Performance Benchmarks

our computers compared to everyone else

Standard VPS

This is our entry-level plan, but don't let that stop you because it's still more powerful than 52% of world's computers - in other words, it performs like an average, modern computer, ideal for trading up to 15 charts.

Global Ranking // Standard VPS

Comparable Peer Ranking // Standard VPS

Highlights

  • Performance percentile @ 52%: performs better than 52% of world's computers
  • 1Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 10 times faster than that of a typical VPS provider
  • Network latency to NYSE, NASDAQ, CME, CBOT is under 5ms - compatible with all styles of trading, including high frequency
  • New generation, ultra-fast NVMe Solid-State Drive (SSD) yields a Disk Mark score of 7356, ranking its storage performance in the 99% percentile (top 1% of all world storage drives)
  • Overall system performance comparable to the Dell XPS 8500 Desktop

Personal VPS

One of our most popular plans, Personal VPS comes with 4 CPU Xeon cores yielding twice the computational performance of Standard VPS (compare CPU Mark scores) for less than half cost premium. Better than 2/3 of world's computers and intended for traders looking to trade up to 40 charts.

Global Ranking // Personal VPS

Comparable Peer Ranking // Personal VPS

Highlights

  • Performance percentile @ 66%: performs better than 66% of world's computers
  • 1Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 10 times faster than that of a typical VPS provider
  • Network latency to NYSE, NASDAQ, CME, CBOT is under 5ms - compatible with all styles of trading, including high frequency
  • New generation, ultra-fast NVMe Solid-State Drive (SSD) yields a Disk Mark score of 7648, ranking its storage performance in the 99% percentile (top 1% of all world storage drives)
  • Overall system performance comparable to the Dell XPS 9500 (Intel i7 variant) and ZenBook Q326FA

Scalper VPS

This mid-to-high range plan is RAM rich and offers 5 Xeon cores, providing enough resources for the fast-paced and demanding scalping strategies. It tops 72% of world's computers and is capable of running up to 50 charts.

Global Ranking // Scalper VPS

Comparable Peer Ranking // Scalper VPS

Highlights

  • Performance percentile @ 72%: performs better than 72% of world's computers
  • 1Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 10 times faster than that of a typical VPS provider
  • Network latency to NYSE, NASDAQ, CME, CBOT is under 5ms - compatible with all styles of trading, including high frequency
  • New generation, ultra-fast NVMe Solid-State Drive (SSD) yields a Disk Mark score of 7955, ranking its storage performance in the 99% percentile (top 1% of all world storage drives)
  • Overall system performance comparable to the mighty Alienware x51 desktop

Daytrader VPS

This high-end plan may include a quad core Xeon CPU but it is faster (per core) and more cache-rich than prior plans. In combination with 8GB ECC DDR4 RAM and top-tier 10Gbps Internet connection, Daytrader yields performance that's better than 3/4 of world's computers.

Global Ranking - Overall // Daytrader VPS

Global Ranking - Processor (CPU) // Daytrader VPS

Comparable Peer Ranking // Daytrader VPS

Highlights

  • Performance percentile @ 75%: performs better than 75% of world's computers
  • High CPU Mark score of 7738/8055: 30% above Scalper VPS and better performing than 65% of world's CPUs
  • 10Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 100 times faster than that of a typical VPS provider
  • Network latency is industry-leading 1ms
  • Overall system performance comparable to the Dell XPS 8920 desktop (i7-7700 variant)

Professional VPS

Guaranteed 14.4GHz of computational power (6 Xeon CPU cores) and 16GB of DDR4 ECC RAM rank Professional VPS in the top 20% of world's best performing computers, capable of running up to 100 charts. This and Institutional plans are mainly used by hedgers, portfolio managers, and small financial institutions.

Global Ranking // Professional VPS

Global Ranking - Processor (CPU) // Professional VPS

Comparable Peer Ranking // Professional VPS

Highlights

  • Performance percentile @ 81%: performs better than 81% of world's computers
  • Very high CPU Mark score of 10778/10974: 40% above Daytrader VPS and better performing than 86% of world's CPUs
  • 10Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 100 times faster than that of a typical VPS provider
  • Network latency is industry-leading 1ms
  • Overall system performance comparable to the Dell XPS 8930 desktop (i7-8700 variant)

Institutional VPS

Our best performing trading VPS is intended for traders who run many charts and add-ons and thus need a lot of memory - you get 32GB of DDR4 ECC RAM, enough to smoothly run up to 150 charts. At nearly 20GHz (8 Xeon CPU cores) of computational power, Institutional VPS is used primarily by fund managers and small-to-medium sized financial institutions.

