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MADRID — A persistent blizzard has blanketed large parts of Spain with 50-year record levels of snow, killing at least four people and leaving thousands trapped in cars or in train stations and airports that had suspended all services as the snow kept falling on Saturday.The bodies of a man and woman were recovered by the Andalucía region emergency service after their car was washed away by a flooded river near the town of Fuengirola. The Interior Ministry said a 54-year-old man was also found dead in Madrid under a big pile of snow. A homeless man died of hypothermia in the northern city of Zaragoza, the local police department reported.More than half of Spain’s provinces remained on alert Saturday afternoon, five of them on their highest level of warning, for Storm Filomena. In the capital, authorities activated the red alert for the first time since the system was adopted four decades ago and called in the military to rescue people from vehicles trapped on everything from small roads to the city’s major thoroughfares.More than 50 centimetres (20 inches) of snow fell in the capital. By 7 a.m. on Saturday, the AEMET national weather agency had recorded the highest 24-hour snowfall seen since 1971 in Madrid.Sandra Morena, who became trapped late on Friday as she commuted to her night shift as a security guard in a shopping centre, arrived home, on foot, after an army emergency unit helped her out on Saturday morning.“It usually takes me 15 minutes but this time it has been 12 hours freezing, without food or water, crying with other people because we didn’t know how we were going to get out of there,” said Morena, 22.“Snow can be very beautiful but spending the night trapped in a car because of it is no fun,” she added.AEMET had warned that some regions would be receiving more than 24 hours of continuous snowfall due to the odd combination of a cold air mass stagnant over the Iberian Peninsula and the arrival of the warmer Storm Filomena from the south.The storm is expected to move northeast throughout Saturday but it is expected to be followed by a cold snap, the agency said.Transport Minster José Luis Ábalos warned that “snow is going to turn into ice and we will enter a situation perhaps more dangerous than what we have at the moment.”He added that the priority was to assist those in need but also to ensure the supply chain for food and other basic goods.“The storm has exceeded the most pessimistic forecasts we had,” Ábalos added.Carlos Novillo, head of the Madrid emergency agency, said that more than 1,000 vehicles had become trapped, mostly on the city’s ring road and the main motorway that leads from the capital to the south, toward the Castilla La Mancha and Andalucia regions.“The situation remains of high risk. This is a very complex phenomenon and a critical situation,” Novillo said Saturday morning in a message posted on social media.“We ask all those who remain trapped to be patient, we will get to you,” he added.Airport operator AENA said that the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport, the main gateway in and out of the country, would remain closed throughout the day after the blizzard bested machines and workers trying to keep the runways clear of snow.All trains into and out of Madrid, both commuter routes and long-distance passenger trains, as well as railway lines between the south and the northeast of the country, were suspended, railway operator Renfe said.The storm had caused serious disruptions or closed altogether over 650 roads by Saturday morning, according to Spain’s transit authorities, which urged people to stay indoors and avoid all non-essential travel.The wintry weather even halted the country’s soccer league, with some of the La Liga top teams unable to travel for games. Saturday’s match between Spanish league leader Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao was postponed after the plane carrying Bilbao’s team on Friday was unable to land in the capital and had to turn around.The regions of Castilla La Mancha and Madrid, home to 8.6 million people altogether, announced that schools would be closed at least on Monday and Tuesday.Despite the numerous branches and even whole trees toppled by the weight of the snow, the blizzard also yielded surreal images that entertained many Madrileños, including a few brave skiers and a man on a dog sled that was seen on videos widely circulated on social media.Lucía Vallés, a coach for a Madrid-based ski club who usually has to travel to faraway mountains with her clients, was thrilled to see the white layers of snow accumulating literally at her doorstep.“I never imagined this, it has been a gift,” the 23-year-old said. “But I’ve never had so many photographs taken of me,” she added as she slid past the late 18th-century building that hosts the Prado Museum.__AP writer Joseph Wilson in Barcelona, Spain, contributed to this report.Aritz Parra, The Associated Press
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 STRIX Gaming OC review – guru3d.com
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming OC review
We move to ASUS, which released their ROG GeForce RTX 3060 STRIX Gaming OC, with 12GB, 3584 shading processors activated and a boost clock of 1882 MHz the card has been tweaked extensively straight out of the box for you. Much has been said, rumored, and spoken about this card. And weird it is that it’s released after the Ti model made a fashionable introduction.
However, with that 3584 shading cores and Ampere architecture, this 3060 series is bound to impress in the 2560×1440 (WQHD) domain. If we look back at the previous generation, the product would sit at GeForce RTX 2070 (SUPER) performance levels and, in due time, will replace that series. If stock becomes available in plentiful volumes though. The GPU is again fabricated on an 8nm node derived from Samsung. This process further develops Samsung’s 10nm process; no EUV is applied in production just yet. The first wave of announcements has seen the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 being released first, and, as a bit of a surprise, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and 3070. It’s now late February 2021 and NVIDIA is set to release its more ‘regular’ 3060 prices 329 USD. As you will have noticed, the 3060 GPU cores count is about 26 percent lower than with the RTX 3060 Ti, which has a GA104 chip with 4864 shading cores (shader/stream/cuda cores = all the same thing with a different name). NVIDIA is launching the 3060 series with the 12GB model, which’s remarkably enough is 2GB more than the GeForce RTX 3080 (!). Later on, they’ll likely silently slip in a 6 GB version, though that has not been confirmed. NVIDIA advertises the series with 13 ‘shader teraflops’ and 25 ‘RT-ops’, the latter giving an indication of the ray-tracing performance. Notable is that a change is in effect, the memory runs ar 15 Gbps as opposed to the usual 14 Gbps, likely to compensate for the perf hit of going 256-bit towards 192-bit on the memory bus due to that memory configuration. It’s the same for the shader core cluster, it’s clocked higher in the boost frequency compared to the Ti model, also compensating a bit for the lower number of shader cores.
