do CPUs age like a human brain, getting slower w/ age?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
howdy all,

just a general question... something i was pondering the other day,

do computer's CPUs get slower with extended age in the same way that human brain's seem to?

if you were to have a 1.8GHz MacBook, and it was used extensively (10hours+ a day, doing some heavy-duty stuff) for up to 10, 20 or 30 years, and then bought a brand-new (yet otherwise identical MacBook - same software and files, etc ) would there be any differene in the respective CPU's processing power?

just wondering


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    (nevermind... hmm)
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    stoostoo Posts: 1,490member
    No, CPUs performance doesn't decline with time. Computers may seem slower as you run more demanding software (newer versions with hefitier requirements and a general accumulation of things that run in the background) or as files on the hard disk fragment. (I'm not sure if fragmentation is as big an issue these days, as IIRC Mac OS X tries to avoid it).
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