Lightroom performance issues

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For some reason Lightroom is performing SO slow/sluggish since 6.0 .
I work as a real-estate photographer and i use the HDR function alot, which gives great results in Lightroom, natural looking HDR's.

The problem tho is the sluggish performance of Lightroom's modules itself.
Trying to move the sliders in develop module on a HDR is just a pain in my a... It takes up to 1-2 two seconds before it responds and maybe a few more before the change actually happens on screen.

I have googled alot and tried alot of recommendations to make Lightroom faster, but it feels like im just polishing a turd..

Lightroom used to be so awesome and snappy. Now it feels like a bloatware.
I know I am not the only one with this problem and i know it has nothing to do with any of my work stations which are top of the line with the best CPU and GPU and SSD's.

If there was a software that had the same HDR module built in like Lightroom does i would change in a heartbeat.. Sadly there is none..

I wish you could get your coding up-to-par. I am paying monthly for a degrading product. At some point you will start to loose costumers..

If i open my photos in Photoshop it's snappy as a hare.. Lightroom is a turtle..
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We'll need to know your full system specs and OS before we can even start to guess what might be wrong. Have you tried with and without the GPU checkbox enabled?
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IntelĀ® CoreTM i7-4770K Processor
Nvidia Geforce 980GTX
Samsung 950 SSD's

Windows 10.

All drivers are updated, including motherboard firmware etc.

As i said, i have these issues on several computers.
Asking for system specs wont help, this is a degrading issue with lightroom that has been happening over time. At every release, there is a decline in performance. Every once in a while there is a update which makes it a little bit better, but it does not help to take two steps backwards and one step forward.

This is not a cry for help, it is a cry for Adobe to get their stuff together and code a software worth using.

Lightroom 3-5 was so much better. Now it just feels bloated.

I have tried turning XMP off, GPU checkbox on/off.
Using smaller catalogs.
Optimizing catalogs.
Reinstalling Windows.
Editing Smart Previews instead of the actual files.

I am starting to think i should just use Lightroom for creating the HDR files, then edit in some other software, because as it is right now, it's unbearable.