In the recently released Linux Mint 18.2 with the desktop Xfce had updated window manager Xfwm4, which added support for vertical sync through DRI 3/Present and OpenGL. It solves the problem of tearing already at the hardware level, but in Linux Mint 18.2 (as in Ubuntu 16.04) is not enabled by default interface DRI 3, so the point of this innovations 0. So you need to turn it on.
This method works with the free video drivers for Intel and AMD cards.
The essence of the method is to create a custom Xorg configuration file, which specifies the necessary options. Create this file:
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