I'm not sure if this is a Mint problem, or a GTK problem or a Linux issue in general, but why is the user interface so studdery in Cinnamon. I just booted into Windows yesterday for the first time in a few months and I was blown away by how smooth and fluid like the interface was in windows 7. Windows move, resize, minimize,maximize and close so smoothly. I guess I was used to seeing Cinnamon run at what feels like 10 fps that when I switched t windows, the difference was dramatic.
I play games (Minecraft, Forced) on Linux and they are fine, I don't see any issues in performance, it's just the UI. The parts that are the slowest I find are moving, resizing, opening and closing windows. If I switch workspaces, the animation is nice and smooth.
I have all my graphics drivers up to date, I'm using the latest ones from Nvidia. I have 2 GTX280s.
Should I try a different DE? I'm thinking KDE, last time I tried Kubuntu I was pretty impressed with it.