So a customer wanted to get the HIS Radeon HD 5970 and it’s not a cheap card at all. At $600 that’s a lot of money to spend on a graphic card. Said to be the fastest graphic card in the world? wow! I bet the spouse would love to have one of this. But can any computer handle this graphic card? Nope! apparently – you need quite a system too to be able to handle a kit like that. So if your system is up to par – then you should get this.
The customer who bought the card had come back to say that he only saw half the memory instead of the full – but a check with the supplier told ust hat it is normal and designed to work that way. One have to think of it literally as two video cards with two 1GB memory cores strapped together. The full 2GB is enabled, just not addressable as single 2GB entity. Your computer sees it as having 1GB, so when textures (etc.) are loaded into the card, the card will have the same texture in one 1GB bank for one core, and copied into the other 1GB bank for the other core.
Some manufacturers are rumored to be making a 4GB card, which will have 2x 2GB banks and will be seen be games as having a single 2GB bank.