The Ultimate Clash Royale Guide For Beginners

Clash Royale is a hugely popular game in India. And it’s nothing like PUBG Mobile or COD Mobile, instead, it’s a card-based strategy game where you take on opponents in 1-v-1 battles. So if you’re used to the action of PUBG Mobile and are planning to try this as well, you might find that the same tricks don’t help you. So we’ve made this beginner-friendly guide for people looking to get started with Clash Royale.

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to ensure you have a fun and thrilling experience starting this game and bag some wins:

1. Balanced Deck

Always keep balanced units in your deck. This will make sure you don’t need to wait for too long for your elixir to refill and you’ll be able to deploy units faster. It will also help you be quick when it comes to launch counter-attacks and defend your tower. A good, balanced deck will be very helpful in keeping your opponent under pressure.

2. Don’t Waste Elixir

The most important thing in Clash Royale is Elixir management. If you’re good at timing your cards and managing Elixir, you can take down your opponent even if your deck is weaker than them. In the beginning of a match, if your opponent is waiting, it might be best for you to wait as well, for your Elixir to fill up to 9 bars before you start placing your units on the field.

But if you’re being attacked, there’s no point in waiting too much because you’ll end up taking a lot of damage on your towers in the meanwhile. That’s why in most situations it’s best to deploy your defensive units as soon as the enemy starts attacking you.

Saving up Elixir won’t help you in every situation, the only thing that will happen is your opponent will be able to deploy more units and recharge his Elixir again, so make sure you don’t let them do that, otherwise they’ll gain a significant number advantage on the field. It’s okay if you’re trying to execute a specific strategy, like baiting your enemy into a trap, but otherwise make sure you make good timely use of the Elixir.

3. Zonal Play

The playing field in Clash Royale has two halves, one for you and the other for your opponent. You may feel like it’s best to place your units as close to the enemy half as possible in the starting, but don’t make that mistake. If your enemy has just deployed a unit and it’s moving towards your half, wait for the right moment. Let it enter your side and then launch a counter-attack. With this you’ll be able to take down the enemy units more easily as your own towers will fire at them too, and you won’t waste any time killing the enemy units.

Similarly, when you’re on the offensive, make sure you don’t activate the enemy king’s tower. It will remain passive until you attack it directly and it won’t shoot your units at all. This will make sure your troops take less damage and be able to put more pressure on the enemy by damaging their towers.

4. Don’t Panic, especially at the end.

Apart from Elixir management and deck building, the most important thing in Clash Royale is to make sure you don’t lose your calm and play with a cool, composed mind. If you panic, you’ll end up making some wrong moves in a hurry and the opponent will be able to take advantage of your mistakes and defeat you.

The probability of this happening is the most once the timer goes below the 1 minute mark, because then the Elixir starts recharging twice as fast. Make sure you don’t put all your units on the offense, and take care of your own towers and focus on their defense as well.

By doing this, you can even turn around a losing game by the time that last 1 minute gets over, because your enemy will try to make sure to do the most amount of damage to your towers and might even let his own towers remain open for attack.

5. Mind Games – Play Your Opponent, Not Just Their Cards

In the middle of the match in Clash Royale, you can use quick chat and reactions as well. You can use these to irritate your opponent, frustrating them into making a rash move. Make sure you don’t cross any limits, and time the reactions well to make sure your enemy loses his focus as being distracted can directly give you an advantage in the game.

These were our 5 top tips for beginners to help them get started with Clash Royale. If you found these helpful, be sure to check back regularly for more guides for all your favourite games, from PUBG Mobile to COD Mobile, Clash Royale, Garena Free Fire and more!

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4 Hidden Tricks in PUBG Mobile That You Might Not Know

We have posted quite a few PUBG Tips but here are a few tricks that you may not know about that could be useful if you’re ever in trouble and need some way to get an advantage. So without further ado, here are four hidden tricks in PUBG Mobile you might not know about that can be helpful.

1. Car Bug

The car bug is when you jump onto the side of a car but not on top of it. You jump right onto the edge so it looks like you’re floating and then you go prone and you’re basically completely hidden while also being in a usual spot from which you can aim and get people.

2. Crawling Underwater

If you are near a body of water and think someone might be over and don’t have any cover, you could use this trick. Go prone outside the body of water and select any throwable object. Then start aiming to throw it but don’t actually throw it. Just hold it and start crawling towards the water until you’re completely submerged and not visible. You won’t have to worry about oxygen and can catch an enemy by surprise.

3. Red Zone Camp

This is a risky thing to do but can help you switch your tactics. You take damage if you’re in the red zone, however, if even a single small pixel of your character’s body is touching the blue circle, you won’t take damage. You can use this and always stay at the edge until the very end. Remember, camping is a viable strategy in this game.

4. Stairway Spot

If you’re inside a house and want to ambush people use this. If there’s a staircase, you can jump onto the ledge on the wall of the staircase and position yourself above the staircase, a spot where nobody tends to check, especially in FPP. You will literally have the drop on them once they start climbing the staircase as they won’t spot you and you can kill them. You will be in a vulnerable spot though so if there is more than one person and you shoot too soon, you could be in trouble so do this when there’s back up around.

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COD Mobile Vs PUBG Mobile, Which Is Better?

