As someone who got an AM3+ board shortly before BD dropped, only to be colossally disappointed, Vishera doesn't look so bad. Competing against IB at price points, (4300 vs i3-3220, 6300 vs i5-3470, etc) it stacks up fairly well in everything but strict single-threaded applications. I think it is partly that AMD tried to develop a server chip and go down from there (and apparently didn't do too badly adapting it to mobile considering its roots) and so, in a way, is ahead of its time. If the pace of software had kept up, AMD would be sitting a lot prettier. Given what a pain in the ass it apparently is to redevelop applications as multi-threaded, AMD got sort of stiffed. Not that I'm laying it on the doors of software developers, though - AMD should damn well have known software wouldn't be ready by the time the BD architecture was. They've been poorly managed for quite a few years now. Hopefully they let Jim Keller do his thing and stay out of his way.