Last year with its B250 Mining expert, Asus made its intentions clear to penetrate deeper into cryptocurrency mining hardware industry. Once again, Asus has sent the world into a frenzy with its newly launched H370 Mining Master Motherboard which boasts the support for 20 graphics cards. In addition to it, the motherboard also allows users to plug USB riser cables directly into the PCle-over-USB ports making connectivity hassle free.
The elimination of the need to attach an X1 connector to riser’s USB cable not only facilitates easy connectivity but also provides users more space to host PCle connections.
Equipped With Diagnostic Features
It seems that Asus has understood the problems crypto miners face. Asus announced that H370 will launch with a suite of diagnostic features that are aimed at minimizing downtime and maximizing efficiency.
One of the most noteworthy diagnostic features is the GPU State Detection which “scans the system at boot and indicates whether each riser port is empty, connected to a functional graphics card, or experiencing problems.”
Each port has been assigned alphanumeric codes to make the troubleshooting process easier.
Users will be notified about issues with the system components such as CPU and memory by individual debug LEDs that are installed on the board.
Specifications of the motherboard are as follows:
|H370 Mining Master Motherboard|
|Socket||LGA 1151 for Intel 8th Gen Core / Pentium / Celeron processors|
|Memory||2 x DIMMs (max. 32GB)
DDR4 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz
Non-ECC, unbuffered memory
|PCIe||1 x PCIe x16 slot|
|Storage||2 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors|
|Networking||1 x Intel® Gigabit LAN|
|USB GPU Riser Ports||20 x Vertical USB ports over PCIe|
|USB Ports||6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports|
|Other Ports||1 x COM header|
Efficient Mining with Default Tweaks
Asus also announced that the powerful motherboard would feature UEFI tweaks to support “GPU based crypto crunching” by default.
Price & Availability
Asus has not mentioned anything about the cost of H370 in the official blog post, but it is expected that it will be priced somewhere near the pricing of B250.
It has been announced that Asus H370 Mining Master Motherboard will be available in North America in the third quarter of 2018.
Asus also said that the motherboard will be demonstrated at ComputeX 2018 in Taipei.