[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3060 (75W) – the bigger GPU is the winner

ARK: Survival Evolved is a breath of fresh air when it comes to gameplay experience – it’s not the usual shooter with a boring storyline and brainless enemies. The title looks beautiful and as a player, you’re on an island that is populated by dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures (and other humans as well). If you want to survive you must build a base and you have to use weapons too.

ARK: Survival Evolved uses Unreal 4 engine and it looks very good but on the other hand it’s not the lightest game out there especially if you want to use the Epic graphics preset. Still, we have prepared two mid-range GPUs – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3060 (75W). Let’s see what these two can offer when it comes to ARK: Survival Evolved.

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


GeForce RTX 3060 variants

 GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]GeForce RTX 3060 [75W]
GPU chipGA106GA106
Shader units38403840
Base Clock (MHz)1387 (+70%)817
Boost clock (MHz)up to 1702 (+33%)1282
Memory clock (MHz)1750 (+19%)1468
Memory size (MB)61446144
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)192192
TGP (Total Graphics Power)130W (+73%)75W
DirectX version12.112.1
RTX capabilitiesYes Yes
Release date01.202101.2021
Detailed specsLinkLink

Synthetic benchmarks

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

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

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

ARK: Survival EvolvedFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]177 fps (+9%)110 fps (+18%)89 fps (+17%)55 fps (+20%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [75W]163 fps93 fps76 fps46 fps


The difference between these two GPU isn’t that big on Low but after that, the 130W GPU becomes clearly faster compared to its rival. The good news is that if you don’t mind 55 FPS with maxed-out visuals, the game is decently playable with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W). If you want more FPS you can switch to High which will give you a lot more FPS and almost the same visual quality.

The 75W GPU is a decent performer as well – it scores 46 FPS on Epic and 76 FPS on High which sounds good for a mid-range GPU with modest TGP.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [75W]

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