[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3080 (85W) – expectedly the 130W GPU wins

ARK: Survival Evolved is a nice-looking game that has interesting gameplay. The player has to battle prehistorical creatures in order to survive. Additionally, you can build a base, you can scavenge for tools, food, you can craft items, etc.

The title looks great especially on Epic quality but it’s heavy on system resources as well. A lot of previous-gen mid-range video cards can barely reach the 30 FPS mark on Epic details. So, for today’s article, we have prepared two really fast GPUs – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3080 (85W).

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


GeForce RTX 3080 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA104
Shader units 6144 6144
ROPs 96 96
Base Clock (MHz) up to 1185 (+52%) 780
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1605 (+29%) 1245
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 (+17%) 1500
Memory size (MB) 8192 8192
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 256
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 150 fps (+24%) 118 fps (+19%) 80 fps (+29%)
GeForce RTX 3080 [85W] 183 fps (+1%) 121 fps 99 fps 62 fps


On Low, both GPUs are pretty close but actually, it doesn’t matter that much because the game doesn’t look good on this quality preset and we doubt that someone with a high-end machine will play this title on Low. When it comes to the other presets, the 85W GPU is lacking pace. Given the fact that it has just an 85W TGP, it sounds normal. Still, it can show 62 FPS on Epic quality which is just fine for that kind of a GPU with such decreased frequencies.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]

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