Haswell is coming and it appears Asus is prepared.
As summer approaches, so too does the launch of Intel's 22nm Haswell platform, the upcoming successor to Ivy Bridge. Barring any last minute delays, Haswell parts are expected to debut in early June, according to leaked roadmaps that have shown up online. At least one motherboard maker is ready. Asus posted a few teaser shots of its Gryphon Z87 mainboard, a next generation slice of silicon with a new socket.
The board is a Republic of Gamers (ROG) part, which indicates it's an enthusiast-level board aimed at gamers and overclockers alike. Other than a "Windows 8 Ready!" stamp, there aren't any details revealed in the mobo shots.
"It's still too early to reveal all, but we had to let you know a little," Asus stated on its teaser page. "There's more than just a new socket, Intel 4th Generation Core CPUs, and and a new Z87 chipset. It's time for the brand new Gryphon."
The world "Gryphon" links to a Wikipedia entry explaining that it's a variant of "griffin," a legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Apparently they like M&M candies too.