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Intel discontinues premium packaging design for Core i9-12900K and i9-10980XE CPUs

Intel discontinues premium packaging design for Core i9-12900K and i9-10980XE CPUs

Intel updates the box for Core i9-12900K and i9-10980XE CPUs

Starting September 4, Intel is changing the packaging for two of their premium CPUs from the Alder Lake and Cascade Lake series.

Intel has published a Product Change Notification (PCN) for two of their CPUs: i9-12900K and i9-10980XE. Both products now come in the same box. This means that build packs will be unified and easier to ship across generations.

Intel Core i9-12900K/i9-10980XE packaging update, Source: Intel

You might suspect that the Core i9-10980XE series is no longer sold, but that’s not entirely true. However, the packaging change appears to be just as rumored as the next-generation Core-X/Xeon-X series.

Intel Core i9-12900K packaging update, Source: Intel

The i9-12900K and 12900KS series come in a rectangular box with a large plastic wafer inside. This plastic wafer is actually a holder for the CPU. It should be noted, however, that PCN has not been released for the KS series, which will likely be sold as is.

Intel Core i9-12900K packaging, Source: Intel

Such an extraordinary design for the premium SKU packaging is nothing new for Intel, each generation gets a new design from hexagonal to rectangular designs, which are significantly different from the regular series.

Intel Flagship Consumer Series Boxes, Source: Intel

This isn’t the first time Intel has changed the packaging of its flagship consumer CPU series. The same happened with the i9-10900K Comet Lake and Rocket Lake series. Interestingly, this change usually occurs 1-2 months before launch, which is an indirect confirmation that Alder Lake is being replaced by Raptor Lake. What’s hard to understand is why the 10th Gen Core CPU is also being updated. Does that mean Intel will be releasing the Sapphire Rapids Xeon Workstation series soon?

Source: Intel QDMS