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— 10:26 AM on August 4, 2014

Hey, guys. Last week was a pretty good one around here. We had a new podcast from Jordan, Geoff's first impressions of the Shield Tablet, Mr. Kampman's Brix Gaming review, Cyril's PSU deathmatch, and an AMD APU review from yours truly—followed by an engaging Friday night topic.

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