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

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Surgery For The Mini ITX PC

Since the original build article featured step by step installation procedures we are just going to give you a really high level look at how everything went into the system.

asus maximus vii impact z97

This first shot might not look like we did anything, but the Intel Core i7-5775C processor has been seated and secured in the LGA1150 socket and the HyperX Predator 480GB M.2 PCIe SSD has been placed in the M.2 slot that is inside the ASUS MPCIE COMBO IV riser housing. The M.2 card simply slides into the house and is held in place by just the pressure of the metal pins in the M.2 slot!

Z97 Board Installed

Installing the ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard and the NZXT Kraken X41 liquid CPU cooler can be tricky as there really isn’t much space to work inside a true Mini ITX case. We had no issues getting the board in, but we discovered that the radiator used on the NZXT Kraken X41 is not only thicker, but also longer than the previous 140mm radiator on the CoolIT ECO II 140. The slime optical Blu-Ray SATA drive was able to be connected, but the AFT Pro-37U media card reader was unable to be connected as the pair of USB 3.0 Type B cables were just to bulky to be routed around the new cooler. We might go back to the CoolIT ECO II 140 if we miss it too much!

Broadwell System Built

The final step is installing the power supply and we flipped it 180 degrees this time to see how it impacts board temperatures. We have all the needed power cables for the ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard and then SATA and 4-pin molex cables being used, so it was extremely tough to shoehorn everything in the chassis and make it look presentable!

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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.