[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) and MX350 (25W) – MX450 is the clear winner

If you are a fan of the first-person shooter games but you want to experience something a bit more different, ARK: Survival Evolved can be a breath of fresh air for you. You’re sent to an island populated by prehistorical hostile creatures and other humans. Expectedly, you have to survive which includes battles with animals and other humans, crafting weapons, and building a base.

Graphically, the game looks stunning, especially on the Epic preset. That comes at a price – in this scenario the game is very resource-demanding. The good news is the lower presets aren’t that heavy so people with not-so-powerful machines can have fun with this game.

For this comparison, we have prepared two good inexpensive GPUs – the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) and MX350 (25W).

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for ARK: Survival Evolved list.


GeForce MX450 and MX350 variants

  GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) GeForce MX350 (25W)
Architecture Turing Pascal
GPU chip TU117 GP107
Shader units 896 (+40%) 640
ROPs 16 16
Base Clock (MHz) 1395 (+3%) 1354
Boost clock (MHz) 1575 (+7%) 1468
Memory clock (MHz) 1250 1752 (+40%)
Memory size (MB) 2048 2048
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR5
Memory bus width (bit) 64 64
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 25 25
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
Technology 12nm 14nm
RTX capabilities No No
Release date 08.2020 02.2021
Detailed specs Link Link

Synthetic benchmarks

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

ARK: Survival Evolved Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) 66 fps (+61%) 25 fps (+47%) 21 fps (+22%) 12 fps (+28%)
GeForce MX350 (25W) 41 fps 17 fps


It seems that the Low preset is the way to go for both video cards. In this case, the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) is 61% faster compared to the MX350 (25W). The latter is fast enough to show 44 FPS on Low settings which is okay for a GPU of this caliber.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6, 25W / 28.5W)

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 (25W)

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