In a strange turn of events, INTEL recently issued a product change notice (PCN) announcing that it is discontinuing the fancy “dodecahedron” packaging of its previous gen flagship Core i9-9900K processor. This translucent “twelve-sided” package debuted with the Core i9-9900K CPU as a direct response to AMD’s elaborate Threadripper lineup packaging.
The packaging with the dodecahedron design did look cool and different, but this made the bulk shipping of this processor very tough to manage, as it also required numerous foam inserts for the stability. This was accompanied with increased “shipping costs” as well (also requiring additional “styrofoam” cushioning to prevent any transit damage).
The old design offered a translucent blue twelve-sided package look, but there has been no mention of any change on the “limited edition” packaging of the Core i9-9900KS CPU, which is a “highly-binned” variant of the Core i9-9900K SKU.
If you want to purchase the Core i9-9900K CPU with this fancy packaging, then you will need to place the last orders by June 26, with last shipment with this type of packaging shipping out on July 10th !
The company will replace the previous “dodecahedron” packaging with a standard Intel cardboard box. The reason for this change seems simple and it makes sense for the company to drop the previous fancy packaging. One main reason for the packaging change is that the Core i9-9900K is no longer the flagship CPU. Intel’s new flagship processor is now the Core i9-10900K Comet Lake-S CPU.
The new 10-core i9-10900K processor ships in a simple hard “paperboard” package with a large front window. Honestly speaking, I don’t buy any product based on the look of the packaging, or even “aesthetics”. I am more interested in the actual “performance” of any product rather than how the outer box cover or packaging looks.
Source: Dylan Martin
And here is the new packaging/box of the current flagship 10-core i9-10900K processor.