Lower Cost

The Lower Cost elastic performance option is recommended for throughput intensive workloads with large sequential I/O, such as streaming, log processing, and data warehouses. This option gives you linear scaling 2 IOPS/GB upt to a maximum of 3000 IOPS per volume. Throughput scales at 240 KB/s/GB up to the maximum of 480 MB/s per volume.

Block Volume Performance slider specifying lower cost performance.

The following table lists the Block Volume service's throughput and IOPS performance numbers based on volume size for this option. IOPS and KB/s performance scales linearly per GB volume size up to the service maximums so you can predictably calculate the performance numbers for a specific volume size. If you're trying to achieve certain performance targets for volumes configured to use the Lower Cost elastic performance option you can provision a minimum volume size using this table as a reference.

Volume Size

Max Throughput

(1 MB block size)

Max Throughput

(8 KB block size)


(4 KB block size)

50 GB 12 MB/s 0.8 MB/s 100
100 GB 24 MB/s 1.6 MB/s 200
200 GB 48 MB/s 3.2 MB/s 400
300 GB 72 MB/s 4.8 MB/s 600
400 GB 96 MB/s 6.4 MB/s 800
500 GB 120 MB/s 8 MB/s 1000
750 GB 180 MB/s 12 MB/s 1500
1 TB 240 MB/s 16 MB/s 2000
1.5 TB - 32 TB 480 MB/s 23 MB/s 3000