Asus Unveils Motherboard for Cryptocurrency Mining with Support for 20 GPUsJun 1, 2018, 10:08PM
Asus has revealed a new motherboard targeting cryptocurrency miners in particular. A total of 20 graphics cards can be connected to the board.
Asus has unveiled a new motherboard targeted specifically to cryptocurrency miners. The H370 chipset motherboard supports the connection of up to 20 graphics cards simultaneously. A typical desktop board would hold no more than 3 or 4. Another distinctive feature of the H370 is that it allows the user to plug USB riser cables directly into the PCB instead of the usual PCIe-1x port.
This latest offering by Asus is not the company’s first attempt to sell a motherboard specifically to digital currency miners. In September 2017, the Taiwanese manufacturer unveiled the B250 Mining Expert motherboard with 19 PCIe slots for $170. While ASUS has not revealed any pricing information for the H370, features such as USB riser cable support suggest that its price will be a little higher than the B250.
Record Profits in Computer Hardware
The computer hardware industry has reported record revenue and profits in the past year, largely thanks to cryptocurrency mining operations. AMD and Nvidia, the two mainstream GPU manufacturers, also reported better than expected revenue last fiscal quarter. Due to the increased demand, graphics cards and other computer hardware have been selling at a significant price premium. Retail consumers have been forced to pay 50 to 100 percent more for products that were selling well under list price before the mining craze began.
Given that cryptocurrency mining is no longer as lucrative as it was in 2017, purchasing mining hardware will mean a slower return-on-investment. It, therefore, remains to be seen whether or not miners will choose to invest in this new Asus motherboard.
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