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The In­tel 9 se­ries launch can be con­sid­ered a non- event as there weren’t any ac­com­pa­ny­ing CPUs of new mi­croar­chi­tec­ture de­sign. In fact, it ap­pears In­tel has throt­tled back the re­lease of new pro­ces­sors. Haswell Re­fresh can be seen as a stop­gap to keep en­thu­si­asts happy and a way to ex­tend the fam­ily through the in­tro­duc­tion of a new se­ries of Haswell-based Pen­tium and Celeron pro­ces­sors.

As for the 14nm Broad­well chips, they will only be launched at the end of the year, which is about six months away.

With­out any new CPUs, the most ex­cit­ing thing about the In­tel 9 se­ries boards are their en­hanced stor­age ca­pa­bil­i­ties. But even then, while M.2 con­nec­tor should see a wide adop­tion, commercial SATA Ex­press drives aren’t ex­pected to be avail­able till 2015. Be­cause of this, most board man­u­fac­tur­ers only of­fer se­lec­tive SATA Ex­press sup­port. Some, like MSI, only in­cluded a built-in SATA Ex­press con­nec­tor in 1 out of the 26 In­tel 9 se­ries boards launched.

Still, this doesn’t mean you should brush off the 9 se­ries boards. There’s a def­i­nite air of com­mit­ment from moth­er­board man­u­fac­tur­ers to pro­duce high- qual­ity boards, and a resur­gence of sorts for the DIY scene, though it’s more fo­cused than ever on the en­thu­si­ast crowd.


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