Best Minecraft Settings for FPS in 1.16.3
Minecraft is one of the most popular and beloved sandbox video games to have ever existed. It seems like everyone who plays the game just simply adores it. Unfortunately though, not everyone gets to actually enjoy the game with high FPS or smoothness.
You would think that such a simple looking game with relatively plain graphics would be easy to run. And you would be absolutely correct about it, a simple game like Minecraft should be easy to run in theory. But due to the sheer size of the game (and the fact that it has to render an entire 3D world), the game can be extremely taxing on your computer and or devices. This means that when you pair an old or below average computer / laptop with the resource intensive Minecraft, you may have difficulties playing due to poor performance and frame rates.
Luckily for you though, we have a good understanding of the inner workings of Minecraft and how you can improve game performance. What we have found is that by adjusting Minecraft’s own in-game settings, you can drastically improve how well the game runs. There are also some other things that you can do to ultimately better your game, which we will show you later on in this guide.
First, let’s start off by showing you how to change your settings. What you’ll need to do is get into the in-game settings menu, and specifically in the video settings section.
If you’re on a PC, you will first need to load into the game. Once you’re in, press the “ESC” key, or whichever key you have bound to open your game menu. You should then see the menu open like so:
Now that you have the game menu open, you will want to navigate to and click on the “Options…” section. Then you should see this:
Finally, navigate to and click on the “Video Settings…” button. You should see this afterwards:
Once you have your Video Settings menu open, you will want to change some of these settings, if not all of those settings, to what we have listed below. This will ultimately help you to maximize Minecraft’s performance.
The best settings to use for Minecraft are:
- Fullscreen Resolution: 1920×1080@144
- Biome Blend: OFF
- Graphics: Fast
- Smooth Lighting: OFF
- Use VSync: OFF
- Minimap Levels: OFF
- Render Distance: 2-8 chunks (depending on how much of a boost you want)
- Entity Distance: 50%
- Max Framerate: Unlimited
- Clouds: OFF
- Particles: Minimal
- Entity Shadows: OFF
After you have changed all of your settings to what’s above, your new Video Settings menu should now look something like this:
Aside from these settings, you could also reduce your FOV (Field of View), that you may help you even more with bettering the overall performance.
Alternative ways to increase FPS
From what we have found, optimizing your settings is one of the best ways to increase performance in Minecraft, but there are still some other methods that you can use if you’re needing some extra fire power. Let’s jump right into these methods:
Close background programs
An effective way to increase your frames per second is by closing any background programs or apps on your computer. For example: you may have Google Chrome, Spotify, Firefox, or even other games open while you’re playing Minecraft. These other programs can, at times, significantly hurt your frames because of the fact that they also require resources from your computer. To make Minecraft run the absolute fastest possible, you’ll want your computer solely focused on the game, and not dedicating any power to anything else.
Another trick that you can do is to install the mod called “OptiFine“. This mod is well known so you have probably already heard of it before. What it does in a nutshell is it betters your games’ performance, allows more customizable settings, plus it also gives you a neat feature which allows you to zoom in as if you had binoculars.
Here is a helpful video from The Breakdown which shows you exactly how to download and install the mod:
Update your graphic drivers
For whatever activities you do on your computer, and especially for gaming, it’s crucial to keep your graphics drivers up to date. By not keeping your drivers up-to-date, you may be missing out on increased benefits which come along with the performance updates in drivers.
To update your graphics drivers, you will first have to find out what type of graphics your computer uses. Here is a simple tutorial from Techddictive on how to find what graphics your desktop uses:
Upgrading your computer
If Minecraft is still running slow after all the previous tips, then it’s probably a sign that you need a new computer, specifically a gaming computer. In case you’re interested in buying a new computer, we have a helpful guide for the best PCs for Minecraft.
There is only one downside to getting a new computer though, and that’s how much it can cost. It’s obvious that not everyone is going to be able to afford a brand new gaming desktop. There is fortunately a middle ground to all of this, and that’s by simply upgrading the parts within your existing computer.
The components that you should focus to upgrade within your existing computer is the RAM, and the Graphics Card. By upgrading both of these two components you will be able to drastically increase FPS and the overall power of your computer.
For the graphics card, we would recommend getting a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660. As for the RAM, we would recommend any type of 8-16GB device(s), such as the Corsair Vengeance LPX. These components are still a bit pricey, but they are far better to use than buying an entire new computer if you’re on a budget.
As you may have learnt, there are many ways that you can increase your in-game FPS and performance. The outright best way is to buy a new gaming computer, although buying a new computer can be costly.
So by using our best Minecraft settings, as well as utilizing our other methods which we have listed, you should be able to considerably better your games’ speed.
About the writer
Hi there! My name is Manning and I am the owner, founder, and primary content producer for FortSettings. I’m also quite a keen gamer and have spent countless hours playing all types of games, including Overwatch and CS:GO where I played competitively. I hope that with these gaming guides, as well as the other tools or articles that I create, you (the reader) will be able to improve your skills because of them, and ultimately become a better gamer.