GarnetNetworks - Amethyst 1GB KVM VPS review (Limited time offer: $2.02 first/MO then $5.05/MO)
Hello! My name is Tor and I come from Norway, recently got my hands on a GarnetNetworks Amethyst VPS. This is my first review so please don’t judge me too hard, I have been looking at others so I know a little bit of what I’m doing.
Disk: 50 GB MegaRAID10 Cores: 2x (Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1270 v3 (8M Cache, 3.50 GHz) Memory: 1 GB – 1024 MB IPs: 1x IPv4 (1 IP is plenty, suggest tunnelbroker.net for IPv6) Bandwidth: 512 GB (they provide more if you send them an email proving you use the bandwidth legitimately) Speed: 1 Gbps (Only if you have the Virto network card properly setup) Virtualization: KVM, don’t know if you can oversell this but I don’t think so. OS: Windows & Linux since its KVM, it allows you to bring your own Windows license if you are interested in this. Panel: The normal and most used SolusVM running nodes as “Slaves”. Location/datacenter: It’s hosted by ColoCrossing on their Buffalo, NY datacentre.
These tests are all done on Debian 7 which I reinstalled just before I did this test.
Now, let’s begin shall we:
(I'll copy the text from SSH to make it easier for you but still have pictures.)
Since I’m a member of FreeVPS and this bench is very popular, let’s run their benchmark:
(Please keep in mind peak hour and my node Slave4, these might be inaccurate)
[email protected]:~# wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash CPU model : QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6) Number of cores : 2 CPU frequency : 3400.016 MHz Total amount of ram : 1009 MB Total amount of swap : 0 MB System uptime : 2 min, Download speed from CacheFly: 14.9MB/s Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 12.9MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 4.77MB/s Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 1.97MB/s Download speed from i3d.net, NL: 3.65MB/s Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 3.40MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.22MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 3.81MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 4.19MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 21.0MB/s I/O speed : 235 MB/s
Since speedtest.net is popular I did a test on that too (It’s also not guaranteed because it’s designed for home lines not servers):
Here is the CPU info, it says QUEMU instead of Intel Xeon-* but that’s because of KVM:
[email protected]:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 13 model name : QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6) stepping : 3 microcode : 0x1 cpu MHz : 3400.016 cache size : 4096 KB fdiv_bug : no hlt_bug : no f00f_bug : no coma_bug : no fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 4 wp : yes flags : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm pni cx16 hypervisor lahf_lm abm bogomips : 6800.03 clflush size : 64 cache_alignment : 64 address sizes : 39 bits physical, 48 bits virtual power management:
processor : 1 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 13 model name : QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6) stepping : 3 microcode : 0x1 cpu MHz : 3400.016 cache size : 4096 KB fdiv_bug : no hlt_bug : no f00f_bug : no coma_bug : no fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 4 wp : yes flags : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm pni cx16 hypervisor lahf_lm abm bogomips : 6800.03 clflush size : 64 cache_alignment : 64 address sizes : 39 bits physical, 48 bits virtual power management:
I/O test (to confirm the FreeVPS bench results):
[email protected]:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=testfilex bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync 16384+0 records in 16384+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 4.56933 s, 235 MB/s
Here is the speedtest.net results:
[email protected]:~# python speedtest-cli.py --share Retrieving speedtest.net configuration... Retrieving speedtest.net server list... Testing from ColoCrossing (***.*.**.***)... Selecting best server based on ping... Hosted by FrostGaming (Buffalo, NY) [16.56 km]: 9.219 ms Testing download speed........................................ Download: 737.71 Mbit/s Testing upload speed.................................................. Upload: 261.96 Mbit/s Share results: http://www.speedtest.net/result/3000044714.png
If anybody is interested I can add UnixBench 5.1.3 later.
GarnetNetworks is not so known on the VPS market (It recently started). It offers quite good resources for such a low price, if you want to try it to see its power I recommend you to use their limited time “$2.02 USD” offer. Link: http://lowendtalk.com/discussion/13500/garnet-networks-budget-promo-sale-lifetime-first-month-discount/p1
I'd personally give this VPS 7-8/10
Amazing value for such price, but I can't quite get the CacheFly and those speeds to match the results from speedtest.net. It's most likely normal since the server I tested to was the same network and not the others (or bits-bytes?).