5 Best Laptops For Minecraft (Shaders & Mods) 2024

If you head over to reddit and ask what the best laptop for minecraft is:

You’ll get responses like:

” Minecraft can run on a microwave. Get optifine and you can run the game on a toaster”

“I’ve seen MC run on CPUs and integrated GPUs made 15 years ago”

“My 10 year old PC eats MineCraft for breakfast”

“I got a 10 year old lapto from walmart with the screen falling off and Minecraft still runs good”

They’re not lying…

If you want to play the “Vanilla” Minecraft with no shaders, no mods,  low settings & low # of chunks.


The fancy version of Minecraft (higher graphics, shaders, mods and higher resolution) will require increasingly more and more hardware.

What follows is a quick summary of laptops for minecraft:

A) Minecraft Laptop Under $200: you can ONLY play a downgraded version of MC: Minecraft For Windows (Bedrock Edition designed for Windows) NOT the full version of VANILLA minecraft java edition.

B) Minecraft laptop under $300: run the full version of Minecraft (Java Edition) with no lag but will only be limited to low or medium settings (8-10 chunks loaded max). You can run the lightest mods & shaders with framerates below 40.

C) Mineraft laptop under $500: play Minecraft Java Edition with heavy mods (including the FTB Revelations and FTB Interactions ). Fancy settings with low number of chunks. Also MEDIUM versions of shaders like Sildrus and Chocapic.

D) The Best Laptops for Minecraf have Dedicated GPUs! –  550 dollars and up

This is where the real fun part starts.

You’ll run MC on Turbo Mode with cool shaders like ChocaPic v13 High & Sildrus Extreme. All the graphical intensive mods with no lag.

If you get the 3050RTX, you can also activate RTX mode:


The above is the laptop I use to play Minecraft. Notice how framerates go as high as 1000fps .

Best Laptop Specs for MineCraft

What follows is a summary, the last section has more details.

1. If your budget is under 550 bucks: You cannot get a  dedicated GPU!  Focus on the CPU & RAM.

You want a recent CPU be it from AMD or Intel. Why? They have decent integrated graphics. Ex:

Core i3 1115G4, Core i3 1215U Core i3 1315U   Core i5 1135G7. Core i5 1230U Core i5
Ryzen 3 4300U Ryzen 3 5300U  Ryzen 5 4500U Ryzen 5 5500U 
Notice how I have no included 7th gen Ryzen 7 CPUs. These have poor integrated graphics.

With the Core i5 or Ryzen 5 CPUs you can run the LITE & MEDIUM version of some shader packs with 50-60fp. 
8GB: This is the minimum and most gaming laptops have this much. Some laptops under 350 dollars may have 4GB RAM. If that’s the case, either don’t buy it or  do the upgrade to 8GB.
16GB:  16GB will massively increase performance if you don’t have a dedicated GPU.
2. If your budget is above 550 dollars: You can afford at least a dedicated GPU like the 2050RTX which can run HEAVY SHADERS.

GPU(Graphics Card)
500-550 dollars: MX450, MX550,  1050GTX. They’ll run most “medium” shaders and some of the high ones w/ at least 50fps.
600-650 dollars:2050RTX & 1650GTX.  ~50fps & 16 chunks loaded. Ex:  Chocapic 13 v7(High), Sildrus (High), SEUS Renewed,Oceano,etc.
750-900 dollars: 3050Ti , 3050RTX. Extreme versions of shaders with ~80fps. Both unlock RTX mode. 
900-1300 dollars: 3060RTX & 4050RTX. Useful for 1440p & RTX minecraft . The higher the wattage the higher the performance.  Read more about wattage here.
1300+ dollars: 3070RTX, 3080RTX, 3080Ti, 3070Ti, AMD Radeon RX 6700S, AMD Radeon RX 6800S 4070RTX 4080RTX…Overkill for MC unless playing at extreme graphical settings with 1440p or 4k resolution.

Top 5 Best Laptops for Minecraft

All of these laptops can run the Vanilla version of minecraft with shaders. The more expensive ones unlock more graphical demanding shaders & higher resolutions.

The following reviews will get somewhat technical. So if you’re not computer savy, here’s the summary of each laptop: 

#1: 3050Ti Laptop: $680. It will run most “HIGH” version of shaders & graphically demanding MODS with +100fps. 
#2: Under 500 Minecraft laptop: Portable, can run Lite & Medium shaders and vanilla MC with very high framerates. Perfect for school.
#3: 2050RTX Laptop: ~580. It will run most “HIGH” shaders & mods with 70fps.
#4: MX450 laptop: ~550. Medium & some high shaders with framerates above 50fps. Portable and best display for schoolwork too.
#5: 4060RTX laptop: 1300+ . Will run the most extreme shaders at 1440p and mor extreme graphics (RTX mode).

1. Acer Nitro 5 AN515

Best Laptop For Minecraft – Mods + Shaders

  Core i5-12450H

  16GB DDR4

   RTX 3050Ti 4GB vRAM

  512GB NVMe SSD

  15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS

  5.1 lbs

  2 hours

This year I decided to put the best bang for your buck laptop for Minecraft that can unlock all of its extra features first, its around 750 dollars.

Note that you don’t need to spend 750 on this laptop to play the vanilla version of minecraft or to even run mods and some shaders , you’d just need to spend around 550 for a budget laptop with a decent CPU. If you are interested in that check the laptop right after this one: Laptop #2.

However, this laptop unlocks MODS + somewhat heavy shaders like ‘high’ versions of Chocapic & Sildrus with high framerates. 

Before we get to the performance of this laptop, let’s check out the GPU which is the #1 most important factor for shaders and extra graphics on MC.

GPU: 3050Ti 4GB vRAM

To unlock shaders + modpacks at fancy settings with ~8-12 chunks, you need a 4GB vRAM dedicated GPU. This is not the only 4GB vRAM, there are about about 3-4 more that are also popular : 1650GTX, 3050RTX & 1050GTX & 2050RTX. We’ll go over a few of those later but this one is the fastest of the whole bunch.

Note that it is different than the 3050RTX version, though for Minecraft, it doesn’t really offer much performance gains (since vRAM is more important and both have the same vRAM).

Wattage: 85W

All 3050Ti laptops and 3050RTX laptops run at the same wattage (mostly) with the exception of very thin ultrabooks. So no need to be picky about  it. What you should be picky about is the temperatures behidn any 3050RTX or 3050Ti laptop you come across. Shaders+ Mods on fancy settings are going to tax the GPU and it’s important to have a good cooling system otherwise temperatures will reach 85 which isn’t ideal.

RTX mode: This GPU has tensor cores so yes it can activate RTX mode. If you don’t know what it is. It’s basically a graphics performance boost that makes any scene highly dependent on light sources look compeltely different basically a bit more realistic as shown below.

Note that this feature is onl available on RTX GPUs so it’s not available on the 1650GTX. It’s also available on the high-tier 3060RTX, 4050RTX and so on…but those will give you the same feature albeit with more framerates. No need to overspend to enjoy this feature.

