A Closer Look
Intel has sent reviewers a flashy review kit the last few generations and 11th gen is not different. This go around, we get a large blue colored cube about of about 8 inches.
The top lifts off to reveal a staged display.
This reminds us of a flashy display box you would see on a convenience store counter tempting you to grab a new flavor of your favorite candy bar. Amusingly this isn’t terribly far from the truth for us. Besides the i9 and i5 SKUs included, there is also a small crystal cube sitting in the tray.
Each CPU box lifts out of a slot in the base, as does the Intel crystal.
The rear ‘billboard’ magnetically attaches and pops off easily.
The packaging is kind of fun, but not something you can get on a retail shelf. Let’s open up the i9-11900K and check it out.
Inside, you see the same clear clamshell packaging over the CPU you’re used to, nothing new here.
The back of the CPU looks pretty much identical to the previous 10th gen CPUs and indeed it should since they are both LGA1200 CPUs.