Asus Launches 20 GPU Mining Motherboard

The H370 Mining Master is expected to be available in stores in the third quarter of 2018

by Hristo Gueorguiev
01 June • 2 min
In Tech

Taiwan-based computer hardware and consumer electronics giant Asus said on Wednesday it is launching a new, extremely powerful cryptocurrency mining machine, dubbed H370 Mining Master.

The H370 motherboard can handle up to 20 graphics processing units (GPUs) and is equipped with banks of vertical PCIe-over-USB ports that let riser cables plug directly into the motherboard. This helps simplify connectivity and reduce downtime by making problems easier to diagnose, Asus explains in a statement on its website.

The company will demonstrate the capabilities of the new product at Computex 2018 exhibition in Taipei at the beginning of June, before shipping it to North America during the third quarter of 2018.

“Mining is a numbers game; it’s only worthwhile if the value of the cryptocurrency you generate exceeds the cost of producing it. Increasing the number of graphics cards per node is a great way to stack the deck in your favor,” Asus said.

The H370 Mining Master follows the B250 Mining Expert, Asus’ first mining machine, released in the fourth quarter of 2017.

According to TechRadar, the B250 which supports 19 GPUs, ranks as the best mining motherboard for 2018, followed by ASRock H110 Pro BTC+, supporting 13 graphics cards, Gigabyte GA-H110-D3A, which supports six cards.

Cryptocurrency mining not only inflated the prices of the GPUs and related parts but also made them scarce and even unavailable in stores last December, making gamers angry at the miners.

Miners, on the other hand, say this cannot happen with motherboards because “mining boards are made for mining and gaming boards are made for gaming”, they just have different specs. Some manufacturers, however, recently started adding warranty void clauses for using gaming hardware for mining.

Meanwhile, Intel recently filed to patent a new Bitcoin mining chip accelerator that will reduce by up to 35% the energy computers use compared to standard systems and can be integrated into various mining boards.

Crypto mining changed the computer parts industry significantly and companies are producing more efficient and innovative products for the cryptomarket but they also affect all technology-related spheres.