Minecraft Laptop Benchmarks: 3050Ti

These are the results:

Settings Chunks Resolution Shader FPS
Fancy 12 1080p BSL v8 1.01 110
Fancy 12 1080p Sildurs  Extreme 110
Fancy 8 1080p BSL v8 1.01 105
Fancy  16 1080p BSL v8 1.01 55


Even a shader like Sildurs Extreme goes past 110fps with #12 chunks. I’d say as long as you keep chunks below 12 you should be able to run most graphically demanding shaders (SEUS PTGI HIGH HRR) and still get high framerates for smooth gaming.

CPU & Mods

Most mods including the  patrix resource pack  will run on this laptop with no issues. Framerates will be significantly slower but still playable. If you want to increase performance with the 3050Ti when using mods + shaders, you need to up your CPU, it’s the only way although performance differences between CPU to CPU are minimal outside of adding mods on top of shaders (check benchmarks in the last section).

RAM & Upgrades

It is very important you up RAM to 16GB for you to get the same performance with the shaders shown in the table.

You don’t need to up RAM on this laptop nor storage, it’s already maxed out and it even has the latest RAM. Cheaper laptops shown below will have to have the RAM upgraded and storage if you plan on installing many many many games that are ~80GB each as most 3050 RTX laptops only have 512GB.

Acer Nitro 5
  • Supports RTX Mode
  • Runs shaders on high w/ 100fps
  • Supports heavy mods
  • DDR5 RAM
  • 16GB RAM out of the box
  • 144Hz display
  • Recent Core i5 CPU
  • Somewhat hot under high loads
  • Bulky and Heavy
  • Low battery
  • Cannot run RTX mode + Shaders on fancy settings

2. HP 14 Laptop

Best Laptop For Minecraft Under 500

  AMD Ryzen 5 5500U


  Radeon Vega RX 7


  14” FHD TN

  3.2 lbs

  8 hours

This is the kind of laptop most minecraft players use. It’s a cheap but by no means weak laptop. Usually under 500 dollars. 

It can unlock SOME shaders and most mods but more importantly it can run the vanilla shader-free version of the game flawlessly at fancy settings with enough performance to join a server and play against others with no stuttering.

CPU: Ryzen 5 5500U

I know what you’re thinking: “Why post a 5th generation Ryzen CPU! I’ve seen 7th generation CPUs at a good price”. I talk about it a bit more in the last section but basically the 5th generation CPUs , though slower, have BETTER integrated graphics. 

This means it will outrun the 7th gen Ryzen 5 CPU in most games and minecraft is no exception.  The Ryzen 5 5500U has a “RX Vega 7” as integrated graphics whereas the Ryzen 7 7520U has a “Radeon 610M”. 

Note how the RX Vega 6 (weaker than the RX vega 7) is significantly faster! Most Intel iGPUs which you find on older generation CPUs are also significantly faster.


If you don’t want to run shaders, then go ahead and grab the 7th generation Ryzen 5 CPU. It’s definitely going to give you almost the same performance since the lack of GPU power will be mitigated by the extra CPU power of the latest generation.

If you want to run shaders, only consider either Intel CPUs (10th, 11th , 12th & 13th gen) or Ryzen CPUs (4th, 5th gen). 

What kind of shaders can you run with a decent iGPU?

Most shaders have a “LITE” version, those you can run. You can also run “Medium” shaders but you’ll strugle with framerates. Graphically demanding shaders like Chocapic High or Silrus Extreme are out of the question.


RAM: 16GB Dual-Channel

You need at least 16GB RAM to have the performance shown on the video. This laptop comes with 8GB RAM so you have to do the upgrade. Though it is unncessary if you don’t mind running the game with shaders at much lower framerates.

Why is the extra 8GB RAM useful when the game only requires a few Gigabytes of RAM?

Because the iGPU will use the extra RAM to process graphics so to speak. You don’t need to add more than 16GB. In fact, you could get the performance boost with 12GB RAM but you will miss the dual-channel feature. 


This one of the two perfect laptops on this list for students who need to do some schoolwork and also play Minecraft because it’s not that heavy ~3.2lbs and the battery life is superb ~8h. The latter is because this laptop’s CPU , Ryzen 5, is very energy efficient, compared to Core i5 Intel CPUs, and integrated graphics don’t consume that much power. Also it has a display which consumes less power “TN display”.

It’s also got a slick all platinum finish which makes it look like a laptop for work and not for gaming.


This laptop sells for about 415 dollars. It’s the cheapest (new) laptop with a 5th gen Ryzen 5 you’ll find. If you’re going to pay more for a laptop with this CPU make sure you’re paying for extra RAM or extra storage. Below a lot of good alternatives in case this one runs of stock. I’ve included Intel laptops as well and they’ll also have the same (if not slightly higher) performance.

Note that the HP laptop I featured only weighs 3.2lbs keep that in mind when browsing other options

Link CPU RAM Display Price
Acer Aspire 3 i5 1215U 8GB FHD 349
Acer Aspire 5 R5 5500U 8GB FHD 449
HP Essential R5 5500U 16GB FHD 499
HP Essential i5-1135G7 16GB FHD 439

HP 14 Laptop
  • Runs Medium Shaders
  • Easy to Upgrade
  • Superb Battery Life
  • Extremely Lightweight
  • Supports  modpacks
  • Kind of expensive
  • Does not have 16GB RAM out of the box
  • Must upgrade to run medium shaders with decent framerates

3. MSI Thin GF63

Best Gaming Laptop For Minecraft with Shaders

  Core i5 12450H

  8GB DDR4

   2050RTX 4GB vRAM


  15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS

  4.1 lbs

  4 hours

This is another sort of a expensive laptop. It’s meant for people who want to ‘play games’ more than school work. It’s heavy and it’s got a dedicated GPU: 2050RTX which can also run heavy shaders.


The latest ‘cheapest’ gaming laptops have a 2050RTX. The 2050RTX is basically an upgraded version of the 1650GTX except that it has tensor cores which means it can activate DLSS and Ray Tracing. The former is useless for minecraft and the latter changes the graphics to make them look cooler as we talked about when we reviewed the 3050Ti.

Though it is slightly faster (in most cases) than a 1650GTX, it should be a reason for you to pick this one over the 1650GTX. The main reason should be price, both the 2050RTX & 1650GTX, will get you almost the same performance and will run the same quality of shaders.

Belo the benchmarks of the 2050RTX and 1650GTX. I’m posting the benchmarks of the 1650GTX as well because there is a lack of 2050RTX benchmarks and the 1650GTX gives you a good estimate of what the 2050RTX can do. You are also welcomed to buy a 1650GTX if you find it cheaper.

Graphics R.Distance Shaders FPS(Building) FPS(Fighting)
Fancy 48 OFF 190~252 60
Fancy 16 OFF +290 165
Fast 4 OFF +290 258
Fast 4 Chocapic v13(High) +160 127
Fancy 16 Chocapic v13(High) +100 84

Here’s a benchmark of a 2050RTX using shaders with 8 chunks.