A lot of people have been playing COD Mobile recently while it was in closed beta, and the game is actually pretty good. Not only does it have the same Battle Royale as PUBG, but it also has a ton of other game modes if you want some variety. With COD Mobile soon coming back in open beta, many have been asking what the differences between the two big games are, and which game will be more fun with friends.

Graphics

Firstly, let’s talk about the graphics – Both games look good on phones, but for my preference, COD Mobile looks a bit sharper. It only has one map in the Battle Royale mode, but it has a lot more maps in the different games modes and all of it adds a lot of variety to how the game looks.

Gameplay

Next is the gameplay, and this is probably what will mean the most to players. PUBG Mobile leans more towards a more realistic military feel, while COD Mobile is a lot more arcade-ish. You move a lot faster in COD mobile and the gameplay is lot more frantic. If you prefer a more tactical and slow approach, PUBG Mobile is more suited for you. However, if you prefer a faster gameplay style, COD Mobile is easily the best in the genre. Weapons feel tight and accurate, and the movement is really fluid.

Stability

Anyone who has played PUBG Mobile for a good amount of time will know that the game has terrible optimization. Fun as the game is, it has a lot of performance issues, and the game constantly drops frames below 60. COD Mobile, however, is super smooth and runs at 60 FPS without any lag at all. This alone made me want to play a lot more of COD Mobile over PUBG Mobile. Picking up items and opening doors always felt janky in PUBG Mobile, while it’s really responsive in COD Mobile, and it feels great.

Game Modes

The biggest difference between COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile are the game modes. Both games have the popular Battle Royale game mode that is all the craze right now. However, in COD Mobile Battle Royale, you can drive even more vehicles and even fly a helicopter. This is a lot more fun and gives you more options to chase down enemies. You can also jump off the helicopter and redeploy the glider to land safely. Apart from the Battle Royale mode, COD has lot of other popular multiplayer modes like Free For All and Deathmatch, with a lot of different maps.

This is a big difference from PUBG Mobile, which does have a few other modes but feels really lacking in comparison. This variety is also refreshing and is a good reason for you to keep playing the game and get some good practice with the shooting, even if you get bored of the Battle Royale mode.

Conclusion

Overall, it really feels like COD Mobile is a more refined version of PUBG Mobile, and players will have a lot of fun playing it. It’s not that COD Mobile will be a PUBG killer, but it sure will give it some tough competition. Almost everyone I know who plays PUBG Mobile has great things to say about COD Mobile and said that they would rather play COD Mobile over PUBG.

So which one do you think is the right game for you, PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty Mobile? Let us know in the comments what you think about both the games and which one you like more.

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PUBG Mobile Best Weapons Guide

PUBG Mobile has a lot of weapons you can choose to help you win. From Pistols and SMGs to Shotguns, Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles, there’s just about every kind of gun you can find either on the battleground, or in the air drop. With so many options, choosing the right weapon for your play style can be a difficult task. So here’s a handy guide with all the best weapons in PUBG Mobile across the different weapon types. Without further ado, let’s see what they are.

AWM- Long Range God

The AWM is the most powerful gun in the game as it will kill someone even with a level 3 helmet with one headshot. However, the gun can only be found in airdrops which mean that getting it is a risky affair. If you do get it though, you will tear through your opposition if you’ve mastered this gun.

SKS – The Assault Rifle for For Long Range Fighters

With the proper attachments, the SKS is better than the SLR which is also a fantastic weapon to use. For battle between 200-600m, this gun with attachments is a beast that will not let you down.

AKM- The Power Hitting Rifle

The AKM is a damn good weapon if equipped with a compensator as it deals the highest damage out of the other non crate ARs. The fact that it can be found so easily and with an attachment can be turned into a mean machine makes this a very viable choice.

M416- The All Rounder Assault Rifle

With all the attachments, this weapon right here will have an edge over the AKM. However getting all the attachments can be tricky but if you do, this weapon will never let you down.

UMP9 – The Close Quarter Killer

Set it to auto and watch enemies close to you drop like flies. This thing is great when it comes to close encounters due to its high rate of fire and its magazine capacity. The Vector is also a good choice but can get you in trouble due to its magazine size.

The AUG, Kar98, Scar-L and the Groza are also great weapons that if you find are absolutely worth using with the proper attachments. What are your favourite weapons? Let us know down below and check out the links below if you’re looking for more PUBG Mobile guides, or tips for any of your favourite games, like Call of Duty Mobile, Garena Free Fire or Clash Royale.

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Free Fire Best Weapons Guide: Which is the Right Gun For You?

Garena Free Fire has a lot of guns to choose from, and it can be a daunting task to figure out which one is right for you. That’s why we’ve prepared this handy guide that will take you through the best weapons available in the game and help you choose the perfect one for you based on your preferred play style. 

We’ll start off with the decent ones and build up to which ones we think are the absolute best. You will find guns from all the categories here and pick any of them, because ultimately the best weapon for you will be one that you feel the most comfortable using.

MP40

Let’s start off with the MP40. This is hands down the best SMG in Free Fire which is perfect for close-range combat. Thanks to its high rate of fire, it can easily shred through any number of enemies should they dare to come close to you. It’s damage output is pretty good too. It’s very useful for all kinds of players and keeping it in your primary slot will make sure you don’t have to worry about close-range combat.

M1014

If you like using Shotguns, then the M1014 is the best shotgun you’ll find in Free Fire. It is absolutely lethal at close range. With its high damage and decent rate of fire it can make quick work of your enemies without running a sweat. And, it’s pretty easy to find in the battlefield, so even if you don’t normally use shotguns but can’t get your hands on an MP40, the M1014 will make a solid substitute for you.

