- Intel Haswell Refresh processors are available now. Same price, higher frequency, pathway to 9x series motherboards. You can use old boards like Z87 and H87 with Haswell Refresh CPUs but Intel released new boards Z97 and H97 along with refreshed CPU’s to be paired together. Main difference - addition of new storage options - M.2 and SATA-Express which remove previous SATA-III bus limitations for fastest SSDs.
- New Intel Broadwell CPUs will not be available this Autumn most likely. Intel expects to release them closer to Christmas, a bit later than what we expected. Anyway, Broadwell is just another reason to jump on Z97 based machine now to have upgrade path later, with some promising performance boosts.