Intel has quietly added a new mobile processor to its i7 series lineup to bolster its offering for notebooks in the $900 to $1000 range.
What makes this 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU special is that it is rated at a 35 watt TDP, which is below the 45 watt rating of the 2.4 GHz i7-3635QM and the 2.4 GHz i7-3630QM. The only other 35 watt CPU that is currently offered by Intel in this series is the 2.1 GHz i7-3612QM. Conceivably, the i7-3632QM is now the CPU that, on paper, strikes the most compelling compromise between performance and power consumption. The new CPU is available in BGA an rPGA packaging.
Pricing has not been revealed at this point, but since we know that the 3630QM and 3632QM are positioned to replace the 3610QM and 3612QM, we expect them to stay to the tray prices of their predecessors, which currently is $378 and $378.