OS X Poor performance on Minecraft (MBP 17" 2011)

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  1. OleTheBear, Feb 16, 2014
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    OleTheBear macrumors newbie

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    The performance of Minecraft on my MacBook Pro 17" early-2011 with 8GB RAM is very poor. It's fast and all, but the framerate is often as low as 9 fps. My settings are at about the lowest there is;
    No V-Sync, Graphics fast, Particles minimal, Anastrophic Filtering off, Clouds off, Server Textures off, Render distance: 8 chuncks. No texture-packs. Resolution is 1920x1200, but I don't think that is changeable in-game.

    In settings, I have un-ticked the feature where the mac switches to the Intel 3000. It is 'forced' on the AMD Radeon 6750M 1024MB. I have NO other apps running, and I have tried clearing memory. It shows about 5.5GB free memory. WHY am I getting 8-16 fps on the lowest settings?! I bet a cheap school Acer-laptop is performing better than this.. :( Not to mention that my fans are spinning at 5-6000rpm...

    This is not always the case though. Often the first few minutes I have a solid 60-70 fps, but all of sudden it drops down to 9 fps.
    I'm not entirely sure about this, but I think I have had 300+ fps on high settings before. By the time, the performance has gotten totally awful. I have tried re-installing it, and checked that Java is updated.

    Anyone that could help me solve this? I really hope there is something wrong. Don't tell me this is the best my 3000$ machine can do.
    (Btw, the main purpose of my mac is editing movies and such, not gaming..;))
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    It's 2014. You are using a 3 year old laptop.

    It's not a $3000 machine today.

    You did not mention what OS version you are running.

     
  3. Janichsan macrumors 6502a

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    You also didn't mention when it was the last time you played Minecraft. The game had a couple of patches that changed a few fundamental things which didn't always affect the framerate in a positive way.
     
  4. OleTheBear thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know it's not a $3000 machine today, but I think I should get a little higher framerate than 9 fps on the absolutely lowest settings on Minecraft..
    On Just Cause 2 and Mafia II I get around 40 fps with med-high settings on 1920x1200-resolution.

    I am running Mavericks OS X (10.9.1).

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    I have been playing it pretty often since early 2012. The framerate was much higher and more stable at that time. I know the game has changed a lot, but I am still convinced I should get better fps than 9 fps...

    I did have 200-300 fps in the end of 2013, because of some tweaking and third-party programs that gave the game more power.. But also then, the fps dropped fast down to 10-20 fps.

    In the beginning I can have up to 150fps, but after a few seconds it drops down to 10-20 fps.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    So basically you are saying the computer plays other games fine.

    If you got a problem with minecraft, tell the developer. Or perhaps read this?
    http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/649868-mac-support-101/page__fromsearch__1

    There's a tip about automatic graphic switching.

    I would also try to install a new copy of the game on a clean partition and test.


     
  6. Bear macrumors G3

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    Did the frame rate issue happen when you upgraded to Mavericks? Or maybe went from 10.9.0 to 10.9.1?

    And do look at the automatic graphics switching tip mentioned above.
     
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  8. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I don't have any advice for you other than to let you know I have 15" MBP early 2011, upgraded to mavericks and I have no performance issues with Minecraft.
     
  9. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    Mojang absolutely destroyed performance on 1.7. luckily optifine is now out and that fixes all the issues for me.
     
  10. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I wonder what they added?

    Now that I have backed off from Landmark, until retail, where I'll check it out again, it would be really nice if Minecraft got some better building tools and graphics, but alas this will add to overhead too. What Minecraft has going for it is that you own the server and you can build what ever you want, any size you want. It's just... too blocky for my tastes. :)
     
  11. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    I think Mojang rewrote a lot of the code in 1.7 and then forgot to actually test it as it was the worst update I've experienced. I can run BF4 at ultra in bootcamp but I was barely getting 9 fps at the lowest settings in Minecraft after 1.7.

    Minecraft was a great idea but they don't seem to be very good at moving forward with it or managing it.
     
  12. Huntn macrumors G5

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    If they are not careful they might find themselves out done by others. However they will always have an advantage over a game like Landmark, along with the disadvantages. :p
     

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