ASRock unveils a pair of motherboards designed specifically for Bitcoin mining

By Shawn Knight · 10 replies
Nov 15, 2013
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  1. Those looking to generate some extra cash by mining for Bitcoin now have a couple of new hardware options courtesy of ASRock. The motherboard maker has released two new motherboards designed specifically for mining the digital crypto-currency that’s topped tech...

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  2. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Given that over half of all possible-to-mine bitcoins have been mined, the ROI on this will be negative...
  3. PCI 1X graphic cards? for mining? which one can you use???

    I know that you could saw off part of the conector on a 16x card but wouldnt that reduce mining performance?
  4. roxxas2

    roxxas2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +22

    Wow! This would have been great A FREAKING YEAR AGO.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  5. Way too late, FPGA and ASIC mining destroy the video card mining already.
  6. "PCI 1X graphic cards? for mining? which one can you use???
    I know that you could saw off part of the conector on a 16x card but wouldnt that reduce mining performance?"

    No that is for data transfer, for mining you need GPU power not bandwidth like in games.
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,998   +1,317

    Im confused, x1 ports? im clearly missing something.
    Wont that performance hit the crap out of the cards?
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Not sure if trolling or clueless about PCI 16x to 1x connectors...
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  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,719   +3,697

    The fact they posted what they did suggest they are not clueless about the connectors. Unless you are referring to PCIe 16x to 1x adapters, which would raise the cards height.

    I once witnessed photos of someone cutting a 16x card connector down to a 1x connector because a 1x connector was all they had available on the motherboard. The card was an older card, so they didn't really care about keeping the 16x connector intact. It was a choice between cutting the card down or cutting the end of the PCIe x1 connector on the motherboard to allow a longer card. I'm not sure if those adapters were available at this time, or they may have chosen to use them instead.

    I can't really tell by the photos of these two boards but it looks as if the connectors are open and will allow for longer card connectors. Although the chipset heatsink would get in the way of 16x cards. But then the idea looks to be designed for PCIe extension cables, which leave me wondering what case is housing the cards.
  10. You all seem to be clueless about mining, so I'll clear up a few things:

    Yes, mining BTC with GPUs is dead and buried. What is not dead is mining alt coins like LTC with GPUs. Scrypt is a lot harder to make an ASIC for, or execute on an FPGA, so currently, mining coins based on scrypt is still profitable.

    You usually use 16x->16x PCI-E extenders, or 1x->16x PCI-E extenders with mining rigs. Most cases, if any are used at all, are milk crates or custom cases that are built for mining rigs.
  11. ddelamare

    ddelamare TS Rookie

    Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES even attempt to use GPU's for mining.

    They should have just made a self-powered, network attached USB 'HUB' supporting up to 20 devices.

    Guess no one was doing their homework when they sat down with the design team.

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