The new instances are powered by high clock speed CPU's and NVMe local. Vultr claims geekbench 55% better performance, 3GHz cpus. In the instance we've tested, the CPU was a Skylake processor clocked at 3.8GHz.
processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 94 model name : Virtual CPU 6db7dc0e7704 stepping : 3 microcode : 0x1 cpu MHz : 3792.000 cache size : 16384 KB
For the same number of core and memory, High Frequency plans have 15% or more additional disk space, data transfer limit stays the same. The hourly price is 20% higher than the regular VC2 instances.
The VC2 $10 and the High Frequency $12 plans both have 1 core and 2GB RAM so they can easily be compared.
So how much more speed can you get of those HF instances? Quite a bit, it turns out.
For a high level view of the performance gap between a regular VC2 instance and a HF instance, take a look at the Screener
Web average response time is 78% lower than for the equivalent VC2 plan.
In terms of disk IO, the HF instance read and write throughput were both 35% higher that the VC2 plan.
If those HF instances stay that fast, they look like serious competition to UpCloud. You might want to jump on the opportunity before they change their mind.