❓ What is RAM? ❓
RAM is the processing memory, the one that the CPU (processor) is using to fulfill all of your requests on the server such as placing blocks. All actions that the machine does is influenced by both the CPU and memory.
⚠ NOTE ⚠: Be aware that the RAM is not the same as storage space. Storage space is used when you upload files to your server. For example, if you upload a 20GB world you occupy 20GB from the storage space, not RAM.
All server performance is directly influenced by RAM. More RAM means that your server will run better. RAM also influences the performance of the server more than the CPU. For example, in most cases, our 2GB RAM Standard server offers better performance than the 1GB RAM Premium which has a better CPU. Those plans can be found at the same price on our page, but the first one runs better for most people.
Here you can see the difference between our Standard and Premium plans.
The question is how to determine the desired amount of RAM before purchasing a server so you do not have performance issues while playing, like lag.
⚠ NOTE ⚠: 1 GB RAM = 1024 MB RAM
📜 Our Plans 📜
As you can see on our official page, our servers can be purchased on several plans but the main difference (besides the difference in player slots) is the RAM amount. Here is a list of all the plans we offer:
Stone: 1GB RAM and 12 slots
Coal: 2GB RAM and 24 slots
Iron: 3GB RAM and 36 slots
Gold: 4GB RAM and 48 slots
Lapis: 5GB RAM and 60 slots
Redstone: 6GB RAM and 72 slots
Diamond: 8GB RAM and 96 slots
Emerald: 12GB RAM and 144 slots
Amethyst: 16GB RAM and unlimited player slots for premium plans
Beacon: 32GB RAM and unlimited player slots for premium plans
⚠ NOTE ⚠: Player slots is the the number of players that can play at the same time on the server but this does not mean that a 1 GB RAM server will be able to keep 12 players on the latest version of the game. The player slots number is also available for older versions of Minecraft like 1.8.8 which needs less RAM to run.
The number of players, the server type and version as well as the number of plugins/mods you run determines the amount of RAM you will need.
🔩 How Much RAM Do I Need 🔩
To determine the amount of RAM your server will need, you usually must take into consideration the following:
The number of players that will be online
The number of plugins or mods you would want to run
The size of your world.
💠 The Number of Players
Here you can see the recommended amount of players for each of our plans:
Stone: 1GB RAM Maximum 4 players
Coal: 2GB RAM Maximum 8 players
Iron: 3GB RAM Maximum 16 players
Gold: 4GB RAM Maximum 20 players
Lapis: 5GB RAM Maximum 34 players
Redstone: 6GB RAM Maximum 40 players
Diamond: 8GB RAM Maximum 80 players
Emerald: 12GB RAM Maximum 120 players
Amethyst: 16GB RAM 120+ players
Beacon: 32GB RAM 120+ players
These recommendations are available even for the latest version (i.e. 1.15.2). As you go to older versions, the RAM amount required decreases. For example, on a 1.8.8 you can keep up to 8-12 players with 1 GB of RAM and some plugins/mods (maximum 3-4), depending on the size of your world.
💠 Plugins and Mods
Here you will find the recommended amount of plugins or mods for each of our plans.
⚠ NOTE ⚠: These recommendations depend on the mods and plugins. Some are more demanding than others.
🧶 PLUGINS 🧶
Stone: 1GB RAM 0 plugins
Coal: 2GB RAM Maximum 8 plugins
Iron: 3GB RAM Maximum 24 plugins
Gold: 4GB RAM Maximum 36 plugins
Lapis: 5GB RAM Maximum 44 plugins
Redstone: 6GB RAM Maximum 52 plugins
Diamond: 8GB RAM Maximum 64 plugins
Emerald: 12GB RAM Maximum 72 plugins
Amethyst: 16GB RAM Over 72 plugins
Beacon: 32GB RAM Over 72 plugins
🧶 MODS 🧶
Stone: 1GB RAM 0 mods
Coal: 2GB RAM Maximum 8 mods
Iron: 3GB RAM Maximum 24 mods
Gold: 4GB RAM Maximum 36 mods
Lapis: 5GB RAM Maximum 44 mods
Redstone: 6GB RAM Maximum 52 mods
Diamond: 8GB RAM Maximum 64 mods
Emerald: 12GB RAM Maximum 72 mods
Amethyst: 16GB RAM Over 72 mods
Beacon: 32GB RAM Over 72 mods
💠 The World Size
Another important factor when it comes to RAM is the size of your world. As the world gets bigger, the server will require more RAM to process it. So as time passes and you explore more of your world, more RAM will be needed. Additionally, if you upload a big world to your server, this will also increase your RAM necessity for processing.
Here you can see the recommended world size for each of our plans:
Stone: 1GB RAM Maximum 4GB world size
Coal: 2GB RAM Maximum 7GB world size
Iron: 3GB RAM Maximum 10GB world size
Gold: 4GB RAM Maximum 16GB players size
Lapis: 5GB RAM Maximum 22GB world size
Redstone: 6GB RAM Maximum 28GB world size
Diamond: 8GB RAM Maximum 56GB world size
Emerald: 12GB RAM Maximum 120GB world size
Amethyst: 16GB RAM 120GB+ world size
Beacon: 32GB RAM 120GB+ world size
🛠 Wrong Amount of RAM? 🛠
In case you did not choose the correct amount of RAM and you are experiencing bad performance with your server, all you have to do is upgrade your plan. We offer the possibility to upgrade any time by just paying the remaining difference according to how many days passed from your billing cycle. So, if you upgrade you pay a fair price, not the entire billing cycle again.
Here is our guide for upgrading your server.
Also, in case you did not choose the right amount of RAM for the server type you are running you can change to a less demanding one like Vanilla or PaperSpigot any time by doing a clean installation.
Here is our guide for doing a clean install.
Please note that modpacks usually require more RAM.
Here you can find the recommended amount of RAM for each of our modpacks.
If you find any issue regarding your server RAM amount or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us on live chat or via the ticket system.
- How to Install Plugins on Your server
- How to Install Mods on Your Server
- How to Do a Clean Install
Updated on: 05 / 12 / 2022