How to Improve OptiFine Settings for Minecraft

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Every gamer knows the importance of frames per second (FPS), especially when a game's graphics settings are the topic at hand. Despite its pixelated vintage style, Minecraft is no exception as higher FPS values ​​will allow for a smoother experience. The problem is that the Minecraft game itself does not lend itself to increasing FPS.

With OptiFine, this problem is solved for most gamers. This mod helps to optimize your game and make it run smoothly. After installing Optifine, you will notice the difference when you launch Minecraft.



Comment installer Optifine

Before installing OptiFine, you need to make sure that you are playing on Minecraft: Java Edition. The Bedrock Edition is not compatible with Optifine. Java is the edition that works with mods, and Bedrock's mod compatibility is relatively low.

There are two main ways to install OptiFine. One way is to install it without using other mods, while the other lets you do that. We will cover the first method first.

How to install OptiFine without mods

With this method, you will only use OptiFine with Minecraft: Java Edition. However, no game mechanics change mods will be installed. If you want to use these other mods, this method does not apply to you.

Here's how to install OptiFine without any other mods:

  1. Go to the official OptiFine website.
  2. Download the version of Optifine that matches your Minecraft version.
  3. Run the OptiFine installer file you downloaded.
  4. When the installer window appears, select the installation destination.
  5. Click "Install" when ready.
  6. Wait for the process to complete.
  7. Once OptiFine is installed, launch Minecraft: Java Edition.
  8. Enable OptiFine from the drop-down list on the left side of the "Play" button.
  9. Once the game has finished loading, go to "Options".
  10. You will know the mod is properly installed when there are more graphics options than before.
  11. Change the settings as you see fit.

With the help of OptiFine, your game will run much smoother than before. Optifine offers you many other optimization options. If you're playing on a weaker computer, you can lower the settings to increase the frame rate.



Computers with weaker graphics cards and less RAM will benefit the most from OptiFine. Without it, you may experience jerky gameplay and frame drops. By installing OptiFine, these problems will go away with the correct settings, for the most part.

Keep in mind that OptiFine does not magically improve your computer. You may need to adjust the settings a lot for smoother gameplay. Lower settings usually mean sacrificing visual quality for performance.

How to install OptiFine with mods

This method allows you to optimize Minecraft with OptiFine and also install other mods. This requires Forge Minecraft, so we recommend downloading it first. Forge is what allows Minecraft: Java Edition to use mods.

  1. Download Minecraft Forge and install it.
  2. Go to the official OptiFine website on your browser.
  3. Download the correct OptiFine version that matches your Minecraft game.
  4. Open your Minecraft launcher.
  5. In your launcher, select "Forge", then click "Play" to open Modified Minecraft.
  6. Go to the "Mods" menu in Minecraft Forge.
  7. Select "Open Mods Folder".
  8. The game will open the Forge mods folder.
  9. Move or copy the OptiFine JAR file to your Forge mods folder.
  10. Close Minecraft and relaunch it the same way.
  11. Minecraft should tell you that it has two modules to load.
  12. To check if Forge is correctly installed, go to the “Options” menu.
  13. Open "Video Settings".
  14. If you see more options than before, then OptiFine has been installed correctly.
  15. Adjust the settings as you see fit.

If you already play with other mods using Forge, this second method will allow Optifine to integrate seamlessly. You will also notice a performance improvement after installing OptiFine. Since OptiFine doesn't mess with other mods, they usually work well alongside each other.



How to Improve Your OptiFine Settings for Minecraft

With OptiFine installed in the game, you can start improving the performance of Minecraft. The additional options in the Video Settings menu are what help you increase your framerate count. With a more robust graphics card and OptiFine settings, you can achieve over 100 FPS.

Let's take a look at the various settings you can adjust for a smoother Minecraft experience.

Graphic

The game already comes with its own graphics quality options. They are:

As you can see, Fast is the best when it comes to performance. You sacrifice quality for performance with this option. Fabulous is the opposite, trading performance for beauty.

If your computer cannot handle at least 60 FPS with Fabulous or Fancy, we recommend using Fast. It's easier on your hardware and you'll be able to get the most out of your computer's juice.

Soft light

With Smooth Lighting enabled, your game will spend more resources to produce the best lighting effects. It also negatively affects your game performance. That's why you need to turn it off.

If you can afford it, you can select “Minimum” to balance FPS and quality. This option still requires resources, but not as much as "Maximum".

Shadings

Shaders are among the most demanding graphics features in Minecraft. By disabling them, you can get a substantial increase in FPS. Although you can use Optifine to load custom shaders, this feature is also known to cause bugs, glitches, and crashes.



