer launched a new gamepad for mobiles that is heavily influenced by the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons and is essentially the perfect accessory for mobile gamers. © Razer The Razer Kishi follows a periscope and joy-con inspired design that works with almost every Android phone. The controller plugs into the USB-C port of the phone which means one does not have to deal with input lag over Bluetooth. It eliminates every frustration we have come to associate with lacklustre Bluetooth controllers and just works like a gamepad is supposed to. Smartphone gaming is still very much popular in India with millions of gamers playing all kinds of titles. From battle Royale to casual games; India has been at the forefront of mobile gaming for the past few years. The Razer Kishi can be used for different types of gaming -- for example, cloud gaming is going to be the next big revolution in the industry that will make games accessible to an audience in India that don’t necessarily play on traditional gaming consoles. Reliance Jio is already talking about game streaming on their LTE and 5G networks and sooner or later game streaming will play a major role in India’s smartphone gaming industry. © Razer While services like xCloud, Stadia and GeForce Now are yet to launch in the country, the controller can be used for playing normal Android games and even emulate older games from previous generations. The Razer Kishi is probably the only smartphone gamepad that actually makes sense using since the design already works well for the Nintendo Switch. The Razer Kishi essentially turns any smartphone into a portable Xbox or a handheld gaming device. There have been other accessories out there that do something similar, but none of them are as refined as the Razer Kishi. © Xbox Razer The Razer Kishi comes with two analog sticks, four face buttons, a directional pad, and the shoulder buttons i.e. L1/L2, R1/R2. It basically replicates the Xbox and PlayStation controller in the most practical design we’ve ever seen. While the Kishi is only compatible with Android phones at the moment, support for iOS devices is on its way. The Razer Kishi retails for about $70 (Rs 5,240) and this accessory really needs to make its way to India sooner before knock-offs take over the market. We’ve already talked about how important game streaming could be for India and Razer Kishi needs to be a part of that journey. View the full article
  9. The Indian Government has banned a flurry of Chinese applications that include some games as well, and many gamers were pointing out that PUBG Mobile was not targeted. Out of all the applications that were banned, the biggest hit came to social media application TikTok which had over 200 million users in India. Other popular apps like Cam Scanner, Mi Video Call, Likee, Mobile Legends and others were also banned citing national security reasons. For the people who donât know, PUBG Mobile is published, distributed, and developed by Chinese multinational company Tencent Holdings. While the PC version of the game was developed by Bluehole; the mobile version of the game has been licensed to Tencent for the mobile port of the game. Recently, Tencent also invested in âKrafton Game Unionâ the holding company that owns Bluehole. Having said that, many were questioning why PUBG Mobile was spared even while other games were banned by The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). MeitY banned 59 apps that were described by the Ministry to have "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order." While the game did not get the axe from the government yet; fans of the popular battle-royale game tweeted their relief with memes: #tiktokbanindia Meanwhile #PUBG players to each other : pic.twitter.com/38ynXbJbJy â HARSH ð®ð³ (@Nationalist1110) June 29, 2020#PUBG players checking the list of banned Applications.#TikTok pic.twitter.com/mJRnJdykWE â RaHul SiNgh (@_gohan4) June 29, 2020"59 chinese apps including #TikTok gets banned by India Goverment ". * PUBG users rn : pic.twitter.com/8MITimtLFI â Faizan Ansari (@Faizzsome13) June 29, 2020Tiktok & all other Chinese apps are banned in India expect PUBG. Meanwhile #PUBG squad rightnow:#DigitalAirStrike pic.twitter.com/uL2c0Lba7k â Saurabh Singh (@100rabhsingh781) June 29, 2020Meanwhile Pubg to other 59 Chinese app.#PUBG pic.twitter.com/PbscR9bM2P â Tushar Mandloið®ð³ (@TusharMandloi2) June 29, 2020It is worthy to point out that PUBG Mobile has been in hot waters before when it was discovered the gaming app was censoring the âFree Hong Kongâ movement, according to Chinese censorship laws. View the full article
  10. If you know anything about esports, then you're probably familiar with the fact that some of the eSports players walk out of a tournament with an outrageous amount of money. Obviously, the overall prize pool of a particular tournament shouldn't be used to gauge the popularity of that title but it still gives us a very good idea of which game has been doing good. You may have heard that Call Of Duty Mobile just announced a huge competition with a prize pool of $1 million. That's a lot of money for a mobile game and it goes to show how esports is evolving. Today, we take a look at some of the eSports tournament with the highest prize pool - 1. The International 9 2019 - $34.3 million © Valve Valve went all-in on The International 9 Dota 2 tournament when it broke the $30 million prize pool mark in 2019. It's officially the largest prize pool at a single eSports event ever, and as you can see, it's absolutely insane. The players across the globe competed in the tournament with the final prize pool of $34,330,068. In addition to the International 9 tournament, Dota 2 also sees a lot of other regional-wise tourneys. The Dota 2 Asia Championship and the Dota 2 Valve Majors, for instance, both get a $3 million prize pool each. It's crazy how popular this game is. 2. The 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals - $30.4 million © Epic Games Remember when a 16-year-old kid walked away with $3 million prize money? Well, that's was a part of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals. Epic Games nailed it last year with one of the biggest prize pools in eSports history. The inaugural tournament was split into two main events i.e. Solo finals which was won by Kyle âBughaâ Giersdorf, and the Duos finals which was won by David âaquaâ W and Emil âNyhroxâ Bergquist Pedersen. Just like Dota 2, Fortnite also sees a ton of other tournaments throughout the year. We have things like Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series with a prize pool of $4 million, among many others. 