Thursday, February 9th 2017

BIOSTAR Unveils the TB250-BTC Motherboard for Bitcoin Mining Rigs

Apparently some Bitcoin miners haven't moved on to ASIC-based mining rigs. For these, BIOSTAR unveiled the TB250-BTC, a motherboard with a number of PCI-Express slots, so you can cram in as many GPUs/ASIC cards as possible. Since mining isn't a bandwidth-heavy application, a number of PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots besides an x16 slot wired to the CPU, should live up to the task. The TB250-BTC is built in the ATX form-factor, and is based on the Intel B250 Express chipset, with support for Core "Kaby Lake" processors out of the box.

The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, a SATA-power, and two optional 4-pin Molex power connectors, to stabilize power delivery to the add-on cards. It uses a simple 7-phase VRM to condition power for the CPU, which is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots, and one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports and one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot. 6-channel HD audio and gigabit Ethernet driven by a Realtek RTL8111H controller, make for the rest of it.
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8 Comments on BIOSTAR Unveils the TB250-BTC Motherboard for Bitcoin Mining Rigs

#1
owen10578
Shouldn't this be named for Ethereum or Zcash mining? Mining bitcoin with GPUs is pointless already thanks to ASIC miners
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#2
TheLaughingMan
Yes the 1x slots have closed backs so you still have to mod the board.
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#3
R-T-B
TheLaughingMan said:
Yes the 1x slots have closed backs so you still have to mod the board.
No, you use risers.

Still, you'll have to mine something other than bitcoin, though you can exchange it after the fact I guess...
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Biostar is slowly dying, smh, pretty much foxconn at this point.
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