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.

CPU Coolers for Intel Alder Lake socket LGA 1700: Everything you need to know

Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake chips have finally arrived after spinning around the rumor mill for months. The new chips represent the biggest generational leap for the blue team in years, thanks to its completely redesigned 'hybrid' architecture and support for features like DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and more. These Intel CPUs use the LGA...

These are the Best CPUs for Gaming in 2021

We already have a comprehensive collection of the best CPUs on the market that goes into detail about the various CPU options across different categories and workloads. However, we think gaming by itself deserves a dedicated list due to the sheer number of options that can't possibly fit into an article detailing multiple workloads. Things...

Noctua’s new NH-L9i-17xx coolers bring low-profile cooling to Intel Alder Lake CPUs

Noctua's been making waves in the PC hardware space with its exceptional quality air coolers. A handful of Noctua coolers have made it into our collection of the best CPU coolers you can buy in the marketplace. Well, the company is further expanding its family of air coolers with the addition of two new low-profile...

Best motherboards for gaming you can buy in 2021

You can spend all the time and money in the world to research and buy the best graphics card or the fastest SSDs to build the ultimate gaming rig. Yet all these parts, regardless of how feature-packed and powerful they are, are only as good as the motherboard they're connected to. That's why it's important...

Best antivirus for Mac you can buy in 2021

Apple's macOS has several security tools that work together to keep malware and adware off your system. There are a number of restrictions in place including the option to block apps from unidentified sources. It's possible to protect your Mac by, say, avoiding suspicious websites or by downloading apps only from trusted sources. However, just...

The best portable SSDs you can buy right now

If you're running out of storage space on your computer or if you regularly move large files between two machines, we suggest you buy a speedy portable drive. In this article, we'll be taking a look at some of the best portable SSDs you can buy in the market right now. Portable SSDs are more...

Best monitors for MacBook Pro 2021 you can buy right now

The new MacBook Pro 2021 models feature a fantastic Liquid Retina XDA display. The mini-LED technology makes them better than all the previous MacBook panels we've seen so far. That being said, even a beautiful and large display like that isn't enough to take full advantage of all the raw power these new MacBooks offer....

Apple MacBook Pro (2021) vs iMac: Which one should you buy?

With the launch of its new MacBook Pro (2021) notebooks, Apple now has quite the lineup of products featuring its in-house silicon. Between the M1-powered iMac for a powerful Mac experience and the new MacBook Pros as a portable option, it's safe to say that there's something for everyone. In this article, we'll stack up...

The best stands for your MacBook Pro in 2021

Of all the accessories you can buy for the new MacBook Pro 2021 models, we think a stand is probably the most important one, especially if you have stationary working setup. A stand is more than just a tool for your MacBook Pro. From improving the overall ergonomics of your setup to protecting your MacBook...

Best printers for Mac you can buy in 2021

Printers are just as important as any other peripheral you'd pair with your Mac. It's true most of our documentation now happens digitally, but there are still times when we need to print something. Even creative professionals need one to churn out high-quality printouts of things like artwork, photos, etc. So in this article, we'll...

New Dell XPS Desktop & Alienware Aurora gaming PCs have Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processors

Intel's new 12th Gen Alder Lake processors are finally here. They're based on the new Intel 7 technology node and have the latest hybrid architecture to offer a mix of both performance and efficiency x86 cores. These new processors will power the next generation of Intel builds, and a lot of announcements are on their...

These are the best motherboards you can buy in 2021

Building a new PC or even upgrading an older system isn't just about buying the best CPUs, best graphics cards, or best SSDs. A motherboard is the backbone of your PC as it holds all the components together. It's recommended that you spend just as much time going through the best motherboards to pick the...