I hate to sound condescending, but perhaps some of you are beginning to realize what I say when I say "Intel doesn't care about enthusiasts."
Intel is giving everyone basically 2 choices:
1. Overclock on the "mainstream" platform on chips designed for mobile with a large portion of the die dedicated to something you'll never use. Pick two of the only chips on this platform that can overclock, but they have missing features.
2. Enjoy our old chipset with features on a platform where the affordable CPU is missing features the quad on the "mainstream" platform has (primarily an unlocked multiplier).
Intel has even gone as far to try and bring back bus overclocking, but only a special kind of bus overclocking that only works on their own chips that they've decided to allow it on. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that what Intel is doing to us is a travesty. I know for a fact that if Intel came out with a chip that was better than i7 920 at 4ghz for rendering and was still fun to overclock, I would have gotten it. I simply couldn't bring myself to be stuck on a platform that was so locked down from an overclocker's perspective. The chips are just flat out not fun to play with, I've played with one. I was very disappointed in the challenge provided, the locked bus and unlocked multiplier has turned the entire overclocking process into just one step (finding maximum CPU overclock) from how overclocking was previously.
As for Broadwell being delayed, I have a feeling it has to do with them either (pick some but it's not limited to one):
1. Removing on die VRMs
2. Trying to do something about 14nm being extremely hot
3. They have a lot of 22nm fab capacity that's not even being used and it'd be pointless to upgrade to 14nm when they haven't recovered from the money spent on developing 22nm yet
4. They don't have confidence their mobile push is going to take off, and 14nm would basically be entirely about mobile
There's really only so much "I'm winning the benchmarks! LOOK AT MY BAR GRAPHS!!" can do before people start to realize that just because it's faster doesn't mean it's more enthusiast oriented. Supporting overclocking, not removing features from chips that can overclocking, keeping the "enthusias platform" up to date are all more, in my opinion, far more important than winning benchmarks. This applies doubly if the benchmarks are irrelevant to me.
Intel's stance on overclocking is particularly damaging to me, because all of those instructions that are removed from the K versions I can actually use. It will be interesting to see how GCC handles the CFLAGS for Haswell. All the K versions might even get their own special CFLAG that disables a bunch of stuff that the other ones have. Maybe if I was a fanboy I would be laughing right now at how the K series Haswells are going to be a "special" kind of class in Linux, but the fact that Intel is hurting free software like this on their chips really, really aggravates me. The saddest thing about what I see Intel doing is that everyone thinks that Intel would change their minds if somehow AMD beat them handily. I simply don't see that happening, not when Intel is neglecting enthusiasts so much.