BuyVM vs Hetzner

BuyVM
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We have tested 8 VPS plans from BuyVM and Hetzner. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


BuyVM

BuyVM was founded in 2010.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Luxembourg
  • United States

Hetzner

Hetzner was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
CX11 €2.49 1 2.0 20 20000 Feb 05 2020
Slice 1024 $3.50 1 1.0 20 10000 Dec 07 2019
CX21 €4.90 2 4.0 40 20000 May 09 2020
Slice 2048 $7.00 1 2.0 40 10000 Jun 06 2020
CX31 €8.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Sep 30 2019
CPX31 €12.40 4 8.0 160 20000 Jul 13 2020
CCX11 €19.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Dec 09 2019
CCX21 €34.90 4 16.0 160 20000 Apr 02 2020

Performance Grades

To summarize the performance of each VPS plan, we generated grades based on the various tests that were run: web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Each grade focuses on one aspect of the VPS speed or stability (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and is made of one or more metrics measured during the tests.

Grades are evenly distributed between A and F. A is best, F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

How are grades calculated?

Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
CX11
€2.49
E E C D B
Slice 1024
$3.50
D E C C C
CX21
€4.90
D C D D C
Slice 2048
$7.00
F D F D C
CX31
€8.90
D C B C D
CPX31
€12.40
C A D B B
CCX11
€19.90
D C D C B
CCX21
€34.90
C A B B B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for BuyVM and Hetzner from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

BuyVM Hetzner
Number of instance creations in sample 4 9
Provisioning time in seconds 2250s 23s

In Depth...

The grades above are based on the following test results.


Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application with ~100,000 hits per day for several days on cloud servers from BuyVM and Hetzner. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average response time
Hetzner
CPX31 58.7ms
CCX11 69.6ms
CX11 71.4ms
CCX21 72.7ms
CX21 74.5ms
BuyVM
Slice 1024 62.7ms
Slice 2048 206.8ms

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, CPU metrics and database performance metrics. All of those are measured locally on the VPS running the web server. All metrics can be compared on the Web Performance Comparison page.


Sysbench CPU Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of BuyVM and Hetzner. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Hetzner
CX11 306.7
CCX11 599.5
CX31 666.5
CX21 681.5
CCX21 1300.1
CPX31 2434.9
BuyVM
Slice 1024 377.9
Slice 2048 650.0

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of BuyVM and Hetzner. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Hetzner
CX11 63.0
CX21 69.2
CCX11 113.3
CPX31 202.5
CCX21 254.3
CX31 352.2
BuyVM
Slice 1024 92.4
Slice 2048 155.2

Sysbench test results are also available for random disk IO tests, sequential disk IO tests and memory tests.

Review and compare all Sysbench numbers on the Sysbench Comparison page for BuyVM and Hetzner.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the BuyVM and Hetzner VPS and we measured the speed of downloads and uploads.

The transfers involve multiple files, 10 threads and last for at least 10 seconds at maximum speed. The transfers are repeated 3 times from different servers and only the fastest transfer is reported here.


Download Speed per Plan

Higher is better

Plan Network Download Speed
Hetzner
CCX11 707.4Mbps
CPX31 777.1Mbps
CX31 800.0Mbps
CX21 1047.2Mbps
CX11 1067.4Mbps
CCX21 1200.8Mbps
BuyVM
Slice 1024 586.0Mbps
Slice 2048 672.7Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for BuyVM and Hetzner on the Network Transfers Comparison page.


Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans hard for 24 hours straight.

This test shows how fast the VPS can go for long periods of time, how stable the performance is and it also gives clues on how overallocated the VPSs may be.


Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Plan Average ops/hour
Hetzner
CX11 1922.8
CX31 2714.6
CX21 4441.9
CCX11 5017.1
CCX21 7774.9
CPX31 13439.7
BuyVM
Slice 1024 1789.3
Slice 2048 3113.9

Review and compare endurance test results for BuyVM and Hetzner on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.


Remote Timings

During the entire duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the connection establishment time + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations. (That excludes the time spent on the server that is already measured in web response times above and it also excludes the DNS resolution time since it is not dependent on the provider).


Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average remote request duration
Hetzner
CCX21 506.6ms
CCX11 517.4ms
CX31 523.0ms
CX21 539.0ms
CX11 628.2ms
BuyVM
Slice 1024 360.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for BuyVM and Hetzner on the Remote Timings Comparison page.


Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price of the plan will be marked as missing but they may be available for the fee.

Hetzner Review BuyVM Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  Yes No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Custom Stallion
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  3 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 2
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