The Ampere lineup nearly doubles ray-tracing performance with Gen2 ray-tracing cores and 3rd iteration Tensor cores. These cards will all be PCIe 4.0 interface compatible and offer HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a, but most importantly is that exorbitant shader processor count (referred to as CUDA cores by NVIDIA). With just over a third of the shader processor count seen from the flagship product, we now meet the NVIDIA GA106 GPU. And despite being a lower segmented card, it still holds a sizable GPU die. In this round, NVIDIA is not seeding Founder edition cards, aka FE GeForce RTX 3060. But of course, they do present the reference specification; a boost clock of 1780 MHz and a base clock of 1320 MHz.
|Model||Base Clock (MHz)||Boost Clock (MHz)||VRAM Base Clock (MHz)||VRAM Effective Datarate (MHz)||Max Power %|
|GeForce RTX 3060||1320||1780||1875||15000||–|
|ASUS RTX 3060 STRIX OC||1320||1882||1875||15000||23|
|PALIT RTX 3060 DUAL OC||1320||1837||1875||15000||6|
|MSI RTX 3060 Gaming X TRIO||1320||1852||1875||15000||6|
|EVGA RTX 3060 XC||1320||
|ZOTAC RTX 3060 AMP Wh.||1320||
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming OC
It has to be stated, ASUS really needs to do something about loin naming, holy moly. But yeah, meet the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming OC. The premium card comes with that NVIDIA GA106 GPU, this time the revision 300 GPU SKU; it a proper shader core count paired with 12GB GDDR6 graphics memory at 192-bit running at 15 Gbps. Muscled up with cooling, this card is equipped with a dual-bios design with performance and silent mode; the three fans start to spin and cool once the GPU warms up. The card has a single (6+2) pin power header. Armed with a BIOS that offers an 1882 MHz Turbo (1780 MHz = reference) in the performance BIOS setting and a cooler that you’ll bow to. This card manages to produce 32 Dba noise levels at temperatures under 60 Degrees C in a Silent BIOS mode. These are incredibly silent acoustics when under load. The card is rated by us at 167 Watt power as a typical draw. Despite that we test the factory twaekd model, it still overclocks quite well bringing, and accumulated it makes this product a notch faster than founder edition specifications for the base model.
Watch Sony’s PlayStation 5 ‘State Of Play’ Right Here, Right Now – Forbes
If you’re curious about what’s next for the PlayStation 5 you should tune in to today’s State Of Play.
We’re not sure what to expect from the presentation, but it sounds like we’ll get quite a bit of new info on upcoming PS5 games. Here’s everything you need to know.
Soon—the show starts at 2pm PT / 5pm ET so you only have just over half an hour to wait.
Where To Watch?
You can tune in on Sony’s YouTube or Twitch channels or check out the embed here on this post:
Pretty handy, I know!
What To Expect
According to Sony, this State of Play will “deep dive” into 10 games coming to the PS4 and PS5. Some of these are undoubtedly cross-gen games that will release on both platforms and hopefully some are PS5 exclusives as well.
Some games we might see include:
- Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart
- Kena: Bridge Of Spirits
- Solar Ash
- Little Devil Inside
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Maybe some new indie titles
- Hopefully some brand new announcement of a big PS5 exclusive
- Other possibilities include ports for GTA V, Death Stranding, and other PS4 titles.
- Gimme that Bloodborne 2 announcement! (Not at all realistic, of course).
Some of these still need release dates, so cross your fingers for that.
Stay tuned. We’ll make sure to cover all the best announcements here at Forbes Games, even if Sony doesn’t love us anymore.
What do you hope to see in the State Of Play today?
Everything Sony Announced During Today's PlayStation State Of Play – Kotaku
Here’s everything Sony announced, revealed, or otherwise discussed during today’s PlayStation State of Play broadcast.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is getting some PlayStation 5-exclusive upgrades when it launches on March 12. These include faster loading times, DualSense features like improved haptics and adaptive trigger usage, and enhanced 3D audio. Players will also be able to transfer saves from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5.
Returnal, the third-person roguelike from the makers of Resogun, is coming to PlayStation 5 on April 30. We saw some new, very action-y gameplay footage.
Knockout City was unveiled earlier this month with some great marketing. The game itself looks alright. It launches on May 21.
Sifu is the next game from Sloclap, the team behind Absolver. Its brawling action is planned to release on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 sometime this year.
Solar Ash was first revealed in 2019, and it’s finally coming out in 2021. By the creators of Hyper Light Drifter, it will be available for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
We got our first gameplay footage of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach. The new animatronics look great.
Oddworld: Soulstorm will be free on PlayStation 5 for PlayStation Plus subscribers when it launches April 6. I can’t wait.
The highly anticipated Kena: Bridge of Spirits is finally coming out on August 21. It was previously scheduled for a March 2021 release.
Deathloop is still a thing. Here’s some more gameplay ahead of its May 21 release. Dig that Bondian theme song.
Last and definitely not least, Final Fantasy VII Remake is getting a PlayStation 5 update called Intergrade. It features some new content, including the first playable appearance of Yuffie Kisaragi in these new games.
If you already own the remake on PlayStation 4, you get Intergrade for free, and it even includes save-data transfer from the previous game. You’ll be able to hop back into one of last year’s best adventures with improved graphics and loading times on June 10.
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