February 24, 2024

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It’s like Crysis another time! …Type of.

What’s Ark: Survival Ascended?


To know what Ark: Survival Ascended is, we first should take a look at it’s predecessor:

Ark: Survival Advanced is a sport from Studio Wildcard that entered early entry on Steam in 2015, which implies by regulation it needed to be an open-world multiplayer survival sport with a number of crafting components. It was much like Rust or DayZ however with significantly extra dinosaurs. It spent two years in early entry earlier than seeing an official launch in 2017, with common updates and paid expansions including new areas to discover and gadgets to duplicate. In October of 2023, precisely seven years after starting growth on Ark: Survival Advanced, Studio Wildcard launched a remastered remake of the sport titled Ark: Survival Ascended, which aimed to reinforce most of the visuals and mechanics of Ark: Survival Advanced by way of its use of Unreal Engine 5 over Unreal Engine 4. On the time of publishing, solely the bottom sport and the primary of 5 paid expansions are current in Ark: Survival Ascended, with the remaining deliberate to be launched by way of 2024.

Respiratory life into an older sport by remastering all of it’s content material in a extra fashionable engine seems like a implausible thought on paper, however the execution has been tough to this point, to say the least. Amongst a plague of glitches and frequent server outages, Ark: Survival Ascended moreover options legendarily excessive system necessities, significantly concerning graphics playing cards. With a minimal GPU requirement of an NVIDIA GTX 1080, one can solely surmise {that a} PC able to really operating this sport effectively on most settings would require a GPU that pulls infinite energy from a completely sealed microscopic black gap, a CPU containing the soul of Johnny Silverhand, and an influence provide repurposed from a decommissioned nuclear submarine.

Whereas it’s amusing to balk on the otherworldly necessities of this sport and transfer on with our lives, it begs fairly an attention-grabbing query: Simply what sort of binary beefcake must be constructed to run Ark: Survival Ascended at a steady 60 FPS in 1080p? Nicely, let’s have a look!

What Do We Want?


A lot of this sport’s insane necessities come from the graphics, requiring energy that places crypto-mining rigs to disgrace. As such, our focus will likely be on conserving prices down elsewhere when potential whereas we max out our GPU for steady visible efficiency. For our functions, we are going to primarily be involved with the minimal and most graphics settings at 1080p, however only for enjoyable we may also take a look at efficiency in 4K as effectively. We’ll be taking a look at GPUs first (and in essentially the most depth) earlier than transferring on to the remainder of the construct.

Selecting a GPU


Our decisions are slim, as a result of in an effort to even play Ark: Survival AscendedRX at most graphics settings even at 1080p, we want one of many 5 strongest graphics playing cards presently accessible in the marketplace (excluding the 3090 Ti because it sells for way more than the 4090 whereas additionally performing worse). Slightly below are the 5 playing cards able to operating this sport “effectively sufficient” to satisfy our wants, damaged down beneath by their common FPS in-game based mostly on 4 widespread graphics settings. All the next knowledge was obtained from the Jansn Benchmarks YouTube Channel, with all however the 4090 paired to the identical AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU, whereas the 4090 was paired with a Ryzen 9 7950X3D.


  • RTX 4090 (24 GB – $2200)
    • low settings at 1080p:      160-190 FPS
    • low settings at 4K:              70-90 FPS
    • epic settings at 1080p:      40-60 FPS
    • epic settings at 4K:             20-25 FPS
  • RX 7900 XTX (24 GB – $1000)
    • low settings at 1080p:       150-180 FPS
    • low settings at 4K:               55-65 FPS
    • epic settings at 1080p:       35-45 FPS
    • epic settings at 4K:              15-22 FPS
  • RTX 4080 (16 GB – $1250)
    • low settings at 1080p:        90-120 FPS
    • low settings at 4K:               50-60 FPS
    • epic settings at 1080p:       30-40 FPS
    • epic settings at 4K:              14-20 FPS
  • RX 7900 XT (16 GB – $800)
    • low settings at 1080p:        80-110 FPS
    • low settings at 4K:               45-55 FPS
    • epic settings at 1080p:       25-35 FPS
    • epic settings at 4K:              10-12 FPS
  • RTX 4070 Ti (16 GB – $800)
    • low settings at 1080p:         60-70 FPS
    • low settings at 4K:                40-50 FPS
    • epic settings at 1080p:        22-32 FPS
    • epic settings at 4K:               8-10 FPS