AWM

The AWM is the best Sniper Rifle in the game. So much so, that simply its name is enough to instill fear in your enemies. Finding it is not an easy task at all, but if you can manage to get your hands on it you should definitely use it because it has incredibly high damage output. It can feel slow but a single shot of this gun can be enough to take your enemy down. So work on your aim and you’ll be killing left and right with the AWM in no time.

M60

The M60 rifle has extremely high damage output. It is a great rifle which you can spray and take down enemies easily because it has low recoil. It’s rate of fire is pretty good too, and that combination makes it a solid option for players who like to spray.

AK47

The AK47 is an assault rifle that needs no introduction at all. This is the favourite weapon of a lot of people because of its high damage. But one issue with this gun is its high recoil, so the best way to use it is with Level 3 attachments. Thanks to the recoild, you have a higher chance of taking headshots using the AK47 which is another reason why people love this gun.

Scar

The SCAR is also a great assault rifle with a high rate of fire. This can deal a lot of damage to your enemies but even this is best used with Level 3 attachments. However, using this is a little easier than the AK47, so you might be able to net kills more easily with the SCAR.

FAMAS

FAMAS is another solid assault rifle whose damage is a little higher than the SCAR. Its rate of fire is pretty good too so if you can find this, we recommend it over the SCAR any day.  

M4A1

The M4A1 is the most well-balanced assault rifle you can find in Free Fire. It can be used very effectively even without any attachments, thanks to its high damage, high rate of fire and low recoil. This would be the go-to assault rifle for beginners or people who don’t want to get too much into weapon statistics and just want to have fun running and gunning with their friends.

Groza

The Groza is hands down the best assault rifle you’ll find in Free Fire. The sad part is, that you can only find it in air drops, but it if you, go with it because it’s better than all the other assault rifles. It has a high rate of fire, high damage and very low recoil. So if you can get to an airdrop and loot it, by all means do it because it will be worth it.

M79

The last weapon on our list the M79 grenade launcher. You won’t be able to find this easily in the field, but in case you do, be prepared to literally blow your enemies away. Its damage is unsurprisingly very high, and using it is a piece of cake. If you’re the only person left in your squad and you’re up against teams of 2 or more people, the M79 can be an absolute godsend, because it you can use it well you’ll be able to take multiple people down with a single shot.

These were our picks for the best weapons available in Garena Free Fire. Stay tuned for more weapons guides and other tips and tricks for all your favourite games, and let us know your favourite guns from Free Fire in the comments.

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Work, Play, Create with Record 100+ New NVIDIA GeForce-Powered Laptops

NVIDIA today announced that its global OEM partners are bringing out more than 100 new thin, light and fast laptop models, all powered by NVIDIA GeForce® GPUs, including the just-launched GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER™ and 2070 SUPER GPUs for laptops.

The record-size launch also includes a range of RTX 2060-powered laptops starting at just $999. The new platforms are all based on the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture, which incorporates dedicated hardware RT Cores to process ray tracing and AI in real time, delivering increased performance and enhanced visual fidelity for today’s hottest games and major content creation applications.

Many of the models are offered in Max-Q configurations, an NVIDIA technology enhanced with new features providing the absolute fastest performance and highest efficiency in a mobile platform.

“A little more than 18 months ago, NVIDIA reinvented graphics with real-time ray tracing, which represents a seismic shift in how games look, play and feel,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of gaming at NVIDIA. “Having this technology available in a laptop for just $999 is amazing. And thanks to Max-Q, consumers will have a selection of remarkably thin and light laptops to choose from across all price points.”

New Max-Q Technologies: Even Thinner, Lighter and More Efficient Laptops

When introduced a few years ago, NVIDIA Max-Q technology transformed gaming laptops, creating a new class of particularly potent portables lighter, thinner and more power-efficient than anything seen before. New advancements to Max-Q are now doubling that efficiency over previous designs and introducing features that enable faster performance and longer battery life:

  • Dynamic Boost — Intelligently and automatically balances power between the GPU and CPU on a per-frame basis, boosting overall in-game performance. Dynamic Boost is automatic, adaptive and always working to deliver more performance without increasing system power consumption.
  • Low-Voltage GDDR6 — NVIDIA has worked with its memory partners to increase memory efficiency while delivering high performance with new lower voltage GDDR6 memory.
  • Advanced Optimus — A breakthrough display innovation that delivers long battery life and immersive, stutter-free gameplay from NVIDIA G-SYNC® technology. Advanced Optimus® controls which GPU is driving the display and intelligently determines the right GPU for the right workload at the right time, dynamically switching on the fly without needing a system reboot. The new lineup of Lenovo™ Legion™ laptops are the world’s first to feature this groundbreaking technology.
  • Next-Generation Regulator Efficiency — Next-generation voltage regulators help optimize system design so the GPU runs more efficiently while delivering higher overall performance.
  • Deep Learning Super Sampling 2.0 — Powered by dedicated AI processors on RTX GPUs called Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games. It boosts a game’s performance headroom while maximizing ray-tracing settings with increased output resolution and extending battery life by up to 20 percent.

