I think they will release it when they can... Once they get the production of 2400-2700 rolling better, they might do a paper release of higher speeds. Then they'll just price them so high that nobody will really afford to get them. I hope they get their production lines fixed soon though, I would love to upgrade my pos cpu.
My estimate is launch at end of december or first week of jan, and starting appearance in retail near the end of January or sometime in Feb.
Ratings will be 2900-3000+ Running at slightly less clock speed than the 2900-3000 tbred b's.(if released... May be likely due to how the new AIUGB stepping is OC'in.) Although i would rather have a barton
My best guess for Overclocking of Barton will be 2400mhz on air 2500-2600 water 2700-2900 on prommy or dry ice and 3000+ on LN2. (mind you this will not be in the first stepping although i love to be wrong)