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Real Name
Josh Walrath
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Managing Editor
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Laramie, WY. USA
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Josh started writing about the computer field in 1997, opened his own site in 1999 (Penstarsys.com), and joined PC Perspective in 2008.  He handles a lot of the general tech and some of the deep dives into products such as CPUs and GPUs.  He appears on the PC Perspective Podcast live every Wednesday night at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.

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AMD A10-7800 and A6-7400K Review: AMD Rounds Out the Kaveri Line

08/07/2014 - 12:05

In the first several years of my PCPer employment, I typically handled most of the AMD CPU refreshes.  These were rather standard affairs that involved small jumps in clockspeed and performance.  These happened every 6 to 8 months, with the...

Conclusion

08/06/2014 - 16:55

It is good that AMD is getting out there with a refresh of their Kaveri lineup.  It is good that they are concentrating on getting the most performance out of these parts at the lower 65W and 45W TDPs.  It is good that AMD continues to push for...

Power Consumption

08/06/2014 - 16:55

The very name of the game with these new APUs from AMD is power consumption and thermal dissipation.  AMD went from 100 watts in the Richland to 95 watts with the first Kaveri (A10-7850K).  They then introduced cTDP with the A8-7600.  Now...

Results: 7-Zip and GRID Autosport

08/06/2014 - 16:54

7-Zip This is a nice little file compression/decompression application that features a very handy benchmark built in. [inline:files/review/2014-08-06/7zip.png] We again see some interesting results.  The 65W Kaveri product cannot keep up with the...

Results: 3D Mark Firestrike

08/06/2014 - 16:53

The latest and toughest benchmark from the folks at Futuremark!  This pushes even the biggest and baddest graphics cards around.  Smooth framerates are hard to find on high end parts, much less what we actually see on integrated graphics....

Results: 3D Mark Skydiver

08/06/2014 - 16:52

The newest addition to 3D Mark is not nearly as tough on graphics as Firestrike, but it still gives most cards a pretty good workout.  The basic benchmark and standard settings are used. [inline:files/review/2014-08-06/3dm-sd.png] [inline:files/...

Results: Cinebench R15, Truecrypt AES, and Euler3D

08/06/2014 - 16:52

Cinebench R15 The latest version of Cinebench again leverages all of the latest technologies on modern processors to achieve the fastest results possible for rendering a scene.  It also does a nice job of leveraging multi-core architectures with a...

Results: SiSoft Sandra 2014 SP2a

08/06/2014 - 16:50

The latest version of Sandra recognizes and utilizes most of the cutting edge features of the latest processors.  AVX and FMA are integrated into these tests, as well as a handy OpenCL test.  While Sandra is not a productivity app, it does have...

Test Setup and Notes

08/06/2014 - 16:49

We have a lot of choices for mixing and matching parts for comparison in these articles, so I boiled down to a manageable number so the graphs do not come out as too confusing or having simply too much data.  I have also tested the cTDP of these new...

The New Units

08/06/2014 - 16:48

The first product that is now officially for sale is the aforementioned A8-7600.  This was the first cTDP part that AMD detailed last January, but again it did not go to sale for quite some time.  This chip features 2 modules (4 threads) and 6...