For what it’s worth, I’m using a large number of peripherals and software packages simultaneously: 12 USB input devices (e.g. joystick/yoke/three different sets of throttles, stream decks, kb/mouse, multiple arduino devices, etc) and some additional USB devices that aren’t controllers (e.g. usb headset, jetseat). On the software side, I run FSUIPC7, mobiflight, RealSimGear device interface, TrackIR, SimShaker, Gees, XPForce, Navigraph SimConnect and the Skypark (simultaneously… any time I’m simming). I’ve not had any recent performance issues until this latest WU4 update, where the stuttering puts the sim into a state that’s beyond unplayable in multiplayer (And only in multiplayer). If I go to options > data > multiplayer: off it’s totally fine again (Where fine in my case == 35-45 fps on avg, with no stutters that I wouldn’t attribute to scenery/asset load).
As I don’t have any clue what your technical background is, I wouldn’t dare make any assumptions, but I can share some of the issues I’ve had in in the past with this sim (and XP11) and USB peripherals.
I have had trouble with Windows putting USB devices to sleep, which can be solved in the device manager, if you haven’t tried that.
I have had trouble with USB hubs failing, sometimes as soon as 6 months in, sometimes as long as 2 years in.
I have had trouble with individual on-board USB ports having trouble with one specific USB peripheral SUDDENLY, after weeks/months, and have witnessed the same device and the same port work completely fine in an alternative configuration.
I have also had trouble with oversaturating the existing USB controller on the motherboard, and I have also had success by installing a high-quality PCIe USB expansion card (I avoid the super cheap ones on Amazon, and the ones that only pull power through a SATA power connector which I believe is insufficient). Note that even your motherboard may also contribute significantly to your success with this option – in my system there are shared resources across the PCI bus between certain PCIe and SATA slots, and failure to adhere to certain requirements could reduce my GPU PCIe speed down to 4x (from 16x), and possibly another horror or two I’ve since forgotten buried deep within my motherboard manual.
Prior to this latest update I had been enjoying FS2020 with tons of community addons and running at moderately high settings, and with TrackIR (version 5) fully functioning the entire time. I do mostly use the passive TrackClip (with just the reflectors).
Hopefully a solution exists for you out there, good luck!