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Much has been written just lately concerning the supposed loss of life of the “High-End Desktop” (HEDT) idea. The OG “HEDT” methods again within the day have been in all probability dual-socket Pentium Pro rigs utilized by hardcore fans who merely wished the quickest PCs potential. In newer instances, “HEDT” usually referred to methods based mostly on platforms that shared extra in widespread with server {hardware} than typical desktop machines, just like the Cascade Lake-X Core i9-10980XE.

It’s true that HEDT as an idea hasn’t been a main focus within the client DIY market this technology, however these platforms proceed to dwell on where they originated: within the workstation market. Indeed, Threadripper’s not lifeless. One working example is the brand new Precision 7865 workstations introduced by Dell at this time, which come strapped with AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO WX-series CPUs sporting between 12 and 64 Zen 3 cores in a single socket.

Make no mistake; these are actual workstation methods. You get an enormous CPU with a 280W TDP, eight RDIMM slots supporting as much as 1TB of ECC DDR4 reminiscence operating at 3200 MT/s, and your selection of graphics playing cards starting from the baseline NVIDIA T400 all the way in which as much as the 32GB AMD Radeon Pro W6800 or the 48GB NVIDIA RTX A6000.

Storage choices embrace nearly no matter you need. You can have Dell ship you the machine with a single 2.5″ 500GB hard drive, if you want, or you can outfit it with RAID controllers and PCIe SSDs for up to 56 TB of local storage. A discrete TPM is included, too, so you don’t have to worry about any weird AMD fTPM issues.

External connectivity on the Precision 7865 is reasonably robust. Around back, there’s a single 3.5mm audio jack, a pair of RJ-45 connections for the 1-Gbps and 10-Gbps Ethernet connections, and then six USB ports. The triple Type-Cs are 10 Gbps-rated, while the Type-A ports are 5 Gbps connections. You also get an old-school DB9 serial port and optionally, a pair of PS/2 connections for mouse and keyboard.

The front panel I/O is only slightly less impressive. Another pair of 10 Gbps USB Type-C ports and another pair of 5 Gbps USB Type-A ports are present, but you also get an SD card reader, another 3.5mm combo audio jack, and then whatever you put in the two locking drive bays. There’s also a tiny space for an optional 9mm optical drive that supports DVD±RW recording at up to 8x speed.

Unfortunately, today’s just the product announcement; the Precision 7865 isn’t quite ready for prime-time yet. Dell says it will be ready this summer, though, and that it’ll be available worldwide. Naturally, pricing will have to wait until the actual product premiere, so keep an eye out if you need a monster workstation.