Broadwell for mainstream processors won't happen until SkyLake, which will likely be 2016.
How exactly is AMD "getting close"? AMD is putting up a fight in the lower power variants, but that's mosttly due to the GPU half of their APUs being superior, though Iris Pro has narrowed that gap considerably. In the mid to high-en desktop chips the gap has continued to widen. So much so that Intel can afford to sit on their hands and concentrate on pushing into mobile. Vischera chips need to run above 5 GHz to even come close to competing with i5s, never mind i7s, in the majority of real world applications, and they do so while drinking considerably more power. AMD isn't even putting out a Kaveri FX chip because they know they simply cannot compete with Intel in that area until, at the very least, the Bulldozer based architecture has run its course and they put out something completely new.Intel seems to only have to add slight improvements each CPU gen since there is still no real competition. AMD is getting close though. I find myself waiting longer and longer to upgrade the base architecture on most of my machines until they make some real improvements. I guess this is a win-win situation as it saves me some coin.There are probably significant technological achievements made with each gen that consumers never even realize, but the bottom line is does it improve my performance enough to warrant an upgrade? This is another gen where it seems it won't.It's hard to get excited about something like that.
Keep in mind these chipsets are centered around business solutions and mainstream consumer use. The number of motherboards sold worldwide for commercial/mainstream use EXTREMELY outweighs gaming PC sales.Why waste the time even coming out with the 9-Series mobos if there's almost nothing truly new or beneficial. I am NOT impressed at all and neither are most others - the 9-Series isn't even enough of a performance increase to get anybody I know with a 2600 to upgrade. Intel, get back to us when you have something serious to offer with real performance increases. It just seems like little has changed in like the last 5 years.