RTX Studio Empowers Creators with New Laptops

NVIDIA also announced 10 new RTX Studio laptops, powered by RTX SUPER GPUs and the latest Intel 10th-generation processors. Available from Acer, Gigabyte, MSI and Razer, the laptops are the ultimate solution for creators seeking unmatched video and 3D performance.

More than 45 of the top creative applications — such as Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, AutoDesk Arnold, Blender and many more — all feature RTX acceleration by the RT Cores in RTX GPUs. More information on RTX Studio Laptops is available at https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/design-visualization/creators/products/.

Pricing and Availability

Availability of new RTX Gaming and Studio laptops starts the week of April 15th from multiple partners globally, with more coming in May. Specific SKUs, configurations and pricing will vary based on region and partner availability but will include designs from Acer, ASUS, Clevo, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer and more.

RTX 2060-powered laptops starting at $999 include the Acer Nitro 5, ASUS ROG Strix G15, HP Omen 15, MSI GF65 Thin, the Lenovo Legion Y540 and 5i and the MSI GF65 Thin, with more to be announced later.

For additional information about today’s announcements, please visit: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/geforce-rtx-super-laptops

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NVIDIA Releases Sneak Peek at New Ray-Traced Worlds in ‘Minecraft’

Today NVIDIA offered a sneak peek at what is possible when you combine the world’s most popular game with next-generation ray-tracing technology. We also posted some tutorials to help Minecrafters get started.

New Minecraft Worlds from Top Creators

As we gear up for the release of Minecraft with RTX, we’ve been working with some of the world’s most talented creators in the Minecraft community. The first results of that collaboration are displayed today in a series of screenshots that show off their amazing work. The screenshots feature worlds created by RazzleberriesBlockWorks and GeminiTay (bios below), just a few of the creators who were selected due to their imaginations and fantastic track record of making captivating contributions in the Minecraft community.

The worlds include:

  • Of Temples and Totems RTX by Razzleberries – An adventure world focusing players on exploring and completing challenges in mysterious temples. Each temple showcases per-pixel emissivity and real-time shadows, and leverages global illumination to create an immersive experience for players.
  • Imagination Island RTX by BlockWorks – A fully explorable theme park, filled with Easter eggs, that hosts four distinct lands, each dedicated to an element of real-time ray tracing. In this scene we see the visitor center of the park, highlighted by god rays cast in real-time through the windows, shining down onto the floor.
  • Crystal Palace RTX by GeminiTay – A survival map with a whimsical fantasy theme that features a masterfully built castle. Ray-traced shadows and beautiful atmospherics create realism in this world built on a 1:1 scale. 

Tools and Tutorials to Empower Minecraft Creators

NVIDIA also unveiled a series of tools and guides that Minecrafters can use to make immersive, life-like worlds. Originally scheduled for our GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley, these online tutorials are being released as part of GTC Digital and include:

  • For creating physically based rendering textures – A presentation and how-to guide that dives into the particulars behind Minecraft with RTX’s path tracing and PBR textures and how they work together to create incredible sights. It includes a step-by-step workflow for creating your own PBR textures and texture packs.
  • For converting Java worlds to RTX worlds – NVIDIA has partnered with Minecraft creators to craft a guide of the unofficial best-practices to convert your world to Bedrock Windows 10 Edition, which is the basis for the upcoming Minecraft with RTX.

NVIDIA teams have been hard at work, hand-in-hand with Microsoft, to bring worlds that are fully path-traced, with reflections, shadows, caustics, global illumination, and other realistic lighting effects that interact naturally with physically based textures applied to Minecraft’s blocks. These PBR textures enable per-pixel emissives, volumetric effects, and other never-before-seen sights, that together with the path-traced effects usher in the next evolution of Minecraft.

Stay tuned for more information on Minecraft with RTX, which is coming soon.

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NVIDIA DLSS 2.0, Using AI to Improve Gaming

Powered by RTX Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is a new and improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games. It gives games the performance headroom to maximize quality settings and increase output resolution. 

DLSS 2.0 offers the following enhancements over the original:

  • Superior Image Quality – DLSS 2.0 offers image quality comparable to native resolution while rendering only one quarter to one half of the pixels. It employs new temporal feedback techniques for sharper image details and improved stability from frame to frame.
  • Great Scaling Across All RTX GPUs and Resolutions – A new AI network more efficiently uses Tensor Cores to execute 2X faster than the original. This improves frame rates and eliminates previous limitations on which GPUs, settings, and resolutions could be enabled.
  • One Network For All Games – The original DLSS required training the AI network for each new game. DLSS 2.0 trains using non-game-specific content, delivering a generalized network that works across games. This means faster game integrations, and ultimately more DLSS games.
  • Customizable Options – DLSS 2.0 offers users 3 image quality modes – Quality, Balanced, Performance – that control the game’s internal rendering resolution, with Performance mode enabling up to 4X super resolution (i.e. 1080p → 4K). This means more user choice, and even bigger performance boosts.

This week, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and Control are joining Deliver Us The Moon and Wolfenstein: Youngblood as games that support NVIDIA DLSS 2.0.  DLSS 2.0 is now also available to Unreal Engine 4 developers through the DLSS Developer Program that will accelerate deployment in one of the world’s most popular game engines. 

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Gets NVIDIA DLSS 2.0Today!

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, which launched to very positive reviews,is a BattleTech mech game developed by Piranha Games and released on December 10, 2019 on Windows. It is the first single player MechWarrior game since 2002. The game will get a graphics upgrade via a patch today that enables NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 technology.  In MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, DLSS 2.0 improves performance from 30% to 75% using the “Quality” mode, all while maintaining, and in some cases even improving, image quality. 

