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Ark Survival Evolved Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Dinosaur whisperer. It has been one of the most popular early-access titles of the last few years, and now that the dinosaur action spectacle Ark: Survival Evolved has been officially launched it is time to take a look at its system requirements to figure out whether or not the game gulps up computing power as fast as it does player avatars. Update: 25 Systems tested
Florian Glaser (translated by Martin Jungowski), 🇩🇪 🇫🇷
Ark Survival Evolved

Technology

After almost two years of early access on Steam, the survival game Ark has finally been officially released for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. First things first: even though the game is referred to as “final” and the developers had plenty of time to address the numerous bugs and issues reported during the early access period the game is still far from perfect. Despite the short period of time we spent with it we found numerous graphics glitches, sound bugs, clipping bugs, as well as other problems ranging from things like path finding to dinosaurs randomly falling out of the sky after loading a game. At least those were all minor glitches that didn’t have a massive impact on our overall gaming experience. The game’s overall system requirements have the potential to do so but we’ll get to that later.

Ark Survival Evolved
Ark Survival Evolved
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Ark Survival Evolved
Ark Survival Evolved
Ark Survival Evolved

But first, let’s cover the basics. The game is built around the Unreal Engine 4 by Epic Games that really shines in high details settings. In addition to crisp textures we adored the thick vegetation, the impressive weather effects, and the day/night rhythm. Lighting is also very nice even though we find it to be a bit exaggerated, resulting in reflections on all sorts of organic material that make it look like metal. Anti-aliasing is also not exactly stellar – even on its highest settings some objects, such as palm leaves, seem to flicker severely. Apparently, Ark is utilizing a rather simple post-processing anti-aliasing algorithm.

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Ark Survival Evolved
Ark Survival Evolved
Ark Survival Evolved
Ark Survival Evolved
Ark Survival Evolved

The settings menu is surprisingly extensive. While more detailed explanations would have been welcome the 30+ available options are impressive. Some settings can only be turned on or off, others can be fine-tuned more extensively (see screenshots below). Their respective impact on performance varies between negligible and massive. For those of us who prefer playing rather than fiddling with settings a total of four presets are available. Unfortunately, we find them to lack refinement. For example, the medium setting has some settings set to epic while the epic setting doesn’t necessarily mean that all settings are enabled or maxed out. Accordingly, some additional fine-tuning might be necessary.

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Ark Survival Evolved

One thing to note is that regardless of preset, Ark reduces the resolution via “Resolution Scale” somewhat to improve overall frame rates while at the same time resulting in a slightly mushy and blurry image. Thus, after selecting a new preset we had to manually reset this option to 100 % every time. In addition, we found it quite bothersome and annoying that some settings require a restart of the entire game, and more often than not a change in resolution had not been applied after restarting the game. The latter in particular needs to be addressed by the developers asap. In addition to powerful hardware, the game also requires a large hard drive. Despite a download size of only 16 GB once installed the game required around 60 GB without any additional mods installed. Loading times were decent with an SSD, loading from HDDs is obviously going to be significantly slower.

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Benchmark

In order to achieve more consistent benchmark results we opted for the single-player instead of the multi-player mode. As can be seen in the video below the avatar is spawned in a newly created map, more specifically the “South Zone 1” map that is part of the “The Island” campaign.

The game stutters noticeably in the very beginning and frame rates obtained during this early period are highly unreliable. Consequently, we start our benchmark sequence the moment we were able to start moving the main character. Once we obtain control over the avatar, we sprint along the beach for roughly 20 seconds until we reach a predetermined point. Due to the random placement of dinosaurs slight variances in the frame rates obtained during this sprint sequence might occur. In addition, the random placement of dinosaurs also leads to occasional attacks by aggressive species early on, in which case we repeat the entire procedure. Although the time of day is one of the many random factors determined when launching the campaign, we found it to have almost no effect on frame rates. It does therefore not matter whether the benchmark is performed at virtual dawn, noon, or dusk.

Given that Survival Evolved is a first-person shooter (third-person perspective is optional) we’re aiming for an average of at least 35-40 FPS (consistent with our requirements for all other first-person shooters). A truly smooth gaming experience starts at around 60 FPS or more. As expected, the GPU has the biggest impact on performance and even high-performance graphics cards turn out to be a bottleneck. The microprocessor was only relevant on low settings and resolutions. Short and sudden FPS drops can be attributed to the less than optimal coding with lots of room for improvement.

Results

As can be seen on the screenshots below the four presets have different effects on the overall gaming experience. While the main differences between medium, high, and epic are long distance rendering and details (high and epic mostly improve on vegetation in the distance) as well as shadows, the game is shabby and ugly on low due to a complete lack of shadows, mushy and poor textures, and a very short rendering distance.

Unfortunately, the higher settings come at a high price. In order to enjoy the game at FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) in the epic preset you will need at least a GeForce GTX 1070 or a GeForce GTX 1080. In other words: the crème de la crème of gaming GPUs. For the high preset and FHD resolution a GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 980 will do fine, although with these the medium preset will offer a more reactive and overall smoother gaming experience. The AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU for desktops is in our tests a bit slower than the competing GeForce GTX 1060 and gets even beaten by the laptop version. 

