A few years ago, Intel made it a rule to highlight the older processor model of the Core i9 desktop family with an unusual retail box design. The firstborn of the series even got a dodecahedron-shaped box, which wasn’t very convenient to carry around. As new processors of this class appear, the predecessors have moved to more modest packaging, and the Raptor Lake flagship models will suffer this fate by October.
This can be judged by looking at the mailing list for Intel customers, which was issued in the form of a notification last week PCN 119590-00. At retail, as the document states, the Intel Core i9-13900K and Core i9-13900KS processors will start shipping in redesigned boxes starting October 2, which can be seen in both images to the right. They keep the shape of a parallelepiped, but due to the reduction in overall dimensions, not 324, but 1620 boxes fit on one pallet during transport. This optimization saves logistics, since boxes with processors take up less space in the warehouse and in vehicles during transport.
The Core i9-13900KS can be recognized by the “Special Edition” label. The history of such changes suggests that shortly before the appearance of successors, the flagship models of Intel consumer processors change the retail packaging to a simplified one. The company is expected to unveil the Raptor Lake Refresh family of processors in September, which can run on existing LGA1700 motherboards. Gigabyte, for example, is already preparing the microcode of its motherboards for their release. The clock frequencies of new models will increase, and this is just one of the main parameters by which buyers of flagship models are guided. The existing Core i9-13900K and Core i9-13900KS have to step into the shade. The company unwittingly makes it clear when this process will begin.