Amazon EC2 instances

featuring AMD EPYC processors

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EC2 instances featuring AMD EPYC processors provide powerful processing for up to 10% lower cost than comparable instances

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers.  Through our partnership with AMD, AWS offers additional EC2 instances that add to the broadest and deepest portfolio of instances and enables you to optimize both cost and performance for your workload needs.

Amazon EC2 Instances Powered by AMD EPYC

EC2 Instances Powered by AMD EPYC

Compute Optimized

C5a Instances

Leading x86 price-performance ideal for compute bound applications that benefit from high performance processors

Powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC with frequencies up to 3.3 GHz

Built for: batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analysis, and web applications.

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General Purpose

M5a Instances

Balanced compute, memory, and networking resources for general purpose workloads

Powered by 1st Gen AMD EPYC with frequencies up to 2.5 GHz

Built for: business critical applications, web and application servers, back-end servers for enterprise applications, gaming servers, caching fleets, and app development environments.

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General Purpose - Burstable

T3a Instances

Baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst CPU usage at any time for as long as required

Powered by 1st Gen AMD EPYC with frequencies up to 2.5 GHz

Built for: micro-services, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development environments, code repositories, and business-critical applications.

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Memory Optimized

R5a Instances

Fast performance for workloads that process large data sets in memory                

Powered by 1st Gen AMD EPYC with frequencies up to 2.5 GHz

Built for: high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, mid-size in-memory databases, real time big data analytics, and other enterprise applications.

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G4ad Instances

The best price performance in Amazon EC2 for graphics applications

Powered by AMD Radeon Pro V520 GPUs and 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors

Built for: remote workstations, game streaming, and graphics rendering.

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Flexibility and Choice

EC2 instances featuring AMD EPYC processors provide additional choices to help you optimize both cost and performance for your workloads.  Available now in the EC2 compute optimized (C5a), general purpose (M5a), general purpose burstable (T3a), and memory optimized (R5a) instance families.

Better Economics

EC2 instances featuring AMD EPYC processors deliver up to 10% lower cost versus comparable instances. Since many workloads utilize only a fraction of the processor's maximum performance, these instances offer a better fit for many workloads. Additionally, C5a instances offer the lowest price per x86 vCPU in the EC2 family.

Seamless Workload Migration

Easily migrate applications currently running on existing EC2 instances to the new AMD-based variants with little to no modification. These instances are available in similar sizes and offer application compatibility with the C5, T3, M5, and R5 instances, so you can start using them just like your other EC2 instances.


AMD EPYC Processors

AMD EPYC Processors

Amazon EC2 instances featuring AMD EPYC processors provide additional choices to help you optimize both cost and performance for your workloads.

EC2 C5a instances feature 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors with all core clock speed of 3.3 GHz with an efficient 7nm process node and expanded memory bandwidth. EC2 M5a, R5a, and T3a instances feature 1st generation AMD EPYC processors with an all core turbo clock speed of 2.5 GHz.

AMD-based instances provide additional options for customers and may offer a better fit for many workloads that do not fully utilize the compute resources. By optimizing the balance between compute resources and utilization, these instances provide up to 10% lower cost than comparable instances.

AMD Radeon Pro

AMD Radeon Pro GPUs

AMD Radeon Pro V520 GPUs provide high performance acceleration for graphics such as virtual workstations, computer generated imagery (CGI), game streaming, and digital content creation (DCC). These GPUs are built on AMD’s RDNA architecture that is hyper efficient, with low latency and high CPU to GPU bandwidth needed to enable high quality workstation and gaming experiences. With an improved graphics pipeline, RDNA architecture is designed to render your games faster with higher performance per clock.

Built on AWS Nitro System

The AWS Nitro System, delivers a rich collection of building blocks that offloads many of the traditional virtualization functions to dedicated hardware. By doing so, the AWS Nitro System enables high performance, high availability, and high security while also reducing virtualization overhead.

High Performance Network and Storage

Next-generation Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) provides high throughput, low latency interfaces for networking and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). EC2 instances featuring AMD EPYC processors offer up to 20 Gbps of network bandwidth and up to 13.5 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth to Amazon EBS. C5ad, M5ad, and R5ad instances have local NVMe storage for workloads that require very low latency and storage access with high random read and write IOPS ability.  

