As stated in the official announcement:
“PHP 7 RC 3 contains fixes for 19 reported bugs and over 100 commits with various improvements.
This release provides a noticeable new Opcache feature which makes possible to move PHP code pages into the huge memory pages. It can be enabled with opcache.huge_code_page=1 in php.ini and can bring about 2% performance gain on supported platforms. Please help us to test this feature by enabling it and providing feedback.”
PHP 7 comes with new version of the Zend Engine with the following features:
- Enhanced performance:
- PHP 7 is up to twice as fast as PHP 5.6
- Consistent 64-bit suppor.
- Fatal errors are now Exceptions.
- The null coalescing operator (??)
- Combined comparison Operator (<=>)
This is the eighth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.
PHP 7 RC 3 source downloads are available on the Downloads Page.
The RC 4 will release on October 1.