GPU CPU Settings Chunks Resolution Shaders FPS Source
2050RTX Core i5 11260H Fancy 8 4k 50 Gaming Test
2050RTX Core i5 11400H Fancy 16 1080p BSL Shader 75 Bongolok
2050RTX Core i5-1240P Fancy 32 1080p 103 LaptopMedia

The BSL shader is more hardware demanding than Chocapic so it makes sense you’d get somewhat less framerates at the same settings. Nonetheless, this laptop works almost like a 3050RTX, you can most shaders even the hardware demanding ones and as long as you reduce the number of chunks (for the most hardware demanding ones) you can get +60 framerates.

MUX Switch & GPU

You can get better performance out of a 2050RTX or 1650GTX laptop if you can find one with a MUX switch but it’s going to be pretty difficult to find one on the 2050RTX. It is much more likely you’ll find it on a 1650GTX, there’s a 1650GTX which outperforms the 2050RTX and most 1650GTX laptops with sort of “MUX Switch” the benchmarks are in my video below, you’ll be mindblown by the results…


But don’t obsess about it. At the end framerates are just numbers up to some point the game is equally playable and that’s at 60fps. You don’t need super high framerates for Minecraft.

RAM & Upgrades: 

Though it’s not a must to upgrade RAM to 16GB RAM. It’s. ALWAYS ALWAYS a performance boost no matter what hardaware you have. Of course, you start to get diminishing returns the more powerful the GPU is but if you work with very heavy shaders + mods then it becomes useful.

There’s a free slot for an additional RAM stick. If you add an 8GB RAM DDR4 3200MHz stick , you’ll have 16GB RAM. Because the slots are not soldered and next to each other, it will also activate dual-channel mode giving you an additional performance boost.

As for storage, there’s an additional SSD slot for an M.2 SSD.

MSI Thin GF63
  • Recent Core i5 CPU
  • Dual-channel mode (after upgrade)
  • Additional storage slot
  • Runs most shaders with +60fps
  • High storage SSD
  • 144Hz display
  • Not ideal for RTX mode
  • Can get really hot if overclocked
  • Low battery

4. Lenovo Ideapad 5i Pro

Gaming Laptop For Minecraft & School

  Intel Core i5-11300H


  MX450 2GB vRAM


  16” QHD IPS

  4.19 lbs

  5 hours

This is another option for those looking to buy a laptop for someone going to school and plays Minecraft. Unlike the cheaper HP laptop we just discussed, this one can run shaders much more easily because it has a dedicate GPU (MX 450). The downside is that it’s more expensive (550 dollars) but it has a lot more benefits than just extra power: lightweight + better display for studying.


The MX450 is not an integrated GPU, it is a dedicated GPU. It’s one of the weakest in 2024 but it’s still powerful enough to run med and sometimes high versions of shaders. It will also obviously increase framerates significantly in vanilla minecraft (no shaders+no mods).


You have to be careful when shopping for this laptop because they CAN be really overpriced (as high as 900 dollars) and yet with the exact same GPU. There’s also models with the ‘older versions’ of this GPU such as the MX250, MX150 etc…which are TOO WEAK to outperform laptops like the HP laptop with the integrated GPU we went over.

There’s also the MX550, which is an upgraded version of the MX450. It is significantly faster but it’s a lot more expensive. If you can find it under 600 dollars buy all means grab it! If not, you’re better off buying a laptop with a 2050RTX which is actually cheaper than 600 dollars.

MUX & Wattage: all MX450 & MX550 run pretty much at the same wattage beacuse they’re designed to run at very very low powers to be able to fit in very impact and thin laptops. There’s no versions with a MUX Switch either.

MX450 2GB vRAM – Minecraft Laptop Benchmark

CPU: Core i5 11300H

The MX 450 laptops come with all sorts of CPUs. Other CPUs you’ll see are shown in ther alternatives section down below. But let me say this, ideally you want a “U” low voltage CPU if you want MORE battery & a lighter laptop at the expense of slightly performance loss when it comes to framerates but still you will have the option to run shaders even with the weakest GPU you find.

If you want the extra framerates at the expensve of battery life, then choose models with an “H” CPU . The “H” stands for high performance.

RAM & Upgrades:

The laptop comes with Soldered DDR4 8GB RAM and cannot be replaced. You cannot add an additional RAM slot either as there is one slot. This is going to be a common problem with portable laptops that have a dedicated GPU, usually they’re so compact and thin , a lot of compromises have to be made and that includes adding more hardware.

Also, there’s no additional storage slot for upgrades. Not that you’re going to need to do storage upgrades anyways. Not Upgrading RAM isn’t going to kill performance either.

Lenovo Ideapad Pro 5i
  • Lightweight
  • QHD display
  • Great battery
  • Runs medium shaders + modpacks
  • outdated CPU
  • Cannot be RAM upgraded

5. Acer Nitro 17

The Best Gaming Laptop For Minecraft – 4060RTX

  Ryzen 7 7840HS

  8GB DDR5 

  RTX 4060 8GB vRAM 140W


  15” 144Hz Full HD


  1 hours

This is the last and most powerful laptop on the list. I decided to leave last because it’s quiet too expensive for a game like minecraft and the extra power is also useful for playing the game at high resolution and unlocking very heavy shaders with lots of high framerates + number of chunks. Basically extreme graphical situations with the game. Most people who play minecraft are not after that too.

GPU: RTX 4060 8GB vRAM 140W

What makes this one different than the 3050Ti is the extra RAM and extra shaders. This one generally has 8GB vRAM (only a few 3050Ti laptops have 6GB vRAM) and about 500 more ‘shaders’ which are in charge of doign all the graphical processing that’s stored in the ‘vRAM’. This is what allows you to push graphical settings to extreme situations. For example, this laptop can do the following in minecraft:

  • RTX mode On
  • Shader + Mods
  • 1440p Resolution
  • 12-32 Chunks

Starting with the 4050RTX, the demanding for better GPUs : 4060RTX & 4070RTX becomes higher if you add more and more chunks to 1440p or 4k resolution, because the latter two have more ‘vRAM’. Of course the above can be handled by the 3050Ti too but with much lower framerates. You could also use the 4050RTX for this but the framerates are goign to be much lower. The framerates on the 4060RTX are extremely high even with the extreme graphical settings described.

Wattage: 140W

It’s very important to pick those 4050RTX or 4060RTX laptops with a wattage close to 100W. The TGP or wattage on this laptop’s 4060RTX is 140W (with Dynamic Boost). Anything lower than 100W will start giving you MASSIVELY performance loss to the point of making the 4060RTX or 4050RTX worthless if compared to the 3050RTX with 6GB vRAM.

4060RTX – Minecraft Benchmarks

GPU CPU Graphics R.Distance Resolution Shader FPS
4060RTX i7 13650HX Fancy 20 1440p RTX + BSL v8 77 

This may not be impressive framerates to some of you despite the GPU running at 140W but please keep in mind that this laptop is not only running with RTX mode on + a very graphical demanding shaders but ALSO adding 1440p resolution and more importantly 20 CHUNKS for rendering.

Each chunk after 12 requires (16,20 and so on) demands a large amount of additional GPU power.

