Amazon EC2 G3 Instances

Powerful GPU instances designed for graphics-intensive workloads

Amazon EC2 G3 instances are the latest generation of Amazon EC2 GPU graphics instances that deliver a powerful combination of CPU, host memory, and GPU capacity. G3 instances are ideal for graphics-intensive applications such as 3D visualizations, mid to high-end virtual workstations, virtual application software, 3D rendering, application streaming, video encoding, gaming, and other server-side graphics workloads.

G3 instances provides access to NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, each with up to 2,048 parallel processing cores, 8 GiB of GPU memory, and a hardware encoder supporting up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams and up to 18 H.264 1080p30 streams. With the latest driver releases, these GPUs provide support for OpenGL, DirectX, CUDA, OpenCL, and Capture SDK (formerly known as GRID SDK).




Whether it’s 3D rendering jobs, virtual workstations, desktop applications, content streaming, video encoding, or any other graphics-intensive workload, customers will have the power to deliver high-fidelity content and to build next generation graphics applications in the cloud.


G3 instances are fundamentally disrupting how customers deploy and provision workstations. Customers can co-locate their compute resources with large data sources, enabling them to further optimize their costs. Available across the world, G3 instances allow distributed teams across geographies to collaborate, and use their investments more efficiently.


With G3 instances, customers can spin up resources when required, and spin them down when their work is done. Coupled with AWS’ wide range of storage and data services, teams can build new experiences and deliver to anywhere in the world at any time.



G3 instances feature up to 64 vCPUs based on custom 2.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 2686 v4 processors and 488 GiB of DRAM host memory. Backed by up to 4 NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, with each GPU delivering up to 2,048 parallel processing cores and 8 GiB of GPU memory, G3 instances can enable demanding graphics applications like seismic visualization, computer-aided design, medical image processing, and virtual reality experiences in the cloud. G3 instances also feature a hardware encoder supporting up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams and up to 18 H.264 1080p30 streams.


G3 instances support OpenGL 4.6, DirectX 12.0, CUDA 8.0, and OpenCL 1.2, and are the first Amazon EC2 instances to support NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation capabilities, with streaming support for four monitors each with up to 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels). G3 instances also support GRID Virtual Application capabilities for virtual desktop applications and virtualization software like Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH), enabling 25 concurrent users per GPU.


Next generation Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) and NVM Express (NVMe) technology provide G3 instances with high throughput, low latency interfaces for networking and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). G3 instances offer up to 25 Gbps of network bandwidth and up to 14 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth within a placement group.

Product Details

Name GPUs vCPU Memory (GiB) GPU Memory (GiB) Price/hr* Price/mo**
g3.4xlarge 1 16 122 8 $1.14 $832.2
g3.8xlarge 2 32 244 16 $2.28 $1,664.4
g3.16xlarge 4 64 488 32 $4.56 $3,328.8

*Prices shown are for Linux/Unix in US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. For full pricing details, see the EC2 pricing page.

**Monthly Prices shown are calculated using an assumed usage of 730 hours per month.

Blog posts & articles


Next-Generation GPU-Powered EC2 Instances (G3)

"Each GPU supports 8 GiB of GPU memory, 2048 parallel processing cores, and a hardware encoder capable of supporting up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams and up to 18 H.264 1080p30 streams, making them a great fit for 3D rendering & visualization, virtual reality, video encoding, remote graphics workstation (NVIDIA GRID), and other server-side graphics workloads that need a massive amount of parallel processing power..."

Jeff Barr

July 13, 2017

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