The Threadripper.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD - Get Report) seems to be getting the best of Intel (INTC - Get Report) in the race to release high-end super chips designed for power users. 

Fresh off the successful release of its Ryzen CPUs, Epyc server chips and Vega GPUs, AMD is now turning to the debut of its long-awaited Ryzen Threadripper processors on August 31.

On August 4, PC World posted a video that included some shots of the new CPU: 

The Ryzen Threadripper
The Ryzen Threadripper

AMD's new Threadripper chip
AMD's new Threadripper chip

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AMD's Ryzen Threadripper chip is its answer to Intel's Core i9 super chip. Both chipmakers are using their respective super chips to go after the high-end desktop market, an area that's looked more and more promising amid a gloomy outlook for the overall PC market. The high end market mostly attracts pro gamers and content creators, such as video and photo editors, who require a lot of processing power.

While both AMD and Intel look poised to take advantage of that market, AMD has made some incremental moves that could put it ahead of Intel. For one thing, Intel has said that its Core i9 chips won't be available until October. 


AMD's Ryzen Threadripper chip. 

"We've seen game developers, content developers really sort of support the Ryzen ecosystem," Su explained on her company's earnings call. "I think you'll see as we go through the Threadripper launch, which is coming up very shortly, that the Ryzen ecosystem is strong." 

And if AMD's second-quarter results are any indicator, the Threadripper launch will likely help prop up its third-quarter sales as well. The company is already optimistic about what the third quarter will bring, giving an upbeat third-quarter forecast, as well as raising its full-year outlook for revenue growth. 

AMD expects to post third-quarter sales between $1.46 billion and $1.54 billion, which is above Wall Street's estimated $1.39 billion in revenue. For the full year, AMD projects annual revenue to increase by a mid- to high-teens percentage. 

"I think when you look overall, it shows that the business is strengthening," Su told investors. "We like the growth very much."

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