RAM & Upgrades:

This laptop supports up to 32GB RAM. Having 16GB out of box , however, means you don’t need to worry about additional RAM nor additional storage as it already comes with 1TB.

Display & Resolution:

Please keep in mind that when you buy a 4050RTX or 4060RTX laptop for minecraft you have to watch out for the display. It needs to have 1440p (QHD) resolution for you to play the game at 1440p. Some models with either of these GPUs may only have FHD resolution which isn’t useful for Minecraft. There’s no reason to buy so much GPU power to play the game at 1080p ONLY when you have cheaper laptops with weaker GPUs that can do extremely well with all the settings described above and 1080p resolution.

Acer Nitro 17
  • Superb Cooling System
  • Maximum TGP for 4060RTX
  • QHD display
  • Runs MC with most extreme graphics and shaders
  • Runs the game at 1440p
  • DDR5 RAM
  • Expensive
  • Very heavy
  • Too big to carry
  • Almost no battery

Buying The Best Laptop For Minecraft

This section will give you ALL the information you need out there so you can get the best laptop for minecraft.

I’m going to divide this section into three parts, you only need to read one of these accoding to your budget.

If you are new to computer jargon, please check my post on beginner’s guide to computer specifications

A) Minecraft Laptops 300-500 USD:  With this much budget, you cannot buy a dedicated GPU so your focus should be on the CPU. You’ll see benchmarks of minecraft under different CPUs. 
B) Minecraft Laptops over 600 USD: You can afford a dedicated GPU thus you will be able to unlock cool looking and heavy shaders plus the big FTP modpacks. 

C) Minecraft Laptop Under 300 USD: The options I will give you here are not limited to refurbished or used laptops. You can find NEW laptops that can run the game decently.

For the sake of completion before we talk about each of those three options, let’s talk about the “minimum” requirements as published by the official website.

Laptop Requirements For Minecraft

First, let us go through the official hardware requirements for those of you interested in breaking down what the “official source” has to say about this.


The requirements listed above are for desktops and the hardware recommended is very old.

Because the hardware on desktops and MC doesnt have great graphics….it makes sense you can run the vanilla version with this much power. If we translate those requirements to laptops:

CPU: Core i3 5th gen  OR AMD A8-8600P and above. or anything more recent
GPU: Intel Iris Graphics 6100 or AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
RAM: Anything above 4GB


CPU: Core i5 6th gen or A10-9600P
GPU: MX150 (2GB vRAM dedicated GPU)
RAM: 8GB (again Windows 10 or 11 take a lot)

The minimum recomendations will run MC without 30fps using optifine at low settings whereas the recommended settings will push framerates to 60fps and let you use light shaders. Of course, theres no reason to buy computers with the specifications shown above because you can find much much better hardware at a cheap price (200-300 dollars hardware today has x3 the power of the minimum).

A) Minecraft Laptops: Under 500 Dollars 

Although this much budget cannot get you a dedicated graphics (though sometimes it can get you dedicated graphics on refurbished laptops), you can still pretty good performance and if you know a thing or two about hardware under this budget , especially CPU performance, you can even run some shaders with decent framerates.

1. Recent CPU = Faster iGPUs

Minecraft is very CPU bound, it plays as much of a role as the graphics card. So obviously, the more recent the CPU the faster the game will run. Buying something more recent also has the advantage of getting you a “faster integrated GPU” which is the graphics cards “integrated” or “attached” to the CPU.

Below you can see some examples on how this works:

i3 1115G4 Intel UHD Xe G4 
i3 1215U Intel UHD 64EUs
i3 1305U Intel UHD 64EUs
i5 1135G7 Intel Iris Xe 80 (1600Mhz)
i5 1230U Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EU
i5 1345U  Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

Ryzen 3 5300U RX Vega 3
Ryzen 3 7320U
Radeon 610M
Ryzen 5 5500U RX Vega 7
Ryzen 5 7520U Radeon 610M

Note that you cannot pick integrated GPUs, they’ll always be paired with the CPUs above.  

I have omitted Ryzen 7 & Core i7 CPUs in this table because they’re found on laptops that are as expensive as those laptops with dedicated GPUs which defeats the whole purpose (they’re over 500 dollars ~700+). However, the benchmarks are down below for you to check.

The rule of the more recent the better the integrated graphics is always true except for a few exceptions. For modern laptops, the exceptions are the 7th gen Ryzen 5 CPUs which have a WEAKER iGPU than previous generations (highlighted): RX Vega 7 > RX Vega 3 RX Vega 610M

Minecraft Laptop BenchMarks

The following benchmarks are taken from various youtube channels including mine, at the last column you can see the exact laptop model that was used. You are welcome to buy those laptops if you’re happy with the performance. All of these laptops can play MC with decent framerates as long as you adjust settings & install Optifine.

i) Core i3 & Ryzen 3 Benchmarks: $300-400 Laptops 

Processor FPS Chunks Resolution Settings Youtube Shaders FPS(Shader) Laptop
Ryzen 3 3200U 145 6 720p Fast Kostan Chocapic13 (Low) 43 HP DK0028WM
Ryzen 3 4300U 107 8 720p Fancy MineCastle Sildrus Vibrant(Lite) 30 Ideapad Slim 3
Ryzen 3 5300U 104 8 720p Fancy Kostan Sildrus Vibrant(High) 28 Ideapad Slim 3
Ryzen 3 7320U 225 6 720p Fast Noteb Lenovo Ideapad 1
Ryzen 3 7320U 225 16 1080p Fancy CRSTNBENCH Chocapic13(Low) 53 Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3 27ALC6

Intel Core Laptops

CPU FPS Chunks Resolution Settings Shader FPS(shader) Youtube Laptop
Core i3 10100U 52 5 720p Fancy CRSTNBENCH HP 14-cf2636ng
Core i3 10100U 60 8 720p Fancy Alijin Manoq ?????
Core i3 1005G1 80 10 720p Fancy Nightfiber ????
Core i3 1125G4 212 8 720p Fast Chocapic v6 65 nhv411 Vivobook A415 EB1750W
Core i3-1115G4
163 6 1080p Fancy CRSTNBENCH  
Core i3 1215U 135 12 1080p Fancy CRSTNBENCH HP Laptop – 15s-fq5735ng
Core i3 1315U 62 30 1080p Fancy Hubwood  

Based on these benchmark we can say the following:

  • Both Ryzen 3 and Core i3 CPUs can run shaders. I wasn’t able to test every Single Core i3 or Ryzen 3 but one benchmark of a previous or more recent generation should be enough since both the CPU & iGPU are close in power.
  • Shaders can run with at least +30fps with either a Core i3 or Ryzen 3. The more recent generations go as high as 100.

