What is the Difference Between Boxed and Tray Processors?

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12/13/2018

Boxed Processor

As a genuine boxed processor from an Intel® Authorized Distributor. Intel Authorized Distributors sell Intel processors in clearly marked boxes from Intel. We refer to these processors as boxed processors. For more details about boxed and tray warranty, visit our warranty policy page.

Boxed processor

Tray Processor

As part of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) system. We work closely with companies like HP, Lenovo, and Dell to produce optimized systems. We ship the processors to OEMs, and they typically pre-install the processor. We refer to these processors as tray or OEM processors. Intel doesn't provide direct warranty support. Contact your OEM or reseller for warranty support.

Tray Processor

Are tray processors ever provided directly to you by Intel?

If tray processors are part of Intel® Data Center Blocks/solutions/systems, Intel provides them to you directly. For more information, visit the Intel Data Center Blocks Support page.