ARK: Survival Evolved | Fix Lag, FPS drops, Stuttering and Crashing

To enjoy ARK: Survival Evolved to the fullest, we need to omit any laggy issues, crashes, stutters, or FPS drops in the game. We aim to achieve that in this guide. Also if you want to know how to run the game smoothly, check out our guide to the Best graphics settings for ARK: Survival Evolved.


Fix Lag, FPS Drops, Stuttering, and Crashing in ARK: Survival Evolved

Make sure you meet the minimum system requirements

Minimum system specs for ARK: Survival Evolved

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10/7
  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 or Intel i5-3570
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7970 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 2 GB
  • DX 11
  • Space: 75 GB

Recommended system specs 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

Update the Direct X Version

Go to the official Microsoft DirectX download page and download (Update) the latest Direct X version: link. Choose language.

Now click on the download button. Once the download is completed, open the “dxwebsetup.exe” file. Install the program and restart your System.


Steam launch option Tweaks

  1. Open Steam client.
  2. Highlight ARK: Survival Evolved in the Library.
  3. Right-click > open Properties.
  4. General tab > open Set Launch Options…
  5. Type the following line -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -nomansky -lowmemory -high 
  6. Save and run the game.

NOTE: This is for old PC users specifically. If you face any issues in graphics, revert to the original.

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For Epic Games Properties, exclude the “-nomansky” command line and try the rest. If it causes any issues or does not work, simply remove the command line and revert to the original.


Changing the DirectX Version

  1. Open Steam client.
  2. Highlight ARK: Survival Evolved in the Library.
  3. Right-click > open Properties.
  4. General tab > open Set Launch Options…
  5. Type next line -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -sm4 -d3d10
  6. The game will run in DirectX 10 mode.

NOTE: This is for old PC users specifically. If you face any issues in graphics, revert to the original.

For Epic Games, you can try the same from Properties


Verify ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam

Go to your Steam Library. Highlight ARK: Survival Evolved in the Library. Right-click > open Properties. Click on the Local Files tab. Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files. Wait for the process to complete and start the game.


Verify ARK: Survival Evolved on Epic Games

Open Epic Games Launcher. Click on Library. Select the three dots (…) below ARK: Survival Evolved. Click on Verify. Wait for the process to complete and start the game.


Installing Visual C++ to fix ARK: Survival Evolved not launching

Install Visual C++ has also fixed some launching issues with the game. Make sure you install all the given files.

  • Redistributable 2013 (both x64 and x86)
  • 2015-19 (also x64 and x86)
  • Here is the official link from Microsoft

Note that these settings are for general troubleshooting purposes. For Network-specific issues or lags let us know if you need any specific help and we will try to update you.

We will also update this article if we find out more about troubleshooting the game.

Otherwise, these along with the Best settings for ARK: Survival Evolved should run the game without any FPS Drops, Stutters, Lags, or Crashes.

We are open to queries, suggestions, or general issues in the comment section below.


Last Updated on January 12, 2024

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