"Andre Heidekruger, senior technical consultant for AMD EMEA said "most standard compilers will support FMA4 and XOP instructions", singling out GCC and AMD's own Open64 compiler. Heidekruger confirmed that Intel's compilers do not support the new instructions, which is no surprise since Intel does not support either instruction."
More than speed and core count to consider, and BTW the 8120FX will be right up to speed for gaming, it's no slower than it's predecessors and is a forward thinking design.
..and this piece also from the INQ also gives an overall picture as to where things are headed, it refers specifically to server markets, but can be somewhat extrapolated to desktop market to....
"Dell, despite being a fierce rival of HP was singing from the same hymn sheet, with Bryan Jones, executive director of European and Global Data Center Marketing at Dell saying, "customers are looking to extend the life of their investments". Jones was even more blunt, saying, "Our customers can't afford to rip and replace."
The comments from Stephen and Jones come just days after slides were leaked showing Intel's upcoming Haswell architecture, which will require yet another socket. Going back to the present, Intel's latest Sandy Bridge E chips, which Intel will also introduce as 8-core Xeon processors in the near future, also feature yet another socket."