Moving From Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K to Intel Broadwell 5775C

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Intel Broadwell Processor and Intel Z97 Board Selections

Processor: Intel Core i7-5775C 

Intel Core i7-5775C Processor

Intel 6th Gen Core processor ‘Skylake’ are in production and coming out real soon here in the second half of 2015. Intel 5th Gen Core processor ‘Broadwell’ was announced in June 2015, but retail boxed processors have yet to make it to market due to “supply tightness due to strong demand” and Intel “expects additional volume to be available as Q3 progresses” according to Intel Public Relations. Amazon has the Intel Core i7-5775C ‘Broadwell’ processor available to pre-order with an estimated in-stock date of August 14, 2015. If the Intel Skylake processors are announced the first week of August at Gamescom like they are expected to be there is a chance that you’ll be able to buy a 6th Gen processor before a 5th Gen processor, which is something we’ve never seen happen before. Our Intel Core i7-5775C processor review showed that the Intel Broadwell microarchitecture has some strengths (graphics performance, eDRAM and 14nm process), but lackluster overall CPU performance gains over 4th Gen Core processors (Haswell) and a steep price tag have really discouraged the enthusiast community. To update our ‘Dream Mini ITX’ build from 2012 we wanted to go with the latest processor and since we will be running integrated graphics we actually look forward to the performance gains to be had in the graphics department. One of the joys of a ‘Dream PC’ is that there are no price limits!

Intel Z97 Mini ITX Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VII Impact

ASUS Maximus VII Impact

Picking an Intel Z97 Mini ITX motherboard for our PC was pretty simple. The ASUS Maximus VII Impact is the only Intel Z97 Mini ITX motherboard on the market that has an M.2 PCI Express Gen 3.0 x4 slot for 32 Gb/s of storage goodness (when the M.2 slot it used the boards single PCIe x16 slot operates in x8 mode), Intel I218V Gigabit LAN and Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel HD Audio (SupremeFX  Impact II). This motherboard also packs ATX-level power thanks to the riser board located at the edge of the board, so you basically end up with a mini ITX board without having to sacrifice any key ATX components. This board is also part of the ROG series, so you know the UEFI BIOS will have all the overclocking and features that enthusiasts love. When we reviewed this motherboard back in 2014 we found it to be an excellent board and it continues to be our number one choice for a high-end Intel Z97 mini ITX board nearly a year after being released! At $219.99 this tiny mini ITX board has a high price tag, but it comes with pretty much every feature you’d want on an Intel Z97 board with the exception of SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 support.

ASUS Maximus VII Impact IO Panel

SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 Add-In Card: ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A 2-Port Card


We wanted to support SuperSpeed USB 3.1, so we will be using an ASUS Dual Type-A USB 3.1 PCIe Add-In Card in order to support the latest USB 3.1 specification. ASUS also sells a USB 3.1 card that has a single Type-C port on it, but there isn’t an add-in card available that has both Type-A and Type-C ports on it. This sucks as you’ll need to pick one form factor or the other for the time being, but it should be doable. The ASUS Dual Type-A USB 3.1 PCIe Add-In Card isn’t exactly inexpensive at $38.15, but we want the latest and greatest USB ports. We figured that since we wouldn’t be running a discrete graphics card that this will put the  open PCIe x16  slot to good use!

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  • actually the very best gaming cpu on the planet still when paired with a 1080ti or Titan Xp. Boy, did you guys ever goof this one up!
    Or, more likely were paid by Intel to sabotage this awesome gaming cpu. WHAT a shill.

  • Shadownet

    Oddly enough, 6 months later and they all did make high end DDR3L kits, up to at least 2133 from Corsair. They’re more expensive at the moment than the DDR4 kits… so their point is kind of moot except for those who are still on older systems and want the low voltage for a later incremental upgrade, but if prices and availability are any indication, they’re going to not be available for much longer.

  • Grinder

    Love the hate people give. Other people spend money and give you a review for free and you have a negative comment. If Legit Reviews want to spend $1330 on a new office computer , then they can. Obviously they are after the Iris Pro and not a dGPU. I wish people could keep their stinking negative opinions to themselves. One thing wrong with this world, too many ****ing opinions.

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    also though you specifically mention this was a case scenario from ivy bridge 3770k to a broadwell, though interesting, it would also be nice if you had made a 2nd scenario for a more typical gamer user.

    the integrated graphics doesn’t do much for gamers. so skylakes lack of isn’t really an issue. also like ano mentions it’s better anyway.

  • anonomous72663

    $1330 for ~10% improvement, or get a dedicated graphics card for $300 and a 500% improvement in the graphics performance. Your conclusion should have stated, take the G card option, upgrading anything else would be the behavior of a madman – utterly pointless.

    • Yar Nunya

      Obviously you can read, maybe you’re just too dense to read it all… This machine is for office drone duty. Why would you need a $300 GPU to run office apps?

      • Virtual Insanity

        I agree with the $1330 for 10%
        The article only states that the ability to drive a 4K display was the only real thing lacking.
        An $80 discrete graphics card would have done the job.
        i7 and water cooling for what is admitted to be an office machine?

        Efficiency counts for more than just watts of power drawn from the wall.
        Superfluous upgrading is far from efficient, encouraging the manufacture of goods unnecessarily.

        Appreciate the content, but feel the point is lost, not sure what is trying to be achieved.