Vultr Atlanta Review – 512MB KVM VPS for $3.50/mo

Hey everybody!

I had to spin up a Vultr Atlanta instance for testing and thought I would run some quick benchmarks on it for everybody if they were curious.

Honestly out of Vultr, Digital Ocean, Linode and countless others, for some reason, Vultr is always my go to.

This is the $3.50/mo 1 CPU, 512 MB RAM, 20 GB SSD, and 500 GB of bandwidth. This is cheaper than the cheapest plan of what Digital Ocean offers of 1 GB for $5. I know it’s $1.50 but you may only want or need this much resources for testing something very small that you may destroy later on.

Just a heads up, there’s a maximum of 5 of these $3.50/mo plans you can use.

I think just having a slightly cheaper option is probably what gives Vultr the slighter edge over the competition when I look around.

A lot of people might not get it but 5 services for $5 is $25 and 5 for $3.50 is $17.50 so if you’re a student, freelancer or startup guy scraping cash together for the next big idea a $7.50 difference can really add up especially if you keep the services up for a few months where a project may not be making money.

Also from a hosting perspective, the resources of these 512 MB plans are more likely to be all used such as the RAM and CPU versus these 1 GB plans for $5 that might idle. If the customer doesn’t have enough resources for what they’re doing, they’re forced to upgrade or optimize their setup. It’s simple.

My recommendation?

If you’re in the market for these specs and this pricing but not sure to go with Vultr or some other company, I would safely say just go with Vultr if you’re worried about a brand new hosting company or even 3-5 year old company trying to compete with Vultr pricing but may not have the experience in server or business management.

Sadly, a “new” hosting company may only last 3-6 months their first year and at maximum 3-5 years long term. It’s just the competitive nature of the hosting industry.

Disclaimer: I don’t have IPv6 enabled because I don’t need/use it, this was just on a testing setup.

------------------------------------------------- v2018.04.14 --
 benchmark timestamp:    2018-11-17 06:07:42 UTC

Processor:    Virtual CPU a7769a6388d5
CPU cores:    1
Frequency:    2394.454 MHz
RAM:          494M
Swap:         -
Kernel:       Linux 3.16.0-7-amd64 x86_64

vda     20G  HDD

CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB
    3.983 seconds
CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB
    CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB
    1.989 seconds

ioping: seek rate
    min/avg/max/mdev = 186.1 us / 254.7 us / 4.40 ms / 70.7 us
ioping: sequential read speed
    generated 2.66 k requests in 5.00 s, 664.8 MiB, 531 iops, 132.9 MiB/s

dd: sequential write speed
    1st run:    227.93 MiB/s
    2nd run:    340.46 MiB/s
    3rd run:    343.32 MiB/s
    average:    303.90 MiB/s

IPv4 speedtests
    your IPv4:    144.202.18.xxxx

    Cachefly CDN:         124.96 MiB/s
    Leaseweb (NL):        15.32 MiB/s
    Softlayer DAL (US):   0.00 MiB/s (FR):      14.28 MiB/s
    OVH BHS (CA):         20.02 MiB/s

No IPv6 connectivity detected

The stats are very respectable, especially overseas, which is why I like Vultr.

# wget -qO- | bash
CPU model            : Virtual CPU a7769a6388d5
Number of cores      : 1
CPU frequency        : 2394.454 MHz
Total size of Disk   : 20.0 GB (0.9 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem  : 494 MB (164 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime        : 0 days, 11 hour 35 min
Load average         : 0.08, 0.02, 0.01
OS                   : Debian GNU/Linux 8
Arch                 : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel               : 3.16.0-7-amd64
I/O speed(1st run)   : 256 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run)   : 332 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run)   : 357 MB/s
Average I/O speed    : 315.0 MB/s
Node Name                       IPv4 address            Download Speed
CacheFly                       57.8MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP               8.83MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG             5.33MB/s
Linode, London, UK               14.1MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE            12.4MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA                26.8MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX            45.5MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA          20.2MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE            6.36MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG           5.19MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN          6.60MB/s

Again – excellent international transfers and this is Atlanta, Georgia in the Southeast US which by some consideration may not be a “major” location.

I would consider Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and New York your primary locations for most providers and data centers. If you wanted to appeal to Southeast US customers or visitors to your websites, you’d want to consider an Atlanta location.

Florida visitors would have excellent connectivity as Xfinity will sometimes route traffic down to Miami then up to Atlanta or sometimes from Jacksonville to Atlanta.


I like Vultr a lot and will continue to use them. Their support is excellent, for the rare chance that I actually have to contact support. I think it was about the initial limit on my account and having to increase it.

There may be a 2 $3.50/mo limit that you can get increased to 5.