The Core i7-3960X is a six-core processor that can handle 12 simultaneous processor threads; it does that via Intels Hyper-Threading Technology, which enables each core of the processor to work on two threads at once. The chip's base clock speed is 3.3GHz, 100MHz slower than its Core i7-990X predecessor.
At the beginning of September Intel launched the Intel Core i7 4960X processor as the long-awaited upgrade for their LGA-2011 platform. The Core i7 4960X is not Haswell-based but an Ivy Bridge Extreme Edition processor for maintaining socket compatibility and being derived from the Ivy Bridge Xeon.
Phoronix: GCC vs. LLVM Clang Is Mixed On The Ivy Bridge Extreme
Our latest Linux benchmarks from the Intel Core i7 4960X Ivy Bridge Extreme Edition processor are compiler tests on this $1000 USD processor. The last two stable releases of GCC and LLVM's Clang C/C++ compilers were compared: GCC 4.7.2, GCC 4.8.1, LLVM Clang 3.2, and LLVM Clang 3.3.
At an Intel news conference held during Mobile World Congress, Intel President Renee James launched the 64-bit Intel Atom Z34xx processor series (formerly Merrifield) for smartphones and tablets, announced a next-generation, quad-core Z35xx processor series codenamed Moorefield, and detailed a multi-mode 2G/3G/4G/LTE communications chipset dubbed the XMM 7160.