perhaps a few tests overclocking on h81-h97 m/b. will change some minds. all i have been seeing is z97 benches. running 1.42-1.5 on a anything else is not guaranteed.
depends on intel's whim, really. all they need is to push mobo companies to issue non-z o.c. killing bios update. anyone (save for seasoned p.c. enthusiasts) who has auto update or installs the update unknowingly will lose o.c. capability, same for anyone who buy a new mobo with the "fix" preloaded. z-chipset is much safer bet. ubercheap(for z-chipset) z97 motherboards are good fit for pentium a.e.