3. The 2018 League of Legends World Championship â $6.4 millionRiot Games' League Of Legends is probably the most popular esports title on the planet that sees a major tournament every year. In 2018, the game saw its biggest prize pool of $6.4 million, and the winning team i.e. Invictus Gaming from China walked away with $2.4 million. 4. The 2016 Halo World Championship - $2.5 millionThis was a huge event because it was fully sponsored by Microsoft Studio. The 2016 Halo World Championship landed a total of $2.5 million. Team CLG ended up winning the event and walked home with $1 million. Not the highest, but still not bad at all, right? 5. Call Of Duty Mobile World Championship Tournament - > $1 millionMoving over to mobile gaming, Activision's Call Of Duty Mobile is getting a new tournament with a prize pool of over $1 million. As mentioned earlier, this a lot for a mobile game and we've never seen anything like this before. The event kicks off April 30 and it's being sponsored by Sony. Here are all the details. 6. PMCO Global 2019 - $500,000 © YouTube/ MortaL One of the very first PUBG Mobile esports events to go global was the PMCO Global 2019. With a prize pool of $500,000, over 15 teams participated in this tournament out of which one of them was India Team Soul. They managed to finish in a decent position, however, it was won by Bigetron RA. View the full article
  11. The novel Coronavirus has created havoc across the globe and as much as we are missing going outside amid the lockdown, we all know that itâs necessary to stay at home now more than ever. The Police have been playing a paramount role in informing and educating the people about the importance of social distancing and staying indoors. © BCCL Recently, Mumbai Police took to its Twitter to disseminate the same message but in a very innovative way. They used the reference of the very popular multiplayer game- PUBG to drive the message home. Now, we all love playing it, donât we? Checkout the tweet here- Every player knows - when in a red zone, always stay at home! #GamingLessons #Safety101 #TakingOnCorona pic.twitter.com/rHyqnrqDs2 â Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) April 20, 2020 Mumbai Police captioned the tweet saying, âEvery player knows - when in a red zone, always stay at home! #GamingLessons #Safety101 #TakingOnCorona.â They compared the Coronavirus containment area to red zone and all the PUBG players know that it is essential to stay indoors when the temporary danger zone occurs in the game. Also, at the moment, stepping out of home is nothing less than entering the red zone. The video has already gone viral and has captured around 30K views along with 2.3K likes on Twitter, so far. Hereâs what PUBG players on Twitter want to say about the innovative post- What about chicken dinner ? â Tarun Agrawal (@TarunAg35110173) April 20, 2020 Meme police â aksh (@beautiful_hindu) April 20, 2020 Mumbai police salute to all â SHIVAM #stayhomestaysafe #stayhomeindia (@Ss12347890) April 20, 2020 For sure @MumbaiPolice is creative then before. It's the leadership that changes the perspective. Well done soldiers. â WatchfulEye (@WatchfulEye20) April 20, 2020 Kya baat â AskYasir (@askmehownwhat) April 20, 2020 Swag @MumbaiPolice â Mansingh Patil (@MansinghPatil43) April 20, 2020 Stay home stay safe ! Thanks Mumbai Police ! â Super_Abhi (@abhijeetdass) April 20, 2020 In India, the lockdown has been extended to May 3rd with a few relaxations across the nation. The Coronavirus cases in the country are dismally increasing and have now crossed 17, 000 cases, so far. The virus has claimed over 500 lives and the situation is only getting worse. © Twitter/TOI So, at such times it is best to practice social distancing and stay indoors as recommended by the government to ensure everyoneâs safety. View the full article
  12. AMD has been on the rise for quite some time now with some of its components offering similar or even better performance in some cases over Intel parts. But not all AMD-powered machines, especially laptops are worth checking out, thanks to AMD's "not-so-good" track record when it comes to mobile devices. The new MSI Alpha 15 laptop, however, is something that'll catch your attention. The Alpha 15 A3DDK is a part of MSI's Alpha series that includes all AMD components. On paper, it seems like it packs a powerful punch for a very lucrative price. But is it really worth it? Well, I've been using the MSI Alpha 15 laptop as my primary machine for a few weeks now and I think it's a really good machine for the price. Here's what I make of it: 1. Design & Build Quality MSI's Alpha series notebooks look a little different from their usual gaming notebooks. Instead of flaunting a gaudy red or blue colour, which most gaming laptops tend to do these days, the Alpha 15 has a simple matte black chassis. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP I like how the front of the laptop looks like a race car hood with two curves and a thunderbird logo in the middle. The hinge of the laptop also feels solid and it's complemented with a few red accents at the back along with the heat vents. The laptop is not overly heavy, nor is it gigantic in size. It's the kind of compact notebook that I'd happily recommend. On the inside, you'll see a gorgeous keyboard courtesy of the folks over at Steelseries. The display also has minimal bezels on three sides, so there's not much to complain about. The keyboard layout is made out of plastic, but I'd like to point out that it feels just as premium as a high-end notebook with a chassis made out of a different material. The really like the finish, especially where my palm rests on the laptop as I write this review. