Benchmarking Virmach VPS, New Jersey, USA: Black Friday 2020

Published by Vyas Amar on

Introduction:
I was not planning to get any new services from Virmach after discontinuing the two KVM servers from Black Friday 2019. I even resisted form purchasing one of the many awesome deals for Black Friday 2020 offers. I followed both the trackers : virmach.fat32.top and virmach.app, as well as the Virmach deal discussion on LowEndTalk.

Virmach Black Friday Deals 2020

This year’s Black Friday deals by Virmach started as a dud. There were multiple issues accessing the Virmach site, WHCMS errors, and also hiccups for the sale to start. But once it did, Boy! Was it a blast. Below is a screenshot from the amazing tracker created by user Fat32 from LowEndSpirit, as well as a sample offer from Virmach.app.

Website for tracking offers from Virmach for Black Friday 2020
Website for tracking offers from Virmach for Black Friday 2020
Screen capture from Virmach.app for Black Friday 2020 offer
One of the many offers from Virmach for Black Friday 2020

I finally gave in when the below offer came up :

1 GB RAM, 1 vCore VPU, 20 GB SSD Drive in New Jersey for US $ 7 per year. Below you can find the results of benchmarks: YABS and bench.monster (for speedtest)

Results from YABS

 OS           : **Ubuntu 16.04.7 LTS (64 Bit)**
 Virt/Kernel  : KVM / 4.4.0-109-generic
 CPU Model    : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 v2 @ 2.50GHz
 CPU Cores    : 1 @ 2499.998 MHz x86_64 4096 KB Cache
 CPU Flags    : AES-NI Enabled & VM-x/AMD-V Disabled
 Load Average : 0.24, 0.20, 0.10
 Total Space  : 20G (2.0G ~11% used)
 Total RAM    : 992 MB (41 MB + 750 MB Buff in use)
 Total SWAP   : 255 MB (1 MB in use)
 Uptime       : 0 days 0:15
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 ASN & ISP    : AS36352, ColoCrossing
 Organization : Virtual Machine Solutions LLC
 Location     : Township of Piscataway, United States / US
 Region       : New Jersey
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Geekbench v4 CPU Benchmark

  Single Core : 1570  (POOR)
   Multi Core : 1526

 ## IO Test

 CPU Speed:
    bzip2     :  45.4 MB/s
   sha256     :  99.1 MB/s
   md5sum     : 283 MB/s

 RAM Speed:
   Avg. write : 1672.5 MB/s
   Avg. read  : 3242.7 MB/s

 Disk Speed:
   1st run    : 382 MB/s
   2nd run    : 390 MB/s
   3rd run    : 403 MB/s
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   Average    : 391.7 MB/s

India Speedtest.net

 Location                        Upload           Download         Ping   
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 Nearby                          110.04 Mbit/s    69.13 Mbit/s    * 78.804 ms
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 India, New Delhi (GIGATEL)      18.46 Mbit/s     39.42 Mbit/s    254.560 ms
 India, New Delhi (Weebo)        18.42 Mbit/s     21.22 Mbit/s    261.388 ms
 India, Mumbai (SevenStar)       51.29 Mbit/s     32.57 Mbit/s    193.660 ms
 India, Mumbai (OneBroadband)    23.81 Mbit/s     37.45 Mbit/s    280.136 ms
 India, Mumbai (SevenStar)       31.93 Mbit/s     42.59 Mbit/s    241.391 ms
 India, Bengaluru (I-ON)         13.99 Mbit/s     11.31 Mbit/s    235.585 ms
 India, Bengaluru (Activline)    6.28 Mbit/s      13.27 Mbit/s    214.899 ms
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 Finished in : 8 min 51 sec
 Timestamp   : 2020-12-21 14:17:18 GMT
 Saved in    : /root/speedtest.log

 Share results:
 - results for speedtest- Virmach 2020 Black Friday offer
 - https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/15950599
 - https://clbin.com/KWCrL

YABS or Yet Another Benchmarking Script

 Mon Dec 21 14:20:52 GMT 2020

Basic System Information:
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Processor  : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 v2 @ 2.50GHz
CPU cores  : 1 @ 2499.998 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM        : 992.3 MiB
Swap       : 256.0 MiB
Disk       : 19.4 GiB

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
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Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 38.31 MB/s    (9.5k) | 609.98 MB/s   (9.5k)
Write      | 38.38 MB/s    (9.5k) | 613.19 MB/s   (9.5k)
Total      | 76.69 MB/s   (19.1k) | 1.22 GB/s    (19.1k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 926.89 MB/s   (1.8k) | 964.62 MB/s    (942)
Write      | 976.14 MB/s   (1.9k) | 1.02 GB/s     (1.0k)
Total      | 1.90 GB/s     (3.7k) | 1.99 GB/s     (1.9k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
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Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed     |
                |                           |                 |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 748 Mbits/sec   | 302 Mbits/sec  |
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 832 Mbits/sec   | 279 Mbits/sec  |
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 746 Mbits/sec   | 768 Mbits/sec  |

Geekbench 5 Benchmark Test:
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Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 321                           
Multi Core      | 331                           
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/5452944 

Summing it all up

I have run the benchmarks on this Black Friday 2020 KVM offer from Virmach on Ubuntu 18.04. When I put this to production, my plan is to use alpine linux, with Caddy server. Or I might use it for image optimization using jpegoptim. More on that in a separate post.

This review is a part of the Black Friday 2020 vps offers. You can find similar posts from Index page where my other reviews are catalogued.


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