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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 AM1 Athlon 5350 Reviewed: Low Power, Low Price APU For the Masses

04/09/2014 - 07:02

Perhaps we are performing a study of opposites?  Yesterday Ryan posted his R9 295X2 review, which covers the 500 watt, dual GPU monster that will be retailing for $1499.  A card that is meant for only the extreme enthusiast who has plenty of...

Conclusion

04/09/2014 - 04:58

This was something of a wild ride.  I have always had an attraction to budget and midrange products, and I think a big part of that is seeing where that sweet spot of price vs.

Results: Euler 3D, Unigine Valley, and Power

04/09/2014 - 04:57

Euler 3D This is a scientific application that simulates air flow over an air foil, and it heavily relies upon a robust floating point unit.  It also really seems to favor Intel based parts.  I test 1, 2, and 4 threads in 20 steps. [inline:...

Results: TrueCrypt AES, 7-Zip, and Cinebench R15

04/09/2014 - 04:56

TrueCrypt AES The latest APUs all support hardware AES acceleration and this application is able to benchmark how effectively these units run.  AES is enable and disabled for testing. [inline:files/review/2014-04-09/truecrypt.png] The 5350 again...

Results: 3D Mark Firestrike

04/09/2014 - 04:55

The latest 3D Mark cranks the effects up a few notches from previous generations.  It eats APUs for lunch.  The standard settings were enabled. [inline:files/review/2014-04-09/3dm-fs.png] [inline:files/review/2014-04-09/3dmfs-gpu_phys.png] [...

Results: Sandra 2014 SP1

04/09/2014 - 04:54

Sandra is a nice way to get the theoretical performance out of the way.  We test basic CPU performance, multimedia performance, memory performance, and file system performance (since that SOC integrates that functionality). [inline:files/review/2014...

Test Setup and Errata

04/09/2014 - 04:53

Luck was not exactly with us when I received several parts through FedEx.  The AMD products came through quite nicely, but I was going to compare the Athlon 5350 to the Intel J1900 Celeron/ITX product from Gigabyte.  That particular product, a...

The AM1 Platform

04/09/2014 - 04:52

AMD saw a need for a low power desktop product that would embrace many next generation features, but be available for a very low price.  Kabini seems to have hit a lot of these targets.  AMD is introducing the AM1 platform which includes the...

Microsoft Introduces us to DX12: My Thoughts on the Industry Moving Forward

04/02/2014 - 20:06

Microsoft has been developing DirectX for around 20 years now.  Back in the 90s, the hardware and software scene for gaming was chaotic, at best.  We had wonderful things like “SoundBlaster compatibility” and 3rd party graphics APIs...

What We Know about DX12 So Far

04/02/2014 - 11:20

Unfortunately, we know relatively little about DX12.  There was an initial assumption that DX12 would not require new hardware, as it would not have new features that relied on new hardware.  So any current DX11 compliant part will be DX12...