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BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ Review – 8 GPU Mining Motherboard

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Some months ago I have reviewed the Biostar TB250-BTC board, which back in the day was a decent replacement to AsRockโ€™s H81 Pro BTC. The TB250-BTC supports up to 6 GPUs and is a great choice for a medium-size rig.

A couple of months passed by and Biostar released a newer model of the board, the TB250-BTC+ (not to be confused with the TB250-BTC without the plus). The BTC+ supports 8 GPUs, which is a good number considering that Windows does not work with more than 8 GPUs at a time anyway, one of the best mining motherboard ๐Ÿ™‚ (according to me).

In my opinion, Biostar made a mistake by giving this newer board such a similar name to the older one. Search Engines have a hard time differentiating between the two and when you search for the BTC+, you often get results about the BTC as well. This might lead to confusions. Having that out of the way, letโ€™s get to the specs of the board.

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BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ Specs

ChipsetIntel B250
CPU SUPPORT7th & 6th Gen Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium and Celeron LGA 1151 Processors
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt
MEMORYDual Channel DDR4 2400/ 2133/ 1866 MHz
2 x DDR4 DIMM Memory Slot. Up to 32GB Memory
DDR4 2400 for 7th Generation Intelยฎ Coreโ„ข Processor Family
EXPANSION SLOT1 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot
7 x PCI-E x1 3.0 Slot
STORAGE6 x SATA3 Connector
USB4 x USB 3.0 Port
4 x USB 2.0 Port
INTERNAL I/O6 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector
1 x SATA Power Connector (for rear USB power enhancement)
2 x PCI-E 12V 4Pin Connectors (Must be installed when using for Bitcoin mining.)
H/W MONITORINGCPU / System Temperature Monitoring
CPU / System Fan Monitoring
Smart / Manual CPU Fan Control
System Voltage Monitoring
DIMENSIONATX Form Factor Dimension: 29.5cm x 21cm ( W x L )

The package includes (besides the motherboard):

  • 2 x SATA Cable
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • 1 x DVD Driver
  • 1 x User Manual

BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ Pricing

The motherboard looks rather promising. Again, the BTC+ is a great pick for those of you who mine on Windows.

Its predecessor, the TB250-BTC received a lot of great reviews from miners. The motherboard works stable and safely. This makes me think that the TB250-BTC+ is more likely worth our trust too.

Biostar is also quite attentive to user feedback. For instance, when there was an issue with the TB250-BTC not working with certain GPUs as intended, they have created a step-by-step guide on how to make the GPUs run on the Mobo. Apparently they do read comments, feedback and they do their best to solve any emerging issues.

Price-wise, due to current market situation, the BTC+ is priced less than the BTC. On Amazon, you can find the BTC+ at only about $140 USD, while the BTC starts from $155 USD.

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In Conclusion

BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ is a solid piece of equipment that can become a solid backbone for any medium-sized mining rig. In fact, after trying to assemble 12+ GPU rigs, Iโ€™ve come to the conclusion that 8 GPU rigs are the best. Mostly because those are big enough to hash great, while at the same time they are small enough to be easy to work with. It takes way too long to make a 12+ GPU rig hash as intended, plus any bugs lead to expensive downtime.

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  • NDioWealthAmp

    Hello, regarding a 8 GPU rig, I can get the Asus Z270-A mobo (7x PCI-E + 1x M.2 slots) for cheaper than then BTC250-BTC+ PRO (8x PCI-E). Are there more troubles/issues from running the 8th card on a M.2 to PCI-E adapter ? Besides the initial config and need to change the BIOS settings, is it stable just the same vs a regular PCI-E slot ?
    Even cheaper is the ASUS PRIME H270-PLUS mobo, but then 2 x M.2 to PCI-E are needed… any headaches to fear ?

    • I prefer to use the M2 adapter for ssd and to use this mobo specially made for eight gpus ๐Ÿ™‚ But yeah you can use the asus mobo as you mentioned

      • NDioWealthAmp

        Is the hashrate as high from a M.2 ? I had read some reports that sometimes the 8th card on M.2 could get less hashrate

        • Yep, that could be a reason not to use it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • asian_dapper

      I was in the same dilemna days before deciding between Asus Prime z270-a ($185cad) vs this BTC+ Pro ($150cad) because i’m building an 8-gpu rig. Went with the latter as I don’t see many good reports of using an m.2 adapter besides the fact that they don’t look as durable and longevity is going to be a problem for sure. You can buy another one, sure, but if it conks out on you, pray that it doesn’t affect your mobo or any other parts.
      I’ve seen burnt m.2 adapter connectors and that’s a clear reason to stay away from them.

  • dragonhater slayer (xdragonhat

    Hey! Love your posts about mining and expecially toturials.
    I was looking for a good site that explains mining in a good way or has some news about mining and I was really happy to find your site which has both. :):):)
    I am quite new to cryptocurrency and I was thinking about making my own mining rig as a future investment as a student.
    Can you make a gude or a post that says which GPU’s you recommend for mining right now and maby a toturial on how to build.
    If you dont have time to make a big guide can you message me and tell me what GPU’s you recommend and at least say what are all the parts I need to make a mining rig.
    Thank you for you work!

    • Hey, you have everything you need right here: http://1stminingrig.com/best-mining-rig-hardware-mine-2017/ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • dragonhater slayer (xdragonhat

        I saw that, but i was wondering if there were any better options now that some new GPU’s were released.

        • Nope, i update that very often so what’s new is added there

          • dragonhater slayer (xdragonhat

            OK. Thank you very much!

          • Robert Gzivna

            is possible to put there the best bios for each?:) i mean for getting that maximum hash

  • Norman Hirsch

    Just received one and disappointed that the M.2 port is missing on the + board. On another subject, wondering if when using claymore and mixing Nvidia 1060 and Radeon 580s, what would the startup file look like with just mining ETH?

    • Yep, because there is a PCIe slot instead ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Norman Hirsch

        There is still physical room for one but maybe issues with not enough PCI lanes.
        Anyone running both Rx 580 and Nvidia 1060s using claymore? What are you using in start-up?

  • Robert Gzivna

    hello Ciprian, as far as i know under windows only 8gpu is support for amd or nvidia. udner linux it is not a problem to have 13gpus from one kind. so my question is, have you heard something about improvement under windows to get support for more than 8gpus?

  • Karolis Taujanis

    im running TB250-BTC+ from yesterday and have to say faced in with couple of problems with it. firs of all, newest bios version (B25EF710.BSS) is total crap. had to downgrade to previous version (B25EF606.BSS), because of black screen issue when external gpu is connected. still not working auto power ON, gues its bios update problem…

    have 2x Asus prime H270-plus, with 2x M.2, running 8gpu each with no problems, so if the issues will not solves on TB250-BTC+ will definitely go for Asus…

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