Let’s face it, the High End Desktop (HEDT) segment hasn’t had any big announcements for almost two years. Intel’s last HEDT products were released back in 2019, while AMD’s Threadripper 5000 series has so far been restricted to the professional market.
Now is Intel secretly prepping a new Alder Lake HEDT series? Our friends at Tom’s Hardware seem to indicate that’s the case, for the release notes for AIDA64 6.60 lists preliminary support for a CPU series going by the name of Alder Lake-X.
For some time, Intel has referred to its HEDT processors by adding an X suffix. The X moniker has been used by Intel for all of its high end desktop platforms up to the most recent Cascade Lake-X series, topped by the Core i9 10980XE. So will Alder Lake-X be a zonked-up desktop version of Sapphire Rapids, include higher TDPs, overclocking support, quad channel DDR5 and a whole bunch of PCIe 5.0 lanes?
HEDT platforms may have kind of fallen by the wayside in recent years, thanks to increasing cores in mainstream flagship CPU models. But HEDT platforms are also an essential mainstay for serious gamers, being thanks to their high PCIe lane count and massive feature list.