Vultr High Frequency CPU Server Benchmarked

Vultr recently released a whole new product line to go along with their brand new website and logo. The new product line is high frequency CPU (think 3.6ghz and higher), backed by NVMe storage. Obviously, we had to take it for a spin to see if it lives up to the hype. Here is the official announcement.

It’s hard to believe Vultr was introduced way back in February 2014. Since then, we’ve deployed over 23 million instances in 16 data centers and the Vultr team has worked hard to make worldwide infrastructure management easy for all users - ranging from small developers to large enterprises. Today, we are delighted to reveal our brand new high frequency compute lineup and our new design for Vultr.com!

Introducing the new Vultr.com logo!
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While we loved the style of the previous logo, our team was ready for a fresh new look that accurately depicts the enterprise platform Vultr is today. After going back and forth through many iterations, our design team settled on a refreshed look that is more distinctive and easily recognizable in both print and digital formats. We hope you love the updated look as much as we do! Our updated brand assets page makes multiple versions of the updated logo available for download.

More Powerful Compute

We are also excited to share the latest product in our cloud lineup - high frequency compute! Powered by 3+ Ghz processors and blazing fast NVME storage, this newest plan is the highest performance hardware architecture Vultr has ever offered. High Frequency compute powers the most demanding workloads with storage and processing benchmarks that exceed standard compute by up to 40%!

High Frequency compute is initially available in New Jersey and will be available worldwide later this summer! Read more about high frequency compute or deploy an instance today!

On with the benchmarks, starting with our usual bench.sh script. As of this writing, the high frequncy servers are only available in the New York datacenter. We fired up the 1GB server, that comes with 1vCPU and 32GB of NVMe storage. As you can see from the bench.sh runs below, the server we were issued is clocked at 3.8ghz, which is nothing to sneeze at. The disk performs as expected for NVMe based storage, with the averages being well into the 900MB/sec

Run 1.

CPU model : Virtual CPU 6db7dc0e7704
Number of cores : 1
CPU frequency : 3792.000 MHz
Total size of Disk : 32.0 GB (1.9 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem : 992 MB (38 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime : 0 days, 0 hour 7 min
Load average : 0.02, 0.02, 0.00
OS : Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.4.0-148-generic

I/O speed(1st run) : 782 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 998 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 1.0 GB/s
Average I/O speed : 934.7 MB/s

Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 205.234.175.175 85.2MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 106.187.96.148 13.1MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 9.24MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 29.3MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 25.3MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 30.0MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 33.8MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 26.4MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 10.3MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 6.78MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 7.49MB/s

Run 2


CPU model : Virtual CPU 6db7dc0e7704
Number of cores : 1
CPU frequency : 3792.000 MHz
Total size of Disk : 32.0 GB (2.0 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem : 992 MB (38 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime : 0 days, 0 hour 13 min
Load average : 0.00, 0.04, 0.00
OS : Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.4.0-148-generic

I/O speed(1st run) : 772 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 1.0 GB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 1.0 GB/s
Average I/O speed : 940.0 MB/s

Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 205.234.175.175 119MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 106.187.96.148 12.7MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 8.93MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 28.0MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 26.1MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 25.2MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 35.3MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 27.2MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 7.60MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 6.73MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 7.85MB/s

Run 3


CPU model : Virtual CPU 6db7dc0e7704
Number of cores : 1
CPU frequency : 3792.000 MHz
Total size of Disk : 32.0 GB (2.0 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem : 992 MB (38 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime : 0 days, 0 hour 15 min
Load average : 0.04, 0.04, 0.00
OS : Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.4.0-148-generic

I/O speed(1st run) : 773 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 1.1 GB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 1.0 GB/s
Average I/O speed : 974.5 MB/s

Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 205.234.175.175 111MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 106.187.96.148 13.2MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 8.96MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 33.0MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 26.7MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 31.9MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 36.0MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 23.9MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 8.16MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 7.04MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 7.78MB/s

Speedtest-cli test.

