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> in a cloud you get charged per core. Can a cloud substitute an Intel for an AMD cpu?

In a cloud you typically pay for cores from a specific CPU type. Presumably any clouds at offer AMD cpus will price them in a competitive manner.




I thought they had a “cpu x or equivalent” kind of language, like rental cars.


Yeah, it depends on what they deem to be equivalent. AWS already offer AMD cores, and they're 10% cheaper compared to Intel cores - https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/amd/


AWS mostly did away with that years ago; AFAIK first-tier cloud providers all promise a specific CPU model. And yes, and AMD vCPU is cheaper than an Intel vCPU.




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