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    what's a good value for load (phpsysinfo)

    trying out a new host, I periodically check phpsysinfo, During the day, I see the load go up to 2-4.5. Right now at 9pm, it's 0.5-1.3. Are these good values? Of course these are just snapshots, but fwiw...

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    What are the specification of the server? The numbers seem quite normal, but it also depends on the kind of cpu the server has.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    It depends on what CPU and memory the server has.


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    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    East Coast // NYC
    0 is always the best, but I really wouldn't like to see anything over 2%, which really means the server struggles at times.

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    Processors 4
    Model Dual Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 265
    CPU Speed 1.79 GHz

    3gig mem.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Any dual processor system that goes above 3 is too high for me. Realistically I prefer to see it in the under 2 area.

    I should, however, add that this is not always the case. It only truly matters if it affects your site and page load times.
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    If the load isn't affecting your web site's performance, then it should be fine

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    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    EU - east side
    0 is always the best, but I really wouldn't like to see anything over 2%, which really means the server struggles at times.
    If we're talking about CPU usage in percents, 2% should definitely be no problem. If we're talking about server load (avg number of processes that are waiting for CPU access), then "2" can still have lots of benign explanations and is definitely not a sign of the server struggleing in any way.

    While most people and hosts prefer to see server load under 1, I doubt many would truly panic at the sight of a temporary load of 4 as long as server performance is more or less the same.

    As far as I've seen, cheaper hosts will accept higher average load on their servers as "normal", but not to the extent to which server performance is noticeably affected.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Bay Area
    Up to a load of '1' per processor core basically means 'no waiting'. So if that server has 4 cores, a load up to 4 is absolutely perfect.

    However, a webserver usually can handle a higher load. Sure it will slow down a bit, but it would not be noticable for the visitor(s) of the website(s). Personally I try to keep server load under '2' per core. Because then everything will be fast without slowdowns But if needed, up to '4' per core is also still possible. Higher than '4' will noticably slow down the website(s).

    In your case that would mean max '4' per core, 4 cores...thus a load of 16 max

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    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    From what I've seen it always depends on the server's cpu.

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