Single Player Combat Crashes PC

Game mode: Singleplayer
Problem: Crash
Region: US

Every time I engage an NPC or animal in combat, the game crashes my PC hard. I’ve tried re-installing, verifying Integrity of Files, updating my graphics drivers, reducing all graphics settings to low, but no luck. I’ve seen one or two other posts in this forum with similar reports, but I have not yet seen a resolution provided. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Zotac Mini 1080 16GB FreeSync enabled
GeForce Graphics Driver 397.93
AMD FX-8120 16GB 3.1 GHz
Windows 10 (x64)
230 GB Free Disk space
Windows Update v. 1709 (Can’t get 1803 to install)

Update: When using Laptop mode during combat, I have yet to crash. I monitor my GPU temps throughout and see very little change in temps between Low and Laptop mode. When in Ultra/high/low my temps do not exceed 55-60c. Those temps are well below the threshold posted by Nvidia.

I have installed the latest graphics drivers available as 6/7/2018.

I’m at a loss as to why this is happening. Can someone tell me what , if any, instruction set is disabled in laptop mode that would help me further troubleshoot this issue?

I can run SubNautica and other games at the highest settings and have no issues. I have to believe this is an issue specific to the way the game is coded (particularly combat).