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4 Dedicated vCPUs vs 6 Shared vCPUs?

We are considering to resize a droplet to a higher disk capacity type, but that one offers 4 dedicated vCPUs, instead of 6 shared vCPUs, what we currently have there. The host is mainly used for testing, it’s not a production host with constant traffic flow. Could we say that at least, we are getting around the same performance as now, if we opt for such resize? I found something on this topic, it’s rather old, so I’d ask for some extra comments: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/whats-the-difference-between-vcpu-in-standard-high-memory-droplets-and-dedicated-vcpu-in-high-cpu-droplet


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Hi @VladimirTomic,

Basically, the difference between Shared and Dedicated CPUs is in the name. If you opt for the Shared vCPUs these vCPUs may be shared with other Droplets if let’s say the host that your Droplets are on is having difficulties. This means that you might not be able to use all 6 of them to their full potential.

As for the 4 DeDicated vCPU, they are exclusively yours no matter what. Since they are not shared but dedicated to you it’s only you who will use them.

Hi there,

The link to the answer that you’ve shared is quite spot on. I can confirm that the statements in that answer are still valid.

In your case the performance should indeed be quite OK with the benefits of the guaranteed CPU power, whereas if you had shared vCPUs this means that if other users on the same node are using too much CPU power, then this could reflect on your server too, which will not be the case with the Dedicated vCPUs.

Hope that this helps!

Best,

Bobby