Vultr vs Linode vs Digitalocean: who has best CPU?

For many years, I’ve been testing virtual private servers for my business. you might have heard of Amazon ECS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud platforms. They are giant players of the world with pretty good service and stability, but they are so expensive for individual developers and small business.

I’ve tested many vps providers, ramnode, bandwagonhost, oneasiahost, sugarhosts, digitalocean, linode, and Vultr etc. some of them are rubbish, sometimes they allure you with lowest vps price and exciting server package, but in the end you have high chance to lose all your data.

but some of them provide versatile vps with reasonable price. I’ve been using Vultr, Digitalocean and Linode since the first day they stepped into vps industry. I still remember when Vultr announced their opening many years ago, you deposit 100 dollars, they give you 100 dollars in return, so you get $200 in your account. that’s the old golden days.

in this article, you will find some company background of each vps provider, then we will discuss what cpu models they use and CPU test results.

datacenterVultr(started 2014)Linode(started 2003)Digitalocean(started 2011)
AmericaAtlanta, Chicago,
silicon valley, Dallas,
Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Miami
Fremont, Dallas,
Atlanta, Newark
New York,
SanFrancisco, Toronto(Canada)
EuropeLondon, Amsterdam, Paris, FrankfurtLondon, FrankfurtLondon, Frankfurt, Amsterdam
AsiaTokyo, SingaporeTokyo, SingaporeSingapore, Bangalore(India)

Linode was founded in 2003, It provides robust servers and is private owned by its founders and employees. Linode uses Xen as platform but changed to KVM two years ago. due to growing competitors, Linode doubled vps ram and bandwidth but kept average price. Payment methods also upgraded. You can buy Linode with either credit card or Paypal.

linode promo code:sixcolors ($20) 、DOCS10 、 LINODE10

Digitalocean was founded in 2011 and is sponsored by venture capitalists from USA. they provide vps mostly located in USA and Europe. all vps equipped with full KVM virtualization and SSD. digitalocean calls vps as droplet on their platform. Bulding a vps from Digitalocean is pretty fast,usually it takes 15 seconds.

digitalOcean promo code: $10

$5/mo25 GB SSD
1024MB Memory
1TB Bandwidth
20GB Storage
1 CPU Core
1GB Memory
512MB Memory
1TB Bandwidth
$10/mo40 GB SSD
2048MB Memory
2TB Bandwidth
30GB Storage
1 CPU Core
2GB Memory
2GB Memory
2TB Bandwidth
$20/mo60 GB SSD
4096MB Memory
3TB Bandwidth
48GB Storage
2 CPU Cores
4GB Memory
2GB Memory
3TB Bandwidth

Disclaimer: Vultr has a plan for $2.50/mo with 20 GB SSD 1 CPU 512MB Memory 500GB Bandwidth. this plan always run out of stock(sold out).

Vultr started in 2014 as a child brand of Choopa LLC. so if you check vultr server IP, you get results showing Choopa LLC. all vps built with KVM virtualization technology. Vultr is a young competitor full of ambition. it has cheap price but with very powerful servers. Vultr also has the most data centers all over the world.

vultr promo code($10 or $25): 、 SSDVPS

CPU model

what cpu models are in use by vultr, linode and digitalocean? let’s take a look:

 CPUSingle Thread Passmark
VultrIntel Xeon E5-2620 v31710
LinodeIntel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v2 @ 2.80GHz1758
DigitaloceanIntel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650L v3 @ 1.80GHz1344

How powerful is it? Let’s run CPU benchmark:

sysbench –test=cpu –cpu-max-prime=20000 –num-threads=1 run

It shows clearly that Vultr has beaten the other two competitors with shortest time needed.

Single Thread30.7s33.2s45.8s

Of course this benchmark does not stand up for 100% the realtime situation,but it at least gives us closer look into these vps providers.

If your projects are CPU oriented, I really recommend Vultr than Digitalocean. Linode is also good choice.