How to boost FPS on Ark Survival

In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to boost your FPS and the overall performance on Ark Survival.

You know that feeling when you play Ark Survival, and it feels like something doesn’t quite match up and your FPS are really low? Well, forget that. After following all the steps in this guide, you will finally be able to enjoy super smooth and responsive gameplay with the highest FPS possible.

Ark Survival FPS Boost

Here are some simple tips and settings that can help you maximize your hardware’s potential and increase your FPS in Ark Survival.

Step 1 – Optimize Startup apps and processes.

Stop unused apps from running in the background. Many apps and background services consume valuable resources like RAM, CPU, and GPU, leaving fewer resources to run Ark Survival.

  • On the Windows search bar, type “Background Apps“, and click on the first option that will come up.
  • Now you should see a list of all background apps. To disable all background Windows apps, toggle off “Let Apps Run in the Background”.
Disable all background APPS.
  • Next, navigate to “Startup apps”.
  • You’ll find a list of your apps that automatically start when your computer boots up. 
  • You’ll want to get rid of most, if not all, to free up more resources for Ark Survival.
Disable startup apps in Windows.

Step 2 – Optimize your GPU

In this step of the guide, we will be discussing how to optimize your graphics card for the best performance in Ark Survival.

This includes adjusting the graphics card settings for both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, reinstalling the graphics driver, ensuring that everything is functioning properly, and using MSI Mode to achieve the highest possible frame rate on Ark Survival.

  • Go ahead and download the latest driver for your GPU and install it.

AMD Drivers / NVIDIA Drivers

Once the GPU driver installation process is completed, move on to the next step.

Make sure your GPU is not overheating before touching any of the settings.

Best AMD Radeon Software settings for Ark Survival

To achieve the best FPS possible in Ark Survival, we need to optimize the Radeon Software graphics settings. You can refer to the photo below for the recommended settings. However, if you want a more detailed guide, you can check out my article on optimizing AMD driver settings.

Here is a quick sum-up of what matters:

  • Turn animations and effects off.
  • Turn overlays off.
  • Almost all settings are turned off and set to performance where applicable.
  • Do some tests with the Anti-Lag option. I’ve found out that you shouldn’t be using it on a high-end graphics card, but on older ones, it helps. So take a few minutes and do some tests with it.
  • On the resolution settings menu, make sure to choose your screen resolution.
  • Set the refresh rate to the highest possible to match your gaming monitor’s refresh rate.
Best AMD Radeon Settings tab on Windows.
AMD Radeon graphics settings tab.
AMD Radeon settings.

Best NVidia Control Panel settings for Ark Survival

To achieve the best FPS possible in Ark Survival, we need to optimize the NVidia Control Panel settings. You can either copy the graphics settings from the photo below, or if you want a more detailed guide, you can read my guide on how to optimize NVidia driver settings.

Here is a quick sum-up of what matters:

  • Almost all settings are turned off and set to performance where applicable.
  • Set the refresh rate to the highest possible to match your gaming monitor’s refresh rate.
  • On the Advanced Display Settings option, set your resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
  • Choose No Scaling unless you play on stretched resolutions.
  • On the Resolution Settings menu, make sure to choose your screen resolution.
NVidia Control panel graphics settings.
NVidia Control panel graphics settings.
Vsync settings on NVidia control panel.
NVidia resolution settings
Nvidia color settings.

Step 4 – Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU scheduling.

If you are using OBS or Streamlabs to stream Ark Survival, it is advisable not to enable the HAGS (Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling) setting.

Enabling this setting can lead to lags and micro stutters in your stream and recording. Although you may experience a slightly lower FPS while playing Ark Survival if you don’t enable HAGS, your stream and recording will be smooth and stable.

Turn on HAGS if not streaming to boost FPS and achieve optimal performance in Ark Survival.

How to enable Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.

Step 5 – Optimize Windows Settings

Xbox Game Bar

  • Go to your search bar and type Xbox game bar, click on it, and turn both options OFF.
Xbox game bar tab on Windows.
  • Enable Game Mode
    • While you are on the Xbox game bar tab, on your left side, you should see Enable Game Mode, click on it, and make sure to enable it.
Game mode tab on Windows.
  • Advanced Scaling Options
    • Go to Advanced Scaling Options, look for Fix scaling for apps, and toggle it to Disabled. This option doesn’t work, so keep it off.
Advanced scaling settings tab on Windows.

Step 6 – Optimize BIOS to boost fps on Ark Survival

When it comes to boosting your FPS in Ark Survival, adjusting your BIOS settings is crucial.

One of the first things to check is the BIOS version. It’s worth updating to the latest version since manufacturers provide updates regularly to address issues or enhance performance.

The most effective way to improve performance and fps is to ensure that all RAM modules are functioning at their maximum speed.

Next, take a look at the CPU settings; if they’re set too low, the CPU will be underutilized, leading to reduced performance and lower fps.

CPU power-saving features could also hinder the performance, so that’s worth checking as well.

Below, you can find the best BIOS settings to improve your FPS in Ark Survival.

Optimize AMD system BIOS Settings

  • Make sure XMP or DOCP is set to Profile 1 / Enabled.
  • Precision Boost Overdrive: Enabled
  • Re-size BAR support: Enabled
  • Find the options for FAN controls, and if you have a water cooler, make sure to set it to 100% at all times and optimize the rest of the coolers to work at higher speeds to keep temperatures as low as possible.
How to enable XMP / D.O.C.P in BIOS
BIOS Homepage
How to enable XMP in BIOS.
How to enable Precision boost overdrive in BIOS.
How to enable Resize bar support in Bios .

Optimize Intel system BIOS settings

The Intel settings below can be found under your BIOS’s CPU features/CPU configuration/Overclocking/Ai Tweaker tabs. If it’s your first time entering BIOS, it may take you some time, but I am pretty sure you will find them easily.

  • Make sure that all your RAM modules are the same exact model.
  • Core Ratio: Set a stable clock ratio for your CPU. (If you don’t know what to do here, do some research on Reddit or forums)
  • Ring Ratio: Set a stable ring ratio for your CPU. (If you don’t know what to do here, do some research on Reddit or forums)
  • Make sure XMP or DOCP is set to Profile 1 / Enabled.
  • Intel SpeedStep: Disabled
  • Intel Speed Shift Technology: Disabled
  • Intel C-state: disabled
  • Turbo Mode: Enabled
  • CPU Ratio Offset when running AVX: 0
  • Re-Size BAR support: Enabled
  • Find the options for FAN controls, and if you have a water cooler, make sure to set it to 100% at all times and optimize the rest of the coolers to work at higher speeds to keep temperatures as low as possible.
Best BIOS settings for Intel systems.

Once you are done with all the settings, you can go ahead and save these settings as a profile and then find the option to Save & Exit BIOS.

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