The new Droplet types expand DigitalOcean’s Basic Droplet tier to offer faster performance and give customers the flexibility to choose the underlying hardware for their workloads.
Intel Premium Droplets currently run second generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, which feature what’s commonly referred to as the Cascade Lake architecture. These Intel CPUs operate at a base frequency of 2.50 GHz and max turbo frequency of 3.90 GHz.
AMD Premium Droplets currently run second generation 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors, based upon the “Zen 2” architecture, which feature what’s commonly referred to as the Rome architecture. These AMD EPYC CPUs operate at a base frequency of 2.0 GHz and a max turbo frequency of 3.35 GHz.
In addition to higher processing power, Premium Droplets provide enhanced memory performance and include NVMe drives for faster disk performance. Premium Droplets can be used on their own or as worker nodes for DigitalOcean Kubernetes.
DigitalOcean Premium Droplets start at $6 per month. Premium Intel Droplets are available now in all data center regions and Premium AMD Droplets are available in the NYC, SFO and FRA regions.
The company plans to add more regions for Premium AMD Droplets in the coming months.