There is an urgent need for highly accelerated cardiac imaging to facilitate shorter examination times and increased patient comfort. The purpose of this study was to investigate if a large number of small surface coils can increase the maximal obtainable acceleration factor, by maximizing SNR and minimizing the g-factor. We demonstrate the potential of a high-density cardiac receive array for faster cardiac imaging compared to current available MR coils. Measurements with a 32-channel cardiac prototype at 3T show a 4-fold increase in acquisition speed at similar SNR. At the cost of a small SNR-drop, 30-fold acceleration factors are possible.