BanditHost.com Multi AMD VPS Review & BF lure
I recently got access to three AMD based VPSs for benchmarking and reviewing from BanditHost.com. Thanks to @Delong who represents them here for providing test access!
Front-up: I didn't plan it that way, I just happened to conclude my benchmark series today - but as today is BF I'd like to ask BanditHost to "pay" me by offering a nice and tasty BF deal in the [https://lowendtalk.com/discussion/161665/black-friday-2019-official-deal-thread-k-pop-edition](official BF Mega-thread). To avoid misunderstandings: I do the benchmarking and reviewing for free (as always) but I'd like to lure BanditHost a bit.
First, the small one
Machine: amd64, Arch.: amd64, Model: AMD EPYC Processor (with IBPB) OS, version: FreeBSD 12.1, Mem.: 1.985 GB CPU - Cores: 2, Family/Model/Stepping: 23/1/2 Cache: 32K/64K L1d/L1i, 512K L2, 8M L3 Std. Flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 cflsh mmx fxsr sse sse2 sse3 pclmulqdq ssse3 fma cx16 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes xsave osxsave avx f16c rdrnd hypervisor Ext. Flags: fsgsbase bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp lm lahf_lm cmp_legacy cr8_legacy lzcnt sse4a misalignsse 3dnowprefetch osvw topoext perfctr_core
Yummy, an AMD Zen System! As you will see in the next section, this processor, an EPYC, is a lower clock/lower power consumption chip that is slower than the Ryzens some providers offer but it still offers quite good performance and it has all those useful flags available (and a nice fat L1i cache).
Processor & mem performance:
Avg Low High Dlow Dhigh Span Single core: 266.46 - 244.59 274.33 8.21 2.95 11.16 Multi core: 582.19 - 564.49 610.66 3.04 4.89 7.93
Not bad at all and quite stable/low span. For the sake of fairness it should be noted that they are in the process of upgrading the memory to faster sticks which with Zen will also mean higher processor performance. I expect to see even better performance then, about in the Xeon E-26xx v3 range.
Disk (25 GB):
Seq.Wr: 593.06 - 405.66 732.70 31.60 23.55 55.14 Rnd.Wr: 261.69 - 167.44 322.81 36.02 23.35 59.37 Seq.Rd: 1181.98 - 690.71 1467.00 41.56 24.11 65.68 Rnd.Rd: 1189.36 - 781.68 1394.00 34.28 17.21 51.48
A very nice SSD (Raid 10) or an NVMe.
GR_UNK: 26.43 - 24.70 28.10 6.56 6.31 12.86 US_SJC: 175.72 - 152.90 197.90 12.99 12.62 25.61 OK_LON: 31.55 - 30.00 33.90 4.93 7.43 12.36 DE_FRA: 29.26 - 26.90 32.00 8.06 9.37 17.43 BR_SAO: 25.28 - 22.80 26.50 9.81 4.83 14.64 FR_PAR: 30.14 - 27.70 32.80 8.09 8.83 16.92 US_WDC: 67.65 - 10.70 88.90 84.18 31.42 115.60 RO_BUC: 28.20 - 8.00 33.10 71.63 17.38 89.01 AU_MEL: 27.37 - 24.10 29.60 11.95 8.14 20.09 IT_MIL: 30.25 - 27.30 32.30 9.76 6.76 16.53 SG_SGP: 23.26 - 7.10 30.50 69.48 31.11 100.59 US_DAL: 96.20 - 84.10 102.60 12.57 6.66 19.23 RU_MOS: 28.43 - 25.10 29.40 11.72 3.40 15.12 JP_TOK: 40.03 - 36.60 44.40 8.58 10.91 19.48 NO_OSL: 28.29 - 26.50 30.00 6.33 6.04 12.37 IN_CHN: 20.05 - 18.30 21.50 8.75 7.21 15.96
I'd call that average and I'm a bit bewildered because BanditHost is in Virginia, yet their best connectivity is to the west coast while Dallas is still about 100 Mb/s but Washington which is very close to Virginia shows the poorest US connectivity, strange. Or maybe that node is at the west coast. I like the fact that their network is not really poor to anywhere but I would expect a bit better results to UK,Lon and DE, Fra.
The larger VPS
System Info: Same processor as above (7551P ) but with 4 cores and 8 GB memory.
Multi core result is obviously better with double the cores: 872 MB/s avg. Again, this is expected to significantly increase when the new faster memory is installed.
Disk (100 GB): About the same as the smaller system with one exception: random writing is consistently lower at about 200 MB/s avg. Probably due to a fuller node.
Network: About the same as above.
The small VPS with spindle (HDD).
Processor & mem: Again the same as above but with only 1 core.
Disk (250 GB):
Seq.Wr: 358.09 - 266.04 519.38 25.71 45.04 70.75 Rnd.Wr: 31.58 - 17.67 44.28 44.05 40.20 84.25 Seq.Rd: 1288.95 - 703.52 1401.00 45.42 8.69 54.11 RndRd: 1204.25 - 1059.00 1229.00 12.06 2.06 14.12
Now, that's a nice HDD config (a well done Raid array). Look at those read speeds! Don't be worried about the low random write speed, that's due to my somewhat brutal testing with truly random sectors and truly random (non cacheable) data that breaks through most caches.
Also, obviously random write speed is virtually irrelevant on a storage VPS because those are basically always written to sequentially and in large chunks.
Network: Same again.
I'm looking forward to run my benchmark again once they have upgraded to faster memory. What I see is what I would call "Xeon 26xx performance without the intel problems and with the AMD goodies".
Now, of course everyone loves the Ryzen speed but frankly, most people simply don't need it.So, do not compare these VPSs to Ryzens but to nice Xeon E5 v3.
I mean it positive when I call those systems "average but solid". They are what I expect from a good low end VPS: Nice and sufficiently fast processor, nice clearly above average disks and a network that could need some love; but maybe I'm just pampered from Europe. Anyway enhancing their connectivity would push them from the low end to the mid range.
All in all not a race horse but a solid work horse - except for the storage box which surprised me very pleasantly with its really fast spindle array. A clear recommendation that storage box.
Also noteworthy: their support is sufficiently quick, friendly, and what I find particularly positive, honest.
I don't know their pricing though. If it's attractive then those VPS are a really attractive not racy but solid choice. Thanks, Delong.