[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3060 (130W) – the RTX 3080 is 45% faster on Epic quality

ARK: Survival Evolved is a game that has good graphics quality and interesting gameplay full of challenges. The player is sent to an island prohibited by dinosaurs and other creatures (as well as hostile humans). In order to survive, you have to build a base, create weapons, and you have to hunt animals for food.

Visually, the game looks stunning, especially on Epic quality, but in this scenario, the title isn’t light at all. For 60 FPS on this quality level, you’re going to need a fast and expensive GPU in order to reach this kind of performance. For this article, we’re going to compare the GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3060 (130W).

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GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] GeForce RTX 3060 [130W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA106
Shader units 6144 (+60%) 3840
ROPs 96 (+100%) 48
Base Clock (MHz) up to 1185 1387 (+17%)
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1605 1702 (+6%)
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 1750
Memory size (MB) 8192 (+33%) 6144
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 (+33%) 192
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W 130W
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 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 3080 [130W] 182 fps (+3%) 150 fps (+36%) 118 fps (+33%) 80 fps (+45%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [130W] 177 fps 110 fps 89 fps 55 fps


On average, the GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) is 29% faster compared to the RTX 3060 (130W), and that sounds normal given the fact of how powerful the bigger GPU is. If your wallet is wide enough, the GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) can give you much more FPS than the smaller GPU. On the other hand, the GeForce RTX 3060 (130W) is a price / performance champion – it costs less and its performance is good for a mid-range product.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]

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

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