At the end of 2018, Intel gave official status to the 9th generation Core desktop processors with the eight-core Core i9-9900K chip at the head of the line. Then, in anticipation of Computex 2019, the corporation introduced the “world’s best gaming processor” Core i9-9900KS Special Edition, which is a select version of Core i9-9900K.
Both of these processors came in an interesting 12-sided box in the form of a regular dodecahedron. According to experts, Intel decided to release such a package in response to the spectacular box of several generations of AMD Ryzen Threadripper HEDT processors. Interestingly, according to foreign sources, a few months after the Core i9-9900KS Special Edition went on sale, it was problematic to buy it even on such gigantic trading floors as Amazon and NewEgg.
Intel published a Product Change Notification (PCN) yesterday, announcing that it is discontinuing special packaging in the form of a dodecahedron for the Core i9-9900K processor. Customers will be able to place their orders until June 26th. In the future, the company will replace the non-trivial box with Intel standard cardboard in the form of a rectangular parallelepiped.
By the way, the 12-sided box created great difficulties in transportation and required a special box with foam inserts. By the useful volume, such a box could accommodate twice as many ordinary boxes with a CPU as dodecahedrons with a Core i9-9900K or Core i9-9900KS Special Edition. However, another significant argument for the cancellation is the fact that after the release of the 10-core Core i9-10900K, the Core i9-9900K processors ceased to be the flagships of the desktop platform and “the fastest gaming CPUs in the world.”