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Overall, I'd say the MSI Alpha 15 is a solid gaming notebook. The overall design and the build quality of the notebook kind of reminds of the ASUS TUF gaming notebook series. Solid build quality with impressive looks. 2. Display The Alpha 15 sports a 15.6-inch FHD display inside. It supports 144Hz refresh rate as well as AMD's FreeSync, which is a fancy tech that's made to eliminate screen tearing in-game by syncing the refresh rate between the display and the GPU. Technical details aside, this is a beautiful looking panel. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The viewing angles are really nice and the brightness is on-point. I also like how the display shows a natural color palette. This is now one of my favorite display to consume content on. Be it gaming, or simply watching a movie, you'll instantly notice a difference, especially if you're like me who's coming from a two-year-old laptop. 3. Keyboard and Trackpad The Steelseries keyboard on the A3DDK features per-key RGB lighting and it looks great. You can play around the Steelseries software to change the lighting patterns and there's a ton of them to choose from. There's also a dedicated button to change between the different patterns and brightness. As for the keys themselves, this has been one of my favorites keyboards to use for typing. Steelseries makes really good keyboards and this is no different. The keys have decent travel and are perfect to churn out long-form stories. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the trackpad, it uses Windows precision drivers and it's quite responsive. Instead of a clickable trackpad, you get two buttons. They're nice and sturdy, so no complaints there either. Since this is a gaming laptop, you'll anyway be investing in a good gaming mouse, so there's hardly anything to worry about. 4. Ports Despite having somewhat of a compact form factor, the Alpha 15 has pretty much all the ports that you'd need. On the right, you a two USB 3.2 Type-A ports along with an SD card slot. On the left-hand side, you get an ethernet port along with an HDMI port, a mini display port, USB 3.2 Type-A, USB 3.2 Type-C ports along with 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP If there's one thing that I don't like the placement of the USB Type-A ports on the right side. The wires connecting to the peripheral will often come in the way of your game by restricting the mouse movement. Not a deal-breaker, but it might take you some time to get used to this. 5. Performance The Alpha 15 A3DDK is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7-3750H processor with 16GB of RAM. My review unit comes with 512GB NVMe SSD which is pretty fast. I remember being able to transfer a 5Gb file in around 11 seconds which is not bad at all. Since this a gaming laptop, let's talk about the GPU. This machine is equipped with AMD Radeon RX5500M GPU with 4GB VRAM. This GPU is comparable to the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660 Ti. In many cases, the RX5500M manages to beat the GTX 1650 with better frame rates at 1080p. I wanted to push the GPU to its limits, so I ran all the games that I tested in 1080p with the highest graphics settings. This is not what I ideally do to test the performance, but I figured why not put the AMD GPU through its paces. You can see the results below in the benchmark chat. It's' worth pointing out that the frame rates are much better when you tweak the graphics settings a bit. Games like Apex Legends and Fortnite will easily hit 144Hz when you play around the settings a bit or turn them all the way down. But if you want nothing but absolute best when it comes to graphics, then you have the numbers in front of you. As for the thermals, I'd say the Alpha 15 has some powerful fans. They don't hold back while gaming. I set them to max performance while gaming, so they instantly kick in as soon as I launch a game. The laptop sounds like it's about to take off any moment from a runway, so you definitely need a good pair of headphones to play games. That being said, the fans keep the laptop from overheating. I am yet to have faced thermal throttling even while playing games for long hours. I've been playing a lot of Apex Legends lately to get better at the game, so I usually end up playing for more than 6 to 7 hours in one sitting. If the laptop can handle that, then I think it's sorted. 6. Battery Life © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Alpha 15 A3DDK packs a 51 Wh battery. Simply put, the battery life of the Alpha 15 is not impressive at all. I think it's the only thing which I don't like about this laptop. With moderate "work" usage, I was only getting 3 to 4 hours of battery life, which is not good. Yes, gaming laptops all have average battery life, but I expected better from the Alpha 15. 7. The Final Say Overall, I'd say the MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK is a decent mid-range gaming notebook. The Ryzen 7 3750H paired with the RX 5500M will allow you to play all the current-gen AAA titles at 1080p resolution with decent graphics smoothly. As I mentioned, the RX5500M sits right smack in the middle of the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660 Ti. I also like the display and the build quality of the laptop, so it definitely gets brownie points for that. The only issue I have with this laptop is the battery life, but I think that's been the case with a lot of gaming laptop these days, so it's not exclusive to the Alpha 15. For Rs. 81,000 (best price online), the MSI Alpha 15 is a very good laptop in my opinion. If you're on the lookout for a decent gaming laptop and don't want to spend a ton of cash, then this is worth considering as an option. View the full article
