OptiFine HD 1.7.10 / 1.9.4 / 1.9 / 1.8.9: Review & Full Details

The OptiFine Mid enables significantly better performance in Minecraft. It offers you a lot more options to Adjust the graphics and utilization of your Hardware. For all of you who want to also Shader games, you will not come to OptiFine.

OptiFine is a Minecraft optimization mod. It allows Minecraft to run faster and look better with full support for HD textures and many configuration options. OptiFine HD 1.17.1/1.16.5 (FPS Boost, Shaders) is a mod that helps you to adjust Minecraft effectively. It makes Minecraft run more smoothly and use fewer resources. Besides, it enables you to run resource (texture) pack HD without installing more other mods. Usually, it can double or triple your FPS. All in all the mod is a performance-related tool that can provide a large FPS boost.

A perfect choice for personal computers that want to run Mincracraft more smoothly. This an indispensable mod for those playing Minec raft with features like FPS boost, Support HD Textures, Variable Render Distance, Antialiasing, Connected Textures.

Optifine 1.17.1 and 1.16.5 is one of the most commonly recognized mods amongst the Minecraft community–and for good reasons. Widely regarded as one of the few mods that revolutionized the way Minecraft is played, Optifine has added a multitude of features that smooths performance, enhances graphics, and allows hardware to better process the game’s textures.

But that’s simply Optifine in general. This particular mod enhances Optifine for 1.17 builds of Minecraft. Optifine HD focuses on making the game more aesthetically pleasing while giving a considerable boost to performance speed. Many players who use this build of Optifine will notice a significant increase in framerate. While a noticeable spike in framerate is a common feature, Optifine HD provides many other features as well.

In conjunction to processing performance, this mod also provides support for HD textures. Some notable examples are HD fonts, animated terrain and item textures, custom colors, custom palettes, and custom lighting. This mod also allows for more variable render distance, ranging from tiny to extreme. Some sky textures are visible in short render distances, a feature not commonly available in vanilla. 

This mod also adds mipmaps support, making it so objects at a distance have an easier time rendering and therefore look better than compared to a vanilla experience. Optifine HD also adds support for simpler visual features, including fog control, better grass, better snow, and clearer water textures. Sometimes the simplest improvements are the most noticeable, and this mod is a testament to that concept.

On the more technical side, Optifine HD mod adds advanced features for those who are extremely familiar with the more complicated side of visual effects. Anisotropic filtering is one such example, providing support for mipmapped features within the game.

Antialiasing is also provided, which often adds smoothness for some of the rougher, more pixelated textures seen in-game. V-Sync is provided as well, increasing the average processing performance by adjusting the framerate to better match the refresh rate of the player’s monitor. Support for Advanced OpenGL is added as well, a feature most noticed by players adept in advanced graphical features.

 In Layman’s terms, OpenGL adjusts the in-game artifacts, creating either a better visual experience or a better processing performance. With Optifine HD, the player can adjust how the game loads chunks. For strong processors, a player can adjust chunks to load at an incredible distance so that moving from one point in the game to another feels more like an open experience rather than a string of loading up sections to the game.

For those with less powerful computers, chunks can be preloaded. This often allows certain chunks to not be loaded, making it so the game will not waste resources on loading an area that will not be explored. What good is loading up parts of a game that aren’t used, anyway?

Finally, Optifine allows for an incredible amount of graphical configuration. Certain animations, such as fire, water, lava, explosions, particles, and many other animations can be disabled to further increase processing performance. By default, these features are enabled. If you are looking for a mod to increase the graphical aspects of Minecraft, or you simply want the game to run faster, Optifine HD is definitely worth checking out.


  • FPS boost (examples)

– doubling the FPS is common

– decreases lag spikes and smooths gameplay

  • Support for HD Textures (info)

– HD textures and HD fonts (MCPatcher not needed)

– custom terrain and item textures

– animated terrain and item textures

– custom HD Font character widths

– custom colors

– custom block color palettes

– custom lighting

– unlimited texture size

  • Support for Shaders (info)

– based on the Shaders Mod by Karyonix

  • Dynamic Lights

– allows handheld and dropped light emitting items to illuminate the objects around them

– similar, but not related to the Dynamic Lights mod

  • Variable Render Distance (example)

– from Tiny to Extreme (2 x Far) in 16m steps

– sun, moon, and stars are visible in Tiny and Short distance

  • Configurable Smooth Lighting (examples)

