Asus H370 Mining Master has 20 USB ports to connect graphics cards
Asus H370 Mining Master is a motherboard that could very well be the reason behind shortage of graphics cards. As its name suggests, this motherboard is openly aimed at the market of professional cryptocurrency mining, allowing you to connect up to 20 graphics cards to its 20 USB 3.1 ports + PCIe x16 slots. We believe that, at least for the users, one of the great scourges of the sector has been the hoarding that the cryptocurrency miners have done of the graphic cards. This hoarding has meant that the market has been completely depleted of gaming centric graphic cards. Not to mention that the prices of these have skyrocketed to limits we had never known before.
ASICs have already been designed and are being produced to mine certain cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and others, but there are plenty of other cryptocurrencies that are ASIC resistant. Therefore, the sales market of graphics cards is still very active although not as much as a couple of months ago, luckily. Apple has made all cryptocurrency mining applications on app store illegal.
The feature that differentiates the Asus H370 Mining Master from rest of the normal motherboards are the 20 USB 3.1 ports it mounts on its surface. Each of these ports is directly connected to the PCIe bus of the motherboard, and since to perform the cryptocurrency mining, graphics cards do not require a large bandwidth, with a riser card that connects to its PCIe x16 connector with the USB port of the motherboard, it’s more than enough to be able to mine.
The fact is that the 20 USB ports of the Mining Master are able to support and monitor up to 20 graphics cards concurrently and being able to warn if a fault occurs in one of them is a huge advantage to the cryptocurrency miners.
Another curiosity, necessary on the other hand, are the three 24-pin connectors that the motherboard uses on its right side. These are intended, for the most part, to feed the graphics cards that connect to this new model of Asus. We do not know if Asus has thought well about this last movement or if he is actually whipping a dead horse. We have already seen that, with the upcoming mass arrival of the ASICs, the miners are leaving behind the graphic cards, so what Asus is doing we think is late for the market.