Valve’s Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) released as a sequel to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has made its comeback in competitive scene, as seen with recent Esports events. The game’s compatibility with the latest hardware is something that’s been highly expected of Valve. We got a new CS2 fps record SXSW Sydney 2023 thanks to efforts of Team Australia Extreme Overclocking and executives behind Intel’s latest CPU. Valve’s tactical shooter achieved incredible 1,310 fps in live demonstration overseen by Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager.
A New Milestone for CS2
This magnificent result was achieved with Intel Core i9 14900K which provided continuous flow of liquid nitrogen (LN2) and the CPU being on Gigabyte’s Z790 Aorus Tachyon X motherboard. This allowed it to climb an impressive speed of 7.5 GHz to 8 GHz when the processor has maximum clock speed of 6 GHz, showing a 33% overlock. Liquid Nitrogen is an inert cryogenic fluid with a temperature of − 196 °C and cooling the processor with this allowed the gaming setup to get the most performance out of Core i9 14900K. The 33% overclock achieved here might not have beat the 9 GHz record set by the Core i9-14900Kf but it was more than enough to set a fps record on CS2.
The live demonstration also showed how game stable the CPU is as one of the guests from the crowd played a round of CS2 with this crazy technical feat. This is certainly impractical to do with your gaming setups at home, but this feat is an indication of how powerful new processors are getting and this is going to push boundaries of how video games are experienced. Also, there aren’t any monitors in the market that can handle this much fps, the closest you can find is Asus’ ROG Swift Pro PG248QP, which has a 540 Hz refresh rate.
CS2’s Contribution To Esports
Games like Counter-Strike have always defined the top tier competition in Esports paving way for other games and now with CS2 fans have same hopes. The recent Counter-Strike 2 LAN tournament at IEM Sydney subverted many expectations with FaZe Clan winning the majestic event. The tournament ran from Oct. 15 to 22, where 16 of the best teams from around the world participated into two double-elimination format groups. The $250,000 tournament was the first-ever professional CS2 LAN event, and the fans of the game are now more active than ever. All these recent developments seem to be having a positive impact on the game’s growth, which had kind of an underwhelming launch.
CS2’s Market Share In Esports Betting
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The Esports’ betting market is growing at an unprecedented rate and CS2 along with Dota 2, League of Legends are games that take most of its market share. In 2023, the projected revenue in the Esports Betting market is estimated to reach US$2.1bn as per Statista. And by 2027 the number could climb to US$3.2bn.
With that said, CS2 still has plenty more updates to come that will improve and change the quality of gameplay like it has done so far since its underwhelming launch. With every patch Valve continues to improve game stability, GPU compatibility and more. Valve has also started to reinstate account bans caused AMD’s Anti-Lag feature, one of the most infuriating issues to plague AMD gamers. Fortunately, the feature is exclusive to Radeon RX 7000-series GPUs, so people with older hardware and those who didn’t turn on Anti-Lag feature weren’t affected by automatic bans.
When it comes to CPU choices for competitive gaming AMD and Intel are still fighting a close race, although some might argue Intel comes at the top. Intel’s 14th Generation Raptor Lake Refresh processors are available worldwide, Core i9-14900K is seen going from anywhere between $599 to $700. Along with that Core i5-14600K is the best CPU out there, even if this is only a slight jump from performance compared to last generation, they have a lot to offer.