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Midrange GPUs, such as the GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti), will only be able to render the game smoothly with medium details at lower resolutions (e.g. 1366 x 768). Multimedia laptops with a Geforce 940MX (DDR3) or Radeon R7 M440 (and the like) are not able to achieve playable framerates over 30fps in our tests. Therefore, office laptops with integrated graphics cards like the Intel UHD 620 are not able to display fluent framerates in Ark.

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    3840x2160 Epic Preset (100 % Resolution Scale)     1920x1080 Epic Preset (100 % Resolution Scale)     1920x1080 High Preset (100 % Resolution Scale)     1920x1080 Medium Preset (100 % Resolution Scale)     1366x768 Medium Preset (100 % Resolution Scale)     1280x720 Low Preset (100 % Resolution Scale)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
22.5 (21min) fps ∼78%
58.5 (54min) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
17.6 (16min) fps ∼61%
47.2 (44min) fps ∼49%
70.1 (66min) fps ∼67%
91.3 (70min) fps ∼72%
127 (84min) fps ∼100%
128 (85min) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
15.1 (14min) fps ∼52%
40.4 (38min) fps ∼42%
59.4 (56min) fps ∼57%
82.6 (73min) fps ∼66%
118 (83min) fps ∼93%
130 (85min) fps ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
13.8 (13min) fps ∼48%
36.2 (34min) fps ∼38%
54.3 (51min) fps ∼52%
74.9 (66min) fps ∼59%
101 (68min) fps ∼80%
102 (68min) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
9.9 (9min) fps ∼34%
27.1 (25min) fps ∼28%
39.9 (38min) fps ∼38%
54.6 (49min) fps ∼43%
85.1 (74min) fps ∼67%
126 (83min) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
9.4 (8min) fps ∼32%
26.7 (25min) fps ∼28%
39.7 (37min) fps ∼38%
57.2 (53min) fps ∼45%
88.2 (73min) fps ∼69%
118 (74min) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
9.1 (8min) fps ∼31%
25 (23min) fps ∼26%
37 (35min) fps ∼36%
48.6 (46min) fps ∼39%
76.7 (57min) fps ∼60%
86.6 (60min) fps ∼54%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
23.3 (21min) fps ∼24%
33.9 (32min) fps ∼33%
47.3 (38min) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
21.8 (20min) fps ∼21%
31.6 (30min) fps ∼25%
89 (55min) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
16.5 (12min) fps ∼16%
24.3 (23min) fps ∼19%
76 (64min) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
24.5 (23min) fps ∼19%
78 (51min) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-7700HQ
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
13.5 (12min) fps ∼11%
53.8 (47min) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
10.3 (9min) fps ∼10%
15.3 (14min) fps ∼12%
53.7 (49min) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
7 (6min) fps ∼6%
26.4 (23min) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
7.5 (6min) fps ∼6%
28.2 (25min) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
16.6 (15min) fps ∼10%

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Intel HD Graphics 610
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
Intel Extreme Graphics 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
Apple M1 7-Core GPU
unknown
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
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AMD Radeon RX 480 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
15
6.2
AMD Radeon Pro 555
47.1
14
AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon R9 M390X
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
Intel HD Graphics 505
AMD Radeon HD 8550M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
160.9
87.9
63.5
43.9
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
AMD Radeon Pro 555X
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
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Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
VIA Chrome9HD
AMD Radeon R9 M370X
AMD Radeon HD 7770M
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
AMD Radeon Pro 450
38.9
12
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
AMD Radeon HD 7550M
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
AMD Radeon HD 6870M
AMD Radeon HD 7730M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
ATI Mobility Radeon M6
Intel HD Graphics P530
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
AMD Radeon HD 7340
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT
AMD Radeon HD 6830M
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
AMD Radeon HD 7610M
AMD Radeon HD 8870M
AMD Radeon 540X
AMD Radeon HD 8400
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
56.6
38.6
ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
AMD Radeon R9 M485X
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
NVIDIA GeForce 820M
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Intel Iris Graphics 540
ATI Mobility Radeon X800
Intel HD Graphics 5300
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6320
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
NVIDIA GeForce 610M
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
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ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
24.4
AMD Radeon R9 M380
ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
28.2
7.5
AMD Radeon Pro 455
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
53.7
15.3
10.3
NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
AMD Radeon R7 M380
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
AMD Radeon HD 7290
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
21.8
6.8
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
87.5
41.2
29.1
20.3
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
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AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
ATI Mobility Radeon M7
Intel HD Graphics P630
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
Silicon Motion SM502
AMD Radeon R9 M385X
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430
ATI Mobility Radeon X300
AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
Intel UHD Graphics 615
AMD Radeon HD 7310
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
5.9
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
AMD Radeon R9 M395X
NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
Intel HD Graphics 6000
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon R5 M320
NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
AMD Radeon R9 M385
AMD Radeon HD 8280
NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
156.8
73.5
55.4
36.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
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NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
NVIDIA GeForce 845M
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 825M
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
13.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
Intel UHD Graphics 600
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
NVIDIA T500 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
Intel UHD Graphics P630
AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
AMD Radeon HD 8650G
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
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AMD Radeon HD 6650M
AMD Radeon HD 6290
ATI Mobility 128 M3
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
?Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

Test systems

System Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus GL753VD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL62 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PE60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP62 Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX61 Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K monitor Nvidia driver AMD driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 385.41 Crimson 17.8.2
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Florian Glaser, 2017-09- 2 (Update: 2017-10-25)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.