Both the Borg Cube (seen in "Q Who") and the Crystalline Entity (seen in "Silicon Avatar") dwarf the Enterprise-D.

Is it possible to know which object is larger? I haven't been able to find the dimensions of the Crystalline Entity anywhere.

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    Which Borg Cube are you talking about? There's a Borg Hypercube in front of which Enterprise-D looks like an ant.
    – user931
    Aug 2, 2014 at 22:40
  • The classic Borg Cube, the one seen in "Q Who?" I'm having trouble uploading images, for whatever reason.
    – user30592
    Aug 2, 2014 at 22:42
  • @SachinShekhar: While that may be a very large cube, where do you take the statement from that it is a hypercube (i.e. a 4-dimensional or higher-dimensional cube)? Aug 3, 2014 at 7:58
  • @O.R.Mapper The comic in which I encountered it said it Hypercube.
    – user931
    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:03
  • @o.r.mapper - The Borg "hypercube" is a form combining 8 normal sized cubes into a single larger object.
    – Valorum
    Aug 3, 2014 at 14:44

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The Crystalline entity is very much smaller than a standard (Type-2) Borg Cube.

The Star Trek Encylopedia describes the Crystalline Entity as being "hundreds of meters across", versus the Borg Cube which is over 3 kilometres (3040m) along each side.

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MAGNUS: I've got a visual.
ERIN: It's massive. Twenty eight cubic kilometres, a hundred and twenty nine thousand lifeforms on board. We're being scanned. They haven't altered course.
Voy : Dark Frontier

This should give you a rough idea of scale:

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  • I didn't think the Entity would be so small compared to a Borg Cube. Is there any time during the episode in which the entire thing is shown? I believe at the very end the whole Entity may have been shown, but I'm not sure.
    – user30592
    Aug 3, 2014 at 0:53
  • @T-1000 - You can see it at the end of Silicon Avatar. It fills the viewscreen but that's mostly because it's practically sitting on top of them.
    – Valorum
    Aug 3, 2014 at 6:35
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    @T-1000: I suppose you're thinking of this scene. Indeed, it would look larger there. However, I somehow suspect the scenes showing the Enterprise and Borg cubes do not match with the figures cited from the Voyager episode, scale-wise. Aug 3, 2014 at 8:03
  • @O.R.Mapper - Sizes in scifi/space shows are notoriously inconsistent. The usual thing is to just blame foreshortening
    – Valorum
    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35
  • Going off most depictions of Borg cubes seen in the various Star Trek works, the cube's dimensions appear to be 1 kilometer along each of its 3 axis. You say "Sizes in scifi/space shows are notoriously inconsistent", however the cubes' depictions appear to be quite consistent across the various Star Trek media.
    – Tom Lint
    Nov 9, 2020 at 14:29

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