OptiFine has finally been updated for Minecraft 1.4.5! Now most of us can enjoy lag free gaming thanks to OptiFine! The download links are located below, but let’s give a little overview of what OptiFine is.
Overview of this Mod
Ever had times where Minecraft would stutter horribly? Or if Minecraft ran at a low FPS? Well OptiFine is for you! OptiFine essentially expands on the previous Video Settings inside Minecraft and adds a bunch of more options that you can tweak. Not only can OptiFine make Minecraft run much faster with the various performance tweaks it has, OptiFine can also make Minecraft look better than stock (3D skies, better water, far render, etc.). Here’s a few options that OptiFine adds.
Added Options from Optifine
Here’s a few options OptiFine adds:
- Off (All geometry is rendered, meaning the game will run slower)
- Fast (Like it says, it will make Minecraft run faster. It will have some artifacts, but it will have less artifacts than the stock Minecraft)
- Fancy (Prettiest option, meaning less artifiacts, but also means lower performance.)
- Fast (Simple fog, but makes Minecraft run faster)
- Fancy (Better looking fog, but makes Minecraft run slower)
Mipmap level (No performance effect)
- 0 (No mipmaps, default Minecraft look)
- 4 (Full mipmaps, meaning objects far away will have less detail)
Load Far (Heavy performance effect)
- This loads 3x what the Far render distance loads, which means you need a slightly more powerful PC to use this.
Preloaded Chunks (What really makes OptiFine shine)
- 0 (No preloading, meaning faster loading times at startup, but at the same time, more frequent loading times.)
- 8 (Will preload 8 chunks (128m), meaning less loading times in game, but at the same time, will slow down the loading time at startup)
There are more settings in-game with OptFine, but these are the hard-hitting ones, so we only talked about these settings. Be sure to mess around with the other settings though! It can really help!
OptiFine in Action
Here’s a quick video showcasing OptiFine. All rights belong to their respective owners.
How to install OptiFine
- The Steps (Windows)(Old-Fashioned Way)
- The Steps (Mac)(Old-Fashioned Way)
- The Steps for Forge and Modloader Mods
- Be sure to get WinRAR or 7-zip. It's a necessity for installing mods.
- Be sure to backup your "minecraft.jar" before doing anything! We don't want you to have to force update now, do we?
- Be sure to delete META-INF inside "minecraft.jar".
- Be sure to install the mods listed in the yellow box below first. They are usually mods required for the mod you want to install to work.
- The Forge and Modloader installation instructions only apply if the yellow box below states that the mod requires either Modloader of Forge. If the yellow box does not, use the "Old-Fashioned" instructions.
- The Forge and Modloader instructions only apply to the mod itself. Any mod in the yellow box below must be installed using the "old-fashioned" instructions.
- Close Minecraft. This is to ensure that the files will overwrite properly.
- Open up Windows Explorer.
- In the navigation bar, type "%AppData%".
- Navigate to "Roaming". (Skip this step if you can't see a roaming folder.)
- Open up a folder called ".minecraft".
- Open up a folder called "bin".
- Right click the file called "minecraft" or "minecraft.jar".
- Select open with.
- Open with WinRAR.
- Open up the mod. (be sure to extract the mod first.)
- If there are no specific instructions included with the mod, it is safe to assume that you drag all the files in.
- Be sure to delete META-INF. I can't stress this enough.
- Install Minecraft Forge, Modloader, or any mod dependency listed in the yellow box below using the "Old-Fashioned" installation instructions to the left.
- Start Minecraft up. Close Minecraft afterwards.
- Navigate to the ".minecraft" folder. Once you open it, you will notice that there is a "mods" folder. If there isn't a mods folder to be seen, create one.
- Place the mod inside the "mods" folder.
- Open Minecraft up and have fun!
Download OptiFine 1.2.5/1.3.2/1.4.2
- The classic version of the mod. This version is recommended if your FPS is low.
- This is the “smooth” version of the mod, meaning this is cutting edge. This version is recommended if you have “lag spikes”, meaning that you normally have a high FPS, but the game feels like it’s “stuttering”.
- This is the multi-threaded version of the mod. I would recommend to use this version if you have more than one processor, such as a high end dual core or any quad core, and all you are experiencing is some slight stuttering in your framerate.
- This version has all the features of the above versions, and is more geared towards people with high end systems, such as people with 3GHz quad core processors and dedicated graphics cards.