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I mean, they've gotten bigger and bigger it seems, instead of smaller...
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How have they gotten bigger? They've gotten smaller if you ask me (in terms of parts/unit area)
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If you look overall most cards are smaller. There are a few like GTX 580 that are slightly larger then say a Voodoo card, but there is soooo much more packed onto it as stated above.
    
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i think the cooling is getting bigger and bigger..jsut look at all the new non-reference cards these days lol
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certainly seems to be getting smaller. Especially considering the exponentially increased power of the new cards.
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Power circuitry (VRMs, caps..etc) takes up a great deal of space, as does RAM.

With higher end cards, you need good VRMs. Good VRMs take up space.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by r34p3rex View Post
How have they gotten bigger? They've gotten smaller if you ask me (in terms of parts/unit area)
This.

Heat distribution and electrical interference along the electrical lines is a problem. There is only so much you can do.
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