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Best Minecraft Settings for FPS

Minecraft is one of the most popular sandbox video games to have ever existed. Everyone seems to adore the game. Unfortunately though, not everyone gets to enjoy the game with high FPS or smoothness.

Why is that though? You would think that such a simple looking game with relatively plain graphics would be easy to run. And you would be correct about that, a simple game like Minecraft should be easy to run, 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 computers and or devices.

This means that when you pair an old computer, or even a Mac computer, with the resource intensive Minecraft, you may have difficulties playing due to poor performance and frame rates.

Luckily for you though, us at FortSettings have been studying the inner workings of Minecraft and how we can improve game performance. What we have found is that by adjusting Minecraft’s own in-game settings, you can drastically improve game performance. In fact, we took an old computer and managed to increase it’s FPS to over 200! So that’s exactly what we are going to be sharing with you next in this guide.

Let’s start off by showing how to get to the in-game settings, specifically the video settings:

If you’re playing on a PC, the first thing you’ll need to do is load into your game. Once you’re in, press the “ESC” key, or whichever key you have bound to open your game menu. You should see this menu open:

Once you have your game menu open, you want to navigate to and click on the “Options…” section. Then you should see this:

Minecraft Options Menu

Finally, navigate and click on the “Video Settings…” section. You should see this after:

Minecraft Video Settings Menu

Once you have your Video Settings menu open, you’ll want to change some of these settings to what we will have listed below, this will help you to maximize Minecraft’s in-game 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

Once you have changed all your settings to what’s above, your Video Settings menu should look something like this:

Aside from these settings, you could also reduce your FOV (Field Of View) Setting, that may help with bettering performance as well.

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 we can use if you need some extra fire power. Let’s jump right into these other methods.

Close background programs

An effective way to increase FPS is by closing programs and apps that are running in the background on your computer. For example: you may have Google Chrome or Firefox open while you’re playing Minecraft. You wouldn’t think that would hurt your frames, but unfortunately it does. This is because other programs require resources from your computer. And to make Minecraft run at the fastest possible speed, you will want all of your computers resources focused on Minecraft.

Using Optifine to increase FPS

Another trick you can do is to install the mod called “Optifine“. You have probably already heard of this mod before – Optifine basically betters your games performance, 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 Techademics which shows you how to install Optifine:

Once you get Optifine installed and launch up Minecraft, you should already be able to notice that you’re game is running smoother.

Updating your graphics drivers

For whatever activities you do on your computer (including gaming), it’s crucial for you to keep your graphics drivers up to date. It’s also especially important if you’re trying to play Minecraft with the highest possible frame rate.

To update your graphics drivers, you will have to first find out what type of graphics your computer uses. Here is a simple tutorial from Techddictive on how to find what graphics your computer uses.

Once you’ve found out what graphics your PC uses, you’ll then want to download the driver updater from the corresponding brand: either NVIDIA, AMD or Intel. The updater should provide you with easy to follow instructions from there on, good luck!

Upgrading your computer

If Minecraft is still running slow after all the previous tips, then it’s probably time to get 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 a downside to getting a new computer though, and that’s how much it can cost. Obviously not everyone can afford to buy a brand new gaming computer. Fortunately there is a middle ground, a way that you can spend less money and get more performance. That is 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 – upgrading these parts will drastically boost your frames per second.

For the Graphics Card, we recommend getting a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1660, and 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 than buying a new computer if you’re on a budget.


As you may have learnt, there are many ways to 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.

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7 thoughts on “Best Minecraft Settings for FPS”

    1. If you’ve tried all of these tips and you’re still struggling to get decent FPS, then it might be best to upgrade your existing computer or to buy a new one, specifically a gaming PC.

    1. The “@144” or “@60” which comes after the resolution actually represents the Hz rate for your monitor.

      You said you can’t reach the @144 settings, and I’m assuming it’s because you don’t have a 144Hz monitor, you most likely have a 60Hz one. So for you I would recommend sticking to the @60 setting, because having the highest possible Hz is best.

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