These tests do not seem to be very valid for this particular VPS, as the speedtest node is actually hosted by Vultr, so the numbers are whacky.

root@vultr:/tmp/speedtest-cli-master# speedtest-cli --share
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Choopa, LLC (45.77.221.62)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Vultr (Matawan, NJ) [24.71 km]: 1.118 ms
Testing download speed…
Download: 8175.50 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed…
Upload: 5845.81 Mbit/s
Share results: http://www.speedtest.net/result/0.png
root@vultr:/tmp/speedtest-cli-master# speedtest-cli --share
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Choopa, LLC (45.77.221.62)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Vultr (Matawan, NJ) [24.71 km]: 0.871 ms
Testing download speed…
Download: 7580.49 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed…
Upload: 5019.10 Mbit/s
Share results: http://www.speedtest.net/result/0.png
root@vultr:/tmp/speedtest-cli-master# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Choopa, LLC (45.77.221.62)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Vultr (Matawan, NJ) [24.71 km]: 0.874 ms
Testing download speed…
Download: 7662.64 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed…
Upload: 6986.18 Mbit/s
root@vultr:/tmp/speedtest-cli-master# speedtest-cli --share
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Choopa, LLC (45.77.221.62)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Vultr (Matawan, NJ) [24.71 km]: 0.839 ms
Testing download speed…
Download: 7660.60 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed…
Upload: 5848.24 Mbit/s

Now onto our beloved Geekbench benchmark.

QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996)

Single-Core Score Multi-Core Score
5218 4956
Geekbench 4.3.3 Tryout for Linux x86 (64-bit)

Result Information

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System Information

System Information
Operating System Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS 4.4.0-148-generic x86_64
Model QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996)
Motherboard N/A
Memory 992 MB
BIOS SeaBIOS rel-1.12.0-0-ga698c8995f-prebuilt.qemu.org
Processor Information
Name Virtual 6db7dc0e7704
Topology 1 Processor, 1 Core
Identifier GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3
Base Frequency 3.79 GHz
L1 Instruction Cache 32.0 KB x 1
L1 Data Cache 32.0 KB x 1
L2 Cache 4.00 MB x 1
L3 Cache 16.0 MB x 1

Single-Core Performance

Single-Core Score 5218
Crypto Score 4334
Integer Score 5255
Floating Point Score 4999
Memory Score 5683
AES 4334
3.26 GB/sec
LZMA 4138
6.46 MB/sec
JPEG 4829
38.9 Mpixels/sec
Canny 4999
69.3 Mpixels/sec
Lua 5293
5.44 MB/sec
Dijkstra 6225
4.21 MTE/sec
SQLite 5150
142.8 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 5553
25.2 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 4286
3.88 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 4600
143.7 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 5920
157.3 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 8841
607.9 functions/sec
Camera 4571
12.7 images/sec
SGEMM 5009
105.9 Gflops
SFFT 5442
13.6 Gflops
N-Body Physics 4759
3.55 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 4109
600.1 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 4759
13934.1 FPS
HDR 6054
21.9 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 5202
91.1 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 5415
46.3 Words/sec
Face Detection 4510
1.32 Msubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 5257
14.6 GB/sec
Memory Latency 6314
68.6 ns
Memory Bandwidth 5531
29.5 GB/sec

Multi-Core Performance

Multi-Core Score 4956
Crypto Score 4353
Integer Score 5244
Floating Point Score 4979
Memory Score 4424
AES 4353
3.28 GB/sec
LZMA 4118
6.43 MB/sec
JPEG 4764
38.3 Mpixels/sec
Canny 4851
67.3 Mpixels/sec
Lua 5324
5.47 MB/sec
Dijkstra 6303
4.26 MTE/sec
SQLite 5127
142.1 Krows/sec
HTML5 Parse 5460
24.8 MB/sec
HTML5 DOM 4462
4.04 MElements/sec
Histogram Equalization 4597
143.6 Mpixels/sec
PDF Rendering 5860
155.7 Mpixels/sec
LLVM 8901
612.0 functions/sec
Camera 4529
12.6 images/sec
SGEMM 5021
106.1 Gflops
SFFT 5500
13.7 Gflops
N-Body Physics 4710
3.52 Mpairs/sec
Ray Tracing 4054
592.0 Kpixels/sec
Rigid Body Physics 4690
13729.7 FPS
HDR 6058
22.0 Mpixels/sec
Gaussian Blur 5272
92.4 Mpixels/sec
Speech Recognition 5337
45.7 Words/sec
Face Detection 4465
1.30 Msubwindows/sec
Memory Copy 5287
14.6 GB/sec
Memory Latency 3034
142.7 ns
Memory Bandwidth 5401
28.8 GB/sec

Conclusions - with this VPS being only $1 more expensive than the $5 1Gb Digital Ocean droplet that we benchmarked here, to me it is a no brainer to spend the extra buck, to about %50 more performance from the CPU, and close to triple the performance on the disk.