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Intel Launches Core i7-3632QM Processor

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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.

The i7-3632QM processor is not listed in Intel's official price list, but is shown as a "launched" product in its processor database.

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.

 

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    A Bad Day , October 19, 2012 10:44 PM
    Or at least give undervolting options.
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    ttg_Avenged , October 19, 2012 10:37 PM
    Darn. Was hoping for a desktop CPU. Didn't read much, but this 35w increase will help with batteries! Good job Intel. Hey, at least one company is "innovating".
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    ttg_Avenged , October 19, 2012 10:37 PM
    Darn. Was hoping for a desktop CPU. Didn't read much, but this 35w increase will help with batteries! Good job Intel. Hey, at least one company is "innovating".
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    A Bad Day , October 19, 2012 10:43 PM
    It would be nice if the $1000 mobile CPUs also supported some OCing. I understand that laptops shouldn't be OC'ed, but you'd think a laptop with a $1000 CPU would have more than enough cooling for light OCing (no voltage adjustments).
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    A Bad Day , October 19, 2012 10:44 PM
    Or at least give undervolting options.
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    zorky9 , October 19, 2012 10:47 PM
    nice.. here's hoping for a derivative to find it's way in the Surface Pro.
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    thefizzle656 , October 19, 2012 11:03 PM
    A Bad DayIt would be nice if the $1000 mobile CPUs also supported some OCing. I understand that laptops shouldn't be OC'ed, but you'd think a laptop with a $1000 CPU would have more than enough cooling for light OCing (no voltage adjustments).


    Actually I'm pretty sure that the one $1000 mobile CPU that Intel sells (I believe the i7-3920XM) does support mild overclocking.
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    danwat1234 , October 20, 2012 3:27 AM
    Wow a 35w quad core mobile chip, finally! I guess at the 14nm Haswell shrink they'll be able to get clockspeed close to 3GHZ continuous at that TDP and by that time we'll see 6-core laptop chips.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 20, 2012 3:46 AM
    this is impressive. It reminds me of when quad cores start going down to 95w's without losing clock performance.
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    ronch79 , October 20, 2012 5:43 AM
    When was the last time did one SKU get a headline? Most SKUs get a silent launch. It's no big deal, especially if it's just a lower-binned (and unsurprisingly, lower TDP) part. Must be a slow day at Tom's.
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    madjimms , October 20, 2012 7:57 AM
    If only I could get a 35w TDP Quad or Hexa AM3+ CPU with improved single threaded performance.
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    uglynerdman , October 20, 2012 2:59 PM
    i have it! and i ordered a 3610qm before it came out. exoticpc ppl are awesome! free upgrade
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    uglynerdman , October 20, 2012 3:01 PM
    uglynerdmani have it! and i ordered a 3610qm before it came out. exoticpc ppl are awesome! free upgrade


    whoops my mistake thought it was about the new 2.4 ghz one that just popped up! well part of the article is but i ordered a 2.3ghz got the new 2.4!
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    azathoth , October 20, 2012 6:56 PM
    A Bad DayOr at least give undervolting options.


    Expanding on this, They really should enable it with a warning in the BIOS. No over-volting options, just tweaking lower.

    In reality no chip is made equally, each one will require slightly different voltage for maximum stability.
    However, they need to push a constant voltage that covers all the chips, even if that means it's 0.xx volts over what's required for the chip in your specific laptop.

    Fix? Option in the BIOS, user accept the warning prompt, they undervolt for more battery life until the system has the lowest stable voltage.
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    tului , October 20, 2012 9:51 PM
    Can we get a 65W Ivy Bridge-E please? My light bill in the summer is killing me!
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    A Bad Day , October 20, 2012 11:01 PM
    thefizzle656Actually I'm pretty sure that the one $1000 mobile CPU that Intel sells (I believe the i7-3920XM) does support mild overclocking.


    I've read that the highest end Sandybridge mobile i7 couldn't be easily OC'ed. A first gen mobile i7 could actually be OC'ed enough to outclass the SB.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2012 11:48 PM
    As somebody whose work laptop is a 45w Intel Sandy Bridge quad with Nvidia discrete GPU, and whose home laptop is a 35w a10 series quad core APU, I have to say that I prefer the a10 hands down. Getting it down to 35w is a step in the right direction. If they can get enough GPU grunt into it to not require discrete graphics, they might have a chance of getting me back as a customer next time.
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    john_4 , October 22, 2012 1:09 AM
    Less watts is almost always a good thing
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    silliconcrayon , October 22, 2012 2:53 PM
    pretty impressive
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    blazorthon , October 23, 2012 1:30 AM
    tuluiCan we get a 65W Ivy Bridge-E please? My light bill in the summer is killing me!


    At about the same frequencies, quad core Sandy to quad core Ivy is only a what, 20% drop in power consumption? You don't really think that doing the same to SB-E will be enough to cut power consumption roughly in half, do you? I think that you're asking for too much unless you want a 2.6GHz or so model.
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    blazorthon , October 23, 2012 1:32 AM
    A Bad DayI've read that the highest end Sandybridge mobile i7 couldn't be easily OC'ed. A first gen mobile i7 could actually be OC'ed enough to outclass the SB.


    That's still almost definitely at the heavy sacrifice of power consumption. If you don't care about power consumption, then why noI think that it's only fair if we also mention the several laptops with a stock-clocked i7-3930K or 3960X.
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 1:59 PM
    A Bad Day wrote: "I understand that laptops shouldn't be OC'ed"

    I disagree. I think all notebooks should be overclocked. I'm paying a lot of money, and I would appreciate the option to watch it melt.