Manufacturing CPUs and other hardware components not only requires huge amounts of energy but also produces a lot of waste in the process of extraction and refinement of material needed to manufacture various components.
So it makes sense to hold onto old hardware for as long as possible to produce the least environmental footprint. However newer hardware typically is much much more efficient and thus consumes less electricity.
So my question is basically: at which point do older components start to be more harmful to the environment due to the amount of electricity they consume compared to the environmental expenditures of manufacturing newer components?
This obviously depends on how electricity is sourced and less so on other factors, but still.
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