Control Gets NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 This Week!

Control will be launching The Foundation expansion pack and a game patch that updates the game to NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 technology on March 26, 2020.  

With DLSS 2.0, image quality improves materially compared to the original DLSS image processing algorithm used in Control.  Depending on the specific GPU, resolution, and quality settings, frame rates can be boosted up to 75% in Control.

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HyperX FURY Ultra – RGB Gaming Mouse Pad Review

The HyperX Fury Ultra is a Gaming Mouse with RGB. Why? Well because RGB is kinda neat(at least to me, your opinion might differ) and having an RGB mouse pad helps complete any type of look or aesthetic you’re going for. So, let’s take a look at this mouse pad and see what it has to offer.

Specifications

Light effectsPer-LED RGB lighting
Cable typeBraided
Weight580g
Thickness5.0mm
DimensionsWidth: 359.4mm
Length: 299.4mm
Cable length: 1.8m
MaterialPlastic

The main function of a mousepad is to provide a surface so that you can properly use your mouse. This includes proper friction and the ability to control the mouse perfectly when playing games. The Fury Ultra has a Plastic surface. I’ve used a lot of mouse pads and they’ve all been cloth pads because they’re just so much better when it comes to the feel and control of it. But I figured that a plastic one would also be fine until I actually put the mouse on it and instantly felt a disconnect.

Using the mouse on this mousepad felt like using it on any regular plastic table or wooden surface. There was no real grip so your mouse can very easily glide across the surface. There was a real lack of friction. So if you’re someone who likes to glide their mouse and doesn’t want friction then this is great for you. It also feels very plastic and not premium at all. I thought maybe it was just me and my experience with cloth pads but after a lot of struggling, I couldn’t really use my mouse properly or comfortable on this. So I decided to have some of the other folks in our office try it out and give their feedback and they said the exact same thing.

Now if you’re fine with the plastic surface and are more comfortable with it, this will be a huge plus point for you but for the majority of people, this would be a big con.

Moving onto one of it’s selling points, the RGB. This was also somewhat disappointing. The lighting for this isn’t on the edges of the mouse pad, instead its somewhat underneath the outer border. This means that you can’t really see it quite well in proper lighting. When we first plugged in the device to power up the RGB, our reaction was “Wait, that’s it?” because we could barely see it properly. In the darkness, it was a bit better though.

There’s also a spot on the top of the mousepad that also illuminates that probably houses some of the electrical components of the device which looks like a small roof of sorts. This could potentially also trip your wire a bit when moving quickly since it is in the centre so do keep that in mind. The bottom is rubberized so we never really faced problems with the mousepad moving too much while using it. The cable that comes with it is braided so that’s also good as it means better longevity.

All in all, this product was a bit of a let down for me. The hard surface mixed with the somewhat sparse lighting meant that the two main selling points of this mousepad were both not good enough. If you’re a fan of hard surface mouse pads then maybe you’ll enjoy this but then again, the RGB isn’t that great on this and something like the Firefly V2 does a better job at that.

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HyperX Alloy Origins Core RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

HyperX’s lineup of keyboards seems to hit every checkbox for gamers with the sheer amount of keyboard options that they have. We’ve already looked at the Alloy Origins very recently and now we’re taking a look at it’s smaller sibling, The HyperX Alloy Origins Core Tenkeyless RGB mechanical keyboard. Yup, that’s quite the mouthful to say.

Specifications:

Keyboard
SwitchHyperX Switch
TypeMechanical
BacklightRGB (16,777,216 colors)
Light effectsPer key RGB lighting3 and 5 brightness levels
On board memory3 profiles
Connection typeUSB Type-C to USB Type-A
Anti-ghosting100% anti-ghosting
Key rolloverN-key mode
LED indicatorYes
Media controlYes
Game ModeYes
OS compatibilityWindows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7

Key Switches
SwitchHyperX Red, HyperX Aqua
Operation StyleLinear, Tactile
Actuation Force45g
Key Travel Distance1.8 mm
Total Travel3.8 mm
Life Span (Keystrokes)80 million
Cable
TypeDetachable, Braided
Length1.8 m
Dimensions
Width360.0 mm
Depth132.5 mm
Height34.5 mm
Weight (Keyboard and cable)900 g

The Alloy Origins Core is a sleek, clean-looking design that minimalists will absolutely love. It’s a tenkeyless keyboard which means a smaller form factor. This is perfect for those who travel with their keyboard or want more space on their desk.

It’s good a solid yet clean aluminium body that feels premium. And since it is quite portable, it comes with a detachable USB Type-C power cable so you don’t have to worry about the cable dying since it can always be replaced. But I don’t think that will happen any time soon because the cables themselves are braided making them hard to tear away or fall apart easily.

The keyboard is simplistic in its approach. No volume rocker or macro keys or dedicated media keys. Which for a tenkeyless keyboard makes sense. However, it does have per-key RGB lighting so you can still make your setup look aesthetically appealing. It has inbuilt presets for the lighting which can be changed by using the Function kets keys and does need external software.

If you do require proper lighting management and such, it can be done with the help of the HyperX Ngenuity software. You can also set up profiles here as well for games so that your keyboard lights up in different ways. If you do get this keyboard, or any HyperX keyboard I highly suggest taking some time and going through the software to perfectly tailor the keyboard to your needs.

