I am quite new to Linux, Mint is my first experience and I love it so far.
I have a Nvidia GTX 660 card and have the latest proprietary driver installed. Under cinnamon, everything works just fine, there is minimal screen tearing, even Team Fortress 2 runs fluently on high graphic details.
But once I change to awesome-wm the graphical performance gets noticeably worse. Moving / resizing windows and scrolling create many screen tearings and artifacts - games like Team Fortress 2 become unplayable due to very low fps. The same effect occurs in openbox and xfce - but strangly not in kde.
Do you guys have a clue what the problem is? Does it have to do with awesome-wm not having a compositor?