Given the recent domination of the CPU market by Intel it seems strange to think that they have any need to release new CPU models. Core2 has been a complete success and from budget CPUs right though to high end desktop models or workstation products there really is nothing to compete on price or performance from any other manufacturer.
The release of a new CPU is exactly what they seem to have planned though and while we cannot release any information on processors today we can publish some details on an upcoming motherboard which will reach the market around the same time, the Asus P6T Deluxe.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK vs. MSI Z97 Gaming 5 vs Asus Maximus VII Hero
It is probably fair to say that Intel don't stealth launch their products... sure they have NDAs but by the time those expire we know pretty much everything about a new product. Part of this is of their own...