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  cat > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf <<'_EOF'
  Section "Device"
  Identifier "Intel Graphics"
  Driver "intel"
  Option "AccelMethod" "sna"
  Option "TearFree" "true"
this is what I had to do when I was using xubuntu to fix that

Since these things don't come installed by default in big distros, I can't help but think they need to introduce some big trade-offs. I don't know if doing this without understanding this trade-off is a good idea. (not saying it's not, but I don't know)

There are but the thing is - vsync is a trade-off in itself. That's why there're variable refreshrate monitors with freesync and gsync, so obviously the better solution is to use them. But intel needs to support those first. Until then... you just need to deal with either of those trade-offs[0].

[0] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/intel_graphics#Tearing

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