Linode has recently increased the CPU from 4 cores to 8 cores, and also doubled memories of all their plans.

To be honest, I really don’t know how 8 cores could be fully utilized for a website, with their 1GB or 2GB memory plans. I really wish they should have upgraded to SSD disk, I think that’s the real bottleneck for lower plans.

In the mean time, Digital Ocean is becoming a real competitor, its $5 and $10 low price server options with SSD disk make it stands out.

I purchased and benchmarked 3 different servers:

DigitalOcean 1G: 1 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD $10 /month
DigitalOcean 2G 2 Cores CPU, 2GB RAM, 40GB SSD $20 /month
Linode 1G 8 Cores CPU, 1GB RAM, 24GB Storage $20 /month

All servers have Ubuntu 12.04 x64 server version installed freshly. Servers from Digital Ocean are all located at New York, whereas Linode server is located at Atlanta. I use the test script from ServerBear.

Detailed results can be found at the links below:

UnixBench Results


UnixBench (w/ all processors) 1387.1
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 1386.6


UnixBench (w/ all processors) 1873.1
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 1183.7


UnixBench (w/ all processors) 1860.7
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 491.4

UnixBench gives us a basic idea of the system’s performance. I’m really surprised that Linode’s 8 cores didn’t play well as I expect. To give you an idea of how bad it is, below is the test of one of my cheap 4 Cores dedicated server from OVH:

UnixBench (w/ all processors) 4017.1
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 1603.1

This gives you an idea about how REAL dedicated cores really perform :grin:

IOPS FIO Results


Read IOPS 4444.0
Read Bandwidth 17.7 MB/second

Write IOPS 2295.0
Write Bandwidth 9.1 MB/second


Read IOPS 3838.0
Read Bandwidth 15.3 MB/second

Write IOPS 2572.0
Write Bandwidth 10.2 MB/second


Read IOPS 776.0
Read Bandwidth 3.1 MB/second

Write IOPS 624.0
Write Bandwidth 2.4 MB/second

FIO provides a view of system’s I/O performance. Without SSD, Linode did play bad as I expect. But the result is about right at the average level of existing VPSs.


Yes, yes, these raw performance results don’t mean everything. But not everyone can resist the temptation from a cheaper server with better performance.