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I read on some threads (older), that the maximum server view-distance is at 15 (rings of chunks around you).

I tried 32 and it worked. My client won't render further than 32. Is it still possible to surpass this value, if you increase the server view-distance? On the server side it shouldn't make much of a difference because mobs will despawn after they are 128 blocks away from you. The additional traffic will be caused by sending additional "static" chunks, that won't create much lag as I suppose.

On the client side: Why is there a max of 32? Does that make any sense? In the end, it's the user's fault if he wants more but doesn't have the hardware to do it.

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32 is maximum you can get in vanilla minecraft, even if you set it to be more than that.

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