ASUS, the Taiwan-based electronic manufacturer, is making cryptocurrency mining easier for individual miners. The company announced the launch of its H370 mining master motherboard on Wednesday.
The motherboard has been designed specifically for mining cryptocurrencies. Among other features, the product will support up to 20 graphics cards, and let USB riser cables plug directly into the printed circuit board (PCB) to simplify connectivity. The company also claims that it will easier to diagnose problems with the motherboard reducing the downtime.
The product will initially become available in the North American countries between July to September this year. ASUS has however not yet disclosed the price.
The company has provided an early preview of H370:
The blue lines above all signify the USB ports for the 20 graphics cards supported by the motherboard. This is particularly interesting given that it eliminates the problem of single point of failure with the risk being distributed over the array of USBs.
The specifications for the motherboard are as follows:
- Size: ATX, 12″x9.1″
- Socket: LGA 1151 for Intel 8th Gen Core / Pentium / Celeron processors
- Memory: 2 x DIMMs (max. 32GB), DDR4 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz , Non-ECC, unbuffered memory
- PCIe: 1 x PCIe x16 slot
- Storage: 2 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
- Networking: 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN
- USB GPU Riser Ports: 20 x Vertical USB ports over PCIe
- USB Ports: 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports
- Other Ports: 1 x COM header
It is worth noting that this is not the first cryptocurrency mining motherboard from ASUS. The company launched the B250 mining expert motherboard September last year. The device is available on Amazon for $141.98. While I have not tested the motherboard myself, at least the product reviews on Amazon show that most of its purchasers are happy with it.
ASUS says that B250 helped them understand the actual needs of cryptocurrency miners, which is why they are launching the new product with enhanced features:
Rather than just hopping on the blockchain bandwagon to grab headlines, the B250 Mining Expert made ambitious hobbyist farms more accessible and industrial-scale operations more efficient. It was hugely successful, with a six-figure sales volume that far exceeded expectations. With the concept proven in practice and more insight gained on what miners need, we refined the formula for a second generation.
ASUS is not the only one manufacturing cryptocurrency mining motherboards. But there are multiple features with the ASUS motherboards that make them more popular with the miners. To begin with, there’s no other mining motherboard that lends support to as many graphics cards. Other popular choices such as Biostar TB250-BTC Pro and Gigabyte GA-H110-D3A only support up to six graphics cards. While ASRock H110 supports up to 13 graphics cards, the cost goes more than double of ASUS B250 which offers support for 19 graphics cards.
Gaming motherboards from major producers including Nvidia, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and ASUS have all been used for cryptocurrency mining, but motherboards designed specifically for cryptocurrency mining offer significant advantages. For one, they can support the mining for multiple cryptocurrencies instead of just Bitcoin.