Best Minecraft Performance Settings for a Higher FPS and No Lag

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Minecraft struggles on a lot of systems, especially if you’re running a laptop that doesn’t contain good enough parts. You wouldn’t think it would struggle with the game being made entirely of blocks, but rendering an infinite world on the fly takes up a lot of resources.

By adjusting the graphics settings of Minecraft, you can at least make the game run at a playable state. You’ll be sacrificing a lot when it comes to particles, details and render distance but the trade off is worth it.

Below, we’ve put together some screenshots and comparisons showing the best Minecraft settings for increasing your FPS and reducing lag. We’ll also took about Optifine, which can be used to increase your performance further. If you want to check out some more Minecraft Guides, Tips and Best-of lists, you can view our dedicated area here.

Best Minecraft Settings for Performance

Below is a screenshot showing the settings you should try to replicate in order to get the best performance possible out of Minecraft.

We’ll break these settings and options down a bit more below:

  • Resolution: Set this to your native resolution. But if you’re still struggling at the end, you can start to set it to a lower value.
  • Graphics: Make this option ‘Fast’. It will remove the likes of transparency from leaves on trees. 
  • Render Distance: Set this to something quite low. 4 chunks is a good number, however you can go as low as 2 and as high as 32. 
  • Smooth Lighting: Turn this off to gain a slight performance game.
  • Clouds: Switch off. The less items we are rendering at once the better.
  • Particles: Decreased. Again, we won’t have to render as many particles which can help with performance. 

Use the slider above to compare Minecraft with the settings we’ve shown above compared to the highest possible settings.

Install Optifine

Installing the Optifine Mod for Minecraft can also help you increase your FPS and performance in Minecraft. It gives you a lot more control over the appearance of the game, changing a lot of performance and quality settings. 

I always recommend installing Optifine. If you have a higher end computer, Optifine also allows you to install Shader mods which dramatically changes the appearance of Minecraft, almost making it look like a whole new game thanks to shadows and lighting.

Phillip
Phillip
Original founder and main writer of PwrDown. I'm a huge Movie and TV enthusiast, with a lot of interest in the Thrillers & Mysteries. I'm also an avid gamer, mostly enjoying games such as Fallout 4 & League of Legends and various strategy games. I write guides for games that are out on PC, PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch!