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Plans

Ramnode Ramnode Ramnode Dreamhost Dreamhost Dreamhost
Plan Name OpenVZ SSD Premium 1GB OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB KVM NVMe Premium 2GB gp1_supersonic gp1_subsonic gp1.lightspeed
Monthly Price $10.00 $7.00 $12.00 $12.00 $6.00 $24.00
CPU cores 4 2 2 1 1 2
Memory (GB) 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 4.0
Disk Space (GB) 75 60 25 80 80 80
Data Transfer (GB) 3000 2000 3000 10000 3000 10000
Virtualization OpenVZ OpenVZ KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Jan 09 2019 Oct 04 2018 Jul 29 2018 Sep 15 2018 Nov 29 2018 Mar 13 2019

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?

Ramnode Ramnode Ramnode Dreamhost Dreamhost Dreamhost
Plan Name OpenVZ SSD Premium 1GB OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB KVM NVMe Premium 2GB gp1_supersonic gp1_subsonic gp1.lightspeed
Web Performance B E C C D C
Raw CPU Power C E C F F E
Performance Stability C C D B C B
Disk IO Performance B C D D F E
Network Performance D D C E D E

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 Ramnode 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
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Premium 1GB 44.0ms
Ramnode KVM NVMe Premium 2GB 59.3ms
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 168.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 71.0ms
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 80.3ms
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 Ramnode and Dreamhost. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:


Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Premium 1GB 1683.0
Ramnode KVM NVMe Premium 2GB 716.5
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 406.1
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 289.4
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 449.9
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 Ramnode 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
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Premium 1GB 326.4ms
Ramnode KVM NVMe Premium 2GB 328.8ms
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 331.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 375.4ms
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 307.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 353.2ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Ramnode 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
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Premium 1GB 453.5Mbps
Ramnode KVM NVMe Premium 2GB 761.6Mbps
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 401.4Mbps
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 120.8Mbps
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 192.9Mbps
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 251.8Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Ramnode 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
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Premium 1GB 7719.2
Ramnode KVM NVMe Premium 2GB 4954.8
Ramnode OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 1830.9
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 1388.3
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 2625.9
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 1272.3

Review and compare endurance test results for Ramnode 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.

Ramnode Review Dreamhost Review
Hourly Billing  No Yes
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  WHMCS + SolusVM Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  No Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  5 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  2 1





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