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Productivity

Compiling code in GCC

TrueCrypt disk encryption

Dude, look, they're gonna encrypt their stuff! Mwahahaha. Hahaha. Hah.

Heh. Man. Heh. Sniff.

They do keep trying, don't they?

7-Zip file compression and decompression

SunSpider JavaScript performance

Video encoding

x264 video encoding

Handbrake video encoding

Image processing

The Panorama Factory photo stitching

picCOLOR image processing and analysis

Well, at least there's an advantage to having those six cores in some of these programs. The 4960X also seems to be a little quicker than the 3970X. If I recall correctly, the Ivy core is supposed to be good for like four to six percent more oomph than Sandy, clock for clock.