Contabo vs MaxKVM

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We have tested 14 VPS plans from Contabo and MaxKVM. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Contabo

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

MaxKVM

MaxKVM

MaxKVM was founded in 2008.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
SKVM-1G $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Oct 20 2020
S SSD 4.99€ 4 8.0 200 Unlimited Apr 21 2020
SKVM-2G $8.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Jan 28 2021
M SSD 8.99€ 6 16.0 400 Unlimited Aug 24 2020
SKVM-4G $12.00 2 4.0 75 3000 Jul 29 2020
L SSD 14.99€ 8 30.0 800 Unlimited Nov 23 2020
PKVM-6G $18.00 3 6.0 100 5000 Dec 12 2020
PKVM-8G $25.00 4 8.0 150 10000 Jun 12 2020
XL SSD 26.99€ 10 60.0 1600 Unlimited Jan 12 2021
PKVM-12G $35.00 6 12.0 175 15000 Mar 12 2021
VDS S 36.99€ 6 24.0 180 Unlimited Mar 02 2021
PKVM-16G $50.00 8 16.0 200 20000 Sep 07 2020
VDS M 47.99€ 8 32.0 240 Unlimited Jul 07 2020
VDS L 68.99€ 12 48.0 360 Unlimited Oct 10 2020

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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?

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Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
SKVM-1G
$5.00
D D D D B
S SSD
4.99€
D B E C F
SKVM-2G
$8.00
D D C C D
M SSD
8.99€
D B E D E
SKVM-4G
$12.00
B B B C B
L SSD
14.99€
D A E D E
PKVM-6G
$18.00
A B B C E
PKVM-8G
$25.00
B A B C E
XL SSD
26.99€
D B F C C
PKVM-12G
$35.00
B A C B C
VDS S
36.99€
A A C A D
PKVM-16G
$50.00
A A B C B
VDS M
47.99€
B A D B C
VDS L
68.99€
B A C A C
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in Contabo and MaxKVM instances in the past 18 months.

All Contabo CPUs All MaxKVM CPUs
AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core Processor
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz
AMD EPYC 7302P 16-Core Processor

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo MaxKVM
Number of instance creations in sample 7 6
Average provisioning time 1817s 47s

In Depth...

These are some of the test results that make up the grades above.

Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Contabo and MaxKVM. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better


Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Contabo and MaxKVM. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without error.



Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better


During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, rate metrics and CPU 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 MaxKVM. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better


Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

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 MaxKVM.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo and MaxKVM 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

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Contabo and MaxKVM 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

Review and compare endurance test results for Contabo and MaxKVM on the Sustained CPU Endurance 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.

Contabo Review MaxKVM Review
Hourly Billing  No No
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  Yes No
Control Panel  custom WHMCS, SolusVM
SSH Keys Setup  No No
Total Number of Datacenters  3 5
Number of Datacenter Continents  2 3
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