SERVER MANIA!: SSD Cached Linux VPS – 4 GB RAM Review


Server Mania has a very attractive offer in WHT with the following features:

• 4 GB RAM, 4 GB vSwap RAM
• 4 IP Addresses
• 150 GB SSD RAID Storage
• 4000 GB Monthly Bandwidth
• Customize & Order – $88 USD/year!

The price: Only USD 88 for a year which works out to a paltry $ 7.33 for a month.

Sounds too good to be true. After a lot of hesitation and hee-hawing, I couldn’t resist any more and so I signed up to see what I would get.

I bought a “SSD Cached Linux VPS: SSDC-4096L”.

The deployment of the VPS is not instant. The process took the (advertised) time of 45 minutes.

Here are the core specifications of the VPS:

The processor used for the VPS. I was worried that a weak processor would be offered. However, it is a 3.50 GHz processor with 4 CPU cores.

root@vps:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 58
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz
stepping : 9
cpu MHz : 3500.246
cache size : 8192 KB
cpu cores : 4

The I/O (Input Output ratio) of the VPS

root@vps:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 7.19166 s, 149 MB/s

Here is the download test:

root@vps:~# wget
--2013-09-21 22:19:41--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100mb.test'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 58.2M/s in 1.7s

2013-09-21 22:19:44 (58.2 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]


The Upload & Download Speed:

root@vps:~# python speedtest-cli
Retrieving configuration...
Retrieving server list...
Testing from ColoCrossing (
Selecting best server based on ping...
Hosted by LayeredServer (Buffalo, NY) [30.81 km]: 8.98 ms
Testing download speed........................................
Download: 93.06 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed..................................................
Upload: 20.91 Mbit/s

So, I think it is an excellent deal especially considering the rock-bottom price.

I haven’t tested the support yet. They promise a “24/7/365 Technical Support Fleet with a 15 Minute Response Time’.

Also, we have to see how stable/ reliable the network is.

10 thoughts on “SERVER MANIA!: SSD Cached Linux VPS – 4 GB RAM Review

  1. admin

    CPanel is obviously not included. Managing a VPS can be a daunting task if you don't have a control panel. If you don't want to spend on CPanel, you can get VirtualMin, which is free. It does an excellent job.

    I suggest you get yourself a cheap ($5) VPS for a few days or weeks from Digital Ocean and play around with it to check your aptitude and proficiency on whether you can really manage without a CP.

    The advantage of not having a Control Panel is that you can well enough with a low-RAM VPS. Otherwise, you need a minimum of 1GB RAM (or more) for your site to survive.

  2. Varun


    Great review. I am looking to purchase the same. But I think in offer cPanel is not included. So is that must required or I can go ahead without cPanel and it wont cause much of trouble.

  3. Felipe Vergara

    Hello, now that some months has passed,
    would you buy it again? what about the uptime?

  4. admin

    Yes. I have been wanting to update.

    (i) The up-time is quite good. There were a couple of occasions where there were network problems owing to DDOS issues. However, nothing major.

    (ii) The support response time is very fast. I have raised several tickets marked "Medium" which got attended to very fast and in an efficient manner. Which is great considering the rock-bottom price.

    (iii) The price is a life-time one. That is the practice in the Industry. Given the intense and cut-throat competition in the Industry, customers have to be kept and there is no scope to raise prices.

  5. Alberto

    Thank you very much for your review, actually I am checking that offer right now…seems very good. Can I ask you 2 more thing ?

    1- Some months passed by, did you experienced any issue?
    2- next year you are going to pay the full price or still the $88 ?
    I contacted the support and they say I will pay the same price if I renew it.
    Did you have the same answer ?

    thank you

  6. admin

    Yes it is OpenVZ. The load on the VPS at the moment is as follows:

    top – 18:40:00 up 2 days, 5:32, 1 user, load average: 0.09, 0.06, 0.01
    Tasks: 68 total, 1 running, 67 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
    Cpu(s): 0.0%us, 0.0%sy, 0.0%ni,100.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
    Mem: 4194304k total, 1749288k used, 2445016k free, 0k buffers
    Swap: 4194304k total, 106240k used, 4088064k free, 504980k cached

    It doesn't look oversold at present.

  7. Peter


    Is this VPS running on openvz or something else?


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