11 07 2013
Hey guys! It’s MitchellCM here with the first article on the Tasty Lick Networks brand-spanking new Minecraft blog, Steve’s Dig. I thought it would be nice to write about a problem which unfortunately plagues lots of Minecraft players including myself, getting a decent FPS whilst playing Minecraft. Throughout this article I will show you how to get better FPS by tweaking program settings, adjusting Minecraft settings and even directly modding Minecraft. Just a note, this whole article is based around optimizing Minecraft for a computer that is running Windows, so unfortunately if you are running Minecraft on another platform I cannot help you out. Sorry about that.
Step 1: The Four Big No No’s.
Just before you play Minecraft make sure you are not breaking these four golden rules! Breaking just one of these rules can severely impact your Minecraft’s FPS!
- Do not play Minecraft on the “Power Saver” power plan. Make sure you play on either “Balanced” for better performance or “High Performance” for even better performance. But a word of warning, playing on High Performance will make your computer eat up a lot of power, keep that in mind if you are playing Minecraft off a laptop!
- Do not have any other applications/programs open whilst you play Minecraft (For example: Skype, Steam, Web-Browser or any other programs) Every single program you have open is fighting over precious “Computer Power”, the more programs fighting for this precious power means the less that each program gets. Playing Minecraft with no other programs open allows Minecraft to freely have all the Computer Power to itself.
- Make sure your vanilla Minecraft graphic options panel looks exactly like this, it wont make the game look very flash, but it will give you some precious Frames Per Second.
- Do not play Minecraft with resource-packs that have a resolution higher than 16 x 16, The higher a packs resolution the more “Computer Power” needed to make it work. Still want to play Minecraft with a resource-pack? I suggest you create your own custom 16 x 16 Painterly Pack!
Making sure you follow these 4 simple rules will give you a very nice FPS boost. Wooh!
Step 2: Update, Update, Update, Update!!!
I highly recommend that you make sure you have the latest versions of the below programs. When a program updates it generally comes with some really nice added performance increases. These updating programs below will not directly help you get better Frames Per Second in Minecraft, but updating them will very likely make them run much smoother and efficiently with reduced CPU and memory usage. The less processing power these programs use the more Minecraft can use!
Update to the latest version of Java.
- This is fairly easy to do and Minecraft and even many other games and applications that run on Java can benefit a lot from you updating your Java version. Click here to go through the official process of checking that you have the latest Java version and updating you to the latest if you do not.
Update your graphics card.
- Updating your graphics card can make it run much more efficiently which means there will be more “Computer Power” for Minecraft and all your other programs to use, it also means it may run much smoother and cooler with much less overheating issues. There are so many different graphic card providers out there and unfortunately there is no single website you can go onto to magically update your graphics driver. I recommend you check out Microsoft’s Frequently Asked Questions page on graphics cards (video cards) and how to go about updating them.
Step 3: Install OptiFine!
I saved the best to last! OptiFine is a Minecraft Optimization Mod. It is know to commonly double, yes, double your current vanilla Minecraft’s FPS, that is incredible!
But that is not all! It also provides some nifty features such as smoother chunk loading, High-Definition font and texture support and it adds many customizable graphic options into the vanilla video settings menu. To get OptiFine you can head over here to download it and find out how to install it. OptiFine also has a website where you can find out a bit more about OptiFine.
If you have any questions about this article or if you have a suggestion please feel free to post below and I will get back to you very quickly.
Editors Note: Hey guys, thank you for reading this article, I really appreciate it. This may not be up to scratch as this is the first article I have written, but I assure you the quality of the articles will get better and better, but hey, it is an ok starting-point.