Mac mini and Minecraft?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Zackmd1, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry if this is the wrong section to place this in but I was wondering what kind of performance a mac mini has with the HD 4000. Minecraft is pretty much the only game I play on my computer so I'm wondering what kind of performance I can expect from the baseline mac mini thats been upgraded with an ssd and 16gb ram. Anyone out there run minecraft on their 2012 mac mini with 16gb ram yet? What FPS do you get on average? And this might be out of the question but has anyone tried the unbelievable shaders mod on the mini? :D
     
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    Ive got the 2011 mini with radeon 6630 and it runs just fine. It also runs battlefield 3 just fine.

    I don't think you need to worry.
     
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    Sorry but that cant be possible?, or maybe if you run it in 1024*768 with graphics at low. :)
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Believe it or not my 2010 MacBook Air with the 320m struggles to get 35 FPS on lowest settings... I think most of the reason for the performance loss is the 2gb ram currently in my machine.
     
  6. APlotdevice, Nov 20, 2012
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    You must have your brain wrapped up in nostalgia if you think Doom ever looked that good, heh. No, graphically it's in the range of an N64 to Dreamcast title (albeit outputting at a higher resolution). Though having to render all those blocks means that it needs a lot more power than you would expect.
     
  7. macrumors 68000

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    Oh, they don't simplify the geometry by combining faces of blocks into larger planes?
     
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    Source: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Hardware_performance

    A Mini outperforms by far the Optimal requirements.
    (Well, not sure about the graphics cards. I'm not into gaming so don't even know what models those are)
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well that's what I'm curious about. The core i5 and 16 gb ram will be more then enough. According to benchmark tests I should expect x2 the FPS going to the hd 4000 but I was hoping to get some real world usage experience from someone who's played it on their mini. It's obviously just a video game so it's not that big of a deal but it still would be nice to know.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    I downloaded Trine 2 from the App Store, specifically to test the graphics on my 2.6 i7 16 MB Fusion Mac mini with 2560x1440. The cursor was a little jerky, at least until I turned off antialiasing.

    There's a graphics benchmark that uses a 3D real time rendered game as its test, 26 scenes. It's called Cinebench OS X. Download that and give it a try. I only got 8 fps or so.

    The graphics card is the weak point of the mini. It's fine for most uses, but games push it to the wall a bit.
     
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    Really? I used cinebench on my air and got upwards of 11 FPS. I have seen benchmarks on YouTube of the new mini getting 21-22 FPS so there might be something wrong on your end. The lowest I have seen the 4000 clock in at with cinebench was 16 FPS on the MBA 2012 on YouTube video reviews.
     
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    I did run the test. 22FPS.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1482443
     
  13. macrumors member

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    On my 2011 base mini with 16gb RAM I get around 40-60 fps with:
    A 64x64 Texture pack
    Normal Render distance
    Graphics fast
    particles decreased
    and everything else off.
    Also this is while running a Minecraft server off the same computer.

    So the 2012 mini will be more than adequate for Minecraft.
     
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    Note that CineBench tests your actual system, at full screen setting, so that affects the outcome. I have a 2560 x 1440 monitor, so there are 3,686,400 for CineBench to push around. If you are using, say, a 1920 x 1440 monitor, you'll have 2,764,800 pixels, which is 75 percent the pixels of the larger monitor. Thus, you can expect a frame rate of x/0.75 where x is the frame rate of the larger monitor. And so on for each successively smaller monitor size.

    This doesn't take into account some other factors about graphics display, but it should account for most of the differences mentioned here.
     
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    On my mid 2012 MBP with 8GB ram and a geforce 320M 256MB I get 60 FPS with regular settings.

    An important trick for Minecraft on Mac is to make it run in 64-bit mode, which it doesn't do on its own.

    This guide:
    http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/57538-mac-guide-106-how-to-make-minecraftapp-use-64bit-java/

    gives you step by step instructions to make minecraft use 64-bit java. I did this, it took about 3 minutes and it easily doubled the performance.

    And according to some benchmarks by another macrumors member the HD 4000 is 2 to 3 times the power of the 320M so combine that with the 64-bit patch and it should be good.
     
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    It has been discussed before and I believe the concencuss was about 50fps on best settings. The 16gb of ram wont really help any more than the stock 4gb as well.
     
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    I'm also curious. Has anyone actually followed up on this? ...and not just benchmark tests and best guesses, but an actual experience? I'd like to really know for sure about what to expect before I buy.

    Has the original poster done this yet?
     
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    As of the 19th my mini will arrive, first job is to install MC.
    Also I hear using 64bit java makes a difference.
    http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/57538-mac-guide-106-how-to-make-minecraftapp-use-64bit-java/
     
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    Thanks. Hope to hear back from you.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    I bought a new base model mini last week. I bought a 30 GB SSD that I planned to only put the OS on, but when it came I ended up creating my own fusion drive with it. I don't know how well it works with a drive that small, but I am experimenting.

    I also bought an 8GB stick of ram. I put it in with one of the 2GB sticks that was already in there not knowing if that would work either. It does show 10GB in the OS, so I am assuming it is using it?

    Anyway, that is what I have, and I just installed minecraft to try it out for this thread. I don't know how to view FPS, but at full screen I can fly around and the world rapidly generates without any lag.
     
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    Any mods installed? (That's half of Minecraft for me.)
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    Sorry I don't play so no, I didn't install any.
     
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You can view FPS by pressing f3 while in game. When you say full screen what resolution is your monitor? 1080p? 1440p?
     
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    Also try at full settings (fancy graphics, full particles, far render distance) Ive been hoping for a conclusive reply for this topic for ages! :D
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    Ok, I know this probably isn't stored on the SSD because this is only the second time I have ran this application. That being said with everything maxed out with advanced open GL turned on, I was averaging 30-33 fps. Without advanced open gl, I averaged 50fps.
     

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