  13. If you have a gaming PC at home or even a gaming laptop, you can help in fighting the deadly Coronavirus. Sure, it doesnât sound like something that is possible but you can lend the graphical power of your gaming PC to help fight the virus. Of course, you donât have to be in a specific region to make your PC available for researchers. © MensXP/Akshay Bhallla Nvidia is calling for every PC gamerâs help by downloading the "Folding@home application." Once downloaded, you can put spare clock cycles towards fighting Coronavirus. The program will link your gaming PC into an international network that uses distributed processing power for carrying out massive computing tasks. This process needs gaming-grade GPUs which just happens to be in millions of homes. You can turn the application off and get your GPUâs full power when you need it for playing games. PC Gamers, letâs put those GPUs to work. Join us and our friends at @OfficialPCMR in supporting folding@home and donating unused GPU computing power to fight against COVID-19! Learn more â https://t.co/EQE4u7xTZT pic.twitter.com/uO0ZCq8PEv â NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) March 13, 2020 Distributed power is often used for research purposes and years ago Folding@home was also used to draw power from PlayStation 3. A new project was announced for studying the Coronavirus and the extra distributed power will be used for "simulating potentially druggable protein targets from SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV virus (for which more structural data is available)â © Reddit/Battlestations Lending your PCâs graphical power will enable researchers to better understand the virus and this is your chance to lend a helping hand. Gamers can donate their unused GPU and CPU computing power to fight against Coronavirus and other diseases like Cancer, Parkinsonâs and other fatal diseases. You can download the program from here if you want to get started. Source: Reddit View the full article
  14. Amazon is going to be hosting a gaming themed sale until February 23rd and it will have some great deals for customers who are looking to build a gaming rig or want to purchase a console. Deals include accessories, GPUs, and other gaming-related products from companies like Logitech, Sony, Lenovo, ASUS, Microsoft and more. Some of the deals include accessories like monitors, gaming mouse, and discounts on both the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 consoles. If you are looking for a preview, here are some awesome deals you can avail during the âGrand Gaming Daysâ sale. Xbox One S 1TB © Microsoft The digital-only console will be available to buy during the sale for Rs 20,990 where you can play digital games, stream 4K content and also take advantage of HDR gaming. If you are looking to play games at an affordable price, you can also subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass on the console and get access to numerous games for Rs 400 a month. Sony PS4 1TB Slim © Sony The console will be available for Rs 27,490 and sports a slimmer design than the first generation of PS4 consoles. It also supports HDR gaming and comes with additional storage for digital games. ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Super AMP © Zotac The new, powerful GeForce RTX 2060 takes advantage of the cutting-edge NVIDIA Turing architecture to provide high performance in the latest games. It comes with â2176 CUDA coresâ and operates across a 256-bit wide bus interface at speeds of 14Gbps. Customers can buy this powerful graphics card at a price of Rs 38,095. AMD Ryzen 3 2200G © AMD With a clock speed of 3.7ghz on a quad-core processor with zen+ architecture, the AMD Ryzen makes a solid case for itself. The processor is compatible with AM4 socket and supports DDR 4 memory. Customers can buy the processor at a price of Rs 7,150. Acer Full HD Curved LED Gaming MonitorWith a 75Hz refresh rate, this monitor does offer a seamless gaming experience. With display tech like Acer Flickerless and Acer ComfyView, the monitor offers a crisp viewing experience. It is available at a price of Rs 9,999 Logitech G304 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse: © Logitech G304 is a LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming mouse designed for serious performance with the latest technology, coupled with next-gen optical gaming sensor HERO from Logitech. HERO Sensor and LIGHTSPEED deliver extreme efficiency to let you enjoy your game for a straight 250 hours non-stop. The wireless gaming mouse is available at Rs 2,899. There are many other deals you can avail during the sale and get your gaming rig going. To check out more gaming deals, click here. View the full article
  15. AMD announced a new chipset at Computex in Taipei today which is said to challenge Intel's top of the line Core i9 9920X chipset. It's called the Ryzen 9 3900x chip that has 24 threads and 12 cores making it one of the top gaming processors today. Another impressive feat about the new processor is its price, AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900x chipset will sell for $499, which is half the price of Intel's offering. © YouTube Currently, Intel's Core i9 9920X chipset costs t $1,189 and upwards. Even when adding import duties for Indian customers, AMD's offering is very much more affordable and may just become the preferred choice amongst gamers. Here's an exclusive #COMPUTEX2019 look at the newest edition to the Ryzen family, the 12 core/24 thread 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor. https://t.co/OgLHoqWv9T pic.twitter.com/75FzfpdiKx — AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) May 27, 2019 The 3900x is clocked at 4.6 GHz boost speed and has a total cache of 70 MB. In fact, it even uses less power than Intel's i9 9920 x as it has a 105 watts of thermal design power whereas the i9 uses 165 watts. AMD claims that in a Blender demo the 3900x is 18 per cent faster than Intel's offering. To say the least, AMD has also launched more affordable chips from the same family i.e. a 6-core, 12-thread 3600 for $329 and an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3700x (with 4.4 GHz boost, 36 MB of total cache and a 65-watt TDP); for $329 and an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3800X (4.5 GHz, 32MB cache, 105w) for $399. The pricing on the new AMD processors are not only aggressive but makes it more affordable for PC gaming markets such as India. © AMD AMD also announced the next foundational gaming architecture i.e. RDNA. RDNA will power the upcoming 7nm Radeon RX 5700-series graphics cards, which feature high-speed GDDR6 memory and support for the PCIe 4.0 interface. Currently, the pricing has not been revealed yet but we expect it to be cheaper than Nvidia's offering.