Global Ranking // Institutional VPS

Global Ranking - Processor (CPU) // Institutional VPS

Comparable Peer Ranking // Institutional VPS

Highlights

  • Performance percentile @ 84%: performs better than 84% of world's computers
  • Extremely high CPU Mark score of 13333/13344: 25% above Professional VPS and better performing than 94% of world's CPUs
  • 10Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 100 times faster than that of a typical VPS provider
  • Network latency is industry-leading 1ms
  • Overall system performance comparable to the Dell XPS 8930 desktop (i7-8700 variant) and newer Alienware Aurora desktops

Dedicated Servers

Physical, dedicated computers featuring a modern generation 4-core/8-thread Xeon processor, 16GB (Premium Plan) or 32GB (Ultra Plan) of DDR4 ECC RAM, and NVMe SSD storage, rank Dedicated plans on par with Professional VPS plan and in the top 20% of world's best performing computers. Capable of running up to 150 charts, ChartVPS Dedicated servers are primarily used by professional traders who want their own physical machine.

Global Ranking // Dedicated Premium and Ultra

Global Ranking - Processor (CPU) // Dedicated Premium and Ultra

Comparable Peer Ranking // Dedicated Premium and Ultra

Highlights

  • Performance percentile @ 81%: performs better than 81% of world's computers
  • Very high CPU Mark score of 9418/9418: 20% above Daytrader VPS and better performing than 76% of world's CPUs
  • New generation, ultra-fast NVMe Solid-State Drive (SSD) yields a Disk Mark score of 5009, ranking its storage performance in the 91% percentile (top 9% of all world storage drives)
  • Hyperthreading technology doubles processing threads per core (4 physical + 4 virtual), resulting in CPU performance similar to a 6-core VPS
  • 1Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 10 times faster than that of a typical VPS provider
  • Network latency is industry-leading 1ms
  • Overall system performance comparable to the Dell XPS 8930 desktop (i7-8700 variant)

Quant VPS

Intended primarily for quantitative analysts and data modellers, or those needing tremendous amount of parallel computational power, Quant VPS offers 24 Xeon CPU cores and 128GB of DDR4 ECC RAM capable of simultaneously running 300 charts, with emphasis on strategy optimization, forward testing, and quantitative projections.

Global Ranking - Computational Power // Quant VPS

Global Ranking - Overall // Quant VPS

Comparable CPU Peer Ranking // Quant VPS

Highlights

  • Processing (CPU) performance percentile @ 97%: performs better than 97% of world's CPUs
  • Overall performance percentile @ 78%: performs better than 78% of world's computers
  • 1Gbps Internet connection provides connectivity that is 10 times faster than that of the typical VPS provider
  • Network latency to NYSE, NASDAQ, CME, CBOT is under 5ms - compatible with all styles of trading, including high frequency
  • New generation, ultra-fast NVMe Solid-State Drive (SSD) yields a Disk Mark score of 7453, ranking its storage performance in the 99% percentile
  • CPU performance comparable to Intel i9-8950hk and AMD 1900x Threadripper
  • Overall system performance comparable to the Alienware X51 Threadripper Desktop

Benchmarking Environment

All benchmark tests were performed using Passmark, the industry standard software for objectively measuring performance of computer hardware. Two benchmarks were completed:

  • The first compared each ChartVPS plan to all tests ever performed, representing all of the world's computers.
  • The second compared each ChartVPS plan to peer devices, those computers within the performance range of the plan being tested. Peer comparison gives audience a sense of familiarity - the kind of performance they can expect if a VPS plan were a physical computer.

Hardware Testing Methodology

Each VPS plan had individual hardware components tested in specific scenarios, representing different real-world applications, in order to test for comprehensiveness and avoid bias. Listed below are the hardware we benchmarked and associated tests:
  • Processor (CPU)
    • Single-Threaded Performance (applications utilizing a single core)
    • Multi-Threaded Performance (applications capable of parallel processing, making use of multiple cores, such as TradeStation and MultiCharts)
    • Mathematical operations, compression, encryption, physics
  • Memory (RAM)
    • Speed of Reading and Writing across different file sizes
    • Latency
    • Responsiveness with various memory loads
  • Storage (SSD)
    • Speed of Reading and Writing across different file sizes
    • Seeking within disk files
    • Responsiveness with various memory loads
    • Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS)
  • Graphics (2D)
    • Speed of rendering graphical user interface (GUI) elements
    • Rendering of vectors, bitmaps, and text

Network & Latency

Network, including latency and speed of connection, was tested outside Passmark via multi-locational ping from our VPS to popular brokers (Interactive Brokers, TradeStation, etc.) and exchanges, to provide a more relevant guide of what traders can expect when placing orders. A few remarks:
  • Standard, Personal, Scalper, Quant VPS plans, located in our new Philadelphia data center, had an average latency of 5ms to most popular exchanges and area brokers, namely those in vicinity of NYSE, NASDAQ, CME, CBOT.
  • Daytrader, Professional, Institutional VPS plans give subscriber choice of location, meaning you could set-up your server in financial hubs like New York City and Chicago, further reducing latency to the industry-leading 1ms.
  • Note: while important, network latency should not be the main focus when looking for a reliable trading server. Equally (and sometimes more) important, is computer's ability to perform calculations quickly, in parallel, and with stability - in other words, slow computer with 1ms latency executes orders with a greater delay than fast computer with 10ms latency. Unless you trade nanosecond-sensitive strategies, like arbitrage, as long as your latency is under 50ms, you can expect immediate fills, even for high frequency trading strategies like scalping.