The packaging for Intel’s Core i9-13900K processor has leaked, and while the leaked photo shows it follows the same theme as the existing 12900K – including that wafer – there are some small but interesting changes.
The box for the Core i9-13900K was posted on Twitter by well-known leaker HXL, who got it from a closed WeChat group called VideoCardz (opens in new tab) points out (and of course, be skeptical about whether or not this is genuine, as always).
i9k (13th) PackagingSource: WeChat pic.twitter.com/ffQIf2KSZ1September 23, 2022
As you can see, there are some notable changes here, and while Intel has still put the processor in a fancy silicon wafer case, this time, instead of gold, it’s silver.
Additionally, the box itself is much slimmer than the one on the current-gen Alder Lake flagship, although otherwise, the design remains fairly similar.
Analysis: Raptor Lake spills are gathering momentum, sure
What’s more interesting here, of course, is the fact that taking a look at the box of the Raptor Lake flagship suggests that perhaps Intel’s next-gen chips aren’t far from being released now. Especially as we just saw the Core i9-13900K in leaked PassMark benchmarks, so the leak around these 13th gen processors seems to be growing.
Rumor has it that the Raptor Lake processors will be released next week, probably on September 27th, but the silicon won’t be released until October. These leaks that are starting to pop up more and more right now are a hopeful sign that we might see these processors come October sooner rather than later.
As for the packaging itself, the change from gold wafer to silver seems like an odd choice for Intel, suggesting something of a downgrade, at least subconsciously. You get a silver medal for second place, after all, and gold for first place. It’s good to see a slimmer box in terms of keeping things a little more eco-friendly, too. That being said, the extra wafer packaging is rather unnecessary and not so ecologically sound in this regard.
We have a feeling that the wafer gimmick is making its final exit here and it would make sense for Intel to do a complete redesign of the box for the next generation of processors in 2023, which will be Meteor Lake (since that’s going to be big switch with the drop to 7 nm, eventually).