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ASRock Unveils Motherboards Made for Bitcoin Mining

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ASRock wants to help you get in on the bitcoin mining trend.

ASRock is jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon with the unveiling of two new motherboards it says are designed for mining the increasingly popular virtual currency. The company is hoping to help customers make some cash with the H81 Pro BTC and H61 Pro BTC, both of which feature a total of six PCIe slots and two extra 4 pin power connectors for extra mining power.

The H81 Pro BTC packs five PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot and supports Intel's 4th generation of Core i-series as well as Xeon, Pentium, and Celeron in LGA1150 packages. There's also dual channel DDR 3 1600, dual VGA output (D-Sub, HDMI), Realtek Gigabit LAN, 5.2 CH HD Audio (RealTek ALC662 Audio Codec), two SATA3, two SATA2, two USB 3.0, and six USB 2.0 (four up front, two in the back). There's also support for A-Tuning, XFast LAN, XFast RAM, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, and USB Key.

The H61 is for second and third generation Intel Core i-series, Xeon, Pentium and Celeron in LGA1155 packages. It also has five PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot as well as dual channel DDR2 1600, dual VGA out (D-Sub and HDMI), Realtek Gigabit LAN, 5.1 CH HD Audio (VIA VT1705 Audio Codec), four SATA2, ten USB 2.0 (four up front, six in the back), and supports XFast 555, Dehumidifier, OMG, Fast, and Restart to UEFI.

Of course, the chance that you'll earn a significant amount of money mining bitcoin alone is small, whether you have one of these boards or not. Mining bitcoin is resource-intensive and is designed to make new currency available at a slow and steady rate. Though using GPU power to mine is faster than using CPU power, as more people start mining, it's become less rewarding. As such, your best bet is still to join a bitcoin mining pool (a group of other miners), and share the load as well as the acquired wealth.

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    bombebomb , November 19, 2013 6:56 AM
    Way to little WAY too late, GPU mining is dead. The only way this will be purchased is to stuff those GPU slots with ASIC miner cards. Which I don't think are "out" quite yet.
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    americanbrian , November 19, 2013 7:01 AM
    The company that makes them is in a conundrum RE: ASICS... The longer they delay launching them the more bitcoin they can mine themselves. I absolutely believe that they will only ship once the competitive advantage they have with them cools down a bit.
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    lp231 , November 19, 2013 7:12 AM
    I got me self some bitcoins!
    Here is a picture
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    dark_knight33 , November 19, 2013 7:15 AM
    Anyone joining the game is way past the curve at this point. 2 years ago you could have paid off your GPU purchase with the proceeds, and perhaps made some profit if your electric rates were low. Now, even with the higher valuations of bitcoins, you won't even get your investment back.
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    bombebomb , November 19, 2013 8:01 AM
    Way to little WAY too late, GPU mining is dead. The only way this will be purchased is to stuff those GPU slots with ASIC miner cards. Which I don't think are "out" quite yet.
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    decembermouse , November 19, 2013 8:06 AM
    ASIC mining has long eclipsed GPU and CPU mining. Even with one of the more common (and affordable) ASIC miners, the Block Erupter, which runs at ~333Mh/s, you'll likely never make a ROI. It will probably never even pay for itself at this point, since they've tripled in price in the past couple weeks. More expensive miners from KNC and BFL may not ship when you want them to, and don't always have great warranties. If you want to get into mining, wait for the Block Erupter price to go below $20 USD and get one for fun, but don't expect to make any money off of it. Or, run your GPU (AMD cards are better for mining) to help heat your house in the winter. Alternately, just run Folding@Home...

    In terms of this motherboard, it's way too late for it to make a difference in the mining network, and if you get it expecting to mine, you're throwing your money away.
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    Katsushiro , November 19, 2013 8:09 AM
    For Bitcoins, GPU mining is dead. However, it is still profitable to mine alt-coins with GPUs. I've been mining the second most popular coin (Litecoin) all summer with 2x HD5850s. As ASICs are not available for Litecoin, there is still room for investing in a mining rig. Would I, though? Nope.
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    falcompsx , November 19, 2013 8:48 AM
    one of these days people will realize bitcoins have no real value aside from the time wasted mining them. Once this happens, bitcoins will crash harder and faster than any economy ever created.
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    BigMack70 , November 19, 2013 9:09 AM
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    one of these days people will realize bitcoins have no real value aside from the time wasted mining them. Once this happens, bitcoins will crash harder and faster than any economy ever created.


