ASRock has added another motherboard designed specifically for cryptocurrency mining to its stable, the H510 Pro BTC +. What makes this motherboard unique and suitable for mining is that it has half a dozen PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, all reinforced. It also has two additional 24-pin ATX power connectors (for a total of three), so in addition to supporting six graphics cards, users can connect multiple power supply units to help power them all. these GPUs.
The concept of a motherboard built for mining is nothing new, but the timing of this addition is interesting. It was a few days ago when ASRock said there was evidence to suggest that demand for graphics cards in China is slowing amid the country's recent crackdown on cryptocurrency mining.
ASRock is also aware, no doubt, that Ethereum is preparing a shift towards a participatory testing model that could end graphics card mining in the coming months. This is notable because Ethereum is by far the most popular blockchain network for GPU mining. Meanwhile, Bitcoin is largely mined with currently specialized ASIC hardware and not GPUs, although its value still has an impact (it is not uncommon to extract other cryptocurrencies and exchange them for Bitcoin).
Either way, ASRock covers its bet with a new motherboard designed for GPU-encrypted mining. The elongated board measures 20.1 x 8.8 inches, so you won’t do it in a typical ATX box, not even in a full tower that can swallow ATX (E-ATX) format motherboards (at least not without heavy modding).
In reality, there is no form factor for these particular dimensions. No matter, these tables will end up in outdoor environments, sitting on racks or cardboard boxes, probably with box fans blowing air through the GPUs to keep them cool.
Technically, you could build a non-mining PC around the H510 Pro BTC +, but it would be like buying a 56-seat charter bus to and from work and the grocery store – a standard car or even a van would be better suited for the task.
For all of these PCIe 3.0 slots, only the first one (the one at the top, the one closest to the CPU) runs at x16 when multiple graphics cards are running, the rest at x1. Each port has its own LED indicator so users know if there is a problem with a particular GPU, even without a screen connected.
Despite all the real estate on the board, storage options are quite scarce. There is only one M.2 slot to install a gum stick sized SSD and a single 6 Gbps SATA port. The board only has a DIMM slot, which supports up to a 32GB DDR4-3200 memory module when combined with Rocket Lake and 32GB DDR4-2933 with Comet Lake.
External connectivity is slightly more robust, as it includes two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a LAN port, an HDMI output, and a PS / 2 mouse / keyboard port. However, there is no audio or Wi-Fi connection inside.
The H510 Pro BTC + is available for advance booking for $ 280 in Newegg, and you are so inclined.