[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (105W) and RTX 3060 (100W) – the RTX 3080 is 28% faster on Epic details

ARK: Survival Evolved is a fascinating game that can offer an engaging gameplay experience on an island full of dinosaurs and other prehistorical hostile creatures. The graphical part looks good but this game isn’t the lightest out there and it’s even among those titles that demand a lot from your machine if you want to see the best possible picture quality.

For at least 60 FPS on Epic quality, a good gaming device is a must and actually, not many GPUs are able to breach this mark (60 frames per second). For this comparison, we have high-end and mid-range graphics solutions – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (105W) and RTX 3060 (100W).

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

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GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [105W] GeForce RTX 3060 [100W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA106
Shader units 6144 (+60%) 3840
ROPs 96 (+100%) 48
Base Clock (MHz) 780 900 (+15%)
Boost clock (MHz) 1245 1425 (+14%)
Memory clock (MHz) 1500 1750 (+17%)
Memory size (MB) 8192 (+33%) 6144
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 (+33%) 192
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 105W (+5%) 100W
DirectX version 12.2 12.2
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)


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 3080 [105W] 154 fps 129 fps (+17%) 107 fps (+22%) 68 fps (+28%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [100W] 172 fps (+12%) 110 fps 88 fps 53 fps





Verdict

Both video cards perform well in our tests and if we put the Low details result aside, expectedly, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (105W) wins with ease. Especially on Epic quality where the higher CUDA sound, the wider memory bus, and the bigger video RAM buffer has the last word – that’s why in this scenario the RTX 3080 (105W) is 28% faster compared to the GeForce RTX 3060 (100W).

However, the smaller GPU is a great choice if your budget isn’t that big and the overall performance of this thing isn’t bad at all.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [105W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [100W]

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