Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

Starting today, you can launch a smaller G3 instance - g3s.xlarge. Like other G3 instances, this new size is powered by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs but is designed to be cost-effective for workloads that don’t need the high vCPU and RAM that current larger G3 instance sizes provide. The g3s.xlarge size has 4 vCPUs and 30.5 GiB of memory and is 50% lower in price compared to g3.4xlarge for Windows and 34% lower in price compared to g3.4xlarge for Linux. The below table shows all of the currently available G3 instance sizes.

GPUs vCPUs Instance RAM (GiB)  On-Demand Price/hr* (Linux) On-Demand Price/hr* (Windows)
g3s.xlarge (new) 1 4 30.5 $0.75 $0.93
g3.4xlarge 1 16 122 $1.14 $1.876
g3.8xlarge 2 32 244 $2.28 $3.752
g3.16xlarge 4 64 488 $4.56 $7.504

*Prices shown are for the US East (Northern Virginia) AWS Region. For full pricing details, see the Amazon EC2 pricing page.

Amazon EC2 g3s.xlarge instances are ideal for rendering workloads for visual effects (VFX) and virtual workstations for design & engineering applications. With this new instance size, customers now have lower costs for applications that run on Microsoft Windows and can take advantage of the flexibility and availability of cloud based GPU instances without making expensive up-front capital investments.

Customers can launch the g3s.xlarge instances in the US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Sydney, Tokyo) AWS regions. Customers can purchase these instances as On-Demand Instances, Reserved Instances, and Spot Instances.

Customers can use Windows and Linux AMIs or use a Windows AMI with pre-installed GRID driver. Visit NVIDIA GRID G3 AMIs for more information. To get started, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 G3 instance page.