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Kimsufi 4.99€ Dedicated Server Benchmark

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Kimsufi is an affiliated company with one of the biggest providers in France — OVH. A couple of months ago, all of Kimsufi’s services are migrated to OVH and everything is now OVH’s.

For 4.99€ (before tax, more on that later), you will get the following spec.

Intel ATOM N2800 @ 1.86 GHz - 2 Cores / 4 Threads;
4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz;
1 x 1 TB SATA HDD*;
Symmetric & Dedicated 100 Mbps Internet Connection.

The hard disk they are marketing is 1 TB, but actually, it is 2 TB. The logic of their spec sheet is absolutely CHAOS. When you install the OS, it will say it is 2 TB, but marketing says that it is 1 TB. So…

Bullshit aside, let’s look at the benchmark.

Bench.sh here.

Great overall.

I didn’t expect that the speed to China would be that amazing. It fully utilizes the 100 Mbps Internet connection. (Oh, did I mention that the bandwidth is not capped?)

However, the CPU sucks. According to Intel ARK, it is discontinued.

Geekbench 5: Single-Core: 109, Multi-Core: 293. https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/18605000

Like what would you want for just 5 euros a month, considering the electric fee spike in Europe currently?

Because this is a dedicated server, the health of the hard disk matters a lot. Unfortunately, this drive is kinda old. (Drives in the data center GRA1 are always old, my friend says)

Smartmontools is a great tool to check your S.M.A.R.T. info, so I’m going to check it. Here’s a part of the output.

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family:     Hitachi/HGST Ultrastar 7K4000
Device Model:     HGST HUS724020ALA640
Serial Number:    PN************
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000cca 22d*****
Firmware Version: MF6OABY0
User Capacity:    2,000,398,934,016 bytes [2.00 TB]
Sector Size:      512 bytes logical/physical
Rotation Rate:    7200 rpm
Form Factor:      3.5 inches
Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is:   ATA8-ACS T13/1699-D revision 4
SATA Version is:  SATA 3.0, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 3.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is:    Sun Nov 13 06:37:55 2022 UTC
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
  1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000b   100   100   016    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  2 Throughput_Performance  0x0005   136   136   054    Pre-fail  Offline      -       80
  3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0007   100   100   024    Pre-fail  Always       -       401
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       41
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   005    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000b   100   100   067    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  8 Seek_Time_Performance   0x0005   145   145   020    Pre-fail  Offline      -       24
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0012   090   090   000    Old_age   Always       -       71467
 10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   060    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       41
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   098   098   000    Old_age   Always       -       2733
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0012   098   098   000    Old_age   Always       -       2733
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0002   193   193   000    Old_age   Always       -       31 (Min/Max 25/53)
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0022   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0008   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x000a   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num  Test_Description    Status                  Remaining  LifeTime(hours)  LBA_of_first_error
# 1  Short offline       Completed without error       00%      2214         -
# 2  Short offline       Completed without error       00%      2206         -
# 3  Short offline       Completed without error       00%      2206         -

To tell you the truth, I’m in bad luck. This drive is over 70 thousand hours online, so backup your data frequently to the cloud. The 500 GB free backup storage is not included in this KS-1 machine. But the drive will be replaced if it dies.

Drive speed test.

$ sudo hdparm -Tt /dev/sda
/dev/sda:
 Timing cached reads:   1736 MB in  2.00 seconds = 868.02 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 478 MB in  3.00 seconds = 159.22 MB/sec

$ dd if=/dev/zero of=1GB.test bs=1M count=1024
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 10.5624 s, 102 MB/s

It’s not terribly bad considering that this is just an HDD.

Conclusion

Should you buy it then? Sure, as long as it is in stock. It is out of stock most of the time. And it costs either 4.99 EUR or 5.99 USD before tax. The tax problem is serious because that’s a whopping 23% VAT.

You can bypass that tax if you submit your real-name ID/passport/driver’s license etc. But they don’t accept business from China so… To be clear, if you choose the USD currency then it’s always 0% VAT.

Overall, it is a great server for backup and a seedbox. It’s in Europe so.DMCA is not a thing there, buy it if you need that.

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