Asus made a crypto-mining motherboard that supports up to 20 GPUs

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Asus announced the H370 Mining Master motherboard today, which is specifically designed for cryptocurrency mining. It supports up to 20 graphics cards — yes, 20 — along with streamlined connectivity by allowing USB riser cables to plug directly into the PCB over PCIe.

Asus’ approach here is going to make maintenance easier, ensure fewer PCIe disconnects, and more accurate diagnostics. This is a better format than just plugging in graphics cards to the motherboard via PCIe, like you would in a gaming desktop, the company says.

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The H370 mining motherboard is so focused on optimizing crypto mining that it includes tweaks specific to GPU-based data crunching by default. It’s a State Detection graphical user interface that identifies the location and status of each port (seen above) and assigns alphanumeric codes for easy identification.

The arrival of cryptocurrency mining has changed the PC hardware industry drastically — not only by hiking up the costs of GPUs themselves but inviting hardware OEMs to manufacture specialty crypto-mining parts.

Asus is not the first company to debut a mining motherboard, but it’s been leading with the number of GPUs allowed in a single board while presenting them with aggressive pricing. Most boards on the market today range from $50 to $400, much like their regular counterparts. While Asus hasn’t confirmed pricing, the H370 shouldn’t be too far off from that range when it becomes available starting in Q3 2018 in North America.

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Just in time for the 1180 and 1170. Hint hint.

But can it run crysis?

Beat me to it.

i think you mean "can crysis run it!"

Is that 3 Motherboard power ports? So I’d need 3 PSUs for this one board… geez. I’m not really sure that’s gonna be power efficient.

If you want to use 20 GPU’s you gonna need multiple PSU’s aswell. The 3 connectors are just that you don’t have to use a jumper starter for 2 of the 3 PSU’s.

I don’t think anyone was worried about power efficiency. It’s more about space efficiency.

I believe crypto-miners care greatly about power efficiency. For them it’s all about $/watt and nothing more – the computer and gpu’s are just a matrix to convert watts into money. This is why Iceland has a big crypto-mining community: electricity is cheap there, so it’s a good place to arbitrage current into currency.

Yep, it’s all about power efficiency because every dollar counts. Space is actually not a big deal since you need it anyway to let the cards breath

7 GPUs per PSU isn’t power efficient? What world are you living in?

You’ll still need 3 PSU even if you went with three 6 PCIE slots motherboards. This way, miners save on CPU cost and RAM sticks.

They introduced this too late. GPU mining isn’t as popular now as it was at the beginning of the year due to the difficulty of GPU mining rising.

This isn’t’ the first GPU card. The previous one had 16 GPU support.

you are thinking to consumerism, this is probably aimed at businesses that actually do the mining on a large scale.

So? Large businesses would probably be using stuff like Nvidia Teslas, Radeon Instincts, and/or ASICs instead of consumer-class GPUs.

Well so much for buying Asus ever again. If you cater to the moron mining community then i’ll take my cash elsewhere.

I’d rather have them make specific hardware for cryptocurrency mining than have to deal with shortages of parts used to build useful computers. Let the miners fight over 20 GPU boards with specialized GPUs so I can begin to contemplate upgrades for my desktop.

This 100%

I really want to see GPU vendors put out cards specialized for mining, so the prices of the best graphics cards are pushed to unreasonable levels.

They already have. It doesn’t matter, because the neckbeards buying GPUs still buy gaming ones to flip them.

would this work for gpu rendering as well or is there something special about mining?

I don’t see why not.

Would depend on the required bandwidth to GPUs. Looks like those are USB 3.0 (aka 3.1 gen1) ports, so you’ll be limited to 5 Gbps transfers to/from each GPU. If your rendering needs fall within that limit, then it should be doable. If you need more than that, it could be a bottleneck.

Will also depend on what the PCIe lanes allocation is behind all those USB ports (is there 100 Gbps of bandwidth available to allow all 20 GPUs to access the full 5 Gbps of each USB port?).

Granted, that’s still better than sending things over a gigabit network between rendering nodes on a network.

Only if the GPU rendering isn’t bandwidth intensive on the PCI-E lane, otherwise you may lose lots of performance. Mining isn’t very bandwidth intensive through the PCI-E lane, so it can make due with low lane count PCI-E connections.

like most said it depends on the bandwidth because mining typically doesnt need high bandwidth etc but instead needs to run steady complex calculations.

This is why we can’t have nice things

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