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Hardware requirements

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Any computer with the following hardware should suffice. However, for an enjoyable experience, we suggest looking at the recommended requirements, or even at the optimal requirements.

It is also worth noting, that due to the number of modifications available, Minecraft's exact hardware requirements can be unpredictable. If you have a lot of mods running, pinging each other and passing information around, then your needs are going to be higher than for the unmodified game; although even the vanilla Hopper, with its' extremely makeshift pipe network, recently added some inefficiency. The below guidelines should therefore be considered for the base, unmodified game; although with that said, even with mods, the game itself should never require more than four gigabytes of RAM.

  • Chromebooks running Chrome OS are not supported. However, a rooted Chromebook running a Linux variant will work.

[edit] Full game

  • Java Runtime Environment 6 (jre6u29) or up is required to be able to run the game.
  • Note that these requirements are for the game only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
  • Intel 965 Chipsets have issues with OpenGL.[1]
Requirements CPU RAM GPU HDD Notes
Minimum
(As of 1.7.5)
Intel P4/NetBurst architecture
or its AMD equivalent (AMD K7)1
256 MB GeForce3 or Radeon R100 (7xxx) and up.2 At least 40 MB for game data LAN connectivity is required for multiplayer gaming. If using a Integrated graphics chip, then upgrade or allocate more Video RAM.
Acceptable Intel Pentium D or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
512 MB GeForce 43 or ATI Radeon 9600 and up. 100 MB for game saves + sounds Low-ping Internet connection for online multiplayer gaming.4
Recommended Intel Pentium D or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
1 GB GeForce 7300 GT
or ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT and up
150 MB for game saves + sounds
Good Intel Core-Based CPUs or AMD K10-Based CPUs
and better
2 GB GeForce 8600 GT
or ATI Radeon HD 3650 and up5
400 MB
Optimal Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs or AMD K10.5-Based CPUs
and better
2 GB GeForce GT 240
or ATI Radeon HD 5550 and up6
1 GB A SSD can significantly improve world loading speed.

1 Any CPU with MMX/SSE instructions
2 Any GPU with OpenGL 1.3 support
3 Non-MX Variants
4 Such as DSL, cable or optic fiber
5 Excluding integrated chipsets
6 Excluding integrated chipsets and APUs

[edit] Classic

  • Java Runtime Environment is required to be able to run the game.
  • Note that these requirements are for the game only you will need to allocate more resources to the OS!
Requirements CPU RAM GPU HDD Notes
Minimum Intel P4/NetBurst architecture
or its AMD equivalent (AMD K7)
(Any CPU with MMX/SSE Instructions)
256 MB GeForce 256 or ATI Rage XL and up.
(any GPU with full OpenGL 1.2 support)
At least 8 MB for game data Internet connectivity for online multiplayer gaming.
Recommended Intel Pentium D or AMD K8-Based CPUs
and better
1 GB GeForce 4 or ATI Radeon 9600 and up 40 MB for game saves + sounds

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