Reliable Infrastructure

Amazon EC2 offers a highly reliable environment where replacement instances can be rapidly and predictably commissioned. The service runs within Amazon’s proven network infrastructure and data centers. The Amazon EC2 Service Level Agreement commitment is 99.99% availability for each Amazon EC2 Region.

Customer Success Stories

Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation, a leading information-based technology company and digital banking innovator, has taken a cloud-first approach to software development that provides highly-personalized customer experiences in the areas of credit cards, auto loans, banking, and savings products. Capital One has been able to leverage the utilization and cost benefits of AWS using EC2 instances powered by AMD EPYC processors. Capital One is always looking for ways to optimize our cloud utilization, taking advantage of Amazon EC2 R5a, M5a, T3a and C5a instances, which are all based on AMD’s EPYC processors.


Sprinklr is a provider of enterprise software for customer experience management. More than 1,200 brands in 150 countries create happier customers with Sprinklr, including L’Oreal and McDonald’s. We are always looking for ways to improve our cloud utilization and after using AWS’s EC2 M5a, R5a and C5a, which are all based on AMD’s EPYC processors, we’ve secured substantial savings on our cloud costs.


Wego is the leading online travel marketplace in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and it harnesses powerful yet simple technology that automates the process of searching and comparing results from hundreds of airline, hotel and online travel agency websites. We operate 60 country sites in over 22 languages and 58 currencies supporting millions of travelers every month. We had been using Amazon EC2 M5a instances since last year for our microservices, and soon after the EC2 C5a instances were launched, we migrated our Java-based metasearch services to these instances. With no code changes necessary, the transition was seamlessly completed in just a few days and it allowed us to achieve more than 30% cost savings.

The Game Company

Thatgamecompany studio (best known for beautifully designed games such as Flow, Flower and Journey), has recently seen the major benefits of using C5a to support our games. Sky: Children of the Light, which Apple named 2019’s iPhone Game of the Year, leans into C5a to support Sky’s backend services including Account Services, Load Balancing, Matchmaking, and more. Making the migration to C5a was straight-forward and easy, and we immediately saw the cost and performance benefits of doing so. As a longtime fan of AMD, I was excited to see their new 2nd Gen EPYC processors offered in the C5 family on AWS.

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Elementum is the company behind the first cloud-native supply chain orchestration platform. In an age where instant gratification is the new norm and customer expectations are continuing to grow exponentially, successful operations need to adapt faster than ever to unplanned exceptions. Amazon Web Services provide our SRE team with the breadth and depth of services needed to scale our business while managing costs. For example, we recently moved our DC/OS and CoreOS based micro-services platform from 3rd generation EC2 instances to current generation AMD EPYC based instances. The transition was seamless, we're able to give our Java developers lots of memory with the same number of vCPU's which delivers snappy performance, and we achieved the 20-25% cost savings we estimated at the start of this project.

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Asurion helps people protect, connect and enjoy the latest tech – to make life a little easier. We’ve built a global scale presence and are still growing. Every day our 19,000 experts help more than 300 million people around the world solve the most common and uncommon tech issues. Amazon Web Services provides a broad and deep portfolio of cloud services giving us the agility to scale our business without compromising our dedication to service, and commitment to exceptional customer experience. We recently migrated our memory intensive customer claim and fraud analysis services from a mixture of Amazon EC2 M4 and M5 instances and consolidated them on Amazon EC2 M5a instances featuring AMD EPYC processors. The M5a instances provide a seamless migration path, offering the same instance sizes as M5 and application compatibility while delivering cost savings and exceeding our performance expectations.

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Druva delivers data protection and management for the cloud era. We operate in 14 global AWS regions, serving 4,000+ customers and protect a global footprint of 150+ PB of data stored completely within AWS. What began as a thought experiment for our global footprint of compute resources with AMD-powered instances transformed into a broad initiative resulting in powerful outcomes. In less than two weeks we were able to successfully transfer our global capacity from legacy instances to AMD-powered ones, without any additional effort required from our engineering teams. We unilaterally drove this change between the Operations and Performance teams, and in the process achieved a remarkable saving of 10-15 percent and in some cases as much as 50 percent.

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Auvik's cloud-based network management software keeps IT networks around the world running optimally. We partnered with AWS to allow us to create a scalable infrastructure, and continue our commitment of delivering a phenomenal customer experience. We recently migrated to AMD powered instances using M5a, T3a, and C5a. Auvik seamlessly migrated over six hundred servers to AMD instances which allowed us to reduce EC2 costs by 10%, without sacrificing performance.