Sgares is an OG pro-Counter-Strike player who got his start back in 2013 with CS 1.6. After that, he made a name for himself as a strong IGN and left the CS pro–scene in 2018. Since then, he occasionally acts as a CS caster and has been mainly streaming Valorant content since he got into the beta in mid-2020. Below, we have provided a list of the equipment that has been included in Sgares’ gaming setup, for those of you who would like a more in-depth overview of his specs.
WHAT MONITOR DOES SGARES USE?
Sgares uses a BenQ Zowie XL2546 monitor. The XL2546 is a 24.5″ gaming monitor that is integrated with features specifically intended for use by fps gamers and pro-players. This is why it offers an extremely high refresh rate of 240Hz refresh rate at a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. It is also capable of refreshing at 60, 120, and 144Hz, should you want to switch between PC and gaming devices. It also has technological advancements such as its Proprietary Dynamic Accuracy Technology (DyAc) to prevent blurriness, as well as Black eQualizer to brighten darker scenes to enhance perception. It offers other technologies as well.
It has an LCD screen with a pixel pitch of 0.28mm, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and a brightness of up to 320cd/㎡. Furthermore, its base offers a lot of adjustabilities, as it can tilt at -5°~ 20°, swivel between -45°~45°, pivot between -90°/90° and also offers height adjustment of 0 – 14cm (5.51”). In order to further assist with concentration, it also comes with two removable side shields that can help to block out peripheral distractions from the user’s view. It is also VESA (100mm x 100mm) wall-mounting compatible.
WHAT MOUSEPAD DOES SGARES USE?
Sgares uses a SteelSeries QcK XL RGB mousepad. The QCK XL RGB mousepad is a cloth-surfaced mousepad that has dimensions of 90 x 30 x 0.4cm (35.43 x 11.81 x 0.15”.) This allows it to comfortably fit both a keyboard and mouse. Its border has 2-zone RGB lighting that can be programmed through the SteelSeries Engine software. It also has a non-slip rubber base.
WHAT KEYBOARD DOES SGARES USE?
Sgares uses a HyperX Alloy TKL keyboard. Sgares’ gaming setup includes the HyperX Alloy TKL version that comes with Cherry MX Red switches. These operate at an actuation force of 45G and an actuation point of 2mm for a total travel distance of 4mm. It has full N-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting It is also available as an RGB version with Cherry MX Blue switches. The switches in neither version can be hot-swapped. It is constructed on a solid steel frame and set with UV-coated ABS keycaps. These can be switched out with other keycaps if you’d like.
It also features Red LED backlighting with a few onboard effects and brightness options, as well as further customization through its software. There are also two feet on its underside that can be flipped out for angled typing. However, it should be noted that while the f-keys do offer dual-function multimedia controls, there are no options to set the keyboard with macros. Its overall dimensions are 35.8 x 13 x 3.6cm (14.1 x 5.1 x 1.4″.)
WHAT HEADSET DOES SGARES USE?
Sgares uses HyperX Cloud Alpha with 7.1 Surround Sound headphones. The HyperX Cloud Alpha that appears in Sgares’ gaming setup comes with a HyperX AMP USB sound card that enables PC and PS4 devices to operate with Virtual 7.1 surround sound. The headset itself is compatible with a wide variety of other devices as well, including the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Mac, Mobile, and Nintendo Switch. However, this is only with stereo sound effects.
It is a wired gaming headset that offers a frequency response range of 13 – 27,000Hz at 65Ω and a sensitivity of -43dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz.) Its detachable microphone also offers a wider-than-usual range of 50 – 18,000Hz that is certified by both Discord and TeamSpeak. It has a durable plastic casing on an aluminum frame, with a flexible, adjustable headband. Both the headband and earcups are padded with soft, leatherette-padded memory foam for extra comfort.
WHAT MICROPHONE DOES SGARES USE?
Sgares uses a Rode Procaster microphone. The Rode Procaster is a broadcasting microphone was designed primarily for recording speech. This is why its frequency response range is a bit smaller than usual, at 75 – 18,000Hz, and why its nominal impedance is at 320Ω.
It inputs with an end-address and has a cardioid polar pattern to help focus the input while filtering out unwanted background noise. To further purify the output quality, it also features and internal pop-filter and shock-mounting. This serves to cancel out plosive sounds and interferences from bumps and electric devices respectively. Although it does not require phantom power, it does still connect with an XLR 3-pin plug, so you will need an audio interface or pre-amp to act as an intermediary between it and your recording device.
WHAT WEBCAM DOES SGARES USE?
Sgares uses a Logitech C922 webcam. The Logitech C922 is a basic plug-and-play webcam that was designed specifically for streaming. It is compatible with Windows 7+, macOS 10.10+, Android v5.0+. It has a tripod-ready universal mounting clip that easily attaches to laptops and flat-screen monitors. It is capable of recording at up to 1080p at 30fps and at 720p at 60fps at a 78° field of vision. It also can be tilted up and down to accommodate different angles. There are also 2 Omni-directional, stereo microphones. It also comes with a 3-month trial of XSplit that can be extended to 6 months by purchasing the C922x. The only other difference is that the C922 comes with a tripod desk-stand, while the C922x doesn’t.
WHAT MIXER DOES SGARES USE?
Sgares uses a Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) audio interface. The Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) is a single-channel XLR mic preamp. It is capable of providing up to 48V of phantom power by pressing the button. It also has an input slot for one headset, as well as one instrument. Additionally, it has AD-DA converters that are capable of recording and mixing at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz. Furthermore, the is a variety of editing tools included with it, such as the First Focusrite Creative Pack, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, Ableton Live Lite, and a 3-month trial of Splice.