Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

ASUS Teases the B250 Expert Mining Motherboard With 19 Expansion Slots

The mining craze is real, and companies have been paying increasing attention to this space, since miners are some of the most interesting customers hardware companies have had the pleasure of doing business with (at least when it comes to volume of purchases; let's discount those pesky RMA's, shall we?) ASUS is joining mining posterchild BIOSTAR with a purpose-built motherboard built around the B250 chipset. The B250 Expert Mining should allow miners to connect up to 19 PCIe graphics cards through risers, thus obviating the need for increased investment in additional motherboards, CPUs and memory.

ASUS has implemented a Triple ATX12V (24-Pin) and Molex connectors setup for additional power delivery, alongside PCIe slot state detection, dedicated voltage stabilization capacitors (one for each GPU slot ), as well as using a mining specific BIOS for increased hash rates. Of the 19 expansions slots, 18 are PCIe 3.0 x1, with a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. The slots are separated in three groups each with a dedicated 24-pin assigned to it for power. The top 24-pin covers slots 1-7 (includes the full-length slot), the middle header 8-13, with the last covering 14-19. A color-coded POST UI image shows miners the state of their graphics cards, overlaying coded colors over the PCIe slots, colored green for operational, red for when an error is detected, and grey for an absent GPU.
As to the usual motherboard specs, ASUS could still have cut some corners in order to bring pricing further down. Memory capacity is up to 32GB DDR4 in dual-channel mode (up to 2400 MHz.) Storage is handled by 4x SATA3 ports, and there is a total of 6x USB3.1 and 4x USB 2.0 ports. The rear panel I/O includes 2x PS/2 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 4x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Intel-based LAN (I219V Gigabit), and 8 channel audio jacks driven by a Realtek ALC887 codec. The CPU gets its power through a 6 phase DIGI+ VRM.

Source: AnandTech
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22 Comments on ASUS Teases the B250 Expert Mining Motherboard With 19 Expansion Slots

#2
ZoneDymo
They see me mining, they hatin
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#3
iO
They can build something like this but not decent µATX/mITX AM4 boards...
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#4
GreiverBlade
they should name it "B250 GPU Destroyer Expert" instead of "B250 Expert Mining"



meh...
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#5
Ferrum Master
This thing could have onboard power/reset buttons thou...
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#6
Dj-ElectriC
Durvelle27 said:
Just fueling the craze
Depends. They also release Z270 from miners
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#7
GhostRyder
For mining, this is actually cool. Wonder how well it will work and what kinds of problems will arise from a design like that.
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#8
R-T-B
GreiverBlade said:
they should name it "B250 GPU Destroyer Expert" instead of "B250 Expert Mining"



meh...
The "mining destroys gpus" thing is way overblown. Many miners mine underclocked for energy efficiency. The GPUs can take that for a very, very long time.
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#9
GreiverBlade
R-T-B said:
The "mining destroys gpus" thing is way overblown. Many miners mine underclocked for energy efficiency. The GPUs can take that for a very, very long time.
actually i was more talking of a price perspective ... but yep physically too :P

although i know they can be physically fine .... after all i got a miner 290 for 150$ that showed no issues with the stock cooler and behaved quite well under water ;)
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#10
acekombatkiwi1
This board is crazy. It really needs a Power button though.


My GPUs don't see over 50°c, so I expect them to last a while.
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#11
natr0n
Surreal looking board.
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#12
evernessince
R-T-B said:
The "mining destroys gpus" thing is way overblown. Many miners mine underclocked for energy efficiency. The GPUs can take that for a very, very long time.
It really depends on who is doing the mining. Many a novice miner ruins entire racks of GPUs with poor cooling or messing the BIOS up. You can usually spot a mined on card because the solder will turn whiter over use.
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#13
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
I like it
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#14
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
19 PCIe slots, that's insane. :cool:
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#16
Sasqui
qubit said:
19 PCIe slots, that's insane. :cool:
I thought that was crazy.. then saw the 3 ATX 24 pin power headers.
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#17
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Prima.Vera said:
What an abomination.
:laugh: I get where you're coming from. I'd love to build a rig based on it and see how this mining thing all works. I'll bet a fully populated rig with 19 graphics cards, multiple PSUs and special case would cost a small fortune. I'm sure there are videos on YouTube that show these builds.

Sasqui said:
I thought that was crazy.. then saw the 3 ATX 24 pin power headers.
I'll bet one of these puppies could overload a standard household ringmain if fully tricked out and running at max power. :D
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#18
gdallsk
Holy mother of PCIe slots!
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#19
yogurt_21
19 gpus...none of them gaming...somehow this is awesome and terrible at the same time.
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#20
R-T-B
evernessince said:
It really depends on who is doing the mining. Many a novice miner ruins entire racks of GPUs with poor cooling or messing the BIOS up. You can usually spot a mined on card because the solder will turn whiter over use.
You do speak the truth. However the majority that flood the used markets in dips probably come from mining farms, not "noobs"
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#21
hat
Enthusiast
Imagine filling this board with 19 capable cards. At that cost, wouldn't it be better to get ASIC miners instead?
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#22
EarthDog
Chances are you are mining things with a gpu that are asic resistent i believe...
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