AsRock H110 Pro BTC+ Motherboard Review
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The AsRock H110 Pro BTC+ is the successor of the famous AsRock H81 PRO BTC, which is one of the best rated motherboards for mining. AsRock announced that the H110 Pro BTC+ will be available in the second half of July, which is really great news for those of us who are looking to assemble big GPU rigs.
Why the hype?
People look after the H110 because its predecessor, the H81 is still considered one of the best and sought-after motherboards for mining. I have talked about it before on this blog.
“Did not have trouble setting this up, it just worked.”
Indeed, with so many people having trouble to make work all the GPUs they installed on their motherboards, the H81 is indeed a step forward.
AsRock H110 Pro BTC+ Specs
If AsRock will stay loyal to the quality of their first mining MoBo, then we can expect the AsRock H110 Pro BTC+ to be a true game changer. I just hope that they will not run out of stock as fast as the H81 did.
- Supports 7th and 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
- Supports DDR4 2400/2133
- 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 12 PCIe 2.0 x1
- Graphics Output: DVI-D
- 7.1 CH HD Audio
- 4 SATA3, 1 M.2 (SATA3)
- 4 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 2 Rear)
- Intel® Gigabit LAN
- Onboard Power On / Reset Button
AsRock H110 Pro BTC+ Review
What about Mining?
The specs we just saw say a lot about how the card performs when it comes to mining. Let’s take a closer look on what those speak mean to you.
First of all, you will be able to assemble one 13-GPU rig instead of two 6-GPU ones. This is convenient in many ways:
- You save on components. Really, you avoid purchasing an additional CPU, RAM module and HDD.
- You save space.
- Convenience. It is way better to have everything unified than having to tweak and monitor two separate rigs.
Secondly, while you probably won’t need more than one SATA and RAM ports, the way the motherboard features more than one of each will help you to re-sell it the day you decide to make a break from GPU mining.
Last but not least, little details like the onboard power on and reset buttons make this board a little bit more convenient to use in a mining rig. Since you won’t be using a traditional PC case, having the buttons right on the board is rather useful.
Being able to install 13 GPUs in one single motherboard is good, until you realize that nothing comes for free. While what I am going to mention are not really cons and are definitely not AsRock’s fault, it is good to keep those limitations in mind when making the choice between 6- and 13-GPU mobos.
First of all, due to the recent Ethereum mining boom it became almost impossible to purchase new GPUs that would be good for mining.
This new motherboard could be a true revolution half year ago, but nowadays finding a good motherboard for sale is easier than a good GPU.
The situation won’t change until people lose interest in Ethereum mining. The release of new AMD and Nvidia mining edition GPUs might be a favorable contribution too. Personally I think that the lack of GPUs is a temporary situation rather than something we will have to live with. Consequently, if you will have the chance to get your hands on an AsRock H110, it would probably be a good idea to get one or two.
The second limitation is all about OS compatibility. You guessed it right – Windows 10 causes trouble once again. This time, it is confirmed that as for today, Windows 10 does not accept more than 8 GPU’s of the same architecture. The only way you can run your 13-GPU rig under Windows 10 is by having a mixed set – I’m talking about 8 AMD GPUs and 5 Nvidia ones, or something similar – you get the idea.
However, ideally you might want to switch to Linux, since it does not have those limitations Windows 10 has.
Claymore Miner limitations. If you are going to mine Ethereum, you might want to know that Claymore might crash if you assign more than three AMD GPUs to mining. The solution is to launch Claymore in several instances and assign 3-4 GPUs to each of them. Claymore got a 10 GPU limit though, so you’d have to assign the other three GPUs to mine zCash or other currencies.
Again, those limitations are not AsRock’s faults. I’ve listed them here so you could have a clearer picture on what possible issues you might face by building a 13 GPU rig and how to solve them.
Where to Buy!
The H110 Pro BTC+ seems to be a nice upgrade to the existing H81 PRO BTC. So far, it looks like the H110 is as solid and trustworthy as its predecessor. This is indeed good news for the mining community and will become even more relevant once mining GPUs come back to shop shelves at normal prices.