Combining Haswell’s amazing per-clock and per-core performance with 8 cores and probably quite a high clock speed with possibly a huge cache and gobs of DDR4 bandwidth is going to be pretty amazing.
It will come on a new platform of course, dubbed X99. This platform will have DDR4 2133 MHz support, native USB 3.0, and 10 SATA3 lanes. Still no mention of SAS.
What should be interesting is whether the “Extreme” version will be released along side a less extreme version for a lower price. The real interesting Ivy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge-E are the 3820K or 4820K that bring in quite a lot of horsepower for around $300-350. A true jump up from the standard Core i7 desktop CPUs. If there’s a $350 8-core Haswell-E coming, that is going to something to look.
Also in that post is mention of a Haswell chipset refresh to be announced at Computex in June 2014. Replacing Z87 and H87 with Z97 and H97 respectively, this will support the “Tock” version of Haswell that comes later, named Broadwell. Other than that, details are sketchy. There was a rumor that this chipset would support 10 Gb/s SATA-Express, but that was later retracted.
What’s interesting about this is that Broadwell has never been mentioned as a socketed desktop CPU before. The 9-series chipset has been mentioned in conjunction with a “Haswell Refresh” in leaked slides up to this point.