Intel Swaps Core i9-10900K Retail Box For Cheaper Packaging

Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K (Image credit: Amazon)

Intel has announced that it will exchange the Core i9-10900K's fancy retail packaging in favor of the standard, folding carton box. Basically, the Core i9-10900K's will soon share the same packaging as the Core i9-10850K. The change will come into effect starting February 28 and will affect both global and Chinese boxed SKUs.

It's not Intel's first time to the rodeo either. The chipmaker previously switched the Core i9-9900K's unique dodecahedron packaging to a more simple box to facilitate shipping and handling. In the case of the Core i9-10900K, the reason seems to be the same - to improve shipping efficiency. The change in packaging will help reduce the volumetric storage requirements for the Core i9-10900K. As a result, Intel can increase the number of units per pallet from 480 to 1,620, a whopping 237.2% increase.

Intel Core i9-10900K (Image credit: Intel)

Intel's 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S processors are slated to launch in March, meaning Comet Lake-S chips like the Core i9-10900K are on their way out. It makes sense that Intel would want to optimize its logistics to get as many Comet Lake-S processors out the door as possible to focus its efforts on delivering the new Rocket Lake-S parts to the market.

The revamped packaging should provide a slight cost reduction for Intel since the chipmaker no longer has to spend money on the more elaborate box, not to mention the money saved on shipping costs. In the end, the Core i9-10900K will basically ship in the same, boring cardboard box as the other Comet Lake-S Core i7 and Core i5 SKUs.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a news editor and memory reviewer at Tom’s Hardware. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • bigdragon
    Good. CPU boxes are ridiculous in size. I like packaging that focuses on protecting the product instead of the unboxing experience. Marketing materials on boxes are rarely useful too because I've already made up my mind by the time I see the product box.
  • DookieDraws
    Great! Makes perfect sense. I can understand a more beefier packaging for heavier items, such as GPUs, PSUs, etc, but for something that is so small and lightweight as a CPU, bulkier packaging isn't necessary. More earth friendly packaging is something all companies should get on board with.
  • InvalidError
    bigdragon said:
    I like packaging that focuses on protecting the product instead of the unboxing experience.
    Properly designed blister packs are great at protecting stuff and are cheap to make. I doubt people would be happy if CPUs and similar items shipped in blister packs though since opening them is usually a destructive, often frustrating and sometimes bloody process.