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[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) and MX350 (25W) – MX450 is the clear winner

If you are a fan of the first-person shooter games but you want to experience something a bit more different, ARK: Survival Evolved can be a breath of fresh air for you. You’re sent to an island populated by prehistorical hostile creatures and other humans. Expectedly, you have to survive which includes battles with animals and other humans, crafting weapons, and building a base.

Graphically, the game looks stunning, especially on the Epic preset. That comes at a price – in this scenario the game is very resource-demanding. The good news is the lower presets aren’t that heavy so people with not-so-powerful machines can have fun with this game.

For this comparison, we have prepared two good inexpensive GPUs – the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) and MX350 (25W).

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Contents

GeForce MX450 and MX350 variants

 GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W)GeForce MX350 (25W)
ArchitectureTuringPascal
GPU chipTU117GP107
Shader units896 (+40%)640
ROPs1616
Base Clock (MHz)1395 (+3%)1354
Boost clock (MHz)1575 (+7%)1468
Memory clock (MHz)12501752 (+40%)
Memory size (MB)20482048
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR5
Memory bus width (bit)6464
TGP (Total Graphics Power)2525
DirectX version12.112.1
Technology12nm14nm
RTX capabilitiesNoNo
Release date08.202002.2021
Detailed specsLinkLink

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 EvolvedFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W)66 fps (+61%)25 fps (+47%)21 fps (+22%)12 fps (+28%)
GeForce MX350 (25W)41 fps17 fps




Verdict

It seems that the Low preset is the way to go for both video cards. In this case, the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) is 61% faster compared to the MX350 (25W). The latter is fast enough to show 44 FPS on Low settings which is okay for a GPU of this caliber.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6, 25W / 28.5W)

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 (25W)