[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3070 (130W) – the bigger GPU is just faster

ARK: Survival Evolved is somehow a unique game. It offers beautiful graphics alongside interesting gameplay that features prehistoric creatures and other hostile humans. The player should survive in this challenging environment by crafting weapons, creating a base, battling other animals and humans, etc.

ARK: Survival Evolved uses Unreal 4 and yes, the title looks great even on Medium details. Om the other hand, the Epic preset looks great but it’s heavy on the system resources so let’s check how fast the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) and RTX 3070 (130W) are when it comes to ARK: Survival Evolved.

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GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 variants

  GeForce RTX 3060 [130W] GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA106 GA104
Shader units 3840 5120 (+33%)
ROPs 48 96 (+100%)
Base Clock (MHz) 1387 (+14%) 1215
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1702 (+5%) 1620
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 1750
Memory size (MB) 6144 8192 (+33%)
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 192 256 (+33%)
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W 140W (+8%)
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 01.2021 01.2021
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 Heaven 4.0 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 RTX 3060 [130W] 177 fps (+19%) 110 fps 89 fps 55 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 149 fps 129 fps (+17%) 109 fps (+22%) 66 fps (+20%)





Verdict

Unexpectedly the smaller GPU is faster on Low but it’s not that important because the game doesn’t look good at all on Low settings. On High and Ultra, the bigger GPU is at least 20% faster when compared to its smaller sibling. But they, the GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) is doing a good job for a mid-range GPU and it can show 55 FPS on Epic quality which is okay for a normal gameplay experience. If you want more FPS just apply the High preset – it’s a decent combination of picture quality and performance.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]

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