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Linode vs Vultr


Linode Linode Linode Vultr Vultr Vultr
Name 4GB $20 1GB $5 2GB $10 VC2 1GB $5 VC2 2GB $10 VC2 4GB $20
Cost per Month ($) 20.0 5.0 10.0 5.0 10.0 20.0
Memory (GB) 4.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 4.0
Disk Space (GB) 48 20 30 25 40 60
CPU cores 2 1 1 1 1 2
Data Transfer (GB) 3000 1000 2000 1000 2000 3000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Jan 28 2018 Oct 28 2017 Sep 02 2017 Nov 27 2017 Dec 11 2017 Aug 13 2017

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?

Linode Linode Linode Vultr Vultr Vultr
Name 4GB $20 1GB $5 2GB $10 VC2 1GB $5 VC2 2GB $10 VC2 4GB $20
Web Performance C E D D C B
Raw CPU Power D F F E E D
Performance Stability C E E C C B
Disk IO Performance B C C D C C
Network Performance B B - B B -

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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 Linode and Vultr. 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
Linode 4GB $20 79.8ms
Linode 2GB $10 95.7ms
Linode 1GB $5 140.9ms
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 61.5ms
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 91.0ms
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 109.0ms

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.

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
Linode 4GB $20 345.6ms
Linode 1GB $5 353.2ms
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 346.4ms
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 344.4ms

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

Sysbench CPU Performances

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Linode 4GB $20 566.8
Linode 2GB $10 302.1
Linode 1GB $5 271.4
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 668.5
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 331.1
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 324.0

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 Vultr.

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
Linode 4GB $20 2639.6
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 1441.9
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 1445.7

Review and compare endurance test results for Linode and Vultr 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.

Linode Review Vultr Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  No Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  8 15
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 4

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