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ARM64 vs X86 quick benchmark - Scaleway

posted Apr 30, 2017, 10:36 PM by Sami Lehtinen   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 11:31 PM ]
Quick comparison of platforms using 7-zip benchmark to test CPU & RAM.

ARM64 (ARM64-2GB)

7-Zip 9.20  Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov  2010-11-18
p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,2 CPUs)

RAM size:  1994 MB,  # CPU hardware threads:  2
RAM usage:  425 MB,  # Benchmark threads:  2

Dict  Compressing  |  Decompressing
  Speed Usage  R/U Rating  |  Speed Usage  R/U Rating
  KB/s  %  MIPS  MIPS  |  KB/s  %  MIPS  MIPS

22:  1744  144  1179  1696  |  38296  197  1753  3457
23:  1696  148  1167  1728  |  38261  200  1752  3503
24:  1698  156  1170  1826  |  37641  199  1751  3493
25:  1682  164  1170  1920  |  37654  200  1771  3541
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Avr:  153  1172  1793  199  1756  3499
Tot:  176  1464  2646


X86 (VC1S)

7-Zip [64] 9.20  Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov  2010-11-18
p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,2 CPUs)

RAM size:  2001 MB,  # CPU hardware threads:  2
RAM usage:  425 MB,  # Benchmark threads:  2

Dict  Compressing  |  Decompressing
  Speed Usage  R/U Rating  |  Speed Usage  R/U Rating
  KB/s  %  MIPS  MIPS  |  KB/s  %  MIPS  MIPS

22:  2405  167  1399  2340  |  41656  200  1882  3761
23:  2437  175  1421  2483  |  40856  199  1875  3740
24:  2484  186  1435  2671  |  39786  199  1858  3692
25:  2213  187  1354  2527  |  39334  199  1855  3699
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Avr:  179  1402  2505  199  1867  3723
Tot:  189  1635  3114


Pricing

Both options cost 2,99 € / month or 0,006 € / hour,

Location

Hosted in Paris or Amsterdam.

Provider

Scaleway / Online.net

Conclusion

There's no reason to use ARM in this case, quick conclusion. I usually do database related stuff, and X86 performance seems to be clearly better on CPU & RAM level, which is stressed by this test.

Other

Scaleway is just like UpCloud. Setting up and launching everything takes just minutes. Some other service providers haven't even started 'price negotiation' when you're up'n'running in production with these service providers. That's awesome. Also billing by hour is very neat, especially when doing tests like these. You can start and stop new environments at anytime with minimal costs. Like these tests I run, and played a bit around costing me about 0,012 € ouch!

Other providers

It's worth of noting that the X86 (VC1S) delivers better performance and lot more disk space than the OVH SSD 2 which costs exactly twice more. 

OVH total final numbers on 7-zip test:
Tot:          100   2974   2969