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OVH vs Dreamhost


OVH OVH Dreamhost Dreamhost
Plan Name VPS Cloud 1 VPS SSD 1 gp1_supersonic gp1_subsonic
Monthly Price $10.07 $3.35 $12.00 $6.00
CPU cores 1 1 1 1
Memory (GB) 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0
Disk Space (GB) 25 20 80 80
Data Transfer (GB) 10000 1000 10000 3000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Feb 25 2018 Nov 09 2018 Sep 15 2018 Nov 29 2018

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 (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and can be made of one or more of the metrics generated during the tests.

Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

How are grades calculated?

OVH OVH Dreamhost Dreamhost
Plan Name VPS Cloud 1 VPS SSD 1 gp1_supersonic gp1_subsonic
Web Performance D C C D
Raw CPU Power E F E F
Performance Stability C B B B
Disk IO Performance F E D F
Network Performance D E E D

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 VPSs from OVH 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

Provider Plan Average response time
OVH VPS Cloud 1 86.3ms
OVH VPS SSD 1 89.7ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 71.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 101.0ms

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 Performances

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
OVH VPS SSD 1 286.4
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 289.4
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 274.8

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 OVH and Dreamhost.

Remote Timings

During the whole duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the average connection + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations.

Note: Remote timings may not be available for all plans.

Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
OVH VPS Cloud 1 386.0ms
OVH VPS SSD 1 487.2ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 375.4ms
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 353.2ms

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

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the OVH 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

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
OVH VPS SSD 1 96.9Mbps
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 120.8Mbps
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 251.8Mbps

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

Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

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

This kind of tests 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 are.

Note: Endurance metrics may not be available for all plans.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
OVH VPS Cloud 1 1793.4
OVH VPS SSD 1 1331.9
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 1388.3
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 1272.3

Review and compare endurance test results for OVH and Dreamhost on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

OVH Review Dreamhost Review
Hourly Billing  No Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  No Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  6 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  2 1

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