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contabo

Hello readers! A new day and a new review is going. Today we will review Contabo, provider located in Germany. We got our hands-on VPS S SSD which comes with 4 cores, 8GB of RAM, 200GB SSD and 200 Mbps network, and all of that for just 4.99€ which is approximately 5.51$. You can check this and other Contabo VPS plans on this page. Let’s go and start with review:

bench.sh

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CPU model            : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz
Number of cores      : 4
CPU frequency        : 2199.998 MHz
Total size of Disk   : 195.9 GB (3.6 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem  : 7976 MB (66 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 2047 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime        : 0 days, 0 hour 7 min
Load average         : 0.04, 0.01, 0.00
OS                   : Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS
Arch                 : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel               : 4.15.0-91-generic
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I/O speed(1st run)   : 164 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run)   : 107 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run)   : 106 MB/s
Average I/O speed    : 125.7 MB/s
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Node Name                       IPv4 address            Download Speed
CacheFly                        205.234.175.175         23.8MB/s
Linode, Tokyo2, JP              139.162.65.37           5.29MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG           139.162.23.4            6.54MB/s
Linode, London, UK              176.58.107.39           19.6MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE           139.162.130.8           23.8MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA             50.116.14.9             7.66MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX           173.192.68.18           13.6MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA          67.228.112.250          11.9MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE        159.122.69.4            22.1MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG        119.81.28.170           6.10MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN         119.81.130.170          6.82MB/s
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As can be seen, disks are really slow as they advertise 100% SSD. This should be much, much better. The network is 200 Mbps which also can be seen on the speed test.

Speedtest

Retrieving speedtest.net configuration...
Testing from Contabo GmbH (IP hidden due to security reasons)...
Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Selecting best server based on ping...
Hosted by Contabo GmbH (Nuremberg) [7.56 km]: 1.358 ms
Testing download speed................................................................................
Download: 199.30 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed................................................................................................
Upload: 189.26 Mbit/s

Recommended Reading: VirMach SSD VPS Review

Unixbench

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Benchmark Run: Mon Mar 30 2020 21:06:06 - 21:34:10
4 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       23956995.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     4328.9 MWIPS (9.6 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               2417.8 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        332312.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           87915.0 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        935777.1 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                              505783.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                  52765.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               4119.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   6077.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1627.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                         306542.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   23956995.5   2052.9
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       4328.9    787.1
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       2417.8    562.3
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     332312.7    839.2
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0      87915.0    531.2
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0     935777.1   1613.4
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0     505783.4    406.6
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      52765.6    131.9
Process Creation                                126.0       4119.4    326.9
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       6077.7   1433.4
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1627.7   2712.9
System Call Overhead                          15000.0     306542.8    204.4
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System Benchmarks Index Score                                         676.0

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Benchmark Run: Mon Mar 30 2020 21:34:10 - 22:02:20
4 CPUs in system; running 4 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       86115777.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    16583.1 MWIPS (9.7 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               8348.0 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        678744.1 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          177741.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       1780122.6 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             1937702.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 345866.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              16027.6 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  12814.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1913.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        1143026.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   86115777.0   7379.2
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      16583.1   3015.1
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       8348.0   1941.4
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     678744.1   1714.0
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     177741.7   1074.0
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    1780122.6   3069.2
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1937702.7   1557.6
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     345866.0    864.7
Process Creation                                126.0      16027.6   1272.0
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      12814.7   3022.3
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1913.5   3189.2
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    1143026.7    762.0
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System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1952.6

Sysbench

Running the test with following options:
Number of threads: 4
Initializing random number generator from current time


Prime numbers limit: 20000

Initializing worker threads...

Threads started!

CPU speed:
    events per second:  1008.52

General statistics:
    total time:                          60.0023s
    total number of events:              60516

Latency (ms):
         min:                                  3.15
         avg:                                  3.96
         max:                                 26.37
         95th percentile:                      4.49
         sum:                             239882.85

Threads fairness:
    events (avg/stddev):           15129.0000/42.91
    execution time (avg/stddev):   59.9707/0.00

Support

You can’t expect to get premium support at this price range with Contabo. It is even slower outside working hours (CET timezone). Along with disk I/O speed, support is something that can be improved.

Pros & Cons

Here is a list of pros & cons for Contabo SSD VPS:

Pros

  • Cheap price
  • A lot of RAM
  • Big Disk Space

Cons

  • Network limited to 200Mbps
  • Slow Disk I/O

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