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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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Results: Bioshock Infinite

05/26/2015 - 02:26

Bioshock Infinite adds all kinds of fancy tricks to the PC to make visuals that are, hyperbole aside, simply stunning.  Or at least new.  It is based on UE 3.0, but it still has plenty of bells and whistles to make things look really nice with...

Results: Luxmark 2.0

05/26/2015 - 02:25

I was quite curious about the OpenCL performance of these latest cards.  AMD has really been pushing the compute API as of late, especially in advance of their Kaveri APU release.  They have a pretty solid OpenCL 1.2 implementation for their...

Results: Thief

05/26/2015 - 02:24

This is another newish benchmark for the latest video card reviews from the lab.  Thief comes in both Direct3D and Mantle flavors, but I just used D3D for this particular test.  I tested against the built-in benchmark, and settings were placed...

Results: GRID Autosport

05/26/2015 - 02:24

The folks at Codemasters have slightly upgraded the GRID 2 game to GRID Autosport.  The basic engine is the same, but with some further tweaks to improve visual quality and effects.  The built-in benchmark was run at 1920x1200 and 2560x1600,...

Results: Metro Last Light

05/26/2015 - 02:23

I upgraded my suite to Metro: LL from the original, and it is a nice upgrade in terms of visual quality and enhancements from the original.  The built-in benchmark is used with High Quality and 4X AA enabled. [inline:files/review/2015-05-26/metro-...

Results: Unigine Valley 1.0

05/26/2015 - 02:22

This is another benchmark released by the fine Unigine people.  It is really stunning to watch and has an amazing view distance.  It encompasses all of the latest DX11 technology, but it is not focused on tessellation as Heaven is. ...

Results: Unigine Heaven 4.0

05/26/2015 - 02:21

This particular benchmark nicely shows the performance hit that we would expect to see with varied levels of tessellation enabled.  I tested with it disabled, moderate, normal, and extreme.  We should get a good feeling about how these cards...

Results: 3D Mark Fire Strike

05/26/2015 - 02:20

The latest benchmark from Futuremark can certainly hammer on the latest video cards.  I run the tests at the standard setting so we can set a good baseline for how a card SHOULD perform.  AMD and NVIDIA work very hard to tune their products to...

Test Setup and Errata

05/26/2015 - 02:19

Installation went without a hitch, the card worked as expected, and I received no errors throughout a variety of applications.  There are no major errata to discuss about this card. [inline:files/review/2015-05-26/r9_285_itx_06.jpg] The outputs are...

R9 285 ITX OC Continued

05/26/2015 - 02:18

The board does not have a huge amount of real estate, so this necessitates the use of a single 8 pin PCI-E power connection to deliver around 150 watts to the board.  The main PEG connection also supplies 75 watts.  The Tonga GPU is rated for...