 Ryzen 3 and Core i3 are only good enough for the Lite version of shaders

  • The Core i3 & Ryzen 3s can run Minecraft with at least 60fps on Fancy settings. You just need to play with the #of chunks, older generations may handle less chunks than the more recent ones.

ii) Core i5 & Ryzen 5 Benchmarks: $400-500 Laptops 

Intel Core Laptops

CPU FPS Chunks Resolution Settings Youtube Laptop
Core i5-1035G4 43 12 1080p Fancy Technoriales  
Core i5 1035G4 86 10 2k Fast yeungbear Surface Pro 7
Core i5 1135G7 62 16 1080 Fancy Noteb  
Core i5 1135G7 62 12 1080p Fancy CRSTNNBENCH ZenBook 13  UX325EA

Ryzen 5 Laptops

Processor FPS Chunks Resolution Settings Youtube Shaders FPS(Shader) Laptop
Ryzen 5 3500U 42 12 FHD Fancy TheTechGamer Chocapic16 (High) 40 Lenovo Ideapad C340
Ryzen 5 4500U 94 12 FHD Fancy legos45 Sildrus Vibrant (Med) 44 Lenovo Ideapad 5
Ryzen 5 4500U 101 12 FHD Fancy CRSTNBENCH HP ProBook x360 435 G7
Ryzen 5 5500U 106 12 FHD Fancy CRSTNBENCH —- HP Envy x360 15-eu0055ng

  • Whereas generally Core i3 or Ryzen 3 limits chunks to below 10 (on average), Core i5 or Ryzen 5 gets you high framerates with Fancy settings and decent number of chunks at 1080p.
  • Core i5 or Ryzen 5 CPUs can run ‘medium’ or high versions of shaders with decent framerates.

There are currently no benchmarks with the recently released Core i5 or Ryzen 5 CPUs. The reason is simple, the game doesn’t really require that much hardware for most people to play so they rather get something cheaper which is usually a laptop with a slightly older CPU.

Core i5 or R5 CPUs on laptops can get you lagless gameplay with shaders and good # of chunks (+12)

iii) Core i7 & Ryzen 7 Benchmarks

Processor FPS # Chunks Resolution Settings Youtube Shaders FPS(Shader) Laptop
Ryzen 7 4700U 70 20 FHD Fancy Zucos Sildrus Vibrant (Lite) 30 Lenovo Ideapad 5
Ryzen 7 5700U ??? 8 FHD FANCY TSM channel —- Asus VivoBook 15 M513
Ryzen 7 7730U   12   Fancy Chocapic13 Low v9 56 CRSTNBENCH

CPU FPS Chunks Resolution Settings Youtube Laptop
Core i7-1165G7 135 12 1080p Fancy legos 45 MSI Summit B15


  • You’ll get much higher framerates with higher # of chunks out of the core i7 and ryzen 7 CPUs.
  • I do not recommend you buy these laptops anyways UNLESS you want something portable. They are too expensive.

Note: Unlike the 7th gen Ryzen 5 CPU, the 7th Ryzen 7 CPU shows significant performance gains over the previous generations. This is because although the same integrated graphics are used, the CPU itself has way more clock speed and better ‘multi-core’ clock speeds too (in other words ALL cores hit HIGHER clocks speeds , not just one core).

BenchMarks Conclusions

  • These benchmarks results (framerates) only give you a general idea of how CPU might perform there are many other factors.
    • RAM: They use different RAMs. Most benchmarks used 16GB but some use 8GB. Also a lot of these use RAM in dual-channel mode which further incrases framerates. 
    • Settings may be slightly different and also the average may have been calculated in more hardware demanding parts of the map.
    • Most of these benchmarks use Optifine.

So Which CPUs give you the best bang for your buck?

  • As long as you grab the recent CPUs (5th+ for Ryzen and 10th+ for Intel), you can handle shaders though different versions.
  • There are huge performance gains with the more recent generations:
    • Core i5 and Ryzen 5 give you the best bang for your buck. They’re only on average 100 dollars more expensive yet the performance doubles or even triples.
    • 5th gen Ryzen 5 CPUs outperform 11th gen Core i5 CPUs due to better multi-core performance and MC is more multicore than the average game especially if you use Optifine.
    • Core i7 & Ryzen 7 handle graphically demanding shaders but they’re too expensive.

CPUs for Modded Minecraft

 –  Need at least a Core i5 or Ryzen 5 model

  • Need at least a Core i5 or Ryzen 5 model
  • Only the latest Core i5 or Ryzen 5 (+10th gen for Intel and +5th gen For Ryzen ) can run big modpacks like ftp modpacks and those with +200 mods like interactions and Revelations.

2. RAM & Storage:  12-16GB RAM & SSD

RAM is EXTREMELY important for this game. The more you optimize RAM the higher the performance gains.

4GB vs 8GB

Ideally, 8GB should be the minimum. It’s a no brainer since Windows 11 and even Windows 12 will take approximately 4GB leaving almost nothing for Minecraft if you get 4GB. You need 8GB and the higher the settings (in the absence of a dedicated GPU) the more useful 12 or 16GB RAM becomes.

12-16GB RAM: a MUST for Integrated GPUs

Why is it that most benchmarks used 12-16GB RAM, if 8GB is enough? Because extram beyond 8GB make a huge difference if you only have an integrated GPU.

How? Basically the extra RAM can be used by the iGPU with no constraints. In other words, it will be reserved to the iGPU without the CPU interefering.

In fact, some of the integrated GPUs, as long as you up the RAM to 12GB or 16GB RAM CAN outperform some slightly older entry level dedicated GPUs like the MX150 or MX250.


3. Storage 

This isn’t an issue if you’re buying a modern laptop. Because modern laptops (those with the CPUs I’ve outlined) come by default with the fastest storage devices which are SSDs. They’re all mostly PCIe NVMe SSDs , there may be a few models with slightly data transfer speeds because they have more lanes but for Minecraft this doesn’t make a difference performance wise.

Since most old laptops do not have any type of  SSD by default only an HDD which is painfully slow for loading up the game and modpacks… it’s a good idea to upgrade to boost performanec with minecraft and your computer overall.

B) Minecraft Laptops: $550 and Up

1. GPU

A budget over 500 , more specifically 530, can get you a dedicated GPU if you look long enough. 

A dedicated GPU will:

  • Increase framerates
  • Unlock more chunks with fancy settings
  • Unlock high versions of shaders
  • Handle mods with more fancy graphical textures
  • Increase rendering distance
  • Increase resolution
[caption id="attachment_12381" align="alignnone" width="960"]This is minecraft running with an 8GB vRAM dedicated GPU. Notice how high the resolution is and how much you can see thus render at once.[/caption]

[tip] Benchmarks are measured when the character is in the middle of the map and there’s a lot of stuff to render  (because you’re in an open field) , this forces the GPU & CPU to use most of their power and it’s a good point for comparison purposes


 Few points we get to the benchmarks:

  • All   dedicated GPUs in this list can handle Sildrus or Chocapic High with ~16 chunks.
  • Some of the GPUs are USELESS because they only match the performance of “integrated GPUs” (laptops with no dedicated GPUs).
  • Some of the GPUs are OVERKILL for minecraft even with all the shaders and mods and chunks you want to load. 

i) MX 350 MX 450 1050GTX Benchmarks ($500-600)

We’ll start with the weakest GPUs, this is where you have to be careful!

