ARK: Survival Evolved is a multiplayer survival game developed by Studio Wildcard in cooperation with Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, and Virtual Basement. In the game, players awake on a dinosaur-filled island and must do their best to survive, which includes eating, avoiding overheating, and much more.

This guide takes a close look at ARK's graphical settings and the impact they have on the game. We'll also give you a good idea of the kind of PC hardware you'll need to run ARK to your own personal satisfaction. If you just want to know what to buy without all the in-depth analysis, you can skip to the Recommendations Section.

If you already have a PC but want to know what settings to use for best performance, check out the Graphical Settings section.

ARK: Survival Evolved is made in the Unreal Engine 4, one of the most commonly used engines in the game industry. The game is quite demanding, especially on the GPU. Despite it not looking particularly great it can easily bring GPU temperatures quite high, largely due to the fact that it is not particularly well optimized. On the CPU front, it is not nearly as demanding.

To get started, let's take a look at what Logical Increments tiers are best for playing ARK.

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