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Real Name
Josh Walrath
Title
Managing Editor
Location
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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Recent Posts

Recent Posts

Power, Temperature, and Overclocking

03/06/2014 - 23:00

Power For as large as the chip is, the GTX 780 does not pull a tremendous amount of power.  Part of that is simply due to the board having a max supplied wattage of 250W and another part is that the chip just is not clocked all that high. ...

Results: Luxmark

03/06/2014 - 22:59

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

Results: Metro 2033

03/06/2014 - 22:58

This game is getting a bit long in the tooth but it still can hammer a modern video card.  I used the built-in benchmark and set it to Ultra quality with 4X AA and 16X AF. [inline:files/review/2014-03-06/metro-1920.png] [inline:files/review/2014-03-...

Results: Bioshock Infinite

03/06/2014 - 22:57

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 still has plenty of bells and whistles to make things look really nice with...

Results: Battlefield 3

03/06/2014 - 22:56

Quit being such a hippie!  Ok, I paraphrased that.  My least favorite test and the world’s biggest multiplayer FPS.  The Frostbite 2 engine powers this beast and it delivers outstanding visuals.  The High preset is used with 4X...

Results: GRID 2

03/06/2014 - 22:56

The very latest racing game from Codemasters again takes rendering to another level.  GRID 2 features outstanding image quality and huge art assets to really push any card, yet still it keeps frame rates amazingly consistent through testing. ...

Results: The Elder Scrolls - Skyrim

03/06/2014 - 22:55

The latest installment of the Elder Scrolls series is still DX9 based, but the art assets and overall look of the game is still fairly cutting edge.  I make a manual run-through of Whiterun captured with FRAPS.  Quality settings are put to...

Results: The Unigines

03/06/2014 - 22:54

Unigine Heaven 4.0 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...

Results: 3D Mark Firestrike

03/06/2014 - 22:53

The latest version of 3D Mark can really push cards to their limit.  I used the standard setting rather than extreme in this test. [inline:files/review/2014-03-06/3dm-fs.png] [inline:files/review/2014-03-06/3dmfs-gpu_phys.png] [inline:files/review/...

Results: 3D Mark 2011

03/06/2014 - 22:52

3D Mark Vantage has now been officially retired by me, and I could not be happier.  I have now moved up 2011 as the base test to see previous gen DX11 performance.  I have used the performance presets for this test. [inline:files/review/2014-03...