Intel To Discontinue Boxed 13th Gen Core CPUs for Enthusiasts

Intel To Discontinue Boxed 13th Gen Core CPUs for Enthusiasts

In an unexpected move, Intel announced plans to phase out the boxed version of its exciting Class 13.Th Generation Core 'Raptor Lake' processors. Intel plans to ship these desktop CPUs by the end of June, according to a Product Change Notification (PCN) published by the company last month. In its place will be Intel's current lineup of Boxed 14.Th generation core processors, which are based on the same 'Raptor Lake' silicon and generally have higher performance for similar prices.

Intel customers and distributors interested in receiving boxed version 13Th Generation Core i5-13600K/KF, Core i7-13700K/KF, and Core i9-13900K/KF/KS 'Raptor Lake' processors with unlocked multiplier must be placed by May 24, 2024. The company will ship these units by June. 28, 2024. Meanwhile, PCN does not mention any change in the availability of the tray versions of these CPUs, which are sold to OEMs and wholesalers.

The upcoming shutdown of Intel's Boxed 13Th Generation Core processors come as the company's current 14Th Generation product line, 'Raptor Lake Refresh' is largely a rehash of the same silicon at slightly higher clock speeds. For example: All discontinued SKUs are based on Intel's B0 Raptor Lake Silicon, which is still being used for their 14Th General counterpart. So Intel hasn't stopped production of any Raptor Lake silicon. The number of retail-only SKUs is decreasing.

As described in our 14Th Generation Core/Raptor Lake Refresh Review14Th General Chips largely makes its 13.Th General counterparts are redundant, offering better performance at every level at the same list price. And with virtually all current-generation motherboards supporting both generations of chips, Intel apparently feels there's little reason to keep older, slower SKUs of essentially the same silicon.

Interestingly, the retirement of the excited class 13Th Generation Core chips are coming before Intel discontinues its 12th generation.Th Generation Core 'Alder Lake' processors. 12Th General chips are still available today in both boxed and tray versions, and Alderlake silicon itself is still widely used in a number of product families. So even though Alder Lake shares the same platform as Raptor Lake, its silicon-based chips aren't redundant like the 13.Th The general core is chips.

Finally, it seems that Intel plans to consolidate and simplify its boxed retail chip offerings by retiring its near-duplicate SKUs. That could present a rare chance for a deal for PC buyers, as retailers work to sell off their remaining 13.Th General excited chips.

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