ASUS has just introduced one of its first crypto-currency mining motherboards based on Intel’s 300-series chipset platform. This is great news for miners as cheaper Pentium Gold and Celeron processors for this platform are now available. The board is the H370 Mining Master and will put out 20 PCI-Express gen 3.0 lanes as x1 slots. It does this while saving space – wiring out each PCIe “port” as a physical USB 3.0 port, which you then wire out using USB 3.1 type-A male-to-male cables into PCIe x1 risers. You can then install 20 graphics cards in the risers, along with a 21st card in the boards single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot.
The rest of the board is pretty simple with a 4+2 power phase design, three 24-pin ATX power connections, and one 8-pin EPS power connection. There are two DDR4 DIMM slots that support up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory. For storage there are just two SATA 6GB/s ports, then there is six USB 3.0 ports (4 rear panel / 4 headers). ASUS has also added onboard power / reset buttons and a POST code display too.