Onto the Switches, we go. The one we reviewed uses the HyperX Red switches which are similar to the CherryMX Red. And honestly speaking, picking which one is better is all personal preference. I had a good time using the keyboard to type (wrote this review with it) and also for gaming. It’s not like a blue switch so you won’t get the solid tactile click and sound, but it’s still got nice tactile feedback on each button press.

You also get all the regular stuff you get with gaming keyboards. N-Key Rollover meaning you can press a lot of buttons at once and have them all register, you have “Gaming mode” which just locks the windows key so you don’t accidentally alt-tab out if you press it while playing a game.

So is the keyboard worth it? Yep, I had a great time using it, had no complaints or felt anything missing. I love the detachable cable because that just means a longer life for the keyboard and more portability for this little monster. For further aesthetics, you could get the HyperX Double Shot PBT Keycaps(not pictured here) that are translucent from the bottom which I use on my personal keyboard and feel would look fantastic on this keyboard and give it some more flair and personality.

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Sapphire Pulse AMD RX 5600 XT Review

We’ve seen AMD’s higher-end Navi cards with the RX 5700 and the RX 5700XT, and the entry-level Navi GPU with the RX 5500 XT. But we hadn’t seen anything for the gamers who play in the mid-range. Finally, that wait is over too. With the launch of the RX 5600 XT, AMD seems to have covered all the segments. But was it worth waiting all this time? Today we find that out, with the Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT.

When it comes to specs, the RX 5600 XT is a huge improvement over the RX 5500 XT. Both cards are based on the same 7nm rDNA architecture, but while the RX 5500 XT has 1408 Stream Processors, the RX 5600 XT boasts of 2304 Stream Processors, just the same as the RX 5700. But while the RX 5700 has 8GB GDDR6 memory, the RX 5600 XT only has 6GB GDDR6 memory. Which is a bit puzzling, since the Sapphire website lists an RX 5500 XT variant with 8GB VRAM. One can only wonder what the thinking is behind that decision. The RX 5600 XT has a boost clock speed of 1750 MHz and is powered by a single 8-pin connector.

The Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT has a two-slot, dual fan design which is fairly standard, covered in a black and silver shroud with red highlights. The heat sink is decently big and there’s a backplate to support the card as well. For display options, the Sapphire RX 5600 XT comes with three DisplayPorts and one HDMI port.

AMD has added an impressive feature set to its GPU line-up, which every gamer can use to their advantage. One such feature is Radeon Anti-lag, which reduces input latency, or the delay between pressing a key and seeing the effect on the screen. Depending on the title, it can help reduce the input lag by up to 30%, giving you a massive advantage in multiplayer and competitive games. Another useful feature is Radeon Boost, that gives increases your framerate by dynamically reducing resolution during movements like camera rotation, and scales it back up once the movement stops. Both these features are useful for gamers looking to get the most out of their hardware. And then you have the benefit of FreeSync, supported by some of the most economical monitors as well. But how well does all that translate to gaming performance? Let’s take a look at the benchmarks and find out.

The RX 5600 XT’s performance is impressive to say the least. While NVIDIA has 4 GPUs aimed at the 1080p segment, the red team sweeps them up with a single card. It goes toe-to-toe with the RTX 2060, and depending on the game, even leaves it behind in some titles. AMD may have taken their sweet time, but they seemed to have come up with the perfect, no-frills graphics card for 1080p gamers, much like the GTX 1060 used to be when it first launched.

The question now becomes, should you buy the RX 5600 XT? It competes very closely with the RTX 2060, both in terms of performance and price, but the RTX 2060 offers a couple of extra features, namely RTX ray tracing and DLSS. There are two issues here; first, that there aren’t a lot of games out there that support these features. And the second issue is that the 2060 is just good enough to give you a taste of ray tracing, because it’s a heavy process and leads to a big drop in performance. On the other hand, AMD cards do suffer from driver issues every now and then, though that is a problem that’s not hard to rectify.

In the end, if your choice is between the RX 5600 XT and the RTX 2060, it mainly boils down to one question – how much do you care about ray tracing? Just go through the list of current and upcoming titles that have ray tracing support. If you think they’re the kind of games you’d enjoy more and want to see RTX in action, by all means go with the 2060. But if all you’re looking for is raw performance and want the best framerate at highest settings when gaming at 1080p, the RX 5600 XT is hands down the best option available in the market right now.

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Garena Free Fire Best Controls and Sensitivity Settings Guide

We’ve already covered the best settings for Controls and Sensitivity for both PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile, but we’re yet to talk about it for Free Fire. Garena Free Fire has a lot of settings and options to play around with before you even get into a match, and if you’re stuck wondering what are the best settings to go with, don’t worry. This guide will provide you a good walkthrough of the Sensitivity and Controls settings menu, all its different options and what do to with them. So without further ado, let’s dive into it.

Sensitivity Settings

Now, let’s talk about the sensitivity settings. Here, we have no problem recommending the default settings as we find that they’re pretty good as such. There are no issues while aiming. In case you feel that the camera movement is a bit too slow or too fast, you should test it out and adjust the settings according to what you find comfortable.

Controls Settings

Coming to the Controls settings. Here also you’ll see a lot of options, but we’ll tell you which ones are the most important for you to set in the beginning.