NVIDIA Cores vRAM Speed
MX250 384 2GB-4GB 1582
MX350 640 2-4GB 1354
MX450 896 2-4GB 1580
1050 640 2GB-4GB 1493
MX550 1024 2GB 1320

AMD Radeon Shaders vRAM Speed Equivalent
Pro RX 555X 768 2GB 855  MX150/MX250
RadeonRX 540 512 4GB 1219 ~950M
Radeon RX 550 640 4GB 1287 – 1476 +950M
Radeon RX 560X 1024 4GB 1172 – 1275 1050GTX

Note those with the same color are equivalent in power and performance (RX 550 ~ MX250). It’s very rare to find AMD Radeon RX GPUs on laptops though so most of the benchmarks seen next will be restricted to NVIDIA GPUs.

GPU CPU Graphics Chunks Resolution Shader FPS
MX150 Core i5 8250U Fancy 10 1080p Sildurs(Lite) 38 KangVladi
MX250 Core i5 10210U Fancy 10 1080p BLS 33 Splitsecond
—- 1080p Sildurs(Lite) 42
MX330 Core  i5-1035G1 Fancy 16 1080p Sildurs(High) 45 SpecKenTang
MX350 Ryzen 5 4500U Fancy 12 1080p None 115 legos45

GPU CPU Graphics Chunks Resolution Shader FPS
MX450 i7-1165G7 Fancy 15 1080p NO SHADER 150 CRSTNBENCH
MX450 Fancy 1080p Sildrus 1.5 Med 55 ExteriorMV
1050 8300h Fancy 8 1080p BLS 7.2 50 iNordap
1050 8300h Fancy 8 8300h Chocapic13 v9 Beta 43 iNordap
1050 8300h Fancy 8 8300h Sildurs (Med) 62 iNordap
1050 8300h Fancy 8 8300h Seus Renewed 1.01 40 iNordap

MX150 & MX250: Avoid these because their performance is similar to Integrated GPUs (intel xe and Vega 7 or 8) which are found on much cheaper laptops.

MX3XX Series: The MX350 is  2.5 faster than the MX150 & MX250. It can handle heavy and High versions of shaders.  However, this isn’t the case for the MX330 is much slower.Also prices of the laptop are nearly about the same as MX450 so both must be avoided.

MX450 & MX 550:  These two are the most common under 600 and the only ones you should consider because the performance different between these and integrated GPUs is very significant as shown in the benchmarks. You probably won’t find the MX550 under 600 dollars that easily, don’t obsess about it the MX450 is plenty fast.

1050GTX: This one performs just as fast as the MX450. The MX550 is faster than this one though (slightly). The problem is you cannot find it under 600.

ii) 1050Ti 1650GTX Benchmarks: $600 to 750 

NVIDIA Cores vRAM Speed
1050Ti 768 4GB 1620
1650 1024 4GB 1560
2050 2048 4GB 1477

GPU CPU Graphics R.Distance Resolution Shader FPS
1050Ti Core i5 8300H Fancy 16 1080p Sildurs(high) 1.27 48 xFlame
1650GTX AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Fancy 16 1080p Chocapic13 v6(High) 60 Laptopstudy
1650GTX Core i5 9300H Fancy 16 1080p Chocapic13 v6(High) 70 Laptopstudy
2050RTX Core i5 11260H Fancy 8 4k 50 Gaming Test
2050RTX Core i5 11400H Fancy ??? 1080p BSL Shader 75 Bongolok
2050RTX Core i5-1240P Fancy 32 1080p 103 LaptopMedia

1050Ti: This is kind of obsolete. There’s really no reason to buy it unless its much cheaper than 2050RTX or 1650GTX laptops.

1650GTX: There are TWO versions of the 1650GTX. The Max-Q version and the normal version, the former is somewhat slower because it runs at a lower power.

2050RTX vs 1650GTX: These two can be found around the same price with the 2050RTX being SLIGHTLY faster on paper however on benchmarks it seems to have about the same performance as the ‘full power’ 1650GTX.

Optimus & MUX Switch:

THis is somewhat of a complicated topic you can read about it here : MUX Switch. But basically those GPUs with a MUX Switch or those GPUs with “Optimus disabled” will have their performance increased by 15-20%. This is why the highlighted laptop( Core i5 9300H + 1650GTX ) outperforms all other laptops with a 1650GTX. The GPU is running at full power + using a MUX Switch.

iii) 3050Ti 1660Ti 2060RTX Benchmarks: $750 to 900

NVIDIA Cores vRAM Speed
1660 Ti 1536 6GB 1590
3050RTX 2048 4-6GB 1500
3050Ti 2560 4GB 1485
2060 RTX 1920 6GB 1680

All these GPUs give you approximately the same performance with MC.

However, the 2060RTX is obsolete and when found on older laptops, it’s usually way more expensive than  the 1660Ti & 3050Ti.

The 1660Ti is old too but faster than all three.

The 3050Ti & 3050RTX are the most common so we’ll be focusing on those TWO. 

AMD Radeon Shaders vRAM Speed Equivalent
RX 580 1536 6GB 1077 ~1060GTX
RX5500M 1408 8GB 1327 – 1645 ~1660Ti

These  AMD GPUs can be found on Pre-2020 MacBook Pros . Since Minecraft is no longer supported on Mac OSX we’ll ignore these GPUs.

GPU CPU Graphics Rend. Distance Resolution Shader FPS
1060GTX  6th Core i7 Fancy 16 1080p Sildurs (High) 1.53 80 GGPC
1660Ti Ryzen 7 4800H Fancy 12 1080p Sildurs (High) 1.53 93 GGPC
2060RTX Core i5 10300H Fancy 16 1080p SEUS renewed 70 Omen
3050  Core i5 10300H Fancy 8 1080p BSL v8 1.01 90 Kaeza
3050 Core i5 10300H Fancy 8 1080p Chopic 13 v7(Lite) 105
3050 Core i5 10300H Fancy 8 1080p Sildurs(Extreme) 85
3050 Core i5 10300H Fancy 8 1080p Sildurs(Lite) 101
3050 Core i5 11400H Fancy 8 1080p BSL v8 1.01 85 SHIVI ART
3050 —- Fancy 8 1080p Chocapic 13 v7Lite 123 no
3050 Ryzen 5 5600H
Fancy 8 1080p Sildurs  Extreme 115 BLBG
3050Ti Core i5 10300h Fancy 12 1080p BSL v8 1.01 110 Hypixel
3050Ti Core i5 10300H Fancy 12 1080p Sildurs  Extreme 110 Hypixel
3050Ti Ryzen 7 5800H Fancy 8 1080p BSL v8 1.01 105 Xabrex
3050Ti Ryzen 7 5800H Fancy  16 1080p BSL v8 1.01 55 Xabrex

These GPUs are ideal for shaders and can handle even the most extreme versions with decent framerates. A few things to keep in mind:

  • When using shaders, the faster GPU will always win. Even small changes make a big difference. Notice the performance difference between the 3050Ti & 3050RTX (highlighter in yellow).
  • Also notice how little difference the CPU makes even when the more powerful CPU runs at lower # of chunks! (highlighted in green).
  • The more chunks you add on top of shaders the more taxing the game becomes (last row).
  • Notice how little difference the CPU makes all things being equal and what a great difference the GPU makes when it comes to shaders.

