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Just thought I'd let people know. I decided to try out the $5 Digital Ocean as well why not at that price. Anyways. I setup an Ubuntu 12.10 x32 droplet in a LAMP environment. I tried LEMP but I wasn't having much luck. Anyways I also installed mod_pagespeed as I have always wanted to try it out. I was getting loads between 150-225ms before mod_pagespeed and 75-115ms consistently after mod_pagespeed. I'm comparing against my live server that runs at Linode on Nginx and the load speeds are 1/3. The live server is also running WordPress so that maybe a bottleneck. However for a neck to neck test. I am also testing out the grid service at Media Temple. I have a vanilla Elefant install on the grid server and on my Digital Ocean droplet. The GS install clocks in around 250-300ms consistently and the DO is about again 75-115ms consistently. Anyways just thought I'd put that out there for people looking for speed on a good price.