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.

These are the best LGA 1700 motherboards for Intel Alder Lake CPUs you can buy in 2021

Intel's new Alder Lake CPUs are here and they unlock a whole new level of performance and feature set in the silicon space including support for DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0. As we mentioned in our full review of the Alder Lake processors, these chips require an entirely new motherboard with a Z690 chipset. Not...

You can now save up to $100 on AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop processors

Black Friday is right around the corner and a lot of deals are already live across various websites online. If you've been sitting on the fence, waiting for a big discount on AMD's Ryzen 5000 series processors then you're in luck. You can now save up to $100 on a selection of AMD Ryzen 5000...

These are the best Intel CPUs you can buy in 2021

The CPU, or central processing unit, is one of the most important components of a PC. Choosing the right processor is a complex decision to make, but let it be known that buying the best CPUs is crucial as it plays an intricate role in deciding how well your PC performs in different workloads, how...

These are the best liquid coolers for CPU you can buy in 2021

The CPU is one of the core components of a PC that can get very hot. Not even the best CPUs are complete without a dedicated cooler. Buying the best CPU cooler, however, isn't an easy task. There are a lot of things to consider including whether you want the best liquid coolers or air...

These are the best power supply units you can buy for your PC in 2021

The Power Supply Unit (PSU) is a critical piece of any desktop. It plays an extremely important role in supplying power to your entire system. Yet power supplies are often overlooked and aren't discussed as frequently as some of the other star components like the processor or the graphics card. The power supply unit also...

Lenovo Legion 7 review: Big, bold, and powerful

Gaming laptops have changed a lot over the years. We've transitioned from the early days of mobile gaming with a huge, clunky chassis to more portable, sleeker, and professional builds now. Some of the machines we reviewed this year including the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15, ROG Flow X13, and even the Lenovo Legion Slim 7...

These are the best CPU fan coolers you can buy in 2021

The CPU is one of the core components of a PC and it can get really hot, very quickly. This is irrespective of whether you're a casual user with a basic workflow, or an enthusiast overclocker targeting the next world record. Not even the best CPUs out there are complete without a dedicated cooler. We...

How to build a computer: A beginners guide to a new PC

Building your own PC may seem like a daunting task right now, especially considering how hard it is to source individual components in 2021 due to the semi-conductor shortage and manufacturing roadblocks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. But learning how to build a computer is still a satisfying experience, regardless of the prevailing situations. It...

Best DDR5 RAM: Top memory kits for early adopters in 2021

It's already been around 4 years since the first signs of DDR5 memory started to emerge. But believe it or not, not much has actually happened since then. We're nearing the end of 2021and it's safe to say DDR5 memory is still very much in its infancy. Even after the first commercial release of DDR5...

HP Victus 16 review: Budget gaming prowess with a lack of personality

The Victus by HP laptop, if you ask me, breathes a new life into HP's lineup of gaming laptops. Sure the Omen series of gaming notebooks are still widely available with the latest hardware, but they've been all over the place lately. The Victus series now sits below the Omen notebooks in the HP hierarchy,...

Best DDR4 RAM: Top memory kits you can buy in 2021

Random-access memory (RAM) is more than just a number on a spec sheet. Memory is one of the most important pieces of hardware that goes into a build and the type of memory kit has a huge impact on your system's overall performance in gaming, productivity tasks, and more. A lot of different manufacturers regularly...

These are the Best Thermal Paste you can buy in 2021

Thermal paste is often overlooked by a lot of new builders putting together a PC. Sure, CPU coolers these days come with thermal paste pre-applied but it doesn't hurt to have the best thermal paste at your disposal at any given time. There are times when you need to re-seat the CPU or its cooler,...