Contabo vs Dreamhost

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We have tested 9 VPS plans from Contabo and Dreamhost. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Contabo

Contabo was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • United States

Dreamhost

Dreamhost was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers Shared, Wordpress, VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VPS 300 €3.99 2 4.0 300 0 Sep 03 2019
S SSD €4.99 4 8.0 200 10000 Apr 21 2020
gp1_subsonic $6.00 1 1.0 80 3000 Jun 10 2020
M SSD €8.99 6 16.0 400 0 Jan 31 2020
gp1_supersonic $12.00 1 2.0 80 10000 Mar 13 2020
gp1.lightspeed $24.00 2 4.0 80 10000 Nov 27 2019
VDS S €36.99 6 24.0 180 May 27 2020
VDS M €47.99 8 32.0 240 Jul 07 2020
Preview VDS L €68.99 12 48.0 360 0 May 19 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
VPS 300
€3.99
F D C D E
S SSD
€4.99
D B E C F
gp1_subsonic
$6.00
F F D E F
M SSD
€8.99
D A D C E
gp1_supersonic
$12.00
E F B E F
gp1.lightspeed
$24.00
C D C E C
VDS S
€36.99
A B B B E
VDS M
€47.99
B A D B C
Preview VDS L
€68.99
A A B A B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo Dreamhost
Number of instance creations in sample 5 6
Provisioning time in seconds 1788s 39s

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 Contabo and Dreamhost. 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
Dreamhost
gp1.lightspeed 65.8ms
gp1_supersonic 69.6ms
gp1_subsonic 112.2ms
Contabo
VDS S 47.6ms
Preview VDS L 48.2ms
VDS M 57.5ms
S SSD 95.8ms
M SSD 96.0ms

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 Contabo and Dreamhost. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 270.1
gp1_supersonic 274.9
gp1.lightspeed 570.8
Contabo
VPS 300 459.5
S SSD 969.6
M SSD 1509.4
VDS S 1889.5
VDS M 2190.8
Preview VDS L 3781.0

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 18.0
gp1_supersonic 19.8
gp1.lightspeed 20.7
Contabo
VPS 300 110.6
S SSD 138.7
M SSD 380.0
VDS S 448.8
VDS M 580.0
Preview VDS L 678.3

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 Contabo and Dreamhost.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo and Dreamhost 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
Dreamhost
gp1_supersonic 37.6Mbps
gp1_subsonic 171.7Mbps
gp1.lightspeed 589.4Mbps
Contabo
VPS 300 99.9Mbps
S SSD 195.3Mbps
VDS S 248.1Mbps
M SSD 375.8Mbps
VDS M 459.5Mbps
Preview VDS L 684.7Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Contabo and Dreamhost 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
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 1286.5
gp1_supersonic 1356.7
gp1.lightspeed 2800.8
Contabo
VPS 300 1798.5
VDS S 3318.1
S SSD 4070.3
Preview VDS L 4181.6
M SSD 7037.9
VDS M 20069.5

Review and compare endurance test results for Contabo and Dreamhost 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
Dreamhost
gp1.lightspeed 336.0ms
gp1_supersonic 415.0ms
Contabo
M SSD 484.8ms
VPS 300 492.0ms
S SSD 518.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Contabo and Dreamhost 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.

Dreamhost Review Contabo Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  Yes Yes
Control Panel  Builtin custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  1 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 2
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