First things first, keep the Aim Precision setting on default because it’ll make it much easier for you to aim. The Precise on Scope option will help you when you’re aiming without a scope but when you use a scope there won’t be any aim assist. Full Control means you won’t get any aim assist at all at any point.

Most people keep the Aim Precision on default in this game because it makes aiming a lot easier and you can get a lot more headshots.

Next, keep the In-Game tips on Simplified. This will keep the warnings and countdowns on the side instead of the middle of the screen, meaning you won’t have to worry about distractions and you’ll be able to focus on the game and killing your enemies.

The final setting here is the Auto Parachute. It’s better it keep it on as you won’t have to worry about deploying your parachute as you head down at full speed after jumping off from the plane. You’ll be able to land faster and get your hands on some good loot.

And this was our guide for the best Sensitivity and Control settings for Garena Free Fire. Let us know what you think in the comments and do share your feedback about the guide and the game as well. And don’t forget to check regularly for more Free Fire guides as we’re regularly updating our website with more tips and tricks for all your favorite games like PUBG Mobile, Free Fire, COD Mobile, Clash Royale and more.

About Free Fire

Free Fire is the ultimate survival shooter game available on mobile. Each 10-minute game places you on a remote island where you are pit against 49 other players, all seeking survival. Players freely choose their starting point with their parachute, and aim to stay in the safe zone for as long as possible. Drive vehicles to explore the vast map, hide in trenches, or become invisible by proning under grass. Ambush, snipe, survive, there is only one goal: to survive and answer the call of duty.

Search for weapons, stay in the play zone, loot your enemies and become the last man standing. Along the way, go for legendary airdrops while avoiding airstrikes to gain that little edge against other players.

Fast and Lite gameplay – Within 10 minutes, a new survivor will emerge. Will you go beyond the call of duty and be the one under the shining lite?

Create squads of up to 4 players and establish communication with your squad at the very first moment. Answer the call of duty and lead your friends to victory and be the last team standing at the apex.

Fast paced 4v4 game mode is now open 24/7! Manage your economy, purchase weapons, and defeat the enemy squad!

Easy to use controls and smooth graphics promises the best survival experience you will find on mobile to help you immortalize your name among the legends.

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Clash Royale Guide To Draft Challenge

Clash Royale has some fun Challenge modes to keep the players engaged, and one of them is the Draft Challenge. It’s a bit tricky, especially for new players, and getting used to it might take some time. That’s why we’ve prepared a helpful guide to make sure you have a good time in the game. But before we begin, let’s see what the game mode is all about.

What is Draft Challenge?

  • Draft Challenge is a cool mode in Clash Royale where you and your opponent “draft” cards to make your decks from a given choice.
  • Both players start with a choice between two cards where you pick one for yourself and the other is given to the opponent. The process continues until both players have their decks completely built.
  • The cards in the pool are completely random, so beware, you may have to pick cards you don’t like or ones with which you’ve never played before.

Before you start your first draft, you should know one thing: There is no single right way to have a winning draft. It’s all about making choices based on what kind of deck you can create. With that in mind, here are a few tips that should be helpful for you.

Counter Specific Cards

  • There are some cards Clash Royale that can only be countered with specific units. In case your opponent doesn’t have them, they’ll be sure to have a tough time against your deck. Some of these cards are the Ram Rider, Princess, Witch, Balloon, Graveyard, Barrel and Sparky.
  • Another thing you should keep in mind is that whenever you have a choice between picking a certain card and its counter, always pick the counter. That will make sure you have an upper hand in battle. For instance, if the choice for your next card is between Minion Horde and Arrows, you’ll be wise to pick Arrows.

Keep an Eye on the Cards You Don’t Pick

  • Since the card you don’t pick will automatically go to your opponent, be mindful of what you’re giving away. Because in a way, you’re not only building a deck for yourself, but for your opponent as well. And you don’t want them to end up with a better deck than you. This is where the tip to pick counters also helps. If you have an option to pick between a card and its counter, once you pick the counter, the other card will go to the opponent and you’ll automatically have an advantage.

Pick Cards That You Think Will Work Well In General

  • There can a some cards in the pool that will more or less be universally favourable to your deck, no matter what kind of game it ends up being. So if you’re confused between what to choose, go for cards that you think will be helpful regardless of the situation.

Always Have At Least One Spell Card

  • Sometimes you might run into a situation where neither you nor your opponent has good pushing cards in their deck. To make sure that you have something to work for you, it’s good to have some kind of spell that can directly damage the enemy towers or bring their push to a halt. Either way, it’ll make sure you don’t go down easy, even if the game stretches on.

Try To Keep Your Deck Balanced

  • When you start drafting, it’s possible to be tempted to pick cards that you like or ones with which you’re used to playing. That’s a huge mistake because there’s no telling what the picks are going to be right off the bat. That’s why, instead of focusing on a specific kind of build, you should try to keep your deck as balanced as possible.
  • Try to keep the Elixir cost at a manageable level, trying to have a good balance between offensive and defensive cards.

Don’t Take A Loss Too Hard

Draft Challenge is as much about luck as it is about making good decisions. And sometimes, you might have a situation where the pool of cards you get is so bad that no matter what kind of cards you pick, you end up with a losing deck. And this can happen to the best of players, so if you end up losing, learn from your mistakes and try to do better in the next game.

