Wednesday, May 30th 2018

ASUS Intros H370 Mining Master Motherboard - Those Aren't USB Ports

ASUS rolled out one of its first crypto-currency miner-friendly motherboards based on the Intel 300-series chipset platform, now that cheaper Pentium Gold and Celeron processors for this platform are available. The H370 Mining Master puts out all 20 PCI-Express gen 3.0 lanes of the H370 Express chipset as x1 slots. It does this in a space-saving way - wiring out each PCIe "port" as USB 3.0 physically (using its 9 pins), which you wire out using USB 3.1 type-A male-to-male cables into open-ended PCIe x1 risers. You can plug in 20 graphics cards over risers, besides a 21st card on the board's PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot.

The rest of the board is pretty spartan, which is what miners need. The LGA1151 socket is powered by a simple 4+2 phase VRM. Power is drawn from three 24-pin ATX, and one 8-pin EPS. The CPU socket is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory, the x16 slot, and the H370 Express chipset. Storage connectivity includes just two SATA 6 Gbps ports. You get six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two via headers). Display outputs include DVI and HDMI. Legacy connectivity includes PS/2 combo, and one serial COM header. 6-channel HD audio, and one 1 GbE interface, driven by an Intel i219-V, makes for the rest of it. ASUS threw in onboard power/reset buttons, and POST debug display to sweeten things.
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6 Comments on ASUS Intros H370 Mining Master Motherboard - Those Aren't USB Ports

#1
Ubersonic
ASUS arriving fashionably late to the party and wearing by far the best costume, only to find everyone else has already left lol.
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#2
theGryphon
I surely hope the game was over and they're way too late...
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#3
R-T-B
"Ubersonic said:
ASUS arriving fashionably late to the party and wearing by far the best costume, only to find everyone else has already left lol.
Meh, that's not how it works. Mining will have it's day again and these can sit on the shelves till then, they know that. What they are counting on is the magic day they suddenly can sell them for hundreds of dollars a board. Then they cash in.

Trust me, you are a fool if you think that isn't going to happen again.

"theGryphon said:
I surely hope the game was over and they're way too late...
It's not. For better or for worse, a cycle is the new normal.

You can thank me later (if you heed my advice and snag a video card while they're cheap, that is...)
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#4
windwhirl
Aww, and here I wanted to set a RAID array up using just USB drives...
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#5
DeathtoGnomes
"windwhirl said:
Aww, and here I wanted to set a RAID array up using just USB drives...
that would be stupid fast!
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#6
bug
That COM port and 6 channel audio will give this the edge over competing mining motherboards :D
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