Club Minecraft laptop recommendations
Below you will find our recommendations for laptops to play Mincraft on, also what you should expect to get for your money. In addition we will explore the graphics options that will allow you to adjust Minecraft to run at its best on your laptop.
At Club Minecraft , we encourage the players to move onto the PC platform to play, as this provides the most options for the players and for us to provide for. One of the nice things about Minecraft is that it is written in Java, so it runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Unfortunately, while most laptops can run Minecraft, not all of them do it well. Java is slow, so Minecraft really needs a powerful processor and plenty of memory to be playable. Although the graphics are intentionally blocky, things like viewing distance, textures, and lighting effects, add to the challenge. When the computer does not have enough power, Minecraft runs slowly and can become “laggy” and unplayable.
For Club Minecraft , a laptop is going to be the best. It is lightweight and portable, so it is easy to bring along. That said, the specifications and options below directly translate to desktop computers too.
What is the spec?
When looking at buying a laptop to run Minecraft, at a minimum you will need an AMD A8, A10 or FX processor, or an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor. You will also need 4GB of memory (RAM), but preferably 8GB. While all the processors have integrated graphics, which will work fine at most settings, a dedicated graphics chip will help improve the performance of the game.
It really comes down to budget, how much you are willing to spend, how much shopping around you do, and how confident you feel about buying second hand or refurbished laptops.
What are the parts
The processor – AMD and Intel are always releasing new generations of processors, however previous generations are still worth buying. You look for AMD processors with a 7xxxP or 8xxxP part number, or Intel processers with 4xxx, 5xxx, or 6xxx part numbers. You should avoid any of the low voltage versions, AMDs E1, E2 or Micro processers, and Intel Celeron and Atom processors, as they will not have enough power to run the game.
The memory – Memory, or RAM, is where the games will run from when played. Given that the operating system will also need to use some of the RAM, we suggest 4GB at a minimum. Most Laptops will come with 2, 4, or 8GB installed, and have expansion slots for you to upgrade them if needed.
The graphics – AMD and Intel have been improving there integrated graphics, so there is less reason to insist on a dedicated graphics chip. From experience, most current processors with integrated graphics are fine for Minecraft.
Entry level (£200-£300) – Decent entry-level systems for running Minecraft should have an A8 or A10 AMD P processer, something like an A8-7200P. Alternatively, you should look for a 4th, 5th, or 6th generation Core i3 processor. You will also need 4GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, and depending on where you buy, Windows 7, 8 or 10. If you look around, you can pick one up for about £170 for a professionally refurbished model. Laptops in this range and will be able to run Minecraft with the settings turned down (see section below)
Mid-range (£300-£400) – A reasonable mid-range laptop will have an AMD A10 processor, the A10-7400P or the A10-8700P would be a great choice. Alternatively the Core i5 or i7 processer will also do, with slightly older 4th or 5th generation Core processer also being fine to run Minecraft. You will want 8GB or RAM and any hard drive above 320GB These laptops will again come with Windows 7, 8 or 10 depending on where you purchase it and will play Minecraft at medium settings. If you look around, you may find a professionally refurbished model for £230-£270.
High end (£400+) – A high-end laptop will have a very fast AMD FX processor, the FX-7600P and FX8800P are excellent. In addition, you can look at the 5th or 6th generation Core i5 or i7 processors. In addition, you will want to consider an AMD or Nvidia additional graphics chip, although not entirely necessary. 8 or 16GB of RAM will be wanted as will a Solid State Hard drive (SSDs). These are a new type of hard drive without moving parts and are up to x100 time faster than the current mechanical types (HDDs) The laptops will also have Full HD screen showing 1920 x 1080 pixels, and will be perfect for running Minecraft with all settings on maximum.
One simple tip for running Minecraft is to avoid running anything else at the same time, closing other open windows or background programs will help to free up the resource on the computer for the game to use.
In game, there are a variety of graphical options that will help performance; they can be adjusted in the Video Settings screen.
|Graphics||Fancy is more resource intensive; it turns on shadow rendering, dynamic water, volumetric clouds, and transparent leaves, among other things. Switch to “Fast” to disable the effects and increase FPS.|
|Render Distance||How far the Minecraft engine renders the game, in chunks, from the player’s current position. Lowering this number increases FPS.|
|Smooth Lighting||This setting has a very minimal effect on performance; we suggest leaving it on because toggling it to the lower settings is pretty ugly (and you gain very little FPS boost in return).|
|Max Framerate||This section is actually a bit counterintuitive. Your computer cannot display a frame rather higher than the refresh rate of monitor so limiting it to the refresh rate of your monitor (30, 60, or 120hz) is recommended.|
|3D Anaglyph||For use with traditional red-blue 3D glasses.|
|View Bobbing||When on, the players head bobs slightly while walking; when off, the view is stable.|
|GUI Scale||Adjusts the onscreen display (e.g. quick access bar and health/hunger). If you are playing on a very large monitor and find the GUI to be too small, you can fix it here.|
|Advanced OpenGL||Only works on machines with GPUs that support OpenGL 2.0+; helps increase FPS by only rendering what is visible to the player. There is no risk in turning it on (if you do not have the right GPU, nothing will happen).|
|Clouds||Turning the clouds off offers a minor increase in performance.|
|Brightness||No effect on performance, simply a gamma-style adjustment of in-game light levels.|
|Particles||Turning off particles, (e.g. the smoke from torches) offers a minor increase in performance.|
|Full screen||Switching the game to full screen mode can increase performance as more of the GPU is directed explicitly toward the game.|
|Use Vsync||Vsync locks your frame rate to the refresh rate of your monitor. Turn this off if you are routinely getting less than the refresh rate of your monitor (e.g. your monitor is 60Hz but you usually only get 25FPS) because it can cause lag and an annoying stuttering of the on-screen image. If you have a powerful computer Vsync is an easy way to frame limit your FPS to the current monitor’s refresh rate.|
|Mipmap||Higher levels offer higher texture smoothing; decreasing Mipmap level can increase performance but at the cost of uglier textures.|
|Anisotropic Filtering||Works with the Mipmap system and restores detailing (especially on surfaces viewed at a distance or at an angle); turning off the AF can increase performance.|