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How the passage of time affects hardware performance

Make no mistake about optimizing a team and performing the maintenance suited to your hardware and software, you can maintain a good level of performance for a long time. However, just as the passage of time ends up degrading people, it also degrades the hardware of our PC whatever we do.

The passage of time and hardware performance go hand in hand

Good practices and proper maintenance can make your PC last in good condition for many years, but no matter how much you do, a computer that has already been used for a certain time will never function as if it were new. This is so because the passage of time causes the components to have some wear, even in components such as the CPU or an SSD that do not have moving parts, something that definitely diminishes their performance little by little.

A clear example of this we have, for example, in power supplies, since many times we have told you that the passage of time causes them to lose efficiency, and this is so due to the wear of their components -especially the capacitors- which, with use and temperature gradually lose their effectiveness making the device as a whole less and less efficient.

A processor is surely one of the components that suffer the least wear, but its performance can also be diminished by various factors such as its operating temperature or voltage; For example, if we took a processor that has been used for 5 years on a daily basis and the same processor brand new and put them face to face in a battery of benchmarks Synthetics, we would see that the brand-new processor has a significantly higher performance than the processor of 5 years of use, proof that the passage of time has diminished its performance.

Another clear example we have in the SSD; As we all know, NAND Flash memory chips suffer wear and tear with the writing and erasing processes, and even though they do not reach their limit (at which point the unit is unusable), an SSD that has been in operation for some time ends up giving lower performance than the same SSD when it was new, and this is especially noticeable on SSDs if they don’t “reset” frequently.

To test a button: below you can see the performance of a Transcend PCIe SSD 220S SSD when it was new, and another capture of the exact same SSD taken today, about two years later.

This was its original performance from when we reviewed it in June 2019:

Original Transcend PCIe SSD 220S

And this is the performance that it has given us today (we have used the same version of the benchmark even though version 7 of CrystalDisk Mark is already available for the sake of comparison to be more reliable):

SSD performance

You can see a clear decrease in its performance, especially in the read speed that is about 500 MB / s less, and that this SSD was “cleaned” to restore its performance about a year ago.

With this, what we want to tell you is that with the passage of time all hardware components lose performance little by little, and no matter how much maintenance and optimization we do, wear and tear is always present, and this happens in the processor, the graphics card, the storage media and the power supply mainly, but also in the fans (they become louder and less efficient) and the rest of the components. It is unavoidable.