The really useful GPU adjustments a bit relying in your particular desires and desires, however we’ll go over an general winner in a second. First, let’s assessment how these stack up:

Low settings at 1080p: The entire playing cards can deal with a steady 60 FPS when paired to low graphics settings and a decision of 1080p, which is a really worrying bar to barely meet when your least expensive choice is $800. Though the RTX 4070 Ti comes dangerously near dropping beneath 60 FPS at occasions, it’s capable of stay simply above, delivering a clean efficiency offered you possibly can reside with this sport on low settings (which, fortunately, nonetheless seems to be fairly good!).

Low settings at 4K: Whereas the RTX 4090 is ready to tread water and keep constantly above 60 FPS at 4K with all settings on low, the opposite playing cards start to undergo. The RX 7900 XTX normally hovers round our goal of 60 frames per second, nevertheless it often drops beneath our desired determine. The 4080 often hits our 60 FPS purpose, however normally hangs out within the 50s, whereas the RX 7900 XT and RTX 4070 Ti fall wanting 60 FPS.

Epic settings at 1080p: With the graphics of Ark: Survival Ascended cranked to their most values, even at 1080p the RTX 4090’s efficiency divebombs, solely hitting 60 FPS occasionally. The sport ought to stay playable on the RX 7900 XTX, RTX 4080, and RX 7900 XT, as long as you don’t thoughts a goal of 30 FPS. On a 4070 Ti the sport begins to chug, solely hardly ever sputtering out over 30 FPS, leading to a uneven, stuttery expertise that most individuals wouldn’t appreciable ‘playable.’

Epic settings at 4K: Okay, I didn’t actually anticipate a lot right here, however I used to be nonetheless upset. With an RTX 4090, your $2200 will get you a virtually unplayable FPS that rests within the low 20s. The opposite playing cards change into totally ineffective for the Ark remaster below these cconditions, dropping into the teenagers and even single digit frames per second on the 4070 Ti – an $800 card!

It’s a bit tough of a lineup, however relying in your decision, there are (some) winners right here.

Enjoying Ark: Survival Ascended at 1080p?

The AMD RX 7900 XT ($800) is our really useful alternative for enjoying Ark: Survival Ascended with a 1080p decision. It’s tied for the most affordable card on this checklist and delivers significantly better efficiency than the equally costly RTX 4070 Ti, capable of obtain a steady FPS of simply over 60 on average graphics settings and up into the low 110s when operating with settings on low. It may possibly even run epic settings at 1080p with a good 30 FPS common that received’t sear your retinas. Simply be certain your followers have an aggressive curve! Your GPU will likely be gasping for air each second it’s compelled to render greater settings.

Enjoying Ark: Survival Ascended at 4K?

By no means really useful, however in the event you’re dying to strive it, most likely an Nvidia RTX 4090 ($2200). In case you’re prepared to play on the unusual mixture of 4K and low settings, it ought to keep above 60 FPS… nevertheless it’s $2200+ for one half, and at epic settings you’d be getting simply 2o-25 FPS. Even when you may get previous the financial value and {the electrical} wants of the PSU required to run one (or two) of this GPU, whether or not that is price it to you’ll nonetheless rely on whether or not the sort of efficiency I’ve simply described would even be acceptable to you. Willingness to go down this route might rely on how early you invested in Bitcoin. You’d have significantly better luck attempting 1440p as a substitute, in the event you’re really hell-bent on taking part in Ark: Survival Ascended above the 1080p decision. And as for us, we’ll be sticking with the 7900 XT pictured above for our instance construct right here.