  16. The Indian gaming industry is seeing a rapid growth, thanks to behemoths like Tencent, who're actively making an active investment. If everything goes well, digital gaming in India is expected to grow into a billion-dollar market. But it's not all roses here when it comes to gaming. According to a report by a US-based cloud services provider Limelight Networks, it looks like Indian gamers are seriously addicted to gaming. An alarming rate of Indians are even compromising on basic things like meals, sleep, and even work for playing online games. © Pexels Apparently, close to 50-per cent gamers in the country are considering quitting their jobs to take up gaming as a profession. I mean, I like the enthusiasm, but I am not sure if they all realize the risks involved. The report highlights that Indian gamers are spending nearly seven hours each week playing online games. Close to 24 per cent of players are admitting to playing for more than seven hours a week, whereas over 11 per cent of them say they indulge for more than 12 hours in a given week. To shed some more light on the matter, the report further notes that 45 per cent of Indian gamers accepted that they have missed sleep to play games. It doesn't stop there, as 35 per cent of gamers say they've missed out on spending time with their friends or going out on a date. And surprisingly, the report says that close to 24 per cent of gamers have skipped work just to play games. If not, it looks like nearly 20 per cent of gamers play at work on a daily basis. © Unsplash As I said, I like the optimism, but it's important that they need to understand the risks involved too. Professional gamers, spend more 10-15 hours a day grinding to perfect their gameplay. Twitch streamers & professional gamers like Shroud, DrDisrespect, etc., spend way too much time playing games. Some of them have even talked about the mental and physical health issues which they have to go through to put so much work. As much as I am excited about Indian gamers coming out of the closet, I am equally concerned about the addiction and other factors that are involved. Well, let's just hope that people understand what they're getting into, and it's not just because of the on-going 'PUBG' fad. I say that because a lot of Indian gamers and streamers are doing extremely well playing these new titles. Naturally, the people enjoying their streams and gameplay are bound to get attracted. However, it's important to see the full picture and balance everything before being able to support oneself as a professional gamer. If not, then this needs to stop before it's too late.
  17. MSI is a brand that's been making gaming laptops for well, over a decade now. From thin-and-light notebooks to beefy workstations, MSI has an arsenal of machines under its belt, so I am sure they have something for anyone who wants to game, be it for an entry-level gamer or an aspiring Esport competitor. Recently, MSI debuted a bunch of gaming notebooks in India which follow the pleasant trend of gaming laptops becoming slimmer, yet powerful at the same time. The MSI GF75 Thin (8RC) is one of them that signifies the change better. It's thin-and-light from the outside but packs some powerful hardware. The MSI GF75 Thin is currently retailing for INR 93,990 in India, and at this price point, you're looking hardware specifications like 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050 GPU, and more. Plus, it sports a massive 17.3-inch FHD display too. Yes, the hardware specs and the thin-and-light architecture sounds like an impressive, but just how good is this laptop? Well, I've been using this machine for quite some time now, so let's jump into my review - Design The MSI GF75 Thin has an admirably simple and sharp design. The laptop is all black and has just a touch of red to give it that “gaming laptop” look. The top, for instance, has a red MSI logo along with the brushed aluminium aesthetics. I personally think the laptop looks great, and I find it better than those tacky and bulky gaming laptops which have glowing lights all over the body. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The GF75 weighs just 2.2kgs and is just 0.90 inches thick, which makes it both thinner and lighter than a lot of other gaming laptops in the market. Since it has a massive 17.3-inch display and a full-size keyboard, I won't exactly say it's got a small footprint. However, I am coming from using a big and bulky Predator Helios 300 as a daily driver, so I enjoyed carrying this around and using it. Also, MSI says this laptop is 8 per cent smaller, 15 per cent lighter and 16 per cent thinner other 17-inch gaming laptops on the market, so take it as you will. To the touch, the GF75 feels more like plastic than metallic, which MSI says the laptop's top and keyboard deck is made out of. So, I won't necessarily say that his laptop has exceptional build quality, but it's pretty darn good. Also, the keyboard and touchpad have noticeable flex even with moderate pressure. It's not annoyingly flimsy, but definitely, something to make a note of. As for the I/O ports, the GF75 has a three USB Type-A, a single USB Type-C port, an HDMI and an ethernet port. All these are evenly distributed on both sides of the laptop, so you won't have any issues using all of them at the same time. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the GF75 has a good. Yes, it's not as good as MSI's other premium laptops like, say, the MSI PS42, but it isn't exactly cheap either. The build quality didn't detract my experience, I could even use it for my work without attracting too much attention from my colleagues. Keyboard & Touchpad The GF75, as I mentioned earlier, has a full-size keyboard, which is always a good thing to have. It took me a little while getting used to it, but my overall experience has been fairly positive so far. It's been fantastic for typing. The switches, despite being a little shallow, provide good feedback and aren't noisy, unlike my work laptop. Also, the keyboard lighting is not obnoxiously flashy, which is something that I'll always appreciate. As you can see, it lights up in red, although I wish MSI had given an option to adjust its brightness. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The touchpad uses Windows Precision drivers, and it's pretty accurate and smooth. It is, however, a bit too small for my liking, so I had some trouble using Windows 10's multi-finger navigation gestures. Performance & Battery Life The GF75 variant which I've been using for the past couple of weeks is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor which is coupled with 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD. The graphics are handled by the Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. If you can stretch your budget, then you can also get your hands on the GF75 Thin 8RD variant of the laptop, which has the GTX 1050 Ti and 128GB SSD. It's available for INR 1,04,990 on Flipkart. