Gservers.nl are crooks, they're trying to sell „dedicated” servers which are in fact only VPS's. Which is why they can offer a Core Solo 2.4GHz CPU while, according to Intel's website, the fastest Core Solo in existence has a speed of 1.83 GHz.
After seeing their offers in the Dedicated Hosting Offers forum, I decided to order an Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 2.4 GHz dedicated server on Dec 13. The money I sent by wire transfer arrived on Dec 18.
The server was installed by the 20th. As usual, the first thing I did after logging was to check that the hardware matched what I ordered. So I ran dmesg, lspci etc. That's when I noticed some oddities. According to lspci, the box was equpped with a Natoma/Triton II chipset:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440FX - 82441FX PMC [Natoma] (rev 02)
Flags: fast devsel
00:01.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II]
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0
00:01.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 IDE [Natoma/Triton II] (prog-if 80 [Master])
Subsystem: Unknown device 5853:0001
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64
I/O ports at c000 [size=16]
Natoma is a very old chipset used for Pentium Pro CPUs, it has no relation to anything the Core2Duo runs on.
ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number: QEMU HARDDISK
Serial Number: QM00001
Firmware Revision: 0.8.2
By that time it was pretty obvious that this was not a dedicated, but a virtual machine. So I went to ask Gomer on IRC what the deal was with these odd hardware details. At first he claimed he had no idea. After I confronted him with more proof and told him that I knew that this was a VPS and not the dedicated box I had ordered and paid for, he denied it. At the end, he said something along the lines of „What does it matter, VPS and dedicated is almost the same.“
At that point (still on December 20th), I asked for a refund. To approximately no one's surprise, I'm still waiting to receive my money today (January 22), even though I reminded Gomer about it several times.
So this is just a heads up for others to stay clear of that outfit.
These are all for Linux. The free command shows you the amount of RAM installed. lspci and hdparm are not always available on newly set up systems, you might have to install them via the package management.