– from 1% – smooth lighting without shadows

– to 100% – smooth lighting with full shadows

  • Performance: VSync

– Synchronizes framerate with monitor refresh rate to remove split frames and smooth gameplay

  • Smart Advanced OpenGL

– more efficient, fewer artifacts

– Fast – faster, some artifacts still visible

– Fancy – slower, avoids visual artifacts

  • Fog control

– Fog: Fancy, Fast, OFF

– Fog start: Near, Far

  • Mipmaps (examples)

– Visual effect which makes distant objects look better by smoothing the texture details

– Mipmap level – OFF, 1, 2, 3, Max

– Mipmap type – Nearest, Linear

  • Anisotropic Filtering (examples)

– Restores details in mipmapped textures

– AF level – OFF, 2, 4, 8, 16 (depends on hardware support)

  • Antialiasing (examples)

– Smooths jagged lines and sharp color transitions

– AA level – OFF, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16 (depends on hardware support)

  • Better Grass

– Fixes grass blocks side texture to match surrounding grass terrain

  • Better Snow (examples, credit)

– Fixes transparent blocks textures to match surrounding snow terrain

  • Clear Water (examples)

– Clear, transparent water with good visibility underwater

  • Random Mobs

– Use random mob textures if available in the texture pack

  • Connected Textures (examples)

– Connects textures for glass, glass panes, sandstone, and bookshelf blocks which are next to each other.

  • Natural Textures (examples, idea)

– Removes the gridlike pattern created by repeating blocks of the same type.

– Uses rotated and flipped variants of the base block texture.

  • FPS control

– Smooth FPS – stabilizes FPS by flushing the graphics driver buffers (examples)

– Smooth Input – fixes stuck keys, slow input, and sound lag by setting correct thread priorities

  • Chunk Loading Control

– Load Far – loads the world chunks at distance Far, allows fast render distance switching

– Preloaded Chunks – defines an area in which no new chunks will be loaded

– Chunk Updates per Frame – allows for faster world loading

– Dynamic Updates – loads more chunks per frame when the player is standing still

  • Configurable Details

– Clouds – Default, Fast, Fancy

– Cloud Height – from 0% to 100%

– Trees – Default, Fast, Fancy

– Grass – Default, Fast, Fancy

– Water – Default, Fast, Fancy

– Rain and Snow – Default, Fast, Fancy

– Sky – ON, OFF

– Stars – ON, OFF

– Sun & Moon – ON, OFF

– Depth Fog – ON, OFF

– Weather – ON, OFF

– Swamp Colors – ON, OFF

– Smooth Biomes – ON, OFF

– Custom Fonts – ON, OFF

– Custom Colors – ON, OFF

– Show Capes – ON, OFF (supports HD capes)

  • Configurable animations

– Water Animated – OFF, Dynamic, ON

– Lava Animated – OFF, Dynamic, ON

– Fire Animated – OFF, ON

– Portal Animated – OFF, ON

– Redstone Animated – OFF, ON

– Explosion Animated – OFF, ON

– Flame Animated – OFF, ON

– Smoke Animated – OFF, ON

– Void Particles – OFF, ON

– Water Particles – OFF, ON

– Rain Splash – OFF, ON

– Portal Particles – OFF, ON

– Dripping Water/Lava – OFF, ON

– Terrain Animated – OFF, ON

– Items Animated – OFF, ON

  • Fast Texturepack Switching

– Switch the current Texturepack without leaving the world

  • Fullscreen Resolution

– Configurable fullscreen resolution

  • Debug

– Fast Debug Info – removes lagometer from debug screen

– Debug Profiler – removes profiler from debug screen

  • Time Control

–  Default, Day Only, or Night Only – works only in Creative mode

  • Autosave

– Configurable Autosave interval

– A fix for the famous Lag Spike of Death

How to install?

  1. Make sure you have already installed Minecraft Forge.
  2. Locate the Minecraft application folder.
  3. On windows open Run from the Start menu, type %appdata% and click Run.
  4. On mac open finder, hold down ALT and click Go then Library in the top menu bar. Open the folder Application Support and look for Minecraft.
  5. Place the mod you have just downloaded (.jar file) into the Mods folder.
  6. When you launch Minecraft and click the mods button you should now see the mod is installed.

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