    That paper in your wallet has "real value"? Oh yeah that's right I forgot, we've never seen a government backed currency crash into the ground.

    Anyways, obviously bitcoin is still experimental. Nobody should be investing money they can't afford to lose. And nobody should be bothering with it with GPUs. The days of cheap/amateur BTC mining are over.
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    Vorador2 , November 19, 2013 9:13 AM
    The costs of operating the rig would be way higher than the return benefits. Waste of money.
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    falcompsx , November 19, 2013 10:42 AM
    "That paper in your wallet has "real value"? Oh yeah that's right I forgot, we've never seen a government backed currency crash into the ground."

    it may not have 'real value', i understand that but at least its legal tender for debts and can pay my taxes with it. its a real currency, bitcoin is just a script kiddies wet dream.
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    lunix , November 19, 2013 10:51 AM
    "it may not have 'real value', i understand that but at least its legal tender for debts and can pay my taxes with it. its a real currency, bitcoin is just a script kiddies wet dream."

    More and more "legit" places accept bitcoins, and there is no sign bitcoin exchanges will disappear any time soon. So having bitcoins is like having any foreign currency: you have to exchange it to pay your bills, of find a provider that accepts it. There are even bitcoin ATMs now.
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    HKILLER , November 19, 2013 1:44 PM
    ok so after reading Bitcoin Wiki i get it that's it's a virtual currency and you can do stuff with it and there are shops where you can spend em but how can you earn em?and what does it have to do with having like 4 or 5 graphic cards in 1 rig?like you do actual work and you get paid or something?or no you just let your computer process as a host server for the Bitcoin wallet program?(so they would use your processing power and instead they pay you virtual coins)if it's the second one it's not worth it.the power consume and dangers of getting hacked or someone overloading a server and having your components burn out makes it worse...it will most probably need a really high speed internet to work 24/7 too....did i get it right?
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    wdmfiber , November 19, 2013 3:52 PM
    Buy US dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros, ect... it's easy and immediate.

    Now try and buy bitcoins ..... Don't try and use PayPal, a bank, credit cards. Buying them is just weird, it's not easy or fast; however it can be done. Mail a cheque or wire money and... wait. (yes ATM's are popping up, = insert real money).

    Now try selling them, ...good luck. Kijiji and go meet a stranger, or eBay on a small scale.

    The more I look into it, the more I think a small group of people have millions of these coins and they are making a fortune in real money; unloading them on the public. The idea was/is brilliant! A Ponzi on a scale never before scene?
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    Soul_keeper , November 19, 2013 6:26 PM
    I like the idea of many PCIE slots from a non-bitcoin perspective.
    old pci slots and odd spaced 16x @ 8/4x electrically are worthless.

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    razor512 , November 19, 2013 7:38 PM
    completely dead, even with PCI express, it is useless.

    The way it is done now is a 50 port USB hub, and a bunch of USB based miners

    USB asic miners use about 2 watts of power and can do 300-400 MH/s, compare to a GPU doing around 500-600MH/s but at nearly 200 watts.

    A single USB 2 connection to a PC from a HUB handling 50 USB ASIC miners, can be handled with bandwidth to spare.

    bitcoin mining is extremely computationally expensive but it is also very low bandwidth and thus does not benefit from a very fast connection.

    USB is the interface of choice as it is easy to swap in faster hardware.

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    itsmekirill , November 19, 2013 10:55 PM
    Bitcoin is awful. Imagine if all the resources wasted on mining bitcoins, which have no intrinsic utility, went to something useful. This is why our money is made out of paper and not gold. At least gold has some actual uses, unlike hashes with x leading zeros.
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    itsmekirill , November 19, 2013 11:15 PM
    Bitcoin is awful. Imagine if all the resources wasted on mining bitcoins, which have no intrinsic utility, went to something useful. This is why our money is made out of paper and not gold. At least gold has some actual uses, unlike hashes with x leading zeros.
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    danwat1234 , November 19, 2013 11:39 PM
    A WAY better use of this motherboard is to load it up with GPUs and crunch Folding@home or another useful distributed computing project. I'm not sure what good bitcoin does. Does it compute anything useful?
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    paulaskthensawho , November 20, 2013 5:50 PM
    I think gpu mining has long gone the way of cpu mining.
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