Fans of extravagant, overdone packaging who haven’t gotten their hands on Intel’s special edition Core i9-9900K processor yet may want to grab one ASAP. According to a new product change notification (PCN) document spotted by @DylanLJMartin (via Tom’s Hardware), Intel has decided to discontinue its dodecahedron (12-sided) case, which resembles a big, blue gem.
.@intel is discontinuing the special packaging for the Core i9-9900K, effective June 26. #intel pic.twitter.com/b7w6pAvvIk— Dylan Martin (@DylanLJMartin) May 30, 2020
“Intel is announcing the discontinuance of the Universal and China Boxed Intel Core i9-9900K Processor listed in the Products Affected table below,” the company wrote. “Customers should place their Last Time Orders while supplies last with the latest to be by June 26, 2020 if supplies are still available, and delivery of all orders must be taken no later than July 10, 2020.”
Apparently, Intel opted to discontinue the dodecahedron packaging because it required more expensive, specialized shipping that led to increased waste. “…the elaborate shipping required to protect the semi-delicate boxes limited the number of chips the company could ship per bulk package, and obviously created quite a bit of waste,” Tom’s Hardware explained. “It also required numerous foam inserts for stability.”
Going forward, Intel’s Core i9-9900K processor will be sold in standard, folding carton packaging.