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[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).

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GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 variants

 GeForce RTX 3080 [105W]GeForce RTX 3060 [100W]
ArchitectureAmpereAmpere
GPU chipGA104GA106
Shader units6144 (+60%)3840
ROPs96 (+100%)48
Base Clock (MHz)780900 (+15%)
Boost clock (MHz)12451425 (+14%)
Memory clock (MHz)15001750 (+17%)
Memory size (MB)8192 (+33%)6144
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256 (+33%)192
TGP (Total Graphics Power)105W (+5%)100W
DirectX version12.212.2
Technology8nm8nm
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 [105W]154 fps129 fps (+17%)107 fps (+22%)68 fps (+28%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [100W]172 fps (+12%)110 fps88 fps53 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]