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Why aren't there any physically larger processors?

#1MASKOAAAPosted 8/9/2014 8:05:30 PM
I'm talking desktop processors. Just curious it popped in my head that most all new processors that come out each year are basically the same size why don't you ever see something that looks like 4 processors together?
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#2Clutch_TheoryPosted 8/9/2014 8:14:34 PM
Well, for Intel the socket number is generally a reference to the amount of pins a CPU has. The more pins the bigger it'll be. The most recent sockets have been 775, 1366, 1155, and 1150 so they're generally around the same size. If you've ever seen an LGA 2011 CPU it's much larger. Those are the biggest AFAIK.
#3PhilOnDezPosted 8/9/2014 8:20:00 PM
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj163/idontcare_photo_bucket/Intel%20Core%20i7-3770K/DeliddedwithNT-H1.jpg

The part with the thermal paste on it is the actual CPU. The rest of it is just what it's mounted to to let it it interface with the motherboard and just generally be easy to handle. Why they decided on that size for the entire package I can't say, though I think it's a safe bet that it was just good enough the first time they tried it and they've just stuck with it ever since.
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#4YoungAdultLinkPosted 8/9/2014 8:22:10 PM
Too much heat. Unless we make the processors less dense, which would also slow down how fast they are, we just can't remove enough heat.
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#5PsythikPosted 8/9/2014 8:22:35 PM
Because CPUs don't even fill the space they have as is.
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#6cuteboi100Posted 8/9/2014 9:07:11 PM
Check out this reddit thread, the source isn't confirmed reliable but the info. sounds plausible.

http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/1oyjqr/eli5_why_are_cpusprocessors_so_small/
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#7fataliPosted 8/9/2014 9:10:27 PM
You want big CPUs? You should have seen the slot 1 Pentium II when they came out:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/af/Pentium_II_front.jpg
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#8ShubPosted 8/9/2014 9:15:44 PM
fatali posted...
You want big CPUs? You should have seen the slot 1 Pentium II when they came out:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/af/Pentium_II_front.jpg


The actual CPU in that big thing was not big at all:
http://cdn.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium-II/S_Intel-Pentium%20II%20400%20%28SECC2%20back%29.jpg
As you can see the CPU is about the same size as what's available today, and the two ICs on the right are cache.
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#9R i c kPosted 8/9/2014 9:25:49 PM
fatali posted...
You want big CPUs? You should have seen the slot 1 Pentium II when they came out:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/af/Pentium_II_front.jpg
This was my first thought, lol.

Shub posted...
The actual CPU in that big thing was not big at all:
http://cdn.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium-II/S_Intel-Pentium%20II%20400%20%28SECC2%20back%29.jpg
As you can see the CPU is about the same size as what's available today, and the two ICs on the right are cache.
And, yes, I knew this was the case but it's still funny. The P2 was like an SNES cartridge you jammed into your mobo.
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#10Freedan12Posted 8/9/2014 9:28:51 PM
Sounds like someone is trying to compensate for their lack of performance.