Logan wants to sell his old laptop and build a new gaming PC. Leo says for gaming, he will want to get a PC that has an NVIDIA GPU. Fastest one he can afford. But ironically, the Processor is less important than the GPU now. Leo recommends going to PCPerspective and look at the Hardware Leaderboard. It shows what is the current best configuration by price point. That'll give him a good idea of how to build the computer he wants. Intel or AMD Ryzen?
Yesterday, Sam was a judge at an "orphan car show." It's a show filled with cars that are no longer made. He was able to judge the Packard group, picking their favorite car. Another item for today is a visit to NVidia's Drive Labs, which has been using deep neural networks to develop autonomously driven vehicles. And they've created a playlist of how Nvidia is advancing the art and making autonomous vehicles safe. Check it out here - Nvidia's Drive Labs - https://youtu.be/iTZ9GoN2Q0k
Chris wants to know what Leo thinks of the new Max-Q design for Nvidia powered laptops. Leo says it's for hardcore gamers. But it is thin and light, and uses less power to save battery life. It's still about 10-15% slower than the desktop GTX1080. But for laptop performance, it's impressive. And at $1,000, it had better be.
At CES Mercedes Benz says that they will have a self driving car by next year and are working with NVidia to develop it. Leo says that CES often announces things that don't happen for years, if at all. He thinks that it'll be 5 to 10 years before we see self driving cars on the roads as common place.
Larry is having trouble with his NVidia video card which keeps crashing, especially when watching HD video. The screen will go black and he'll get awful sounding audio. Leo says that's a sign of a bad or corrupted driver that will write improperly to the memory buffers. The only thing that can do that is Windows itself or a driver. Reinstalling the driver could solve the problem.
Gerald wants to know how he can upgrade his video drivers without paying for them. Leo says he shouldn't have to pay for drivers, they will come with the hardware he buys. So he should avoid any scam that requires him to pay for a driver. Chances are, Windows Update will have the driver update anyway. He can also get the Windows HQL driver. It's Microsoft certified and is usually the most bug free. Then there's NVidia's certified drivers at NVidia.com/downloads.
Paul is thinking about building a new home theater and gaming PC and is looking at NVidia for video cards. Leo says that NVidia's new Pascal platform promises to be lightyears ahead of the state of the art. Leo suggests going to PCPerspective and checking out their hardware leaderboard for the best suggestions.
Brian wants to get a new high end tablet, but he's not seeing much in the higher end out there any more. Leo says that may be due to sales lagging now, like the wave has crested on tablets. But there are still some good tablets out there including the Nvidia Shield, the Sony Experia Z4, and Samsung's Note series.
Jeff is looking to get a MacBook Pro for college and he's wondering if there's a difference between the dual core and quad core processors. Leo says that quad core is more about speeding up rendering times than anything else. The higher end 15" model uses an NVidia Iris Pro GPU, which would be a more noticeable difference from the lower end models.