Q2 2014 Launch Date Expected For Haswell Refresh
Digitimes are reporting that Intel's anticipated refresh of the Haswell line of CPUs is set for May of this year, slightly ahead of previous expectations. The new CPUs - made possible by a more mature process leading to better yields and binning methods - will be comprised of 20 SKUs ranging from the i7-4790 at the top down to low-power and Celeron variants.
Exact details of the refresh aren't public knowledge but we should see an increase of a couple of multiplier bins at the top end. Complementing this release will be H97 and Z97 motherboards, with chipset shipping to board partners such as GIGABYTE beginning in April for a tandem release.
Unfortunately it looks likes those seeking something in the enthusiast overclocking bracket may need to wait a little while longer as unlocked K-series CPUs won't be available until the third quarter, coinciding with the expected release of Intel's Haswell-E server/workstation class model line. The latter should also be the first desktop platform to make use of DDR4 memory, shown off at CES last week.