Linode vs MaxKVM

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


Linode

Linode was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

MaxKVM

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

It has datacenters in:
  • Netherlands
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Nov 17 2019
2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 May 02 2020
SKVM-4G $12.00 2 4.0 75 3000 Jul 29 2020
PKVM-8G $15.00 4 8.0 125 10000 Jun 12 2020
4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 01 2019
Dedicated 4GB $30.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jan 28 2020
8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jul 15 2020
Dedicated 8GB $60.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Mar 29 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
1GB $5
$5.00
E E E B B
2GB $10
$10.00
E E C C C
SKVM-4G
$12.00
B B B C B
PKVM-8G
$15.00
B A B C E
4GB $20
$20.00
B C D B B
Dedicated 4GB
$30.00
C D B C B
8GB $40
$40.00
E B D C C
Dedicated 8GB
$60.00
C B C B B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Linode MaxKVM
Number of instance creations in sample 10 1
Provisioning time in seconds 46s 25s

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 Linode 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

Plan Average response time
Linode
Dedicated 4GB 64.8ms
1GB $5 69.1ms
Dedicated 8GB 70.2ms
2GB $10 77.6ms
8GB $40 104.0ms
MaxKVM
SKVM-4G 45.9ms
PKVM-8G 63.1ms

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 Linode and MaxKVM. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Linode
2GB $10 475.3
1GB $5 486.2
Dedicated 4GB 548.9
4GB $20 962.9
Dedicated 8GB 1055.2
8GB $40 1617.6
MaxKVM
SKVM-4G 1236.3
PKVM-8G 2446.8

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Linode
Dedicated 4GB 40.4
2GB $10 66.1
1GB $5 74.0
4GB $20 130.7
8GB $40 152.8
Dedicated 8GB 212.1
MaxKVM
SKVM-4G 208.1
PKVM-8G 250.4

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 Linode and MaxKVM.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Linode 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

Plan Network Download Speed
Linode
Dedicated 8GB 761.9Mbps
4GB $20 807.1Mbps
2GB $10 901.8Mbps
Dedicated 4GB 924.6Mbps
8GB $40 1058.3Mbps
1GB $5 1087.7Mbps
MaxKVM
PKVM-8G 302.2Mbps
SKVM-4G 912.7Mbps

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

Plan Average ops/hour
Linode
2GB $10 1185.1
1GB $5 1282.0
Dedicated 4GB 2388.7
4GB $20 2588.7
Dedicated 8GB 3409.4
8GB $40 6765.3
MaxKVM
SKVM-4G 7845.3
PKVM-8G 15830.2

Review and compare endurance test results for Linode and MaxKVM 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
Linode
4GB $20 301.8ms
Dedicated 8GB 334.6ms
1GB $5 342.6ms
Dedicated 4GB 365.6ms

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

Linode Review MaxKVM Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin WHMCS, SolusVM
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  11 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 2
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