We decided to compare the performance of two VPS using UnixBench to help you choose the best solution.

The servers we tested were at Linode & DigitalOcean. Both providers (Linode & DigitalOcean) deliver very stable and quality services. And because we couldn’t compare two exact server configurations, we used two same $40/month plans instead.

1. DigitalOcean

– You get 4GB RAM, DualCore CPU, 60GB SSD and a 4TB of transfered data for your $40

2. Linode (XEN)

– For the same $40 you can get 4GB RAM, QuadCore CPU, 96GB SSD Storage and 4TB of transfered data.

As you can see the main difference is in the storage size and number of CPU cores. The number of cores could be really noticeable from the very beginning of test but UnixBench provides you with the results for 1 parallel copy of tests so you can compare the results. Below you will find the results from 1 parallel copy of tests at DigitalOcean ( DualCore VPS) and 2 or 4 parallel copy of tests at Linode (QuadCore VPS)


The benchmark test is from 30 July 2015 as well as the price and parameters of the VPS from both providers.

Benchmark process

We set up a clean virtual machine with CentOS 6.5 64bit at each server. Then we installed the UnixBench 5.1.3. according to the tutorial. Whole installation took about 5 – 7 minutes. Then we started the benchmark and waited for the results.

DigitalOcean VPS was created in Frankfurt1 datacenter and Linode VPS in the data center in London, UK.


2:4 parallel

Overall results

We must admit that both VPS achieved very high score and are definitely recommended for developing the modern applications or services. From the table and graphs of the campaign performance below you can see that DigitalOcean VPS achieved the higher score than And almost in all areas except for the “Dhrystone 2 using register variables ” and “Double-Precision Whetstone”

So the winner is Digital Ocean which achieved the best score from not only  in “1 parallel copy of tests” (2.1x better) but also in the “2 parallel copy of tests”  (1.43x better in compare to  “4 parallel copy of tests”)

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