ARK: Survival Evolved | Best Graphics Settings for FPS

Knowing the Best or optimum graphics settings for ARK: Survival Evolved can help you with a smooth gaming experience. This game, in particular, is pretty demanding regarding the Graphics juice required to run it.

So do not be fooled by the release date of the game. If you can fine-tune the Graphics Settings, the game will look good and run at a decent FPS. With new DLCs being added now and then, knowing these tweaks can help you sustain a good gaming experience which we will show in this guide.

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ARK: Survival Evolved Best Graphics Settings for FPS⇓

These would be the best ARK: Survival evolved graphics settings to make the game look good and gain decent FPS:

Best ARK Standard Graphics Settings⇓

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These are the best standard graphics settings for ARK: Survival Evolved:

Resolution – Native (keep this default)

Windowed mode – Fullscreen (Use fullscreen for the best experience)

Graphics Quality – Custom (You can freely tweak settings to your liking with the custom option)

Resolution scale – Maximum (Maximum for best-looking visuals)

World Tile Buffer – Medium/High

View distance – Medium/high (Medium for decent fps gain and quality)

Anti-Aliasing – Off (If facing jagged edges, keep this on)

Post Processing  –  Low

General Shadows – Low (Shadows should be kept low for the gain in fps since these can take up resources)

Terrain Shadows – Low/Medium

Textures – Medium/High (For > 3GB VRAM); otherwise, Low

Sky Quality – Maximum

Ground Clutter Density and Distance – 3/4 of the slider (75%)

Mesh Level of Detail – 80% of the slider

Best ARK Advanced Graphics Settings⇓

These are the best Advanced graphics settings for ARK: Survival Evolved:

High-Quality Anisotropic Filtering – ON

Motion Blur – OFF (can take up some fps if this setting is turned on)

Film Grain – OFF

Distance Field Ambient Occlusion – OFF (Occlusion should be set to OFF)

Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) – OFF (Occlusion should be set to OFF)

Dynamic Tessellation – OFF (Quality of lighting for the game. OFF for some fps gain)

Distance Field Shadowing – OFF (ON for high-end GPU)

High-Quality Materials – OFF (ON for 16GB or higher RAM)

Sub Surface Scattering – ON

High-Quality VFX – OFF

Simple Distance Character Movement – ON (Typically useful for 3rd person view)

High-Quality LODs – ON

Extra Level Streaming Distance – ON (OFF if < 3GB VRAM)

Color Grading – ON

Light Bloom – ON (Does not take up many resources so keep these ON)

Light Shafts – ON (Does not take up many resources so keep these ON)

Low-Quality Level Streaming – OFF

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Make sure you meet the minimum system requirements

Minimum system requirements for ARK: Survival Evolved⇓

OS: 64-bit Windows 10/7

CPU: AMD FX-8350 or Intel i5-3570


GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7970 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 2 GB DX 11

Space: 75 GB

Recommended system requirements for ARK: Survival Evolved⇓

OS: 64-bit Windows 10/7

CPU: AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600 or Intel i7-4770

RAM: 16 GB

GPU: AMD Radeon RX 590 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DX 12

Space: 75 GB

Our system specifications used to test⇓

These are the system settings to test ARK: Survival Evolved for the given settings above:

OS: 64-bit Windows 10

CPU: AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600


GPU: GTX 1660 6GB DX 12

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm

The above settings should fetch you a decent FPS to Enjoy the game. It will also improve the overall performance of the game. If you face any lags, try turning down the View Distance and Shadow Settings on the lower side.

That will make the game dull, but the overall FPS will improve. That will be all for this ARK: Survival Evolved best graphics settings guide.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2023

15 thoughts on “ARK: Survival Evolved | Best Graphics Settings for FPS”

    1. If I could know your specs I can help you in setting it up better. Generally not running in native can be a cause for a bad visual experience along with other factors.

        1. Normal Settings
          Resolution – Native
          Windowed mode – Fullscreen
          Graphics Quality – Custom
          Resolution scale – Maximum
          World Tile Buffer – Epic
          View distance – High
          Anti-Aliasing – Epic
          Post Processing – Epic
          General Shadows – high
          Terrain Shadows – High
          Textures – High
          Sky Quality – 80% Slider
          Ground Clutter Density – 100%
          Ground Clutter Distance – 50%
          Mesh Level of Detail – 100%

          Advanced Settings
          High-Quality Anisotropic Filtering – OFF
          Motion Blur – ON/OFF optional
          Film Grain – OFF
          Distance Field Ambient Occlusion – OFF
          Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) – ON
          Dynamic Tessellation – OFF
          Distance Field Shadowing – ON
          High-Quality Materials – ON
          Sub Surface Scattering – ON
          High-Quality VFX – ON
          Simple Distance Character Movement – OFF
          High-Quality LODs – OFF
          Extra Level Streaming Distance – OFF
          Color Grading – OFF
          Light Bloom – ON
          Light Shafts – ON
          Low-Quality Level Streaming – OFF

          You should get around 65-67FPS with these settings. Hopefully, it will make the game look not so bad.

          1. Hey Bro can you help me for my settings for playing and streaming?
            CPU Ryzen 5600X
            Ram 16gb 3600Mhz
            GPU 1070 TI

  1. I had the line across the screen problem for ages and made the mistake of resetting everything to default, then I had this problem and spent nearly an hour losing my mind trying to figure it out. This solution worked perfectly and I just want to say thank you and I freaking love the internet and I love you and I want to shower you in hugs and kisses, thank you!

  2. Thanks a lot mate, I’m running:
    Ryzen 2600
    16GB 2666Mhz
    GTX 1050Ti
    and my game is running smooth and it doesn’t look that bad!

  3. Hi

    I’ve been getting around 30 fps regardless of the settings I set. The graphics do change but it doesn’t seem to improve fps. Any recommendations? I’m running it on my 6 month old gaming laptop.

    Ryzen 7 5800H
    RTX 3060
    16GB RAM

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