Posts From Karthik Iyer

Karthik Iyer
Karthik Iyer

Karthik covers PC hardware for XDA Computing. When not at work, you will find him yelling at his monitors while playing video games.

Apple announces M1 Ultra, its most powerful computing chip yet

Apple recently launched the M1 Pro and the M1 Max chips alongside its new MacBook Pro notebooks. Now, the company is taking things to a whole new level with the new M1 Ultra chip. The M1 Ultra is said to be the most powerful variant of the original M1 chip that debuted a couple of...

AMD’s new Threadripper Pro 5000 WX-Series brings Zen 3 to Workstations

Two years after the release of the original Threadripper 3000 Pro series, AMD is finally upgrading the lineup with a new set of workstation-focused processors. These new processors will be a part of AMD's Threadripper Pro 5000 series, and they're based on the company's Zen 3 architecture. We have a total of five new SKUs,...

These are best RGB mousepads you can buy in 2022

Mousepads can be a crucial addition to your gaming setup as they help you maintain a level of precision and allow for better mouse tracking in-game. This is particularly important in the case of competitive shooter games in which having a precise aim and tracking your opponents is very important to hit your shots. While...

These are the best gaming microphones you can buy in 2022

A good-quality gaming microphone is one of the best additions you can make to your setup. Be it for making your voice heard to your in-game teammates or for making sure you sound crystal-clear while streaming your gameplay online, a gaming microphone goes a long way to improve your overall experience. But just like any...

Where to buy a replacement S Pen for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Samsung's new Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most interesting phone out of the S22 lineup mainly because it's the first Galaxy S phone with an integrated S Pen, marking it as a successor to the Galaxy Note lineup. The Galaxy S21 Ultra from last year only had support for the stylus, but no place to...

These are the best budget 4K monitors you can buy in 2022

High-resolution screens are becoming more common on the market. 4K resolution displays are no longer a luxury and are easily available at reasonable prices. 4K still sits on the upper echelon of the premium viewing experience, but it's safe to say that you can buy a good-quality 4K display without burning a huge hole in...

These are the best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra wallet cases to buy in 2022

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a premium phone with a fantastic design that uses glass on both the front as well as the back. While the company says it's one of the most durable Galaxy phones yet, we still think it's probably best to buy a case for Galaxy S22 Ultra to give it...

Intel 12th-gen Alder Lake P & U-series vs AMD Ryzen 6000 U-series mobile CPUs

AMD didn't waste any time announcing its new Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs for laptops. The new 'Rembrandt' APUs feature AMD's latest RDNA2 graphics, Zen3+ performance cores with enhanced power management features, and more. The Ryzen 6000 series has as many as 10 mobile CPUs that'll go head-to-head with Intel's Alder Lake mobile parts which include...

These are the best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus kickstand cases to buy in 2022

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus is one of the most premium smartphones out there with a beautiful design. It uses glass for both the front as well as the back panels, which means it's just as fragile as any other premium flagship on the market right now. You've already decided to pay at least $1,000...

PCI Express 5 (PCIe 5.0): Here’s everything you need to know about the new standard

The PCI Express, or PCIe, continues to remain a crucial part of computing devices. PCIe, which stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect Express, is one of the two main interconnects that allows you to connect various peripherals including GPUs, SSDs, capture cards, and more to your computing device. If you've ever built a PC before, you'll...

Do Intel 12th-gen processors have support for PCIe 5.0?

Intel's new Alder Lake CPUs are out in the wild right now and they bring a lot of great improvements from the previous generation chips. From a new hybrid core architecture to support advanced features including DDR5 RAM support, there's a lot to look forward to when it comes to the new Alder Lake chips....

These are the best SSDs you can buy in 2022

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have evolved a lot over the years. Not only are the SSDs faster and have more capacity, but they're also readily available on the market now and you no longer have to spend a lot of money to get the best SSDs. While all SSDs are faster than spinning drives, they're not...