How To Make Minecraft Use GPU

By | July 23, 2021

So I played Minecraft for a long time, and I was getting tired of the lag. So what I did was go into the settings and change it to use my GPU instead of my CPU. So now, whenever I play Minecraft, there is almost no lag at all!

Minecraft is a game where you can build and explore your world. However, Minecraft does not use the GPU to render graphics. Instead, the default setting for rendering is CPU-based. This makes it run slower than it should be in high settings with shaders enabled.  

The solution is simple: get a mod that uses OpenCL or OpenGL to make Minecraft use the GPU instead of just using the CPU! If you want to know how to keep reading this blog post.

How To Make Minecraft Use GPU
How To Make Minecraft Use GPU

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What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a game created by Markus Persson (Notch) in 2009. It is written in Java based on the LWJGL framework and uses the OpenGL rendering API to display graphics.

How does it work

I’ll start with an explanation about how Minecraft works under the hood, then go over what OpenCL or CUDA is. Hence, you get a general idea of why they can benefit Minecraft and other applications.

How To Make Minecraft Use GPU

Step 1: Open Settings

The first step is to make sure that you open the settings menu. To do so, make sure to go into your start menu. You should see an icon with the word “settings” on it. Click on that and make sure you open the Java tab in settings as well.

Step 2: Change Render Type 

Now make sure you scroll down until you see an option with the text “Execute with CPU or GPU (OpenGL).” Click on this and make sure to change the box from CPU rendering to GPU rendering. This will make Minecraft use your graphics card instead of just the CPU.

Step 3: Get Mod for OpenCL or CUDA

Step 4: Launch Minecraft

Now make sure you open and make your way into Minecraft. Minecraft should now be using the GPU instead of just the CPU! If you want, make sure to go over settings and change any other option you might find beneficial! 

That is it; if everything works correctly, then make sure to leave a comment below letting everyone know that you got Minecraft working with OpenCL or CUDA!

Step 5: Playing Minecraft Now, make sure you launch Minecraft by going into your start menu again. This time make sure to click on “Minecraft” and make sure it launches all the way. 

After this, make sure to go ahead and play some Minecraft until your heart’s content (or at least for an hour). Once done, make sure to make your way over to settings again and make sure it is still using the GPU.

Make sure you check out my other blogs! I make a new one almost every week about technology in general. Thanks for reading; I hope this blog post helped you make Minecraft use the GPU better!

If this method is not working for you, check out this video. I hope it’s helpful for you.

How To Make Minecraft Use GPU

OpenCL and Minecraft 

Your PC will make Minecraft start faster if you make Minecraft use GPU. Open CL is an API for GPUs to make your program go faster, and Minecraft can do this exceptionally well. This article and these [How To] make Minecraft make use of it.

A Microsoft DirectX library lets you make your program run on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). A CPU (Central Processing Unit) needs to take things to step by step, but a GPU does many steps at once — which means it’s fast.

If your PC has an integrated graphics card or Intel HD Graphics with no programming made for the GPU– then you won’t be able to make use of this option.

This doesn’t mean all PCs make Minecraft run faster. However, you can make Minecraft make use of it even if your PC does not make Minecraft make use of GPU.

You don’t have to get new hardware or software to make Minecraft use Open CL, but if yours doesn’t make Minecraft use GPU, you need a different method; I will talk about that in the last section with additional info this article.

OpenCL works on any operating system (OS) to make Minecraft go faster using the RAM or hard drive, but Windows has DirectX, and Linux and OS X do not have DirectX.

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, there is support for making Minecraft make use of OpenCL on Windows XP/Vista/7 and making Minecraft make use of OpenCL on Linux/OSX.


If you want to make Minecraft use GPU, make sure that your computer has a graphics card. It will only make the game run on CPU, and Minecraft users may experience some lag or stuttering frame rates. 

The guide provided should help you make Minecraft work with both processors to avoid confusion about what hardware needs are needed for optimal gameplay.