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Now coming to the performance, I'll say the MSI managed to hold it's head high. That's not really a surprise when you consider the fact that this laptop is powered by a six-core processor. It powered through both benchmarks and games alike, with the temperatures remaining well under acceptable limits. I've been indulged in a lot of multiplayer games lately, so I was curious to see how GF75 handled some of the newer demanding titles like EA's Apex Legends among other games. Here's a quick look at a chart to give you an idea about the frames that I was able to push in different titles - © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla As you can see, I was comfortable playing some of the newer titles like the Apex Legends, Far Cry New Dawn, etc. at 60fps or above. Yes, you might have to go a little easy on the graphics settings, but that's given how demanding some of these titles are. During my testing, I played all these titles with graphics settings set to low-mid. It's all about tweaking the settings, so I highly recommend playing around with the graphics settings before playing any games. I also ran a couple of benchmarks after playing games as part of my customary testing to see how it performed. I ran 3DMark's Time Spy test and PCMark 10 benchmark. The GF75 managed to score a decent 5,341 & 3,592 in PCMark 10 and 3DMark Time Spy test respectively. Under a heavy load like, say gaming or while running benchmarks, you can hear the fans kick in and push hot air from the sides and the back. I noticed that the palm rest also gets a little warm to touch, but it's not uncomfortably hot. The top portion of the keyboard deck, however, gets pretty hot. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla One thing which I really like about this laptop is the fact that fans don't kick in at random, unlike many other laptops which I've used in the past. This is even when I've kept the fan speed at “Auto” inside MSI's Dragon Centre software, which is essentially a utility which allows you to customize the laptop's performance and keep a tab on the resource utilization in real time. Moving on to battery life, the GF75 lasted me about 4-5 hours while doing productivity tasks (read: not gaming). It's not even close to MSI's claims of 7-hour battery life, but I think it's acceptable for a gaming laptop pushing a six-core CPU and powering a massive 17.3-inch screen. Display & Speakers Speaking of displays, the GF75's 17.3-inch FHD panel is a joy to look at. It has thin bezels, vibrant colours, and excellent viewing angles. I played a lot of games and watched a ton of movies & TV shows while using this laptop, and I had no complaints whatsoever. The hinge is a little too stiff, but you can lift the lid comfortably with just one hand. Also, despite the tiny bezels, the webcam is in the right spot, and I hope other manufacturers take a note from MSI and stop shoving the camera sensor below the screen. There's no Windows Hello support though, so yeah, that's there. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The speakers, I have to say, aren't as impressive as the rest of the hardware. Even after cranking the volume all the way up and making necessary adjustments with the Nahimic 3 software, the audio output isn't as loud as I like it to be. Don't get me wrong, the GF75's speakers can easily fill a small-sized room, and produce a lot of details, but it lacks bass. So, I found myself reaching out for my headphones at all times while playing games or even while watching movies. The Final Say The MSI GF75 isn't the only gaming laptop that's powered by the 8th Gen Core Intel CPU, but it manages to differentiate itself with its thin-and-light form factor. Of course, it's not as powerful as some other laptops like the MSI GT75, but at this price point, the GF75 Thin is a solid performer. It strikes a perfect balance between your work and gaming life, so I am sure it'll please the casual and budget-conscious gamer in you.
  18. Just weeks after the launch of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, Nvidia has now introduced its smaller sibling, the GTX 1660. It's been made available in India for the price of Rs. 21,500 and it's the cheapest Turing-based Nvidia GPU that's out right now. © Nvidia Much like the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, the new GTX 1660 offers Turing performance, making it comparatively better than the GTX 1060. This new card is using the same TU116 Turing GPU as the 1660 Ti, however, you're looking at 6GB DDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 192GBps, instead of DDR6. The GTX 1660 comes with 1,408 CUDA cores and has a boost clock speed of 1.8GHz. Nvidia also noted that one can easily increase the clock speed with some overclocking. On average, it's 35% faster than the GTX 1060 3GB at 1080p, and compared to the Maxwell-architecture GTX 960, it's 130% faster. In layman terms, the GTX 1660 delivers enough power to play even the modern titles at 1080p with enjoyable frame rates. © Nvidia The Nvidia GTX 1660, just like the GTX 1660 Ti, belongs to the GTX family of GPUs. So you'll be loosing out on features like ray-tracing. But considering the fact that the adaptation of ray-tracing is still in its infancy, we think you can sit out on the higher-end RTX cards for a bit longer if you are strictly on a budget. Specifications aside, the GTX 1660 also brings support for Adaptive Shading technology, which further improves performance in supported titles. You also get some game enhancing techs like Ansel, Freestyle, GameStream, ShadowPlay, and more. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 is now available from a lot of OEMs like Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac. The pricing, as mentioned earlier, starts at Rs. 21,500, and it will vary based on partner designs and features. You can learn more about the GPU here.
  19. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, as we all know, is a fairly demanding title. Hence, Bluehole Corporation launched a Lite version of the game earlier this year to make it more accessible. It was available in Beta for selected markets around the globe, but now, it looks like the title could soon be made available in more markets via Steam. In the latest March Dev Letter, the developers noted that the title is being added to Steam soon. The letter says, “PUBG LITE is aiming for PUBG STEAM version.” So, not only will the game be made available in more markets, but it'll be made available through Steam, which is always a good thing as it's more convenient. © PUBG Since the title is essentially a 'Lite' version of the original game, you'll be able to play it even on a moderately powerful PC. Here's a quick look at the minimum requirements: · OS: Window 7, 8, 10 · CPU: Core-i3 clocked at 2.4GHz · RAM: 4GB · GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000 · HDD: 4GB As of now, there's no official word on the game's availability on Steam, but you can expect to learn more about it in the next dev letter or maybe even sooner than that. Additionally, the March dev letter also talks about some other changes in the game like new weapons, dynamic gunplay and more. You can read all about it here.
