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.

MacBook Pro 14-inch vs MacBook Pro 16-inch: What are the key differences?

Apple's new MacBook Pro notebooks are finally here. As expected, we have a new 14-inch MacBook Pro and a larger 16-inch variant that's replacing the older 16-inch model with an Intel chip. The new MacBook Pros both can utilize either the M1 Pro or the M1 Max chip -- two new silicon joining the M1...

These are the best M.2 SSDs you can buy in 2022

Installing a new SSD for the first time, or replacing an older one, is the single most effective upgrade you can make to a PC. An SSD upgrade won't cost you too much, doesn't take long to install, and significantly improves your computing experience. It's a tried-and-tested method to breathe new life into a computer. Picking...

Apple announces M1 Pro & M1 Max, two new custom-built silicon to power the next generation of Macs

Apple transitioned its Mac computers away from Intel to its own chips last year with its M1 chip. Today, the company announced the M1 Pro and ‌M1‌ Max processors, two custom-built chips to power the next generation of MacBooks and beyond. Both chips are essentially souped-up versions of Apple's first in-house chip. As a new...

Intel’s developer guide confirms Alder Lake-P series mobile chips with up to 14 cores

It's no secret that Intel's next-gen Alder Lake processors will feature Efficient (E) and Performance (P) cores. As we detailed back in August, it's an approach similar to how smartphone processors work. Intel has now confirmed that the Alder Lake mobile chips will feature up to 14 cores. They'll be distributed between efficient and performance...

AMD’s AM5 platform will launch in 2022 with support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0

AMD released its first Ryzen processor five years ago, and the company is celebrating that by looking back at those successful years. AMD's executives Robert Hallock and John Taylor sat down to discuss the entire architecture, and how the company managed to hit different milestones in the world of semiconductors. AMD also confirmed its new...

Today only: Get up to 30% off on PC components from Intel, AMD, and more

There's no better feeling than finding a great deal on PC components when you're planning a new build, or simply craving a spec-bump. Lucky for you, Amazon is offering up to 30% off on a range of PC components including processors, motherboards, and more. Not all the deals are worth scratching your head over, which...

How to apply thermal paste to a CPU

Applying thermal paste is a crucial part of the PC building process. The paste is applied on top of the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) of the CPU to make sure there are no air gaps between that and the metal base of the CPU cooler. The air gaps are formed due to the microscopic imperfections...

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti said to launch with 450W TDP and a new power connector

While we are waiting for Nvidia to restock its existing GPUs like the GeForce RTX 3080 and the RTX 3060, the company seems to be hellbent on releasing newer and more powerful units on the market. Rumors are now pointing towards a new flagship GPU, the RTX 3090 Ti. This is the same GPU that...

How to check if Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) is enabled in Windows 11

Windows 11 is officially available to download now but there seems to be a lingering thought about the OS negatively impacting gaming performance. This largely appears to be due to Microsoft's implementation of Virtualization-based Security (VBS). At least, that's what UL Benchmarks, the developers of the popular 3DMark and PCMark suite of benchmarking tools, have...

Windows 11 for gamers: Should you expect a performance hit?

Microsoft's Windows 11 is now available and you can get it up and running on your PC by simply following a few easy steps. As detailed in our full review of Windows 11, there are a lot of improvements this time around that deserve your attention and we highly recommend upgrading your PCs to the...

Massive Twitch leak reveals the site’s source code, Amazon’s Steam competitor, and so much more

The entirety of Twitch has been dumped on the internet as a part of what appears to be a massive leak. A developer took to Twitter earlier today to share the information about this leak after an anonymous hacker posted about on 4chan. We are looking at 125GB of data shared through torrent, so it...

Acer launches six new laptops in India with Windows 11 pre-installed

Several OEMs used the recent Windows 11 launch as a chance to bring new laptops to the market. Acer was one of the first PC makers to unleash a trio of new Windows 11 laptops, including the Acer Aspire Vero and the Acer Nitro 5. The company has now announced that it's bringing six new...