What is the Difference Between Boxed and Tray Processors?


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Note Review the Feature Comparison of Intel® Xeon Processors page for more comparison information.

Are there any functional differences between boxed processors and tray processors?

No, there are no functional differences between these two types of processors if they have the same processor number. The main difference is the warranty. For more information on warranties, see the Intel® Boxed vs. Tray Processor Warranty Policy.

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

Does Intel directly provide warranty support for tray processor for non-OEM systems?

Yes, with Intel® Data Center Blocks (Intel® DCB), these systems may have tray processors pre-installed, so Intel can directly provide warranty support. For more information, visit the Intel® Data Center Blocks Warranty and Support document.