Asus Debuts a B250 Motherboard Aim at Crypto Miners with 19 PCIe slots

Posted by at 1:59 pm on September 22, 2017

Asus has debuted a B250 mining motherboard equipped with 19 PCIe slots.

First the basics. The Asus B250 Mining Expert supports 6th and 7th Generation Intel Core socket 1151 processors, up to 32GB of DDR4 2,400MHz, Intel HD Graphics support, four SATA 6Gbps headers, Intel’s gigabit LAN, USB 3.1, and 8-channel HD audio.  Does a mining board need audio?

No on to the mining capabilities. We have seen boards with eight, twelve PCIe slots, this blockchain board sports a total of 19 PCIe slots. This allows miners to utilize up to eight Radeon and eight GeForce graphics cards simultaneously.

In order to supply enough power to all those GPUs, Asus equipped the B250 Mining Expert motherboard with three separate 24-pin power supply connectors. Each connector is assigned to a block of PCIe slots, making it easier to upgrade as you add graphics cards to your mining rig.

Built-in PCIe slot state detection allow you to see the status of every slot in real time. This takes the guess work out of troubleshooting your mining rig. Asus has also added a boatload of decoupling capacitors (19 total) to ensure your GPUs get the power they need for reliable operation. Also, B250 Mining Expert has a special “Mining Mode” that’s enabled by default. According to the company, this mode sets the PCI Express speed to PCIe 1.0 and disables the Compatibility Support Module so you get the best stability and compatibility from the moment you boot your system.

The B250 Mining Expert is available now with an MSRP of $150.

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