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Hi everyone,

I have something awesome to share with you guys! You can get a 25% discount from SerweryDedyKowane.pl by using the coupon code:

E3D7-C20D-0EDE

That brings the price of an i5 with 8GB RAM and either 1TB of HDD or 240GB of SSD with unlimited 100mbit in Poland for only $25/month. These servers mine at 200h/sec and at current rates will mean you're only paying about $10/month :)

Check out my list of Dedicated Servers for more

I recently came across a great deal from WootHosting for a Hybrid Dedicated Server with the following specs:

  • DUAL INTEL XEON E5-2620
  • 2 x 2.00GHz
  • 8GB DDR3-ECC RAM
  • 250GB Enterprise SATA Drive
  • Advanced DDoS-Protection
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Public Uplink
  • /29 IPv4 Allocation (5 IP Addresses)
  • Quick-Click OS Installs & Reloads
  • Network & Power Uptime SLA
  • Free Upgrade to Asia Optimized Network
  • Instant Los Angeles Deployment
  • Price: $19/month :) (make sure you use coupon CNY18)

The great thing is the location in LA makes it perfect for accessing from Australia, but the best part for Chinese customers is the fact that you can select the free Asian Optimised routes which uses China Telecom.

Of course, it's time to do some tests:

CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz
Number of cores : 2
CPU frequency : 2000.01 MHz
Total amount of ram : 8192 MB
Total amount of swap : 8192 MB
System uptime : 17:15,
Download speed : (70.0MB/s)
I/O speed : 280MB/s
CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz
Number of cores : 2
CPU frequency : 2000.01 MHz
Total amount of ram : 8192 MB
Total amount of swap : 8192 MB
System uptime : 19:59,
Download speed : (89.3MB/s)
I/O speed : 295MB/s

This performs nicely! I have tested it also with my favourite new testing method: mining! I am able to get 240H/sec with this! At the current rate that's $15/month, so that brings the price down to $4/month once you offset it with mining. Nice!

There is a nice handy config panel that they have for you to use as well, which makes it simple to install your own OS.

This is going to be a nice server for me to set up VestaCP on to host my sites, the LAX location is perfect for connectivity to Australia :)

Click here to get one too if you want, but make sure you use coupon CNY18 to get the discount!

A little while ago I came across an incredible deal from SerweryDedyKowane for a dedicated server in Poland.

Here's the specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR3
  • HDD: 2x 1 TB
  • Network: 250 Mbit unlimited

I got this when they had a 75% off promotion, which makes this $12/month!!

And here's a benchmark:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz                            
Number of cores: 8                     
CPU frequency:  3601.000 MHz           
Total amount of RAM: 15912 MB          
System uptime:   11 days, 7:40,        
I/O speed:  182 MB/s                   
Bzip 25MB: 4.52s                       
Download 100MB file: 28.6MB/s     

It's got the power, those results are amazing for the price!

Here's my favourite part..

speed 2.5s/60s/15m 275.5 275.4 274.9 H/s max: 277.6 H/s

It gets around 280h/sec which at the time of writing this is about $27/month.. that's $15/month profit! I wish I got more when I had the chance, because the normal price is $48 per month.

I have been using this server now for a few months, I've only had to reboot it once a bit over a week ago when I made a mistake with the network config, but it's been rock solid!

It's currently my nextCloud and Plex server, and it's been perfect. If you've been following my blog you might remember me looking for a VPS to do this task, but I've replaced that with a dedicated server and I'm so glad I did.

When I first got the server, I had a choice of a few OS to install through their very easy to use control panel and I chose to install Debian Stretch and install Proxmox 5 on top of it so I can split it up into LXC/KVM containers for different things.

When using their control panel at first, it was a bit difficult because everything is in Polish, but google translate came to the rescue :)

I recently got a Dacentec dedicated server for $25/month with 8TB of storage in the USA but the CPU and RAM are significantly less powerful than this server (the CPU is an old Opteron and the RAM is 8GB DDR2)

I have spoken to their support staff (in English) in the past and they have been very friendly and helpful, so it's assuring to know that IF something went wrong it can be taken care of without a language barrier.

I affectionately refer to this server as my "serwery", which I believe is Polish for server :)

I have an exclusive coupon code that you can use which will give you 25% off any server for one billing period (meaning if you pay monthly, it's the first month, pay yearly and it's 25% for the whole year) - the code is E3D7-C20D-0EDE

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 :)