if i can host a 10 slot sandbox server off of a free 128mb ram, 1 core vps then pretty much anything on OVH should be fine, that vps will be plenty, enough for a handful of servers probably, if you’re only looking for one gmod server 256-512mb of ram should be plenty, cpu depends mainly on speed and architecture over number of cores i think (and most vps places sell by the core)
I wouldn’t run gmod off a VPS unless you know the clock speeds of the cores. You want atleast 3GHZ. Stalker is fine on NFO as NFO states what you would get per core at a minimum. But from experience there arn’t many good high clock speed VPS hosts out there.
your inclusion of “i wouldn’t run gmod off a vps” is redundant then, good virtualization on a good host with good cpu architecture (high end i7/xeon) is plenty (core speed after a certain point really doesn’t give much of a benefit to most things - i doubt any place is overclocking their cores in server spec machines anyway…), obviously a dedicated server would out perform anything else too… it also costs like 6/7x as much
I don’t think you understand how virtualisation works on a lower level, especially in the way VPSs are run.
You can be assigned a dual core on a VPS with many cores, but you are still sharing cpu time with other people on these cores, depending on how many guests the hosting provider puts on the machine.
You might not see it, but it happens; for the clever folks, a side effect of an overloaded virtual host is that the guests will suffer from time drift. (brief explanation here https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2009/06/25/virtualization-and-performance-vm-time-drift )
So now, not only is gmod only running on a single core because it is not multi-threaded, you might be sharing this core with other people even if you don’t know it, hence performance suffers mysteriously.
I don’t know why anyone would want a VPS over just buying slots or even a dedi when vps performance can vary so much depending on how the host decides to load the machines.
VPSs are not really ideal for server loads that are constantly high, they’re more suited for idle loads with occasional burst performance so that you can stick more guests in each machine to save power/money.
for all intents and purposes of a gmod server a kvm or xen vps with a high end cpu would and does work fine, you guys must be using terrible hosts or something, and people might want a VPS because it is cheaper than a dedi and gives more control and usage than a GSP, regardless of a slight performance drop the benefits of being cheaper yet flexible are quite large
That depends entirely on how the host loads the box, they could be putting 30 people on that box for all you know. Sure, it’ll be great if you were the only one on it, but you have no way to find out what the performance is going to be like until you try it.