Fedora32 - Gnome Freezes after recent update

At first I thought this was a total system freeze, but it does not appear that way now.

After a recent system update(sudo dnf update), the Gnome desktop freezes/locks up randomly.
There is no pattern I can find. Sometime is freezes right after login, other times it might run for several hours with no issues. Sometimes with no applications running, other times I can run many different application before it freezes.
When it freezes the display, keyboard and mouse are completely locked. The display is frozen, sometimes in the middle of an animation. There is no way to have any control/input on the local system.
At first, the only thing I could do was reboot the system.
I enabled SSH as a test. When frozen, the system is still active and I can interact with it via SSH from another system. But nothing local.

In my ssh session, I can run gnome-shell --replace to restart the desktop. No active windows remain after logging back in.
However, once I have the problem, it normally freezes again with a minute.

I find it interesting that, as far as I am aware, there were no Gnome updates, just the kernel updates. But Gnome is affected.

I’m going to switch to xorg instead of Wayland and test for a few days as well.
Looking for any troubleshooting/debugging suggestions or ideas.

Lenovo Thinkpad W530| Lenovo Docking Station
Intel® Core™ i7-3740QM CPU @ 2.70GHz
System memory: 16GiB
Quadro K1000M | NVIDIA Corporation (NVE7)
Windowing System: Wayland

$ uname -r
5.7.10-201.fc32.x86_64

$ uname -a
Linux localhost.localdomain 5.7.10-201.fc32.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Jul 23 00:58:39 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ gnome-shell --version
GNOME Shell 3.36.4

$ dnf list kernel
Installed Packages
kernel.x86_64 5.7.8-200.fc32 @updates
kernel.x86_64 5.7.9-200.fc32 @updates
kernel.x86_64 5.7.10-201.fc32 @updates

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Hi @mblanton, welcome to the forum.

I have no solution for your problem but suggest when after a crash you ssh into your laptop to have a look at the output of the dmesg command and journalctl -n 50 to see if you see any problem reported. In the few weeks I’m reading this forum I see a lot of issues with nvidia hardware. Are you using the nvidia driver?
To see if the problem is due to a kernel update you can boot with an older kernel to see if the problem persists.

Could not find/get any use information, either from dmesg or journalctl. A few days ago I finally decided to install the NVIDIA driver and disable nouveau drivers. Things seem to be stable now. No lock up or freeze issues.
NVIDIA Driver Version: 450.57