There is also no guarantee that shaders will work with custom blocks or other mods. Disabling them is the best solution if you want to improve performance.

Dynamic lighting

Dynamic Lighting comes with three options:

Disabling dynamic lighting will make the game darker, but you'll also get more frames in exchange. "Disabled" and "Fast" are the best choices, and depending on your computer, you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Fast dynamic lighting has a latency of 500 milliseconds, but Fancy has real-time dynamic lighting with zero latency. The latter is also demanding on computer resources, so it is not recommended to enable it if you are worried about performance.

The best performance is provided with no dynamic lighting at all or using the quick setting.

Details

The Details option contains more than 10 choices, including:

  • Clouds
  • Trees
  • Vignette
  • Beginning of fog
  • Stars
  • Rain snow
  • translucent blocks
  • Marsh colors
  • Alternate Blocks

Everyone has at least two choices. Optifine also gives you tips to improve performance. For details, here are the best settings:

  • no clouds
  • fast shafts
  • no sky
  • No sun and mood
  • no fog
  • Quick Translucent Blocks
  • Items dropped off quickly
  • Fixed thumbnail
  • Entity distance of 100
  • No cloud height
  • No rain and snow
  • No stars
  • Don't show capes
  • Fog starts at 0,8
  • Tooltips for lingering items are enabled
  • No swamp colors
  • No Alternate Blocks
  • No mixing of biomes

These settings can give you better performance at the cost of a relatively sterile and boring game. However, for better performance above all else, this is the only way.

Entertainment

Animations are also impacted by OptiFine processing. There are many things to enable or disable, such as:

  • Aquatic entertainment
  • Animations Redstone
  • vacuum particles
  • Ground animations
  • water particles
  • Animated textures
  • Animations d’explosions

You can click "All Off", which makes the game very static and flat; however, it gives you the best FPS gain. Even so, just a warning: your game will look drastically different aesthetically.

Particles should be "minimal" for decent visual quality. You don't want the game to look too ugly even if you get over 200 FPS.

Quality

The Quality tab also has many settings to adjust for optimal performance. Since they take too long to explain each, we'll go into the best settings for this menu.

  • Mipmap levels should be disabled
  • No anisotropic filtering
  • No emissive textures
  • Put out better weed
  • No custom fonts
  • Quick connected textures
  • No custom sky
  • No custom entity model
  • No random entities
  • Disable Better Snow
  • No custom colors
  • No natural textures
  • No custom items
  • No custom GUI

All of these settings will free up RAM and your graphics card. The downside is, again, a game with less visual appeal.

Performance

This tab has even more adjustment areas, and each one helps increase your FPS. Here are the best settings for the Performance tab:

  • Enable Render Regions
  • Enable smart animations
  • Enable Smooth FPS
  • Set block updates to one
  • Enable lazy block loading
  • Enable fast rendering
  • Enable quick math
  • Enable fluid world
  • Enable dynamic updates

This is the penultimate tab for the best OptiFine settings. The last one is called the “Others” tab.

Other

In this last tab, the settings mainly concern some miscellaneous features. Here's how you can adjust them:

  • The lagmeter must be turned off
  • Do not show FPS
  • The weather should be right
  • Not full screen
  • Default screenshot size
  • Disable debugging profiler
  • No advanced tooltip
  • Default time
  • Show GL errors
  • Current fullscreen model
  • 10-12 minutes between autosaves

There is some leeway in all of these parameters. If you want to go all out on performance, these should help you gain the most FPS. It still doesn't look pretty, though.

Additional FAQs

How do I change my OptiFine resolution in Minecraft?

Go to video settings in your Options menu. There is a slider that allows you to adjust your Optifine resolution. Drag it until you get the resolution you prefer.

Why is my FPS different with OptiFine installed?

Optifine allows you to optimize your Minecraft graphics settings. You can use it to dramatically increase your FPS or decrease it. The result depends on your settings, but OptiFine is mainly used to get more FPS.

Which OptiFine edition should I get?

There are three OptiFine versions:

· OptiFine Ultra

· Norme OptiFine

OptiFine light

Ultra has the most optimization options, while Standard is the middle ground. Light is better for laptops with lower hardware specs, but has fewer features and doesn't work with Forge or Modloader.

In most situations, Ultra is the way to go due to its many advanced settings. It works with all computers and you can run it with other mods. Standard is a decent choice if you only want a little boost than what Ultra can offer.

Minecraft at 500 FPS

With the help of OptiFine, even computers with low specs can play without frame drops or stutters. Most people can play Minecraft smoothly and without worrying about the weird stutter. The mod also helps to reduce the load on your computer.

How much FPS can you get out of Minecraft with Optifine? Which version of Optifine are you using? Let us know in the comments section below.

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