Lastly, notice how the old 2060RTX runs more chunks at higher framerates than the most recent 3050Ti with the same shaders.

  • The reason is simple: the 2060RTX has more vRAM.

vRAM vs Minecraft Rendering:

The more ‘graphics’ you need to render, the higher the need for vRAM.

Minecraft isn’t that graphically demanding even with shaders. However, when you up the number of chunks on top of shaders, you add a HUGE amount of graphical data to render AT ALL TIMES and your need for vRAM becomes even more important (if you want high framerates).

The 3050Ti only has 4GB vRAM so it makes sense it’s outperformed by the 2060RTX (6GB vRAM).


If you want to run large number of chunks + shaders, ideally you want a 6GB vRAM GPU. There’s a version of the 3050RTX with 6GB vRAM so you want to look specifically for those models. If you fail to get that 6GB vRAM 3050RTX , then you’ll have no choice but to pay for the more rexpensive 3060RTX or the old 2060RTX.

iv) 3060RTX 2070RTX Benchmarks: 900-1400 dollars

NVIDIA Cores vRAM Speed
3060 RTX 3584 6GB 1780
4050 RTX 2560 6GB 237

AMD Radeon Shaders vRAM Speed Equivalent
AMD Radeon RX 6700S 1975 10GB 1890 ~3060

GPU TGP CPU Graphics Chunks Resolution Shader FPS Youtube
3060RTX 85W Ryzen 7 5800H Fancy 16 1080p Sildurs (High) 1.53 70 Engineering Zone
4050RTX 45W i7-12650h Fancy 8 1080p None ~500 GPU Pulse
4050RTX 45W i7-12650h Fancy 16 1080p None ~148 GPU Pulse
4050RTX 45W i7-12650h Fancy 32 1080p None ~122 GPU Pulse
4050RTX 45W i7-12650h Fancy 8 1080p Complementary ~100 GPU Pulse

The second column stands for TGP also called wattage, it basically means how much power the GPU uses. Although the GPUs may have the same name, they run at different wattages or TGPs, the higher the wattage the higher the performance. We have ignored this in previous GPUs because it isn’t so important until you get to this bracket.

Here’s my article on GPU Wattage. A must read if you’re spending that much money on a high-tier GPU

Wattage does not make a huge difference on Minecraft as much as vRAM does in most cases.

For example, let’s say you have two 4050RTX GPUs to choose from the 140W version and the 45W. While the former is going to give you more framerates than the latter, the difference isn’t really that much important because the 4050RTX even with shaders will get you very high framerates too.


If you add more chunks + shaders, then it can make a huge DIFFERENCE, then it may be smart to pick the high wattage 4050RTX. This also applies for resolution: 1440p and 4k Minecraft will require not only lots of vRAM but lots of “power” too.

v) 3070RTX 3080RTX Benchmarks: 1400$ and up 

AMD Radeon Shaders vRAM Speed Equivalent
AMD Radeon RX 6800S 2048 12GB 1975 +3070

NVIDIA Cores vRAM Speed
3070 RTX 5120 8GB 1620
4060RTX 3072 8GB 2370
3070Ti RTX 5888 8GB 1485
3080Ti RTX 7424 8GB 1590
4070 RTX 4608 8GB 2175
4080 RTX 7424  12GB 2280 

GPU CPU Graphics Rend. Distance Resolution Shader FPS
3070RTX Ryzen 7 5800H Fancy 16 1080p Seus 80 Gillis
4060RTX i7 13650HX Fancy 20 1440p RTX + BSL v8 77  Ahmed Jey
4070RTX i9 13900H Fancy 16 1440p RTX Mode 81 Benchmark Lab
4080RTX i9 13980HX Fancy 48 1440p Complementary 120 TickeHD

These are WAY too powerful for just Minecraft + shaders. These should only be used for the most extreme graphical settings. Basically a combination of some , if not all, the following.

  • RTX Mode 
  • 1440p or 4k resolution
  • 48 chunks
  • Shaders

Which more or less will make the game look like this:

Only in that scenario do they become useful. Note that only the 4070RTX & 4080RTX can handle all four settings maxed out with high framerates. Whereas the first, 3070RTX & 4060RTX, can handle all except 1440p or 4k resolution…without having framerates dip into the 50s.


If you’re building anything that involves EXTREME graphics + High resolution large scale worlds such as the examples below:

They’re really your only option if you want to do things fast…a better option would of course be the desktop versions of these GPUs on a desktop computer.

2. CPU (Processor)

Minecraft is HIGHLY CPU dependent.  Of course,a higher CPU will not unlock shaders and highly detailed mods but it will help the GPU tremendously in doing so AND play a big role in increasing framerates.


Assuming you have two laptops with the same GPU, being picky about the CPU pays off.


How do you know which CPU will give you more performance?

# of Cores vs Clock Speed

Read my post beginner’s guide to computer specs if you don’t know the basics

For gaming purposes, these are the only two specs to be concerned.

Of course both of these specs are important but…

The clock speed of one core wins

That’s because…

Although Minecraft beginning with patch 1.17.10 and subsequent versions have  been loading more and more functions to the remaining cores, most of the workload is still offloaded to the first core 

Intel CPUs – Clock speed # Cores

This means you have to pick the CPU with the highest clock speed….because the advertised clock speed always tells you the maximum ‘speed’ of the first core.

CPU Base Turbo Cores
i5 1235U 3.3 4.4 10
i5 1240P 3.3 4.4 12
i5-11300H 2.6 4.4 4
i5 11260H 2.6 4.4 6
i5 12540H 2.6 4.4 8
i5 12450H
3.3 4.4 8
i5 12500H 3.3 4.5  
i5 13420H 1.5 4.6 8
i5 13500H 1.5 4.7  8
i7-11375H 3.3 5 4
i7 1260P 3.4 4.7 12
i7-11370H 3.3 4.8 4
i7-11800H 3.3 5.0 6
i7 13620H 1.8 4.9 10/16
i7 13650HX 3.6 4.9 10/1
i9-11900H 2.5 4.9 8
i9-11980HK 3.3 5 8
i9 12900H
i9 13900H

CPU Max Speed Cores(Threads)
Ryzen 9 7940HS 5.2 8 – 16
Ryzen 9 6980HX  5 8 – 16
Ryzen 9 6900HS
8 – 16
Ryzen 9 5900HX 4.6 8 – 16
Ryzen 7 7745HX 5.1 8 – 16
Ryzen 7 7840HS 5.1 8 – 16
Ryzen 7 6800HS 4.7 8 – 16 
Ryzen 7 6800H 4.7 8 – 16
Ryzen 7 5800H 4.4 8 – 16
Ryzen 5 7535HS 3.3 6 – 12
Ryzen 5 6600H 3.3 6 – 12
Ryzen 5 5600H 4.2 6 – 12

As you can see Intel for the most part will have higher clock speeds though not always. At the highest clock speeds (Ryzen 9 & Core i9) they’re pretty much the same and they’re pretty close in clock speeds at the Core i5 and Ryzen 5 sections of the most recent generations (7th for Ryzen and 13th for Intel).

