Please help me to diagnose my decreased performance over time/sudden extreme lag

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First the problem. I have had more than my fair share of problems with Fallout 4, modding it has obviously caused a series of performance issues. But every time I've f'd it up, I've managed to figure out the problem and fix it. Quite recently the performance issues have seemed to get worse, namely lag and occasional freezes. I initially thought this had to be mod nonsense, but now I'm not sure. I've been playing Dying Light on the side with zero issues aside from the occasional mini-freeze/lag. But now it also seems to have very bad lag. The lag is most prevalent the more action is going on, so I suspect hardware.

Second, specs and benchmark. Irritating benchmark: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/35926260
Irritating because I have a gaming laptop (Acer Nitro AN515-43) with two GPU's. Despite setting it in windows power settings, it won't test my discrete GPU (Radeon RX 560X), only the onboard GPU. When running the test it says: WARN: skipping Radeon RX 560X Series - unable to locate attached display.

Third, what I've already tried. Changing the settings, it seems to make= no difference to either game. Every mod fix you can think of, but happy to hear them again. Buying a cooling pad in case the decrease is due to throttling. Updating drivers and a virus scan.

Last considerations. Fo4 is installed on my SSD, and DL on my HDD. It's possible there are separate issues affecting both of them. But I'm sure it's not a coincidence that they both started to have the same problem at the same time. However, F04's lag is much worse despite being on much lower settings and userbench says that my HDD is underperforming. F04 uses more RAM though.

I'm trying to use afterburner to monitor the performance in-game, but I have no idea what I'm looking for. GPU does spike to 100% often.

I'd really appreciate some help with figuring this problem out. What else can I do to diagnose and or try to fix the issue? Userbench says I would enable XMP for my Memory kit, should I? Could this be the problem? Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here, this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s.

To publish a Speccy profile to the Web:

In Speccy, click File, and then click Publish Snapshot.

In the Publish Snapshot dialog box, click Yes to enable Speccy to proceed.

Speccy publishes the profile and displays a second Publish Snapshot. You can open the URL in your default browser, copy it to the clipboard, or close the dialog box.
 

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Have you tried any of the other things that have been suggested to you on the other two forums that you have posted this question on?
 

sufficientlysubdued

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Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here, this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s.

To publish a Speccy profile to the Web:

In Speccy, click File, and then click Publish Snapshot.

In the Publish Snapshot dialog box, click Yes to enable Speccy to proceed.

Speccy publishes the profile and displays a second Publish Snapshot. You can open the URL in your default browser, copy it to the clipboard, or close the dialog box.

Right. Thank you. Sorry, its taken so long to respond. Here is the speccy link: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/ZYtKYohTz5Qz3172yzaWyu7
 

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Have you tried any of the other things that have been suggested to you on the other two forums that you have posted this question on?

I have tried to update BIOS, display adapters, Radeon software, windows (they were all already up to date, except for windows by one new update), change power settings (can't be done on Radeon software anymore), I have run DISM and SFC scans, defragged the HDD and I've run a disk clean-up and that's all that's been suggested so far.

I can say though, as of today, prior to completing any of these the problem is better, but not resolved. The problem seems to be more dependent on graphical settings than it was before (at least with Dying Light). My laptop is still underperforming relative to FPS benchmarks I've seen with the same games online. Again there is still the possibility that there are separate issues affecting the two games. Given that they are on separate hard drives, and F04 has been a modding nightmare.
 
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