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Hardware benchmarks


This page contains information about hardware for running a polkadot/kusama validator node

It is possible to run the polkadot binary on modest hardware. The problem is that when you get in the active set you need plenty of network and cpu resources for validating, especially when para validating.

Polkadot has a benchmark function witch gives you an indication of performance against a “reference” validator.

The test were done with the command polkadot benchmark machine on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Contabo VPS S SSD


Contabo VPS M SSD


Contabo VPS M NVMe



AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600, 64 GB DDR4, 2 x 512 GB NVMe SSD (software-RAID 1) Hetzner

OVH-London RISE-2

CPU Intel Xeon-D 2141I – 8c/16t – 2.2 GHz/3 GHz,RAM 64 GB ECC 2133 MHz Data disks 2×512 GB SSD NVMe (Soft RAID) OVH


CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X – 12c/24t – 3.7 GHz/4.8 GHz RAM: 64 GB ECC 3200 MHz Data disks: 2×960 GB SSD NVMe (Soft RAID) OVH