Now that the Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon 5850 are out, the industry is bracing for the next waves of AMD's DirectX 11 offensive: Juniper, a smaller graphics processor that should appear in the $100-200 range, and Hemlock, a top-of-the-line card based on dual Cypress GPUs. Both should launch this quarter.
Unreleased graphics cards often make first appearances in Asia, and surprise, surprise, a Juniper board has appeared there before the official debut. A member of the Chinese Mymypc.com forums has posted photos and 3DMark benchmarks of a purported Radeon HD 5750. The card has a short board and even smaller cooler, but it still features a DirectX 11 GPU, GDDR5 RAM, and the same port arrangement as the Radeon HD 5870—two DVI, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI.
The post also includes a graph with performance numbers from a GeForce GTS 250, Radeon HD 4770, and Radeon HD 4850. Apparently, the 5750 outpaces all of them in 3DMark06, and it outruns the 4770 and GTS 250 in 3DMark Vantage. (There's no Vantage number for the 4850.)
We suggest taking these results with a pinch of salt considering the source. Still, if accurate, this information suggests the Radeon HD 5750 could give Nvidia's GeForce GTS 250 a run for its money with potentially lower power consumption and production costs, since it will have a 40-nm GPU. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the tip.)