The rumor mill has booted!
While the mainstream Haswell processors from Intel have been on the market for a while already, the HEDT (High-End DeskTop) Haswell-E processors still have to make their debut. While this is not a launch, the folks over at VR-Zone did manage to get a peek at an engineering sample of one of the chips.
For starters, it looks like the chip will feature a total of eight processing cores, each clocked at 3.0 GHz. They will also sit in the upcoming X99 Express chipset from Intel, which should offer native support for USB 3.0 along with a default total of ten SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports. Additionally, the report indicates that it will support DDR4 memory, and that the CPU will be able to drive 40 individual PCIe 3.0 lanes. There was no word on SATA-Express support.
According to the report, the Haswell-E chips are expected to make their debut around Q3 2014, so sorry, we've still got a long wait ahead.