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Josh Walrath
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Laramie, WY. USA

Josh started writing about the computer field in 1997, opened his own site in 1999 (, 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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MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Assassin's Creed Edition Review

07/23/2014 - 15:26

Motherboards are fascinating to me.  They always have been.  I remember voraciously reading motherboard reviews in the mid-90s.  I simply could not get enough of them.  Some new chipset from SiS, VIA, or ALi?  I scoured the...


07/22/2014 - 11:42

Writing a conclusion anymore is an odd process with the motherboard reviews that I have covered lately.  I have not been sent a really bad motherboard in a long time.  Probably one of the worst was a FIC socket 370 board that was well over 14...

Power and Overclocking

07/22/2014 - 11:40

Power Kaveri is built to be more power efficient than the previous generations of APUs from AMD.  This comes from a combination of design and process technology.  AMD has also worked quite a few firmware and software tricks to make power go...

Results: Cinebench 11.5 and 7-Zip

07/22/2014 - 11:39

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/2014-07-22/cinebench11-...

Results: HD Tach- USB 3.0

07/22/2014 - 11:38

The Samsung 840 Pro was used in the Sharkoon USB 3.0 dock for this particular test.  The A85X and A88X both have native USB 3.0 controllers, unlike the older AM3+ chipset which had to use a 3rd party chip for that functionality.  This unit is...

Results: HD Tach- SATA 6G

07/22/2014 - 11:37

To get another view of File System performance, we dust off HD tach.  The short test was used. [inline:files/review/2014-07-22/hdtach1.png] [inline:files/review/2014-07-22/hdtach2.png] [inline:files/review/2014-07-22/hdtach3.png] [inline:files/...

Results: SiSoft Sandra 2014

07/22/2014 - 11:34

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

07/22/2014 - 11:27

This is only the second FM2+ board that I have reviewed, so the results will be compared using only the A10-7850K and the Gigabyte G1.Sniper.A88X.  I am still using Win7 64 bit for these tests, but in the near future I will be transitioning my...

MSI A88X-G45 Impressions

07/22/2014 - 11:26

MSI has really hit upon an effective color and design scheme for their Gaming motherboards.  The black and red color motif has been used before, but MSI’s implementation is very subtle and refined.  The red does act as more of an accent...

More A88X-G45 Gaming Features

07/22/2014 - 11:25

For networking duties MSI utilizes Qualcomm’s Killer NIC product.  The actual chip is an Atheros Gig-E adapter, but Qualcomm provides a robust and full featured software stack for that product.  Performance is very similar overall to the...