Best Minecraft Settings for FPS in 1.16.4

Best Minecraft Settings for FPS

Minecraft is one of the most popular and beloved sandbox video games to have ever existed. It seems like everyone who plays the game just simply adores it. Unfortunately though, not everyone gets to actually enjoy the game with high FPS or smoothness.

You would think that such a simple looking game with relatively plain graphics would be easy to run. But due to the sheer size of the game (and the fact that it has to render and entire 3D world), the game can be extremely taxing on your computer and or devices. This means that when you pair an old or below average computer with the resource intensive Minecraft, you may have difficulties playing due to poor performance and frame rates.

Fortunately enough, there are many ways that you can actually boost performance in Minecraft. One of the best ways to boost performance is by adjusting Minecraft’s own in-game configurations. There are also some other things, but we’ll show you them later in this guide. Let’s get started by showing you how to best optimize your settings for maximum performance.

Optimizing your settings is one of the best ways to increase performance – plus it’s really easy to do! First, you’ll need to load into Minecraft, and then navigate to the options menu. Once you’re in the Minecraft options menu, find and click on the “Video Settings” button to get into the video game settings area. You should now see a screen which looks something like this:

Minecraft Video Settings Menu

Once you have you the Video Settings menu open, you will want to change some, if not all of these settings to what we have listed in dot points below. This will ultimately help you to maximize Minecraft’s performance and hopefully gain some decent frame rates from it.

Here are the best settings to increase performance in Minecraft:

  • Fullscreen Resolution: 1920×1080@144
  • Biome Blend: OFF
  • Graphics: Fast
  • Smooth Lighting: OFF
  • Use VSync: OFF
  • Minimap Levels: OFF
  • Render Distance: 2-8 chunks
  • Entity Distance: 50%
  • Max Framerate: Unlimited
  • Clouds: OFF
  • Particles: Minimal
  • Entity Shadows: OFF

After you’ve changed all of your settings to what we recommend above, your new Video Settings menu should now look something more like this:

Aside from these settings, you could also try reducing your FOV (Field of View), that may also help to provide with a boost in speed.

Alternative ways to increase FPS

From what we’ve found, optimizing your in-game settings is the best way to increase overall performance in Minecraft, but there are still some other methods that you can use if you’re needing some extra fire power. Let’s get into some of these methods:

Close background programs

An effective way to increase your frames per second is by closing any background programs or applications on your computer. For example: you may have Google Chrome, Firefox, Spotify, or even other games open while you’re playing Minecraft. These other programs can, at times, significantly hurt your frames because of the fact that they also require resources from your computer. To make Minecraft run the absolute fastest possible, you’ll want your computer solely focused on the game, and not dedicating any power to anything else.

Use OptiFine

Another trick that you can do is to install the mod OptiFine. What this mod basically does is it helps better your game performance, allows more customizable settings (which can in turn help to better performance), plus it also gives you a neat feature which allows you to zoom in as if you had binoculars.

Here is a helpful video from The Breakdown which shows you exactly how to download and install the mod:

Update your graphics drivers

For whatever activities you do on your computer, and especially for gaming, it’s crucial for you to keep your graphics drivers up-to-date. By not keeping your drivers up-to-date, you may be missing out on increased benefits which come along with the performance updates in drivers.

To update your graphics drivers, you will first have to find out what type of graphics your computer uses. Here is a simple tutorial from Techddictive on how to find what graphics your desktop uses:

After you’ve found out which graphics your PC uses, you’ll then need to download the driver updater from the corresponding brand: either NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel. The updater will provide you with easy to follow instructions, so just follow the steps and you’ll be as good as gold.

Upgrading your computer

If Minecraft is still running slow after all of the previous tips, then it’s probably a sign that you need a new computer – specifically a gaming computer. In case you’re interested in buying a new computer, we have a helpful guide for the best PCs for Minecraft.

There is only one downside to getting a new computer though, and that’s how much it can cost. It’s obvious that not everyone can afford a brand new flashy PC. There is fortunately a middle-ground to all of this, and that’s by simply upgrading the parts within your existing computer.

The components that you should focus to upgrade within your existing computer is the RAM, and the Graphics Card. By upgrading both of these two components, you will be able to drastically increase FPS and the overall power of your computer.

For the graphics card, we would recommend getting a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660. As for the RAM, we would recommend any type of 8-16GB device, such as the Corsair Vengeance LPX. These components are still a bit pricey, but they are far more budget friendly than buying an entire new computer.


There are many ways that you can increase your in-game FPS and performance. The outright best way is to simply buy a brand new gaming PC, although buying a computer can be costly.

So by using our best Minecraft settings, as well as utilizing our other methods which we’ve recommended, you should be able to considerably better your games’ speed.

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Hi there, I’m Manning, and I’m the owner and founder of GamingSmart. I’m also an ex-competitive player in both CS:GO and Overwatch, and have countless hours of overall gaming play-time. So I guess you can say that I have a fair bit of experience when it comes to gaming.

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18 thoughts on “Best Minecraft Settings for FPS”

    1. If you’ve tried all of these tips and you’re still struggling to get decent FPS, then it might be best to upgrade your existing computer or to buy a new one, specifically a gaming PC.

        1. Hmm that’s very strange. With a 2070 you should expect far better results.

          Make sure that you’ve tried every tip that’s listed here. If it still doesn’t improve, then there might be an outlying issue with your PC that your unaware of.

    1. The “@144” or “@60” which comes after the resolution actually represents the Hz rate for your monitor.

      You said you can’t reach the @144 settings, and I’m assuming it’s because you don’t have a 144Hz monitor, you most likely have a 60Hz one. So for you I would recommend sticking to the @60 setting, because having the highest possible Hz is best.

  1. I have a specific and weird problem that you probably wont figure out or answer to, but: I have a 144hz moniter and it is set to 144hz, yet as soon as i run minecraft 1.13 or MC version above, my screen goes black for a moment (like when you change the heartz) and guess what… It changed my hz to 60 as soon as minecraft opened…. I have looked all over the internet and there are just no answers… I dont have a 1920*1080@144hz option…. Its really annoying that i when i play PVP at 1.8.9 it runs sooo smooth but when i change to play survival it goes so ugly and chunky to look (cause im used 2 144hz)…

    1. I have actually experienced something like this before. I can’t remember which game it was happening on, but it was almost the exact same issue. I tried everything to fix the issue but I eventually had to factory reset my PC.

      If you’re going to try my solution of factory resetting, then just remember to backup all of your files beforehand. Best of luck.

  2. when i dowloaded the optifine mod it made a big difrrence i was able to look around break things go to my inventory and jumping for my laptop i am on a acer laptop and this helped give a better gaming experiance
    the main thing is the optifine mod

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