Sources at motherboard makers confirmed to DigiTimes that Intel is now planning to release its Haswell Refresh processors and the 9-series chipsets in early May. The original plan was to launch the new processors in April and then distribute the chipsets in May, but due to complaints from motherboard makers the chip giant decided to delay the CPU launch to launch both products simultaneously.
Motherboard players including Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology have already geared up to release new products. Asustek shipped five million motherboards and Gigabyte 5.2 million in the first quarter, and with Haswell Refresh and the 9-series, market watchers expect their shipments to grow 10% sequentially in the second quarter.
The site also notes that ASUS shipped 20.7 million motherboards in 2013, while Gigabyte trailed ASUS very closely with 20.5 million units.