Thanks! Funny to hear you mention this but yes, actually that's exactly how I had it set up. I'm using borderless window wherever I can to keep my color profile intact. Setting everything manually, one by one, helped me get around another error I had -> textures would remain on a lower setting, just like the resolution. But the stuttering remained. Framerates were nice and more than high enough in between. One form of intermittent pauses was fixed through NVInspector though -> once I removed my framerate limit, the long-and-hard stutter was gone.