AWS announcement – New T3 Instances

New T3 Instances

AWS has announced the launch of the new t3 instances four days back. We have already written an article on ‘AWS T2 instance‘ which explains how the burstable performance model works. The launch of t3 instance did not bring a new dimension to the model but brings a change in the pricing. These instances are even more cost-effective than the T2 instances with On-Demand prices that start at $0.0052 per hour ($3.796 per month).

If you have instances that goes through variable workloads and runs on M4 or M5, you can consider moving them to T3 instances. The instances are powered by custom 2.5 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable (Skylake) Processors featuring the new Intel® AVX-512 instructions and you can launch them today in seven sizes:

Name vCPUs Baseline Performance / vCPU
Price / Hour
Price / Hour
t3.nano 2 5% 0.5 GiB $0.0052 $0.0098
t3.micro 2 10% 1 GiB $0.0104 $0.0196
t3.small 2 20% 2 GiB $0.0209 $0.0393
t3.medium 2 20% 4 GiB $0.0418 $0.0602
t3.large 2 30% 8 GiB $0.0835 $0.1111
t3.xlarge 4 40% 16 GiB $0.1670 $0.2406
t3.2xlarge 8 40% 32 GiB $0.3341 $0.4813


Instances accumulate credits when idle and consume them when running, with credits stored for up to 7 days. If the average CPU utilization of a T3 instance is lower than the baseline over a 24 hour period, the hourly instance price covers all spikes in usage. If the instance runs at higher CPU utilization for a prolonged period, there will be an additional charge of $0.05 per vCPU-hour.


Regions available

As of writing this, the T3 instances are available in the following regions.

  • US East (Ohio)
  • US East (N.Virginia)
  • US West (N.California)
  • US West (Oregon)
  • Canada (Central)
  • Europe (Ireland)
  • Europe (London)
  • Europe (Frankfurt)
  • South America (São Paulo)
  • Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
  • Asia Pacific (Singapore)
  • Asia Pacific (Sydney)


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