[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]
GPU chipGA104GA104
Shader units61446144
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)81928192
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256256
TGP (Total Graphics Power)130W130W
DirectX version12.112.1
RTX capabilitiesYes Yes
Release date01.202101.2021
Detailed specsLinkLink

Synthetic benchmarks

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 [130W]182 fps150 fps (+24%)118 fps (+19%)80 fps (+29%)
GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]183 fps (+1%)121 fps99 fps62 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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