Originally Posted by artem
I know that, but 2D operations don't noticeably stress modern 3D accelerators. It used to be the issue probably 12 years ago but not now (but even then I don't remember any problems with 2D performance either under Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0 or XFree86 3.0, everything was very snappy).
Totally different era. Back then cards actually did have dedicated 2D engines. That hasn't been the case in years however on modern cards as they no longer have 2D engines. That is why you see so many regressions in 2D performance no matter the card make / brand on modern cards.