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Garena Free Fire Tips and Tricks For Beginners

Garena Free Fire is a battle royale game that’s taking the country over by a storm. In fact, some people even prefer it over PUBG Mobile, the game that made battle royale so immensely popular. There are some differences between the two games, but the fundamentals are pretty much the same: Land amongst a horde of other players on an island, loot weapons, and gear, survive till the end and be the last man standing.

If you’re just getting into Free Fire, it might be a little overwhelming at first, figuring out all the different mechanics. That’s why we’ve made this handy guide with all the tips and tricks you’d need to know as a beginner to start winning some games.

Staying in Cover is Important

  • Now, this seems like an obvious one but people tend to forget this. If you’re new, you’ll most probably be playing in Bronze where most of your enemies are AI so you will get pretty confident as you rake up the wins and kills but it will also spoil your game sense a bit as you start to face off against better human players.
  • Always try to be near cover, especially when engaging an enemy as this will give you some breathing room and a place to retreat to in case you are surprised by their presence. If there’s nothing nearby, trees and bushes are your friends, otherwise, try to stick with a bigger and better cover like buildings.

Pick a Safe Drop Point

  • If you’re trying to be defensive and survive the early game without getting into too many fights, try landing far away from the path of the plane. Going to locations that fall close to the plane’s path may lead you to hot zones as a lot of other players do the same. Landing far will increase your chances of survival and also make sure you’re able to get some loot in peace.
  • When playing aggressively, feel free to land in areas that are in the plane’s flight path. This will help you learn how to be quick on your feet, trying to get loot as fast as you can and get you into action early on in the game.

Shoot To Kill

  • Shoot only and only when you’re sure you can secure the kill. Try to take advantage of enemies who are already engaged in a fight and kill them. Another thing you can try is to wait for the enemy to kill whoever they’re fighting, then just as they’re coming out or trying to heal, ambush them and get a kill for yourself.

The Mini Map is Your Best Friend

  • Map awareness is something that will always come in handy. The mini-map at the top shows the directions for enemy footsteps and firing, so keep an eye on the map as you play because that will give you a huge advantage.

Learn to play with different weapons

  • You need a versatile loadout that can help you come out on top, no matter how badly you may get stuck. For this, make sure you acquaint yourself with versatile weapons like assault rifles which can benefit from a variety of attachments as you’ll be relying on them a lot.
  • While a scoped weapon is great for ranged combat and to take out enemies without being spotted, when it comes to close quarters it can be your downfall. If you decide to Aim Down Sight(ADS) with a scoped weapon, your scope will magnify the view and make it hard for you to shoot an enemy who might be close to you and moving. Having an unscoped weapon can help alleviate this issue.

With the help of these tips and tricks, you should be able to bag a few easy wins in the beginning, helping you get used to the game and push your rank. The more you play, you can start experimenting and develop your own play style.

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PUBG Mobile Guide To Create Custom Rooms

PUBG Mobile is an incredibly huge game, and while it’s always fun to play against a bunch of random people online, sometimes you want to play against people that you already know. Or maybe you want to hold a casual competition, or you’re a streamer who wants to play with their community members. After all, PUBG Mobile has a lot of players who love to play the game on a regular basis. That’s why, the game has given an option to create a Custom Room, where you can host your own games and set rules. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use Custom Rooms and what all you need to be aware of while hosting a lobby.

PUBG Mobile Custom Rooms

  • The first question is, what is a Custom Room? Well, it’s essentially a player hosted lobby where you can set custom rules for the match and have people around you join and play against each other.
  • It’s helpful for creating tournaments, private events, and sessions where you want to have some control over who all can join the lobby.

How to Create a Custom Room

  • You can create a Custom Room in PUBG Mobile by tapping the Choose Match mode option in the lobby and selecting room. It will also help you to create custom matches, change the maps and player modes as well.
  • In order to create a Custom Room, you need to have access to a “Room Card”. You can do that by purchasing the Elite Royale Pass for 600 UC, and leveling up your RP and rank. Presently, this is the only way you will be able to create Custom Rooms in PUBG Mobile.

Level Up RP Rank To Redeem Room Cards

Rank NeededRewards
Rank 14
Elite Royale Pass
Room Card (3 Days)
Rank 37
Elite Royale Pass
Room Card (7 Days)
Rank 85
Elite Royale Pass
Room Card (7 Days

Creating Your Own Room

  • On the lobby screen, head to the custom room settings by opening the Customize Match option and selecting “Room”. You can find it at the bottom of your screen.
  • Once you’ve selected the option, press the “Create Room” button on the bottom right corner of the screen to create the Custom room. This will lead you to the game settings.
  • Here, you’ll be able to modify the Custom Room settings to suit what kind of game you want to play and limit the players who can join your room. You can set the following parameters:
    • Room Name
    • Match Mode (Solo, Duo, Team)
    • Room Password
    • Map Selection

Joining a Custom Room For Players

  • Once the Custom Room has been created, it’s pretty simple for players to be able to join in. You can do so by checking the match mode settings on the lobby screen. It will show you a list of available rooms, and you can select the one you want to join.
  • The Custom Rooms will likely have a password that you’ll need to join the lobby. If you’re trying to play with a streamer or take part in a competition, you’ll be provided the password by the host. Just enter that and you will be able to join easily.

And that’s all you need to know about creating and joining Custom Rooms in PUBG Mobile. You can now start hosting your own lobbies, especially if you’re a YouTuber or you’re trying to organize a small tournament for your community.

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