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in your opinion, would you say that future video cards would be longer or shorter.

I'm asking cause i was about to pull the trigger on a case i have been wanting but thought " when i upgrade in the future, would the video card fit?"

As it is, an HD 6950 would barely fit, a .5" longer and it wouldn't.

If future cards were longer, then when it came time to upgrade, I would need a new case as well.

I would assume manufacturers would attempt to keep them within the current averages.
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They will pretty much stay the same. The only thing that will change, is how much technology they can pack into them. Nvidia cards tend to be a lot smaller than ATI's.
    
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agree with staying the same, maybe will be smaller, but won't be too much.
it won't be too weird that it gets longer, cause they will wanna add more and more memory or metal core to it.
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^ Ummm, wat?

As to the OP question, worst case scenario, they may get taller than PCI bracket height. Honestly though, I think we will start seeing either no change. Or reductions in size as the components onboard get smaller with every passing generation.
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IMO they'll stay the same, and as newer generations come, with smaller chips and stuff(die shrinks and such) I believe they might be able to make the GPU's shorter.

I was actually impressed when I saw a 7950GX2 back in the days. That thing was so long, I didn't believe it could fit in!

inb4 that's what she said!
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Hi moy. I would agree with everyone else, things are going to change so drastically that you won't be able to fit cards into your case anymore. Depends how far into the future you are thinking

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The top of the the line cards have always been fairly long as far back as I can remember.

Though then the gen afterward incorporates the top of the line stuff as mid tier. Which gets shrinked down.
    
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