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Minecraft is a sandbox game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. It is currently in development by Markus Persson, aka "Notch". The gameplay is inspired by Dwarf Fortress, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Dungeon Keeper, and especially Infiniminer. The game has two variants, Alpha and Classic, both with single- and multiplayer options. Classic includes only the building aspects of the game with unlimited blocks, while Alpha includes monsters and a much greater variety of crafting available, as well as requiring players to mine their own blocks. Alpha is currently the latest release of Minecraft, and plans to move into beta sometime in September 2010. Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 16, 2009 on the TIGSource forums, where it gained a considerable level of popularity. It has been continually updated since then.
Minecraft GPU Performance Comparison Graph

Minecraft GPU Analysis
Comparing Minecraft PC system requirements to all GPUs shows that Minecraft is going to need a graphics card that is capable of DX 8 or OpenGL 2.1.

Minecraft makes use of DX9.00 so a GPU with that capability could benefit from enhanced visuals.

To get the best visual graphical experience on Minecraft, aim to have a GPU that has at least 256 MB GPU RAM.

Most bottom end graphics cards currently available today, will probably allow you to play Minecraft

We are advised that 12 year old graphics cards should be able to run Minecraft , but there could be a few exceptions to this rule.

Note that most games do not officially support laptop graphics cards, but nowadays many laptop graphics solutions are capable of running modern games. Whether desktop graphics cards or laptop, try searching for your graphics card to compare against the Minecraft graphics card requirements chart below.