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

#1
owen10578
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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#2
Nihilus
I didn't think Bristol Ridge was still a thing even.
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#3
destroyah3034
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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yotano211
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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yotano211
[QUOTE="dont whant to set it"', post: 3649144, member: 160414"]No open ended pcie 1x slots?[/quote]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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btarunr
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Added TB350-BTC pricing.
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