Minecraft on MacBook Air 2012

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by KimHansenDK, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. KimHansenDK macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2011
    I am about to buy a new MacBook Air (8GB ram) and was wondering how well it runs Minecraft. Will it run on 'fancy' graphics and distance set to 'far' at reasonable FPS?
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Distance might have to be scaled back slightly, but runs on high for everything else.
  3. KimHansenDK thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2011
    Great - but it will not be unplayable on far distance?

    Thanks for the quick reply ;)
  4. iaymnu macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    I thought minecraft uses CPU more than the gfx.
  5. Closus, Aug 28, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2013
  6. l0gikb0mb macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Don't bother.

    It's playable FPS wise, sure, but the amount of heat that comes with playing Minecraft is ridiculous. I wonder how all these people game on the macbook airs like they suggest - must be cooking the object under the mac under them. It's laughable at best.
  7. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    i.e. "I've never used one and I don't know what I'm talking about"
  8. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    my 13" 2.5 pro plays minecraft fine, but it gets hot as **** and the fan goes so fast like its trying to take off lol
  9. Calot macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    He's probably using a $200 Acer Aspire One and thinks all ultraportables are like his.
  10. isrefel macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2012
    The heat is really quite manageable. It's really not an outlandish idea to use a laptop on a solid surface.
  11. nms886 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    Minecraft runs great on my 2012 MBA with 8gb ram and i7 upgrade. I run it and Skype to chat with friends and temps max out at 165F (74C) which doesn't not feel hot to the touch and is not bad considering diablo 3 takes me up to the threshold of the temps at 200F (94C). Heck using face time is about the same temps as MC toping out at ~150 (70C) It never lags and I play for hours at a time.
  12. l0gikb0mb macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Hahaha, the fanboys are hilarious in this thread.

    I'm typing this on a 2012 macbook air base model right now. I've played minecraft. You guys are in denial if you think the heat is manageable. Top left corner can literally burn you if you hold it there for more than 30 seconds when minecraft is all loaded up.
  13. bradPiano macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
    I have to agree on that. I'm really happy with how cool my 2012 air runs for my everyday tasks, and it's only slightly heated when in moderate to heavy web development. It's a very different story when gaming though, and I find it hard to go on anything but short spurts without feeling the need to pull back (however irrational those concerns may be).
  14. Clodey macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Wales, UK
    I have a base 2011 13" (i5, 4GB) and it easily reaches 90C while playing minecraft.
  15. sexiewasd macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Back in Your Head

    hot, but it's not really gonna cause burns. This is everything set to high/far/advanced OpenGL on a 2011 11" 1.6 i5 4gb FPS was between 20-40. Minecraft is entirely CPU bottlenecked. My workstation (AMD 1100t, 16GB ddr2000, ATI HD6970) gets around 60fps.

    EDIT: That's case temp in the top left corner above the CPU, by the esc button.
  16. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    I use UltraFan, the best Fan management app for Mac OS X.
  17. iaymnu macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    it gets hot when touched. Getting burned is a bit blown out of proportion.
  18. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    How the hell do you play games if anything other than the keyboard bugs you? I've played a bit on mine, and sure if I lay my hand sideways across the top above the keyboard it might be warm, but never once while hitting a button have I thought, "Hm this button is too hot."
    The buttons transfer heat terribly, so the heat isn't an issue.
  19. amccullough macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012
    It can be variable. Depending on various components (i.e. what you're doing, multiplayer vs. not, and some of the other settings), you may not run perfectly, but I've never had a problem. I'd suggest testing whether turning down the graphics or the distance will give you better FPS. I think the graphics are a better sacrifice (I like to see as far as possible), but it may not have a big enough effect. On the whole, though, it should be fine.
  20. fatdawg macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    Only concern is breaking the hardware

    I just got a 2012 MacBook Air for my family for Xmas. My 11 year old plays minecraft. The fan goes crazy and the uppe left corner gets hot... Well... Warm bordering hot...

    Anyway my only concern is will this heat DAMAGE the laptop?

    I imagine that the case is designed to get hot to help dissipate the heat and the fan goes crazy for the same reason - that's why it's in there and I'm totally ok with hardware doing what it's designed to do. The only real issue for me is this: WILL THE COMPUTER SHUT ITSELF OFF IF IT GETS TOO HOT, BEFORE CASUING PERMANENT DAMAGE? If yes, cool beans... My son gets to play minecraft and I don't have to return the laptop :)

    He has played for about 45 minutes and the game works fine... Just a little (ok lots compared to normal operations) fan noise as the fan blows the heat away.

    The laptop is on a table, not his lap, and has free airflow behind it. A call to my 90 days of free Apple support said "if you think it's too hot take it the apple store and talk to a genius" ... Ummmm ... Ok, I'm lazy and don't want to drive to my local apple store. So I'm looking here for answers instead :)
  21. wilycoder macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2008
    Intel CPUs will shut off long before reaching a damaging temperature. Welcome to 2013.

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