Do not doubt that optimizing a team and executing maintenance suitable for your hardware and software, you will be able to maintain a good level of performance for a long time. However, just as the passage of time ends up degrading people, it also degrades our PC hardware no matter what we do.
The passage of time and hardware performance go hand in hand
Good practices and proper maintenance can make your healthy PC last for many years to come, but no matter what you do, a computer that has been in use for a while will never perform like new. Indeed, the passage of time causes a certain wear of the components, even in components such as the processor or an SSD which do not have moving parts, which definitely decreases their performance little by little.
We have a clear example of this, for example, in power supplies, because we have often told you that the passage of time causes them to lose efficiency, and this is due to the wear and tear of their components – especially the capacitors. – which, with use and temperature gradually lose their effectiveness, making the device as a whole less and less effective.
A processor is surely one of the components that undergoes the least wear, but its performance can also be reduced by various factors such as its operating temperature or its voltage; For example, if we took a processor that has been in use for 5 years everyday and the same brand new processor and put them face to face in a battery of landmarks Synthetics, we would see that the brand new processor has significantly better performance than the processor 5 years of use, proof that the passage of time has reduced its performance.
Another clear example that we have in the SSD; As we all know, NAND Flash memory chips suffer from wear and tear with the write and erase processes, and although they don’t reach their limit (how unusable the unit is), a SSDs that have been working for some time end 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
This was her original performance when we reviewed her in June 2019:
And these are the performances he gave us today (we used the same version of the benchmark even if version 7 of CrystalDisk Mark is already available for the sake of comparison to be more reliable):
You can see a marked decrease in its performance, especially in the read speed which is about 500MB / s slower, and that this SSD was “cleaned” to restore its performance about a year ago.
With this what we want to tell you is that over time all the hardware components gradually lose performance, and no matter how much maintenance and optimization we do, wear is always present, and it happens in the processor. , graphics card, storage media and power supply mainly, but also in fans (they become noisier and less efficient) and the rest of the components. Is inevitable.