[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (165W) and RTX 3070 (140W) – the 165W GPU is the winner

ARK: Survival Evolved is an interesting game that offers a decent gameplay experience alongside greatly-looking graphics, and if you love dinosaurs you’ll be happy to see a lot of this species and thanks to the good quality of the graphics, these animals look great.

Unfortunately, this huge open-world combined with a good picture quality leads to high system requirements, and ARK: Survival Evolved is one of the heaviest games on the market, at least when it comes to Epic quality. So, for today’s comparison, we have prepared one of the fastest Ampere GPUs up to date – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (165W) and RTX 3070 (140W). Let’s see how fast these two are 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 3080 and RTX 3070 variants

 GeForce RTX 3080 [165W]GeForce RTX 3070 [140W]
GPU chipGA104GA104
Shader units6144 (+20%)5120
Base Clock (MHz)1350 (+22%)1110
Boost clock (MHz)up to 1710 (+10%)1560
Memory clock (MHz)17501750
Memory size (MB)81928192
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256256
TGP (Total Graphics Power)165W (+18%)140W
DirectX version12.212.2
RTX capabilitiesYes Yes
Release date01.202101.2021
Detailed specsLinkLink

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 EvolvedFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3080 [165W]211 fps (+60%)160 fps (+22%)135 fps (+22%)81 fps (+14%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [140W]132 fps131 fps111 fps71 fps


Expectedly, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (165W) wins with ease – it’s faster no matter the visual quality. As you can see, the difference between these two GPUs on the Epic preset is 14%. It’s not the smallest difference out there but the GeForce RTX 3070 (140W) is significantly cheaper and it’s the smartest buy. If money isn’t a problem, the 165W GPU will give you top performance.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [165W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [140W]

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