However, there’s a still a few variables like power supplied and cooling systems that will determine whether or not said CPU will outperform the other (when they’re pretty close in clock speeds. Ex: Core i5 13500H vs Ryzen 5 7535HS).

3. RAM

8GB vs 16GB: bare minimum vs ideal

Regardless of the kind of hardware you have and the settings you’re playing with, having 16GB RAM is always always a good thing. Although you could do well with 8GB RAM, 16GB RAM gives the CPU lots of headroom especially when you add mods and shaders or more chunks.

RAM for Mods

Let’s run some calculations to see what the minimum RAM for mods.

Vanilla MC takes approx. ~0.5GB.

Windows 11 (~3.5GB)

80 Mods ~ 1GB.

The Big FTP modpacks (200 mods) ~ 2.5GB.

This is a total of 8GB. This is minimum!!!

Thus you want more, 12GB-16GB. This will provide headroom for the game to have 8GB RAM allocated to it and use more if needed. 

RAM for Shaders

Assuming you have a dedicated GPU, when running shaders RAM doesn’t help as much. Why? Because dGPUs have their own “RAM” allocated to it which is called “vRAM”, it will use that FIRST to run shaders and use the normal RAM if it runs out of ‘vRAM’.

If you have an integrated GPU, in other words: no dedicated GPU. It will help A LOT. 

That’s because integrated GPUs do not have “VRAM”  so they’ll need to use RAM and if you only have 8GB and the system (windows) is taking most of it, then it has little to work with.

Dual-Channel RAM – extra FPS boost

Regardless of hardware, don’t forget Dual-Channel RAM will give you a boost in framerates. If you use two RAM sticks with the same specs  to make it a total of 16GB (Ex: x2 8GB DDR4 3200Mhz), you’ll have an extra 5-15 fps depending on the settings you use. 

C) Minecraft Laptops: 300 dollars and below

In 2024, there is no longer need to buy refurbished or used laptops if you want to play Minecraft. There’s plenty plenty of good decent NEW laptops that can run the FULL WINDOWS version of Minecraft. A short list is provided in this link.

All of those laptops can run the vanilla version of Minecraft with some mods and that’s because they either have a Core i3 or a Ryzen 3 CPU which by default comes with a decent GPU as shown in the tables below:

i3 1115G4 Intel UHD Xe G4 
i3 1215U Intel UHD 64EUs
i5 1135G7 Intel Iris Xe 80 (1600Mhz)
i5 1345U  Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

Ryzen 3 3250U RX Vega 3

The problem with the laptops shown in that small list is that most of them have 4GB so you have to do the upgrade on your own to 8GB. Once you do, the vanilla version of MC will run with at least 60fps on Fast settings.

1. Below 250 dollars: Intel Pentium/Celeron Laptops For Minecraft

On the other hand, if your budget falls quiet below 250 dollars then you will be limited to Intel Pentium or Intel Celeron CPUs. Basically, you’ll have to settle with a non-Core i3 or non-Ryzen 3. 

Why are they no good for MC Java Edition?

RAM isnt’ the issue, nor is the integrated GPU because most of these laptops have decent iGPUs.

The issue is the CPU. It’s too slow for a full blown operating system like Windows.

If you can’t run Windows without stuttering then Minecraft performance will be very very slow.

So why even mention these CPUs?

They are still useful for the Pocket or BedRock Edition of Minecraft.

These run on Windows in “S mode” which is nerfed version of the Windows OS you know.

Intel or Pentium CPU can handle ” Windows in S mode” because it is much less hardware demanding. 

2. Other CPUs Below 250 dollars

CPUs outside the Pentium and Celeron can run the full version of Minecraft. For example but you have to avoid the following (on top of Intel Pentium & Celeron):

    • For Intel: Avoid anything that says Celeron, Atom or has the letter M/Y somewhere in the label. Ex: m5-6Y54 , m5-6Y57.
    • Avoid 3rd gen intel CPUs and older generations. (These are not that slow but integrated graphics here not only outdated but also incompatible with the  current version of Windows).
    • For AMD: Avoid anything that says E1, E2, etc.

And opt for the following:

  • AMD CPUs with 7xxxP, 8xxxP or 9xxx will WORK!
  • Intel processors with 5xxx, or 6xxx  part numbers will WORK TOO!

Some benchmarks of the older &  recommended CPUs:

CPU FPS Graphics Resolution Render. Dist Link
Core i3 4550U* 45 Fancy 720 8 Manu
Core i3 6100U +30 FAST 720p 16 SparkyWizard
Core i3 7100U 60 FANCY 720p 8 TheRyzLe
AMD A9-9425 45 FAST 720p 4 Noteb


Note: it’s very hard to predict how an old CPU will perform if it’s got an older operating system. However, if you can upgrade said laptop with 16GB RAM & and SSD, it will make that laptop literally FLY and get you DECENT playable framerates with the CURRENT java version of Minecraft.

Thus it is CRUCIAL to also check whether the laptop you buy is upgradeable (RAM & Storage). Usually, storage will be upgradeable, but RAM may not be upgradeable as some of these have soldered RAM into the motherboard. If RAM is not upgradeable and you only 4GB, forget it.

3. Rerfurbished Laptops For Minecraft

Of course you don’t have to buy old laptops with old CPUs and have to all the painstaking task of doing the RAM upgrade and so on. If your budget is below 250 and you still want Core i3 or Ryzen 3 CPUs. Just buy refurbished laptops from Amazon , eBay or any store of your looking.

Refurbished laptops usually come with a 90 day warranty (Amazon)  that means if you don’t like it or if it stops working you can return it and get all your money back.

You can minimize the chances of getting a bad apple by choosing good brands. From my experience:

Here’s the hierarchy:  Lenovo > ASUS > MSI > Acer > HP = Dell .


MOST modern laptops are upgradeable so if you only find one with 4GB RAM , you can always replace the 4GB RAM stick with an 8GB RAM stick or add another 4GB RAM or even replace both to have 16GB RAM.  That along with the SSD (which most modern laptops have) will surely make minecraft java edition run with at least 60 fps with fast settings or even higher as shown in the benchmarks above.


If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or recommendations on finding the best laptop for minecraft. Please let us know in the comments below.

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Miguel Salas
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I am physicist and electrical engineer. My knowledge in computer software and hardware stems for my years spent doing research in optics and photonics devices and running simulations through various programming languages. My goal was to work for the quantum computing research team at IBM but Im now working with Astrophysical Simulations through Python. Most of the science related posts are written by me, the rest have different authors but I edited the final versions to fit the site's format.

Miguel Salas

I am physicist and electrical engineer. My knowledge in computer software and hardware stems for my years spent doing research in optics and photonics devices and running simulations through various programming languages. My goal was to work for the quantum computing research team at IBM but Im now working with Astrophysical Simulations through Python. Most of the science related posts are written by me, the rest have different authors but I edited the final versions to fit the site's format.

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