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Real Name
Josh Walrath
Title
Managing Editor
Location
Laramie, WY. USA
Bio

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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Member for
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Recent Posts

Recent Posts

Asus Crossblade Ranger Review: FM2+ gets the ROG Treatment

12/10/2014 - 21:01

I have been impressed by the Asus ROG boards for quite a few years now.  I believe my first encounter was with the Crosshair IV Formula, followed by the CH IV Extreme with that crazy Lucidlogix controller.  These were really outstanding boards...

Conclusion

12/10/2014 - 16:38

The FM2+ platform can be a tough sell.  The APUs are relatively inexpensive, but the CPU performance with a maximum of four threads often has other users looking to the AM3+ platform, or just at Intel in general.  The GPU performance of the...

Power and Overclocking

12/10/2014 - 16:37

Power

Results: 3D Mark 2011

12/10/2014 - 16:37

Though not the latest version of 3D Mark, 2011 does a nice job with modern APUs.  It is well optimized in drivers, so it should show off the best theoretical performance of the graphics portion of these motherboards. [inline:files/review/2014-12-10/...

Results: Cinebench R11.5 and 7-Zip

12/10/2014 - 16:36

Cinebench 11.5 AMD always cringes when we bring up the Cinebench tests.  Kaveri just does not fare well under them.  Still, this is a benchmark that stresses the CPU and memory portions of any APU. [inline:files/review/2014-12-10/cinebench11-...

Results: HD Tach USB 3.0

12/10/2014 - 16:35

The Samsung 840 Pro is used in the Sharkoon USB 3.0 dock for this particular test.  The A88X chipset features a native USB 3.0 controller, unlike the older AM3+ chipset which has to use a 3rd party chip for that functionality.  This unit is...

Results: HD Tach SATA-6G

12/10/2014 - 16:35

To get another view of File System performance, we dust off HD tach.  The short test was used. [inline:files/review/2014-12-10/hdtach1.png] [inline:files/review/2014-12-10/hdtach2.png] [inline:files/review/2014-12-10/hdtach3.png] [inline:files/...

Results: SiSoft Sandra 2014 SP3

12/10/2014 - 16:34

The problem with motherboard reviews is that we do not see the performance deltas that we used to due to the integration of so much functionality onto the CPU.  Instead of comparing memory controller designs from VIA, Intel, and NVIDIA we are now...

Test Setup and Errata

12/10/2014 - 16:33

I tested this board against the Gigabyte G1.Sniper.A88X and the MSI A88X G45 Gaming products.  I did not use an add-in graphics card; rather I let the APU do the talking when it came to graphics performance.  By doing it this way we will see if...

Board Impressions

12/10/2014 - 16:32

The sheer amount of features that this board has is impressive.  It might not be mind-boggling, but it sure does catch one’s attention.  Asus has packed a lot into this board for the pretty reasonable $159 US that most places are charging...