Having played minecraft on both my gaming PC and on my Netbook, i have experienced the 4 frames per second gameplay that minecraft has to offer for low end spec computers.

Besides from:

  • Minimal settings
  • low res texture packs (8x8 (may not help) )
  • Optifine (fantastic!)
  • Running less proccesses in background

Are there any other significant or insignificant ways to increase performance / reduce system dependancies.

Im hoping in the end (with multiple answers probably), to have a comrehensive list of performance boosts

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    I don't think the low res texture packs do anything, aren't most (if not all) of them just 16x16 packs where every "pixel" is really a 2x2 block of pixels? – Arperum Aug 28 '13 at 8:12
  • Good point, im not sure of the facts but that may be the case – DCA- Aug 28 '13 at 8:17
  • That used to be the case. Since 1.6 changed its texture setup to individual files, that might not be the case anymore. – SevenSidedDie Aug 28 '13 at 17:59

Put the world on an external server to offload most of the CPU and disk bound activity to the server and let the client just worry about displaying the world.

  • that would require an extra pc, unless you wish to run the server on the same machine, in which case the performance would actually suffer a loss (source: experience) – DCA- Aug 28 '13 at 8:24
  • or you can use a (cheap) hosting solution, though most will be more expensive in the long run than a computer upgrade – ratchet freak Aug 28 '13 at 8:28
  • some nice suggestions :) +1 – DCA- Aug 28 '13 at 8:33
  • Be aware that Minecraft's single player is really a hidden server running along with the client. This is why it's so easy to set your single player game visible to others. It just turns off the tiny firewall inside. – Vincent Vancalbergh Aug 28 '13 at 9:54
  • @VincentVancalbergh yes, and minecraft is already optimised to do so.. the answer is hosting a server. I own a server, and know that running minecraft on the same machine that is handling the server requires significantly more resourses – DCA- Aug 28 '13 at 10:16

I think there is not much to do with this config, maybe playing on a server to relieve the CPU... But it won't help much.

You can try these solutions: Update the drivers, remove the programs in the background, install a lighter system (Like Lubuntu, older windows ...)

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