When I'm playing with a new VPS, the first thing I like to do is run a benchmark to see if I've got a good deal.
Running this in a terminal will start the benchmark (only need to install time and bzip2 once)
apt-get install time bzip2 bash <(wget --no-check-certificate -O - https://raw.github.com/mgutz/vpsbench/master/vpsbench)
You'll get an output similar to this
CPU model: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2609 v3 @ 1.90GHz Number of cores: 1 CPU frequency: 1897.804 MHz Total amount of RAM: 1024 MB Total amount of swap: MB System uptime: 6 min, I/O speed: 58.2 MB/s Bzip 25MB: 6.76s Download 100MB file: 34.2MB/s
Just got this new toy, off to play with it ;)