Last year, ASUS announced the B250 Mining Expert, a motherboard directed at those interested in mining cryptocurrencies with support for up to 19 graphics cards at the same time.
Now, the company is taking things one step further with the new H370 Mining Master motherboard. The new offering, which doesn't yet have a price, supports up to 20 GPUs, just one more than last year's model, but it also brings a number of other improvements.
For instance, the H370 replaces the PCIe x1 slots present in its predecessor with banks of USB connectors, which allow the USB risers to connect directly to the motherboard. The company says this direct connection is "sturdier than using a PCIe card, with less chance of inadvertent disconnects".
The new motherboard also comes with diagnostic tools that make it easier to find and solve problems with the GPUs or other components of the mining rig. The company highlights the GPU State Detection feature, which scans the state of connected GPUs at boot. There's also a new State Detection GUI that makes it easier to find which graphics cards are causing problems.
Here are the full specs of the motherboard:
LGA 1151 for Intel 8th Gen Core / Pentium / Celeron processors
2 x DIMMs (max. 32GB)
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
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports
1 x COM header
The company will be showing off a mining rig with the motherboard at Computex 2018, which will have 12 Radeon RX 470 and eight Nvidia P104 graphics cards plugged into the newly announced motherboard. The H370 Mining Master is scheduled to be available later this year, but as previously mentioned, no pricing details have been announced yet.