(1) I upgraded my video card drivers, didn't change anything.
(2) In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool it says Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 under Display 1 & Intel HD 4600 under Display 2. The task manager says Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 under GPU.
(3) I haven't overclocked it.
(4) see attachment
Thank you for your ongoing help.
Hello again Kana,
I'm sorry that nothing I suggested seems to have helped. I looked at your Startup Tab. I see that you still have your Avira Virus software running. If you wish to continue trying to find what might be happening, please read on--
You did say that you were playing the game through GOG Galaxy, but since it's disabled in the Startup Tab, I assume you changed that for the last test?
Also, you said that you sometimes use OBS (streaming software). You also disabled that during the latest tests I assume since it doesn't appear on the Startup tab. Or maybe it is still active, but not thru startup?
While this may not be to your liking, and may not help at all, consider disconnecting the second monitor from your computer's configuration and then playing the game again.
And you said you updated NVidia's V-Sync settings. There is also a setting within the game's menu to toggle V-Sync on and off. I'm unsure what effect this has when you already toggle the setting in the NVidia driver, so consider trying the game with V-Sync both checked and unchecked in the game's options if you already haven't done so.
I have two more suggestions:
(1) Consider disabling your internet connection, then disabling the virus protection. I don't know if this version of Avira is a resource hog or not, but as long as you're not connected to the internet, I don't see the harm in temporarily disabling it on this tab, and then running the game. Please know though that I cannot be responsible for anything that may happen while you do this. Also, it appears that there may be one or more other programs running on the Startup tab, but not showing on your screenshot. If that's the case, consider disabling those as well.
(2) Consider turning off the Gaming Bar in Win 10. This is done in Settings/Gaming/then toggle Game Bar off. My Win 10 box has this turned on and I don't think it will make much difference, but you can try it.
I have taken a video of my Win 10 box playing the Little Misfortune game with Performance Manager displaying some benchmarks. Here's a link to that video: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FQRJw-GzIvPOrLo9clDcMUS0Sg3fNLSd
As you can see from my video, the CPU utilization starts at around 53% when the game's menu is displayed. Then I go to Extras/Cinematics and play the first two cinematics. And the CPU utilization drops to around 15%. Consider doing a similar thing with your computer and compare that spec on your computer with mine.
Also note that GPU 1 (a NVidia GeForce 760 ti--2 GB RAM) is only using up to 9% of the CPU during the cinematics which increases substantially when the menus are displayed. Do you get similar results?
I also have a Intel HD 4600 graphics card (GPU 0) which is not in use in my current configuration.
Also the RAM usage hovers around just about 2.3 GB of the 16 GB available on my PC. Do you see similar results? You said in an earlier post that your memory usage was at 27%. That would be about 4.3 GB of RAM usage based on you having 16 GB on your machine. I believe mine is at about 14%. That may make a difference. I don't know if the difference is Avast, or any other program running on the Startup Tab which I cannot see (I'm using only Windows Defender on this Win 10 text box right now).
If you can get the RAM usage down a bit, perhaps that will improve the way the cinematics play. If that's not the issue, then I would say that perhaps the codecs on your machine may be different than mine. But my Win 10 box has only the default codecs installed with Win 10 and anything else that gets installed with VLC which I have also installed.
You can install K-Lite Codec Pack if you wish. I have this installed on my Win 10 box, but I don't think it really made any difference in how the game's cinematics play.
Is your cinematic experience substantially different than what you saw in my video? I consider the way the cinematics played in the video to be just fine. If you don't agree, maybe that is the difference?
Just for clarity, you did say your video drivers are up to date. Here's a link to the Display tab of my Direct X Diagnostic tool results: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MFc0805in5tVzaO_6neO1p5sWCRT2Nn4
for comparison to your own.
The developers are aware of the issue you have raised. There is a patch to be released soon. Waiting for that patch to see if your experience is different is the only other thing I can suggest. No guarantees this will help you however.
Feel free to respond if you wish. I'm sorry I cannot be more helpful.