Like everything in life, the passage of time is merciless with the components of the GPU of our PC, so we must know how these sections age, and what activities consume themGaming, rendering and more recently cryptocurrency mining are some of the actions that literally “eat” your GPU, so keep an eye on their wear and tear

As people accumulate years of use of their computers, they begin to have some questions about the performance and maintenance of these computers. For example, Some users wonder if GPUs wear out from heavy use over time. We review several of the key aspects to consider.

It is that for many of the current tasks that a computer can perform, integrated or dedicated graphics are very important. It does not matter if we are talking about video games, graphics rendering or crypto mining. You are probably demanding this section of your PC like never before. And that brings its consequences.

Adding to that, most of the graphics card lifespan information you’ll find online is anecdotal, with numbers that can vary dramatically depending on who you ask.

In the end, there are infinite models, uses and any other factor that may have an impact on its aging. In any case, it is clear that the materials that make up GPUs are not magical, and that they are damaged in the long run. The more we force or demand them, the less time it will take before that damage is serious.

How do years affect GPUs?

The fans, the first to leave you

Of all the parts on a graph, we’d have to cite the cooling fans as the most likely to fail. Fans keep the GPU cool by directing hot air away from the GPU chip via heatsinks.

Why is heat bad? With too much heat, the transistors don’t work properly, which means the GPU card won’t work. With even more heat, the transistors in the card’s chips can be damaged entirely.

Over time, cooling fans often get clogged dusty, reducing its ability to move air efficiently. Or they can fail completely if an internal lubricant breaks..

What is thermal throttling?

Each GPU is protected from overheating through the use of thermal throttling, which slows down the operation to reduce the operating temperature. But doing so limits performance

If you have a GPU that is suddenly noisier than normal or performing worse, our recommendation is that you immediately clean the cooling fans and GPU heat sink with compressed air.

One faulty thermal compound, another suspect

Between each heatsink and the GPU chip is a layer of heat-conducting material, such as a layer of putty or paste that helps transfer heat from the GPU chip to the heatsink when needed.

Over time, thermal paste can crack or lose potency. When that happens, the heatsink doesn’t cool as effectively and the GPU temperature rises. As we have seen, high GPU temperatures result in thermal throttling, which will slow down your GPU.

The best solution in that scenario is to replace the thermal paste on your own, with the advantage that you can buy thermal paste from computer and spare parts vendors, so this will not be a problem.

In addition to the GPU chip, a graphics card will include dozens of other electronic components, such as capacitors, resistors, memory chips, and more. Any of them could potentially fail from heavy use or exposure to too much heat. Although some are more likely to fail What others.

Capacitors in particular are prone to failure over time. They are sensitive to changes in temperature. You can always replace them if you are skilled enough. Otherwise, it will have to be done by an expert.

Faults in the GPU chip itself

So the question remains: Can a GPU chip eventually wear out due to heavy usage? Quickly The answer is yes, although it is also true that there are different circumstances that affect. In fact, it really is likely that you will experience the failure of another component before the GPU itself.

The GPU chip of the graphics card contains millions or billions of transistors, on a piece of silicon. Transistors age over time, which affects their performance. When enough transistors misbehave, the chip will fail, and you will notice that your experience is no longer what it should be.

Ultimately, heat is the enemy

In the end, of everything we’ve gone through, the biggest deciding factor for how long a GPU card will last is how hot it runs. That is, at what temperature does it do so. The hotter it is, the faster all of its components will degrade. Besides, the hotter the card, the more it reduces its performance to avoid catastrophic failure. Good cooling extends the life of the card and increases its performance.

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