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HD6950/6970 and GTX570/580 are high-end cards.
Do AMD/Nvidia actually plan these cards for higher resolution(2560x1600)/multi-monitor setup? Is AMD being smarter to put 2GB into the 6950/6970? Or, is Nvidia stupid to use 1.28GB/1.5GB?
And, when review sites test dual card setup, is it meaningless to test at 1680x1050 or even 1080p?

To answer these questions, let's turn to the real world.
I have taken a quick statistics of how OCN members practise:
AMD
(I) AMD 69xx Owners Club
Of the 49 owners, 6 members do not give their monitor setup info. So, 43 members are used in this survey:
--31 have single card setup (only 2 use Eyefinity)
--12 have dual card setup (only 2 use Eyefinity).

First, it seems that multi-monitor setup is not the primary motive for choosing the 6950/6970. Secondly, the single monitor setup of these 39 members ranges from 19'' (1600x1200) to 30'' (2560x1600), with a 'bell curve' distribution with 1920x1080 roughly as the median.

(II) Official ATI Eyefinity Club
--None uses 6950/6970. Granted that there may be some members who do use but have not joined the club. Granted also that when these members joined back then, 6950/6970 have not been released yet. But still, it seems that ranting due to insufficient VRAM is not very common as many use a single 5870 1GB to drive Eyefinity.

Nvidia
(I) NVIDIA GTX 500 Series Owners Club
Of the 174 owners, I counted 28 members use 2-way or 3-way SLI.
Of these 28, 11 use 3-monitor setup while the rest mostly use 1920x1080.

Conclusion
1) It seems that there is no direct relationship between using high end card(s) and using high resolution/multi-monitor setup. If it were the intention of card manufactuer(s) for this purpose, they are mistaken.

2) Single monitor (1920x1080/1200) is still the most common setup among these users of 570/580/6950/6970 single card/dual cards.

3) It seems Nvidia's 1.28/1.5GB is a better value , for the majority public, as these amount of memory are more often being utilized. In this regard, perhaps Nvidia has a better understanding of the market and the monitor usage habit of the end users?
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3) It seems Nvidia's 1.28/1.5GB is a better value , for the majority public, as these amount of memory are more often being utilized. In this regard, perhaps Nvidia has a better understanding of the market and the monitor usage habit of the end users?
Talking only about the VRAM here.

So you're saying that it's a ''better'' value when you sell the 580 200$ MORE then the 6970, with LESS VRAM?

More $ for less VRAM? You really have to explain me that.
    
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2X Triple-120 MCR320 + 1X Triple-120 Feser 2X Dual-120 XSPC RX240 32 Gentle Typhoon fans (mix of 3000 and 1850rpm) Reservoir 2X Koolance RP-452x2 with 4X MCP655 p... 
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