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For what it is worth, you can use Magic Launcher / Optifine and make it playable on a lot of older gear.

I have a Toshiba Satellite L305D (2.0ghz dual core AMD, Radeon X1300 GPU, 3GB memory) that will play minecraft full screen with the render distance set to "Far + 64" and it is butter smooth.
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post #12 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zx6r1033 View Post

For what it is worth, you can use Magic Launcher / Optifine and make it playable on a lot of older gear.

I have a Toshiba Satellite L305D (2.0ghz dual core AMD, Radeon X1300 GPU, 3GB memory) that will play minecraft full screen with the render distance set to "Far + 64" and it is butter smooth.

I'll have to look into that. My A6 laptop didn't play it as well as expected. Didn't seem to be much of a difference between low and high for both graphics and view distance. It worked, just not what I would want to play it at.
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post #13 of 19
I get 60 average in minecraft with graphics on max and render distance on far without any mods. This is on an A8 4500m trinity laptop. It cost me $420 before upgrades (which were 8gb of ram and a SSD). Keep in mind you need to keep advanced OpenGL off with AMD cards including apu's since the drivers don't work with it correctly and it cripples performance. Funny considering it's supposed to be a performance improving feature and nothing else. But yeah, to the person above that may be what disappointed you. Also, HD 4000 or above should run it acceptably, but I know for a fact the game on HD3000 plays abysmal even with optifine and low settings.
post #14 of 19
Just remember that Minecraft only uses one thread. It's not that demanding on normal/far without a texture pack on the GPU. It comes down to the CPU. It comes back to the GPU once your hit like 128x packs
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post #15 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by AcEsSalvation View Post

Just remember that Minecraft only uses one thread.

While you are technically correct, there is actually an option in Optifine for multi-core rendering, and this speeds up the game rendering by about 3X what it normally would be.

If I run this option on my laptop I can actually get away with setting the render distance at "extreme" (Far +228). It gets a bit jumpy, though. But on Far or Far +64, the multi-core option is an amazing improvement.
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post #16 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by zx6r1033 View Post

While you are technically correct, there is actually an option in Optifine for multi-core rendering, and this speeds up the game rendering by about 3X what it normally would be.

If I run this option on my laptop I can actually get away with setting the render distance at "extreme" (Far +228). It gets a bit jumpy, though. But on Far or Far +64, the multi-core option is an amazing improvement.
Always causes chunk popping and rendering issues for me.
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post #17 of 19
That happened for me on 1.6.2, but when they updated it for 1.6.4 it stopped.
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post #18 of 19
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Well the recommendation was.

$379 (possibly +$40 for ram)
A: Samsung 3 series laptop, A8-4500M with 4GB ram. I recommended once he gets it we upgrade it to 8GB for ~$40 to get dual channel memory which I'm sure the GPU side would appreciate. This is the newer version of my Llano laptop which I've been happy with. The matte screen is pretty nice for a 768 screen. The touchpad is large and has zero issues. The island keyboard is nice (my kids have only managed to pull 1 key off). The quick start thing they have actually works. I don't know how it works, but when I'm in hibernate the computer is on the desktop in like 2 seconds. It's more durable than the plastic would make you believe. I took my to Afghanistan expecting to break it. It made it home and I've been using it for a year and a half.

$639
B: Toshiba satellite, i5 3337U (Ivy bridge), Geforce GT 740M, and 6GB ram. This is obviously the better option but probably more than he's going to spend.
Edited by sepheroth003 - 10/24/13 at 5:17am
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post #19 of 19
Yes, a RAM upgrade to achieve dual channel is highly recommended. Since the integrated GPU uses system RAM, the faster/lower timings it has, the better the GPU will perform with bandwidth intensive games and tasks. I paired 1600 CL9 ram with my APU and it's quite snappy as a result.
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