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When is a cube "Dead"?

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I have a GTS2M which I've had for two years, and the performance isn't as amazing as it once was. I was wondering when the right time to buy a new cube was, and how I could tell if my cube was "Dead"

Thanks in advance :)
 
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I have no experience of dead cubes. I also have a GtS2M i got a month ago, and I don't feel like its deteriorationg. By dead, do you mean turns slower, can't corner ut as well, catchs more, etc?
 
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I have no experience of dead cubes. I also have a GtS2M i got a month ago, and I don't feel like its deteriorationg. By dead, do you mean turns slower, can't corner ut as well, catchs more, etc?
It locks up a lot, isn't very smooth, corner-cutting is very poor, locks up a lot, and it's very slow.
 
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It locks up a lot, isn't very smooth, corner-cutting is very poor, locks up a lot, and it's very slow.
Thats sad. Disassemble the cube and have a look at the interior. There may be something wrong inside. Check the tensions as well, possibly the tensions somehow changed as you cubed for 2 years, slowly turning the screws until it’s too tight. Once I had a small rock inside my cube, and it made a horrible rattling noise every time I turned, until I disassembled, and it fell out.

If that doesn’t work, maybe it’s time for a new cube.
 
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I have a GTS2M which I've had for two years, and the performance isn't as amazing as it once was. I was wondering when the right time to buy a new cube was, and how I could tell if my cube was "Dead"

Thanks in advance :)
Before you put it on at the back of your shelf and buy a new one...

Take the cube apart completely. Clean every piece thoroughly of any flash plastic or dried lube/residue. Check for damage.
Clean springs. Check to see if they still compress correctly. If they are unsatisfactory, buy replacements or use springs from another cube if you can. I have heard MF3RS2 springs in a GTS2M are pretty nice.
Retension. Make sure that every side is even.
Relube however you see fit. Be careful of using water-based lubes on metal pieces.

Break in the cube, do a bunch of solves.
If the cube is STILL not performing well, and is substandard, then congratulations. You have learned what a truly dead cube feels like.
 
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Generally speaking, if you have to ask about whether or not your cube is dead, it’s likely on its way to the grave. That being said I used the original cubicle labs GTS M for the past 3 years. I just recently upgraded to using the GTS3 M and Gan X
 
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