  20. If you are a serious gamer who likes to game on the go, then your options are pretty much limited to a gaming laptop. Yes, gaming laptops are getting powerful by the day, but there's no match to a full-blown gaming rig. Desktops usually outperform their laptop counterparts, and that's exactly why unEvn wants you to check out its portable gaming desk. Called the unEvn ONE, it's essentially a portable gaming desk with a built-in computer chassis, integrated monitor mount, and more. Yes, the company wants you to take your professional gaming rig wherever you go. Here, check out the video - The unEvn ONE has a built-in mini ITX chassis in which you can add a motherboard, processor, power supply, up to four SSDs, and a GPU. Not just that, the desk also has an adjustable gas spring monitor arm, which can support can support a 32-inch monitor. Additionally, the unEvn ONE also has a curved front edge for added comfort, lockable drawer, and a durable and impact-resistant polycarbonate textured surface for optimal mouse usage. Oh, did I tell you it also features electric height adjustment to accommodate different chair sizes and body heights? Yes, trust me when I say this thing was built for serious gamers. So, what exactly makes this thing portable? Well for starters, unEvn says that you can fold the desk in about a minute by pressing a pair of buttons. The desk's leg folds up inside, whereas the desk itself folds in half. It also has a storage compartment for your monitor (25-inch or smaller). Of course, you also get a bunch I/O ports to connect all your peripherals. Once folded, the unEvn ONE comes in just at 32″ x 24″ x 8″ and weighs anywhere between 25-33kg depending on how crazy you decide to go with the internal components. Although don't go too hard on the components since you'll be carrying the desk like a backpack. © Kickstarter The unEvn ONE is currently looking to raise $40,000 on Kickstarter with 34 days to go. The anticipated retail price of this beast of a gaming desk is $2,499, but there are some Super Early Bird deals left that can shave off up to 50-per cent of that price.
  21. If you are looking to get on the ray tracing train and want to own the latest piece of hardware by Nvidia without spending a lot, the RTX 2060 is probably your only option. It's based on Nvidia's new Turing architecture and is the least expensive version from Nvidia's latest lineup. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Founder's Edition of RTX 2060 retails in India for Rs 31,000 and is a worthy upgrade of its predecessor i.e. GTX 1060. Sure, it's a bit more expensive from the previous variant, however, you get to take advantage of the new Ray Tracing feature on a budget. It even has support for DLSS which lets the card render more realistic lighting in real-time. We used the card to test out two games that take advantage of this tech i.e. Metro Exodus and Battlefield V. In our test, the RTX 2060 easily matched the performance of equally priced GPUs with the added bonus of future-proof ray tracing support. It's the perfect choice for gamers who want to play games at 1080p resolution without shelling out a lot of money for an updated GPU. If you want to know our PC setup for the test, you can have a look at all the specs here. We substituted our RTX 2080 ti with the RTX 2060, while the rest of the setup remained the same. Specifications © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Founders Edition 2060 is basically based on the same TU106 processor that can be found on the RTX 2070. It has a single 8-pin power connector and two fans to keep it cooled. At the back, it has two DisplayPorts, a USB-C port and HDMI 2.0 input. In terms of CUDA core count, it has the same count as the GTX 1070 i.e. 1920 but has 5 Giga Rays/s. It also has 6GB GGDR6 of VRAM which basically increases performance and reduces power consumption at the same time. It's definitely an upgrade considering the previous iteration had the older GDDR5X configuration. The RTX 2060 also has a boost clock of 1680 MHz which is at par with the GTX 1070. CUDA cores are basically the workhorses of a GPU that is responsible for handling all the heavy computing. It works alongside the VRAM to offer clear differences in FPS counts with or without ray tracing. If you want to know more about ray-tracing and DLSS, you can read all about it here. Performance © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla At the moment, there are only two games out there that supports DLSS and ray tracing i.e. Battlefield V and Metro Exodus. Regardless of game support, the RTX 2060 is a solid card when it came to 1080 performance. We ran it through some benchmarks to see how it fared in certain games: 3D Mark First Strike Test We used 3DMark, as it can simulate different types of games and is one of the more demanding benchmark tests a GPU can be put through. It also tests out the GPUs power consumption and the average temperature in gaming conditions. The RTX 2060 scores a respectable score in each department. Here's what the RTX 2060 managed to score: It was efficient when it came to cooling and managed to run at a peak temperature of 64ºC. Power consumption, on the other hand, was a tad bit higher than the 1070 but shouldn't be a major concern. RTX 2060 Firestrike Extreme Score © MensXP RTX 2060 3DMark Heat © MensXP RTX 2060 3DMark Power Consumption © MensXP Ray Tracing and DLSS Ray tracing and DLSS is the one feature that is exclusive to RTX cards and it is also the primary reason for the increase in price. Sure, there aren't many games out there that support these two features but the future looks bright thanks to numerous developers have already announced support for future games. At the moment, we could only test Metro Exodus and Battlefield V that has support for both features. When both features are turned on, the difference in graphics and lighting fidelity is noticeable. It breathes new life in Battlefield V however we would only recommend running RTX with DLSS switched on. Here are the results for both games in terms for Frames Per Second in 1080p with RTX on and Off Battlefield V (Frames Per Second) © MensXP Metro Exodus (Frames Per Second) © MensXP It's clear that RTX 2060 is capable of handling good FPS in 1080p and we could push it even higher when would turn down the RTX settings. In fact, it would boost the frame rate past 60fps easily. With DLSS turned on, we achieved the frame rates mentioned above but it noticeably looked better. The lighting was much warmer and had a better representation of shadows with DLSS. The Final Say Not everyone can afford a top-of-the-line graphics card for 4K gaming. Especially when you live in India and gamers are looking for more affordable options. For someone who wants to game 1080p and doesn't want to spend a lot on a new GPU, the RTX 2060 is your best option right now. It supports ray train and DLSS and is also future proof for Full HD gaming. It takes advantage of Nvidia's new Turing tech and costs only Rs 31,000. This is the GPU for the masses and an affordable option in 2019.
