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#1
Hi,

I'm looking at renting a server and I'd like some advice on how many game server instances and slots I can realistically run.

The specs are as follows:

OS: Ubuntu 8.04
CPU: i7 920 (8x 2.66 GHz)
RAM: 8GB
Network: GigaEthernet (100Mbps guaranteed)
Hard disk: 2 x 1 TB

I will predominantly be running CS:Source servers with various mods installed (ZM, DM, GG, PB). I would also like to host at least 1 TF2 server.

I will most like have a combination of SourceMod, MetaMod Source, EventScripts ES Tools installed.

Thank you for your help.
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#2
Edit: Just realized you didn't have the server yet. Meh. Hopefully someone else that has your CPU can respond.

Probably around 200-260 slots, maybe more. Remember, it also depends on what tickrate and FPS you use.

But the i7 can pull a lot, and because so few people have it (on these forums anyway) we probably won't be able to calculate it.

Create a CSS server, 33tick. Assign it to one core and fill it up with bots (do 32 bots). Calculate CPU usage, so for example if it uses 20% of the cpu then you can fit 160 bots per core, and since bots use more CPU then a player does, your looking at around 225 per core or so.

Then do it all over again with a 66tick server and then a 100tick server. That way you know exactly what you can run for said tickrate.

Good luck!.
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#3
Thanks for the response Darksoul. That is very useful information.

I reckon this server will more than likely be sufficient to run what I need as most of my servers will be 33 tick, with only one 100 tick match server.

If anyone else has experience of a similar setup I'd appreciate some feedback as this server will cost $150 for setup so I don't want to waste my money.

Thanks.
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#4
What you want, can that box easily handle x 3.

Plus an advice is to use SourceBans. Good when you've multiple servers.
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#5
I got one little node, i think you will have a problem with memory way before you hit a cpu limit. Even if you where running something that takes hell in CPU, like synergy
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#6
He has enough RAM to or HDD place to run more than his box can pull.

My 32slots server doesn't even use more than it can't be ran for a week without restart.
(2 servers, 33tick RPG/DM full 24/7)
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#7
I'm really not sure how i7s handle SRCDS. And remember that i7s are NOT 8-core but rather 4-core with HT. I'm not sure if a i7 will really give you better performance over a Core2Quad for SRCDS.

I would highly recommend asking the official valve list serv.
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#8
Thanks for all the feedback guys. While I don't know the answer to the core2quad vs. i7 I suspect the overall specs will be more than sufficient for my needs.

If I place an order I'll post back with details on how the server handles.
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#9
i7 is great. It's abit better than quadcore, but the price difference makes quadcore more popular.
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#10
i got the same machine as described.. and i am running 7 srcds and 1 hlds.. @ 98 slots.. most of them running mm and sourcemod.. BUT theire all not fileld yet... but running @ 1000fps.. so im lookin for performance.. and not for quantity.. so if their filled and the performance drops.. ill maybe shutdown some slots/server.. but at the moment i cant see that the server performance isnt enough for these servers when their full... :x

but.. if youre running at 33 tick or some thing like this.. u will get many slots out of ur box :]

ps: i hope my post helped.. and u could understand my bad english - im quite stoned now .. so dunno Big Grin
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#11
I understood it perfectly and it sounds like the server will easily handle numerous CS:Source instances. I'm going to place an order later this week and post back my findings.

Thanks all for the help and advice.
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