The packaging for Intel’s Core i9-13900K processor has leaked, and while the released photo shows it follows the same theme as the existing 12900K – including that wafer – there are some small but interesting changes.
The Core i9-13900K box was posted on Twitter by well-known leaker HXL, who obtained it from a closed WeChat group such as VideoCardz (opens in new tab) points (and naturally be skeptical about whether this is genuine or not, as usual).
i9k (13th) PackagingSource: WeChat pic.twitter.com/ffQIf2KSZ1September 23, 2022
As you can see, there are some notable changes here, and while Intel still put the processor in a fancy silicon wafer case, this time, instead of gold, it’s silver.
Also, the case itself is much thinner than the one carrying the current-gen Alder Lake flagship, though otherwise the design remains quite similar.
Analysis: Raptor Lake leaks are gaining steam for sure
What’s most interesting here, of course, is the fact that getting a glimpse of the Raptor Lake flagship box indicates that perhaps Intel’s next-gen chips aren’t too far away from launch right now. Particularly as we’ve just seen the Core i9-13900K in leaked PassMark benchmarks, so the spillover around these 13th-gen processors seems to be gaining momentum.
Raptor Lake CPUs are rumored to launch next week, likely on September 27th, but the silicon won’t go on sale until October. These leaks starting to appear more and more now are a hopeful indication that we might see these processors sooner rather than later in October.
As far as the packaging itself goes, switching from a gold to silver wafer seems like an odd choice for Intel, hinting at a downgrade, at least subliminally. You get a silver medal for second place, after all, and gold for first place. It’s nice to see a slimmer case in terms of keeping things a little more eco-friendly too; although that being said, the additional wafer packaging is quite unnecessary and not so eco-friendly in that regard.
We’ve got a feeling the wafer gimmick is getting its latest release 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 (as this will be a big change with the drop to 7nm, finally).