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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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Fully Enabling the A10-7850K while Utilizing a Standalone GPU

07/09/2014 - 16:42

When I first read many of the initial AMD A10 7850K reviews, my primary question was how would the APU act if there was a different GPU installed on the system and did not utilize the CrossFire X functionality that AMD talked about.  Typically when...

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review: FM2+ for the Enthusiast?

06/16/2014 - 08:15

AMD faces a bit of a quandary when it comes to their products.  Their APUs are great at graphics, but not so great at general CPU performance.  Their products are all under $200 for the CPU/APU but these APUs are not popular with the enthusiast...

Conclusion

06/04/2014 - 17:22

Currently the Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X is selling online for around $105.  This is a relatively inexpensive motherboard.  Sure, there are cheaper, but the less expensive ones start taking some serious feature hits.  The area around $105 is...

Power and Overclocking

06/04/2014 - 17:21

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.  The 6800K is a 100 watt TDP part while the 7850K is slightly lower at 95 watts TDP....

Results: Cinebench 11.5 and 7-Zip

06/04/2014 - 17:13

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/2014-06-04/cinebench11-...

Results: 3D Mark 2011

06/04/2014 - 17:12

Though not the latest version of 3D Mark, 2011 does a nice job with these APUs.  It is well optimized in drivers, so it should show off the best theoretical performance of the graphics portion of these chips.  Now we get to see how much of a...

Results: HD Tach- USB 3.0

06/04/2014 - 17:10

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

06/04/2014 - 17:09

To get another view of File System performance, we dust off HD tach.  The short test was used. [inline:files/review/2014-06-04/hdtach1.png] [inline:files/review/2014-06-04/hdtach2.png] [inline:files/review/2014-06-04/hdtach3.png] [inline:files/...

Results: SiSoft Sandra 2014

06/04/2014 - 17:07

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

06/04/2014 - 17:06

It was a bit of a challenge to test out this motherboard as I have had so few FM2 based products through the lab.  We also must think about how potential performance differences exist between these boards when running the older Richland APUs (such...