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Will "high end" PC form factors ever shrink?

#1GoIrish80Posted 3/25/2014 8:32:40 AM
I guess I'm just a little surprised that all of the higher end stuff is the size that it's been for so long. It would be very nice to be able to have a PC like the one I have in my specs that could fit inside an Xbox One case. I understand that more powerful stuff tends to have an increased size, but I guess I just thought by now the size of video cards would have shrunk a bit. Processor, motherboard, hard drive(s), ram and case can be handled, but video cards are still just massive.
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#2protools1983Posted 3/25/2014 8:34:32 AM
You can build a small form factor powerhouse but it'll cost ya. The hunt for the power supply alone is enough to stop most from going through with it.
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#3crawdadPosted 3/25/2014 8:37:46 AM(edited)
Why would it? It's constantly changing and taking full use of the size available.

Think of it like this. The card that's High End now, is the same size (or maybe bigger even) than a card that was high End 10 years ago. But a card that Size 10 years ago could fit in your smart phone now (or even smaller honestly).

So why doesn't it make sense that overall, high end cards now take up the same room?

protools1983 posted...
You can build a small form factor powerhouse but it'll cost ya. The hunt for the power supply alone is enough to stop most from going through with it.


...or the tech is there and it's just too damn expensive to be worth while on a larger scale.
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#4SonyHoundDawgPosted 3/25/2014 8:47:47 AM(edited)
You can get a powerful PC for about the size of an old xbox 360, core i5/i7, 16 gigs ram, 780ti, but itll cost you a lot more then going with the standard tower.
#5halomonkey1_3_5Posted 3/25/2014 8:45:36 AM
Size(or lack thereof)
Power
Price

pick two
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#6PyrotechnixxxPosted 3/25/2014 9:33:07 AM
The big issue is cooling. Bigger case means space for larger heatsinks, radiators, etc. Trying to fit high performance parts in a smaller form factor means you have to sacrifice cooling, which may end up hurting performance. Why do you think laptops are so weak relative to desktops?
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#7QuestofChosenPosted 3/25/2014 9:40:25 AM
Maybe Pascal will be the answer?

http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/03/25/gpu-roadmap-pascal/
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#8Ch3wyPosted 3/25/2014 9:43:26 AM
QuestofChosen posted...
Maybe Pascal will be the answer?

http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/03/25/gpu-roadmap-pascal/


Yep, so in about 2 years from now.
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#9dlfPosted 3/25/2014 10:39:23 AM
Perhaps when we have more and better nanotechnology we could have powerful parts in a small package, perhaps.
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#10Unsugarized_FooPosted 3/25/2014 10:43:51 AM
I took my 9800GT apart to fix the fan, and I was shocked to see that the fan was probably 90% of the volume.
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