  22. We already know that Microsoft and Sony are both working on future consoles and are getting ready for the next generation. There are rumours that both companies are working on multiple consoles that will sell at different prices. The next generation of Xbox consoles is set to replace the Xbox One X and will be able to offer 4K gaming natively. © YouTube It is said to have improved hardware and better graphics than the current generation. We've heard rumours of various features that will come on the next generation, however, we want to talk about certain mistakes Xbox can't afford to make in the next generation. One of them includes making India a huge part of their strategy and here's what we think the gaming company needs to do: 1. Nail The Launch Event © Reuters Gamers are very vocal and Microsoft had to learn the hard way when the Xbox One was announced in 2013. In fact, it was a disaster as it wasn't presented as a gaming machine but rather as an entertainment box. Executives failed to talk about games and other features like “always online”, DRM and other issues that had gamers concerned. Messaging plays a crucial role in getting gamers excited and that's where Sony prevailed. The next Xbox launch needs to appeal more to gamers than casual users so that it has a great ecosystem right from the start. 2. Pro-Gaming Features © Microsoft Xbox One has already become a machine that provides the best features that any gamer could ask. The Xbox Game pass makes games more affordable and also lets users play Xbox exclusive games on day 1. All for a subscription price that works like Netflix and lets players play old and new games for a fraction of full retail price. In India, gaming is already an expensive affair and this new feature will make it easier for gamers in India to get access to the latest games for a cheaper price. © Microsoft Xbox already has a huge library of old games that are compatible with the Xbox One. Backwards compatibility is crucial for gamers as we generally like to visit old games. Rumours suggest that the next Xbox consoles are said to have backward compatibility for Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles. This would definitely bring a huge advantage to the new console, as Sony has been shying away from providing a similar feature on the PlayStation platform as of now. 3. Better Exclusives © Microsoft There's no secret that Sony PlayStation 4's success had to do with better exclusive games for the consoles. With games like God of War, Spider-Man, Last of Us, Uncharted and other exclusive games made the console a huge success all over the world. In fact, Microsoft has already bought new studios to effectively compete with Microsoft, however, the platform will need a good exclusive at launch to sway gamers to the other side. 4. A Budget Xbox For India © BCCL India is going to be the next big gaming country in the world as we've already seen great success for games like PUBG in the country. Consoles are generally very expensive in India due to import duties that made it exclusive for a nice audience. Xbox can change its fortunes by making a cheaper model just for India or manufacture/assemble all consoles in India to drive the price down. Indians love a bargain which is why it has made companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, and OnePlus super successful in India. The strategy is simple, undercut the competition with aggressive pricing. With a population of 1.3 billion and potential 200 million gamers, Xbox can capture the Indian market with affordable pricing. India is the next big destination for anything technology and gaming needs to follow suit. Rumours are already suggesting that Xbox is working on a budget console, however, we will only know for sure when the next Xbox is made official. 5. Release It Sooner © Reuters The Xbox 360 was the winner of last generation's console wars and there were two main reasons behind it. The Xbox 360 was cheaper than the PlayStation 3 and it launched six months earlier. If Xbox manages to launch the new console before Sony at E3 this year, there's no doubt it will be able to capture the gaming market faster. Do you think Xbox can make it big in India? What do you think Microsoft should do to win the Indian gaming scene. Let us know in the comments.
  23. There's always been a battle between gamers who play on different consoles and LG took it to the next level to find out who was better. LG teamed up with Activision (The company behind Call of Duty franchise) to find out which gamers are the best. © Pexels The study used LG's Elite Reaction Test where participants were asked to click on targets as quickly as they could, in order to determine the best accuracy. The test had over 1,400 participants and was tested on every platform i.e. PS4, Xbox One and PC. LG says that their study found Xbox players to be “better” at video games as compared to people who favoured PC and PS4. The study further revealed that PC gamers came dead last which sounds kind of surprising. It also said that on average, Xbox players would hit 78 per cent of the targets while PS4 players managed 74 per cent. PC players, on the other hand, were only able to hit 70 per cent of the targets. Even though PC players weren't able to hit more targets than console players, they did have a faster reaction. In the test, several red targets were displayed on a screen and were given 20 seconds to click as many as possible to green as they appeared. © MensXP This activity by LG seemed more like a marketing gimmick than a proper test. First of all, players had to confirm their platform preference which sounds a little dodgy as anyone could have lied on the form. There's also a chance that the participants were not evenly split across platforms that could affect the final outcome. Finally, LG did not use a game to test reactions times or accuracy and instead chose a questionable “Red-target” test. © Pexles What LG seems to forget is that there's a lot more to gaming than just being accurate. In order to be the “best” gamers, you not only need quick reactions but need to have some form of skill as well. Not to mention, PC gamers are also used to playing on higher frame rates than console players, which may not have been factored into the test either. Overall, this entire test smells a little fishy. If you want to find out what your reaction time is, you can do this test for yourself here.
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