Monday, June 2nd 2014

Intel X99 Chipset Motherboards Unlikely at Computex

Intel's next-generation HEDT (high end desktop) platform, consisting of Core i7 "Haswell-E" processors and X99 Express chipset motherboards, are unlikely to get a showing at Computex 2014, according to an OCWorkbench report, which has its feet on the ground in Taipei. What makes this development surprising, is that Intel is expected to launch the platform in the second half of 2014, and after Computex, the company won't get another major tradeshow until 2015 International CES, slated for January. What's even more surprising, is that Intel has already launched 9-series motherboards for socket LGA1150, that are designed to support its 14 nm Core "Broadwell" mainline processors. According to the report, Intel will have its motherboard partners focus on already launched Z97 Express and H97 Express motherboards, with a focus on the platform's support for M.2 and SATA-Express interfaces, that enable a new generation of faster SSDs.

Source: OCWorkbench
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I guess now we have a concrete answer as to why Intel refreshed Haswell. A trade-show without anything to bring to the table is a PR flop.

It's too bad that Intel is having issues delivering on anything new. They promise a focus on the enthusiast, and the manufacturing side seems to be failing on delivering what marketing promised. It's like X79 all over again.

Seriously though, troll baiting X79 jabs aside, what is Intel thinking? They're showing us the ability to use higher speed SSDs, and they think that'll get people interested? I keep hearing the sales pitch as "the fastest storage on the market is now unlocked to you," but my mind fills in the end as "as long as you are willing to pay through the nose for the drives, and buy a whole new motherboard."

I seriously hope the release of X99 and Haswell-e goes much smoother than the bumpy build-up. Given the rumors about what the Haswell-e processor selection is going to be, I'm not sure if I can muster the will to see the good in a new platform.
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