Selecting… Every part Else!


Now that we have now essentially the most nuanced half out of the best way, we are able to check out what is going to accompany and entomb our RX 7900 XT.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D ($350)

Typically talking, the bigger a processor’s “L3 cache” is, the extra efficiency you’re going to squeeze out of it throughout gameplay. This powerful-yet-cost-efficient AMD processor was picked significantly for it’s insanely giant 96MB L3 cache, which is quadruple the ~24MB that many mid-range processors presently sport. It will assist the GPU whereas gaming, permitting for a stable FPS acquire that doesn’t contain pumping extra money into the already-inflated worth that the GPU alternative lends to this method.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Reviews, Pros and Cons | TechSpot

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB Elite ($120)

A liquid cooler just like the Corsair H100i makes extra room for the GPU to obtain contemporary air from the consumption followers within the entrance of the case, whereas additionally delivering wonderful cooling efficiency to our Ryzen 7 5800X3D. Simply be certain to top-mount your radiator to the within of your case to make sure that contemporary air isn’t being heated up earlier than reaching your graphics card; you need your GPU to remain as cool as potential!


Motherboard: MSI B550 Gaming Gen3 ($110)

A stable, full-sized finances board from MSI that doesn’t go loopy with pointless options like gigantic SSD coolers or big chipset heatsinks. The strengthened metallic GPU mount prevents sag and motherboard warping over time, and since we may have an enormous beefy GPU, this might be necessary!


RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX ($160)

Nice normal RAM at an important normal worth. One pack of 16GB will fulfill the system suggestions, however to make sure a clean expertise we’d advocate doubling up on this RAM to have 4 sticks equaling 32GB of RAM (as mirrored by the worth quoted right here).


PSU: Corsair RM750 ($110)

For the reason that 7900 XT graphics card we will likely be utilizing attracts as much as 315 watts, we’re going to wish to step up our energy provide to 750 Watts to verify it could possibly deal with the extra energy consumption. This environment friendly, totally modular Corsair energy provide is white however comes at a greater worth than many normal black 750-Watt Corsair provides on Amazon proper now. Since our case will function a PSU basement anyhow, the colour is essentially irrelevant. In case you actually desire a standard black energy provide, although, any normal ATX 750-Watt PSU from a good producer would get the job achieved simply as effectively.


Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ($105)

A comparatively low-cost Corsair case that’s nonetheless loaded with options like cable administration routing, wonderful airflow, and two included followers. The included followers needs to be used as intakes and the CPU radiator ought to host the 2 exhaust followers. When you’ve got a 3rd fan to put in, that might create a optimistic stress system if mounted as a 3rd fan on the entrance, which is right however not required.



SSD: 2TB Samsung 980 Professional ($140)

A superb, quick, dependable SSD that matches completely into certainly one of two M.2 slots on our MSI motherboard, and affords loads of storage for different (most likely a lot much less demanding) video games.

Zoom in on Front Zoom. Samsung - 980 PRO 2TB Internal Gaming SSD PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe.



In fact, you’ll want a couple of different issues for a functioning system, together with an working system like Home windows 11, in addition to peripherals like a mouse and keyboard that don’t have an effect on the efficiency of the sport itself. With out factoring these in, this construct is available in just below $1900 earlier than tax, which frankly might have been an entire lot worse.

We did lower a couple of corners by getting a comparatively cheap motherboard, case, and set of RAM, however this construct ought to nonetheless handily exceed the minimal necessities of Ark: Survival Ascended, run the sport effectively in 1080p, and ship implausible efficiency in virtually all different titles.

What do you consider this construct? Have any questions or feedback? Tell us beneath! And as at all times, thanks for studying!

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