Monday, May 1st 2017

BIOSTAR Intros a Pair of AM4 Motherboards for Bitcoin Mining Rigs

BIOSTAR expanded its niche line of motherboards for Bitcoin-mining rigs, with two boards for the socket AM4 platform, the TA320-BTC, and the TB350-BTC. These boards feature a minimalist layout so you can drop in as many PCI-Express GPU or ASIC Bitcoin-mining cards as possible. As their names suggest, the TA320-BTC is based on the entry-level AMD A320 chipset, and the TB350-BTC the mid-range AMD B350. Both boards share an identical PCB, and barring for some chipset-level features, their feature-sets are largely identical.

The boards are built in the narrow ATX form-factor, and draw power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 4-pin Molex (optional), and 8-pin EPS power connectors. A 6-phase VRM conditions power to the SoC, which is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots, besides a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and six other PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. Storage options are limited to four SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Connectivity includes 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, DVI and D-Sub display outputs, six 5 Gbps USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 high-power ports (1.5 A current). Both boards support Ryzen processors (up to 95W TDP), and 7th gen A-Series "Bristol Ridge" APUs. Available now, the TB350-BTC is priced at USD $84.99.
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8 Comments on BIOSTAR Intros a Pair of AM4 Motherboards for Bitcoin Mining Rigs

Just to be clear mining bitcoin on GPUs is pointless. This is for mining Altcoins like Ether and Zcash which can only be by GPUs
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I didn't think Bristol Ridge was still a thing even.
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The APU based stuff is still coming up sometime in the 2nd half of 2017, after the Naples server platform launches.
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The problem with AMD and Altcoin mining right now is the the cheapest AMD cpu is $169 on newegg vs $38 for the intel g3930 celeron with Biostar's own b250 btc motherboard.

With the cost savings of getting the celeron, I can get 2 celerons and 2 4gb of ddr4-$26/each, and a few burger king chicken sandwiches (I'll be building 2 mining rigs all day so I'll get hungry). Or I can get a Corsair 1000w psu.
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dont whant to set it"'No open ended pcie 1x slots?
Those pcie slots are designed for pcie risers
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dont whant to set it"'
Exclusively? maybe I or one would whant to distribute the cards for better airflow.
Le: first thought was desing flaw,damned architects always going over budget.
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Added TB350-BTC pricing.
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