Monday, December 2nd 2013

BIOSTAR Announces Two Motherboards for Bitcoin Mining

BIOSTAR has two ATX motherboards that are perfect for setting up a Bitcoin mining machine. One, based on the Intel H81 chipset, the Hi-Fi H81 S2 is an Intel socket 1150 board and the other, the H61B is a socket 1155 board. Together they cover support for Intel 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Core i7/i5 and i3 processors.

In the Bitcoin world, a "mining rig" is a computer system used for mining Bitcoins. It can be built specifically for mining or it could be your everyday computer for gaming and surfing, and is used to mine only on a part-time basis.

With the rising price of Bitcoins, now about $1000.00 USD for one Bitcoin, GPU mining can theoretically be profitable. What you need is a system that can do enormous amounts of mathematical calculations. The best way to do this is the GPUs in graphics cards. Motherboards with on-board graphics (also referred to as integrated graphics) are not as good as a dedicated GPU card. You should therefore choose a motherboard with multiple PCI slots to fit in 2, 3 or 4 high powered graphics cards like the Radeon series from AMD.

To create a dedicated mining machine, getting a value oriented motherboard that you can load up graphics cards is the ideal strategy. BIOSTAR's Hi-Fi H81 S2 and H61B with PCI-E Gen 3.0 are perfect choices. PCI-E 3.0 is the next evolution of the ubiquitous and general-purpose PCI Express I/O standard and is perfect for high-end AMD or nVidia graphics cards.

These boards will proudly show off BIOSTAR's in-house technology, such as audio and power regulation upgrades such as Hi-Fi Power and Hi-Fi AMP. The video output includes HDMI with HDCP which allows full video & audio support via standard DVI output.
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4 Comments on BIOSTAR Announces Two Motherboards for Bitcoin Mining

#1
flemeister
Unlike their Asrock counterparts, these boards don't have auxiliary molex power. Unless you used powered riser cables, it would be a bit risky running more than four high-end cards in them, without burning out the 24-pin ATX connector:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=102890.0
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#2
james888
If I were in need of this type of motherboard, asrock has the better option.
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#3
Batou1986
GPU mining can theoretically be profitable
:roll: biostar pls
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#4
xvi
As talked about in the similar ASrock announcement, this might be worth it for Litecoins and other Scrypt-based coins. There's talk of an ASIC coming out for Litecoin, but the theory is that scrypt is (intentionally) memory limited, which is a weakness of ASICs. It would appear that the general consensus is investing in a GPU mining rig might not be worth it.
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