DigitalOcean Premium vs Vultr High Frequency Performance

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Vultr has a “High Frequency Compute” VPS that has high clock speed and NVMe. It has some excellent performance!

DigitalOcean also recently introduced a similar VPS called “Premium Droplets” powered by Intel and AMD with NVMe SSDs.

Introducing Premium Intel and AMD CPU Droplets on DigitalOcean

So I decided to compare the performance of both with WordPress!

Testing Setup

I created 5 VPS servers in the same region as follows:

  • DigitalOcean Regular – $5/month
  • DigitalOcean Premium Intel – $6/month
  • DigitalOcean Premium AMD – $6/month
  • Vultr Regular – $5/month
  • Vultr High Frequency – $6/month
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Running performance test via Google PageSpeed Insights or GTmetrix is not an ideal way to test servers’ performance as it can vary based on several factors.

So I used to send requests from 0 to 500 clients per second over 1 min.

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Test Results

DigitalOcean Regular
DO Intel Regular
DigitalOcean Intel Premium
DO Intel Premium
DigitalOcean AMD Premium
DO AMD Premium
Vultr Regular
Vultr Regular
Vultr High Frequency
Vultr HF


VPSAverage Response Time
DigitalOcean Regular5.9s
DigitalOcean Intel Premium5.2s
DigitalOcean AMD Premium3.7s
Vultr Regular7.0s
Vultr High Frequency3.1s
DO vs Vultr


Vultr High Frequency has the best performance of all. DigitalOcean AMD Premium is also close.

If I had to choose between these, I would probably go with DigitalOcean AMD Premium as I’ve seen better uptime with DigitalOcean than Vultr.

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