How much will upgrading my server increase performance of my script?

Posted March 10, 2016 3k views

Hi, I’m currently running the $5/mo plan (1 core/512mb RAM) for development purposes. Let’s say I’m running a PHP script, that uses Imagemagick and ffmpeg to create a short video, and it’s currently taking 60 seconds to complete. Is there a way to estimate how much time I could shave off if I upgraded to, say, the $80/mo plan (4 cores/8GB RAM)? 8 cores/16GB?

Thank you,


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Upgrading your Droplet will for sure improve your “script” execution time, and the best way to figure out the exact performance after the upgrade is testing.

A test of 1 hour on an 8 cores/16GB Droplet will cost you 0.24$ so it’s not that much.

You can follow these steps to test quickly without losing time:

  • Turn off your Droplet
  • Take a snapshot of it
  • Create a new one from that snapshot with the Configuration & Location you want. (You’ll basically have the same Droplet with improved hardware* and a different IP)
  • Enjoy your tests!

Hope that helped.