If you follow either the Halo or the Call of Duty pro-gaming scene, chances are that you’ve heard of Ian "Crimsix" Porter.
Born in 1993 in the US, Crimsix is a professional Call of Duty player playing for OpTic Gaming. He regularly posts videos of his always evolving gaming setup on his YouTube channel, including the most recent one from 2016.
Let’s take a closer look at his current setup and see what we can learn from someone who became the first pro-gamer in the world to earn the title "Major League Gaming Pro Player" in both Halo and Call of Duty.
Crimsix currently uses a triple-monitor setup. While we don't know the name of the monitor stand (it could be the popular EZM Deluxe triple monitor stand), we do know that it supports a BenQ RL2455HM (left), a BenQ XL2430T (middle), and a BenQ XL2420T (right).
And there’s good reason why he placed the XL2430T smack in the center of the setup. This 144Hz beast is BenQ's next generation gaming monitor, and was designed to fit the needs of professional gamers who require precise control, perfect motion, and superior visuals.
For audio, Crimsix sports a pair of ASTRO A40 gaming headphones with a foldable microphone. These headphones are popular among many professional gamers because of their comfortability and durable design. What's cool about these headphones, atleast for E-sports fans, is you can match the A40's to your favorite team's colors through Astro's online speaker tag customizer.
In the past, Crimsix also used the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset (as part of a team sponsorship). The HyperX is certainly a much more affordable headset, but that doesn’t mean its noticeably inferior. After all, it’s an international best-seller. For less than $100, the HyperX offers a fantastic combination of comfort, sound quality, and durability.
For communication, he can either turn to the microphone on his A40's or reach for his trusty Audio-Technica AT2035 condenser microphone.
Condenser microphones have become very popular among YouTube and Twitch streamers for their superior audio quality. The AT2035 sits right in the middle of Audio-Technica’s range of condenser microphones and is actually a very good option even for the average gamer who has no ambitions of competing at the professional level.
A great gaming mouse is the very core of every professional gaming setup, so we're not surprised at all that Crimsix went with the SteelSeries Rival 700. It’s the first gaming mouse to feature a fully customizable OLED display together with tactile alerts and swappable physical components. It also has an incredibly high sensitivity rating of 16,000 CPI / 300 IPS.
For his mechanical keyboard, Crimsix chose the Logitech G710+. The keyboard makes good use of the beloved Cherry MX Brown switches, which are light, tactile, non-clicky mechanical keyboard switches in the Cherry MX family designed to last up to 50 million keypresses. Among the many features of the Logitech G710+ are adjustable dual-zone backlighting, dedicated media buttons, 6 programmable G-Keys with up to three macros per one G-Key, and a 26-key rollover.
Rounding out the setup is the DXRacer Gaming Chair. The company was founded in 2003 as a manufacturer of high-end racing car seats, and later took its expertise and years of research to create a range of computer and gaming chairs. All DXRacer chairs sit on a rugged steel framework and seat cushions are made from the highest quality materials available, resulting in a chair that provides more than enough comfort even for non-stop gaming sessions.