HEDT is an acronym for High-End Desktop. And as the definition of a sports car versus a supercar, it’s a bit nebulous. What hardware does a computer need to be a HEDT? Is the HEDT market dead and will it come back? Ponder these questions alongside Gordon Mah Ung and our special guest Wendell Wilson of Level1Techs, in the latest PCWorld YouTube video.
Gordon and Wendell get into the weeds of hardware capability and design intent in their conversation. Previously, the definition of a high-end desktop was based on such concrete concepts as processor cores and PCIe lanes… but now you can get an 8-core CPU in a desktop for just a few hundred dollars.
A new definition might be better based on capacity… but capacity for what? Someone who needs raw rendering speed for 8K video needs a different high-end computer than someone running half a dozen virtual machines at once. Can you find, or even build, that type of machine on a high budget for enthusiasts?
Watch the full video for this breakdown between two experts. For more nerdy explanations and speculation, be sure to subscribe to PCWorld’s YouTube channel, and be sure to subscribe to Level1Techs while you’re at it.