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 M1 Ultra vs M1 Max chip: Which one should you buy?

Apple blew its competition out of the water with the M1 Pro and the M1 Max chips just a few months ago. However, the company has already announced the new M1 Ultra chip, which is supposed to be the most powerful Apple silicon to date. It'll soon be in the hands of consumers when Apple's...

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D price and release date announced alongside six new CPUs

AMD announced the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU back in January while teasing the Ryzen 7000 desktop processors. This new Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor builds upon the existing octa-core Ryzen 7 5800X CPU to offer more performance with AMD's 3D V-Cache memory. AMD has now confirmed the release date and pricing for this particular CPU along...

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 M1 Ultra: Everything you need to know about Apple’s workstation chip

Just a couple of months after unveiling the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, Apple decided to take the wraps off yet another member of the M1 family of Apple Silicon SoCs at its Spring "Peek Performance" product event. Called the M1 Ultra, this new chip is the fourth and final member of the...

Zotac GeForce RTX 3050 Twin Edge OC Edition Review: The best GPU for 1080p gaming?

The Zotac GeForce RTX 3050 is one of the few GPUs that you can actually buy right now for retail or at least close to its retail price. But at $400, this particular Twin Edge OC Edition 3050 graphics card is more expensive than the suggested price for a standard RTX 3050 desktop card. For...

ASUS ROG Ryujin II 360 AIO Review: A premium cooler with excellent cooling performance

Having used the ROG Ryujin II 360 for my primary build with an Intel Core i9-12900K, and RTX 2080 Super, I can safely say that this AIO offers excellent cooling performance. I was able to get through even the most demanding workloads without any issues and the operating temperatures were well under acceptable limits. The...

ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 Review: Affordable Alder Lake entry with DDR4

The ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WIFI D4 is one of the boards you'll come across while searching for a DDR4-compatible Z690 motherboard. Having used this particular mainboard for a few weeks and putting it through its paces, I think it's safe to say that this is one of the best motherboards out there for affordable...

Intel Core i7-12700 Review: Excellent CPU for high-end gaming

Intel's new Alder Lake processors have shown a significant performance improvement over their last-gen counterparts, and the new Core i7-12700 is no different. This is essentially a locked version of the Core i7-12700K CPU, but it offers almost the same level of performance as the fully unlocked part. For $350, the Intel Core i7-12700 is,...

Intel 12th-gen Alder Lake H-series vs AMD Ryzen 6000 H-series mobile CPUs

Both Intel and AMD made a huge splash at CES 2022 by announcing their new mobile chips that will be powering the next generation of laptops. While Intel unveiled its new Alder Lake mobile chips along with the rest of the 12th-gen desktop parts, AMD decided to announce its new Ryzen 6000 series 'Rembrandt' APUs...

These are best Workstation CPUs you can buy in 2022

Workstations, by definition, are special computers that are designed for technical and more resource-intensive applications. These computers offer high performance than mainstream personal computers and are often fitted with more powerful CPUs, GPUs, among other components. While there are a ton of powerful processors out there that can be used inside workstations, both Intel and...

These are the best replacement chargers for Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 Pro series is now official. There are two Galaxy Book 2 Pro notebooks in the series this year, both of which are already looking quite good. You can check out our hands-on impressions of the Galaxy Book 2 Pro series to find out what we make of these new notebooks. In...

These are the best cases for Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro in 2022

After a successful run with the Galaxy Book series, Samsung is back with the new Galaxy Book 2 Pro series. We have the Galaxy Book 2 Pro as well as the Book 2 Pro 360 in this series this time around, both of which are available in 13.3-inch as well as 15.6-inch flavors. The new...