Dedicated Server CPU Load Averages

Dedicated Server CPU Load Averages

If you aren’t familiar with CPU load averages it indicates how many server processes are queued to use CPU cycles. Ideally the CPU load average should be below 1, this means the CPU is NOT a bottleneck and your server is running smoothly.

The image above shows one of my current (2014) Godaddy virtual dedicated servers running Virtualmin.

In my experience CPU load averages consistently above 2 suggests a bottleneck (generally OK below 5, though not ideal) and on some dedicated servers a CPU load average above 5 can cause server instability and above 10 causes crashes.

So with a CPU load average of 200 a server becomes unusable, websites don’t work, takes forever to log in to control panels and SHH etc…

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