Minecraft on HD 3000?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by TorontoLRT, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. TorontoLRT macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2010
    Toronto, Duh!
    Will Minecraft run with any kind of framerate on the Intel HD 3000 from the low-end 13" Macbook pro? I want to buy It, but I'm worried about lag.
  2. asdf542 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2010
  3. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
  4. Yaboze macrumors 6502a


    May 31, 2007
    The Garden State
    Minecraft runs pretty well on my old 2007 MB with a X3100.
  5. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    Minecraft runs terribly on my old MacBook with an X3100. It runs fine on my MBP with a 320M, and I installed minecraft on a 13" i5 MBP at the Apple Store (with HD 3000 GPU). It ran much better than on my 320M. I think the processor power is much better for boosting minecraft's performance than the graphics processor power is. After all, minecraft has low quality graphics (8-bit?).
  6. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Nope. Not 8bit at all. It just has extremely low quality textures.

    The reason it runs better on a new MBP than your 320m based one is due to the fact that Minecraft is developed on Java. Which is a processor intensive hunk of junk when it comes to coding. If you were to now, however, turn on Advanced OpenGL options on both computers. The 320m would outperform the GMA3k
  7. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2010
    Minecraft performs like it does because of the crap coding and nonexistant performance tuning, not because it's Java.
  8. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Well, in my experience, all Java apps have been stupidly intensive and slow. Perhaps all Java coders suck :p
  9. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2010
    Notch (Minecraft creator) is notorious around serious coding forums... and not in a good way. ;)
  10. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    My 9400m smokes Minecraft, albeit, I play in Windows, as that's the version of the game I have. Either way, I have the limit framerate option on, with all options maxed, and there is zero lag. Granted, it's not a particularly intense game, but I think if my computer can handle it, the 13" MBP will be fine, especially with its good drivers for the HD3000.
  11. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    This "game" seems like one of the dumbest games ever.
  12. meaty macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    lol thats what i said when i first saw it. if you dont want to waste your a lot of your time, dont bother with it.
  13. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    It's actually one of the most unique and fun games ever. Just a shame the developers are adding dumb things like achievements instead of focusing on fixing multiplayer issues and making the game not run like a dog.
  14. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    It's great. Probably one of the most fun games I've played in a long time. Does get a bit boring but thankfully the developers keep adding stuff to it and that keeps it interesting.

    I've got a 2006 iMac - 2ghz C2D with an x1600 video card. I can run this game maxed out at 1680*1050 with every setting on max+view distance at far (one below the furthest) and it runs at 40-60fps. It used to be quite bad. But 1.5 made performance just peachy.
  15. 3rd Doctor macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Do you find that the textures and blocks dont look right when playing full screen?

    I have to play it in window about 1/4 of my screen, me resolution is 1920x1200
  16. WestC07, Apr 30, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011

    WestC07 macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2011
    I've been playing Minecraft for a few months on my old Windows laptop, but I just got the high end MBP a couple weeks ago and was looking to purchase Minecraft for my Mac.

    Problem is... and I'm not sure if it is indeed a problem but, when I am trying to just test the game on my Mac through the in-browser classic version it never loads for me.

    Link here:

    I can hear the music, but I can never see the game. I've tried integrated/discrete graphics and Safari/Chrome to no avail so that got me worrying that maybe if I purchase the full game for my 2011 MBP that it won't work there either.

    Any advice?

    [Edit: Nevermind, just got it working in Safari on the 6750 card and it looks great! Outside I've had the FPS peak at 1,035 FPS hahaha. ]

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