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Today I will be testing out a dedicated server from Dacentec

I decided to go for the "Supermicro 6-bay Opteron 1385 8GB 2x2TB Rent Only Special (Bonus 4TB FREE)" deal which was available at the time, for $25/month.

This is what you get:

  • AMD Opteron 1385 (Quad core @ 2.7GHZ)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 10TB bandwidth on a Gigabit connection
  • 2x 2TB SATA HDD
  • 4x 1TB SATA HDD
  • $25/month

This is located in North Carolina in the USA, which is great for people who live in the US, I live in Australia and get about 270ms to the box which isn't bad. I have a dedicated server in Poland which I get about 370ms to, so by comparison this is a big improvement.

Once I got my login details emailed to me, I was able to set it up with Debian Jesse through their provisioning interface. There is also an IP KVM which you can use as well, but I found that despite pressing DEL/F1/F2/etc I wasn't able to get into the BIOS to change the boot order. This isn't a big deal, it just means if the server reboots I need to wait for the LAN boot to time out, give up and move onto the next boot device which happens to be the HDD.

Once I had Debian installed, it was a simple matter of upgrading it to Stretch and then installing Proxmox 5 on it.

I did some benchmarks on the server, and here they are:

CPU model:  Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 1385
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  2700.000 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 8047 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   8:44,       
I/O speed:  117 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 5.81s
Download 100MB file: 83.1MB/s

It's as advertised, Opteron 1385 with 8GB of RAM. The network is nice and fast as is the CPU, considering it's age.

CPU model:  Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 1385
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  2700.000 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 8047 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   8:47,       
I/O speed:  128 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 5.79s
Download 100MB file: 87.0MB/s

It's fairly consistent..

CPU model:  Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 1385
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  2700.000 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 8047 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   8:47,       
I/O speed:  127 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 5.80s
Download 100MB file: 57.9MB/s

It's time to do the my new favourite test, this will measure the "usefulness" of the CPU.

 * VERSIONS:     XMRig/2.4.3 libuv/1.8.0 gcc/7.1.0
 * HUGE PAGES:   available, enabled
 * CPU:          Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 1385 (1) x64 -AES-NI
 * CPU L2/L3:    2.0 MB/6.0 MB
speed 2.5s/60s/15m 48.1 n/a n/a H/s max: 48.0 H/s
speed 2.5s/60s/15m 48.0 n/a n/a H/s max: 48.0 H/s
speed 2.5s/60s/15m 48.1 n/a n/a H/s max: 48.0 H/s 
speed 2.5s/60s/15m 48.1 n/a n/a H/s max: 48.0 H/s
speed 2.5s/60s/15m 48.1 n/a n/a H/s max: 48.0 H/s

Okay, so we can see this CPU does not have AES (as noted by the - in front of AES) which explains the fairly low hashrate. 48h/sec at current rates is about $3/month, so this server won't be able to pay for itself out on the mining fields.

Not that I got this server for mining, the storage is the thing that got my interest. 2x2TB plus 4x1TB bonus drives gives 8TB of HDD space for $25/month, which breaks down to 3.15$/TB/month which is incredibly cheap.

I will decide whether this is useful for my needs to renew it for another month, at this stage I will use it as a backup server - maybe move my Plex server from my Polish server to this (only 1-2 people max using it) for the extra storage and the better connection to Australia.

If you're interested in one of these, head over to Dacentec's website and pick one up!

EDIT: 3 days later, I have decided to cancel this server due to it being horribly slow and unable to run Proxmox correctly. If you're looking for cold storage, this server would be suitable, but if you're looking to slice it up into VMs, choose something else is my advice :)