Some weeks ago I’ve reviewed the Asus Prime Z270-P – one of the best motherboards for mining rigs with 7th gen CPUs. The Z370-A can be considered a sort of upgrade that allows you to use an 8th gen Intel CPU (Coffee Lake series), while enjoying most of the things we liked in the Z270-P.
I’ve already made rigs with a 8th gen socket motherboard before – the MSI Z370 SLI PLUS. While I liked the results, the configuration process was quite tedious. It took me a while to figure out how to make it work as intended.
The MSI Z370-A PRO, on the other hand, is way easier to set up. Besides, it is priced 30 dollars less than the MSI Z370 SLI Plus on Newegg, which makes it even more appealing.
I’ve equipped the motherboard with the i3-8100 Coffee Lake CPU, which is the cheapest alternative. Sadly enough, the Intel 300 series motherboards are not backwards compatible with 7th generations CPUs so you’ve got to use the latest processor.
Just like the PLUS series, the Z370-A PRO features Military Class 5, Guard-Pro components, reinforced motherboard mounting holes and one reinforced PCI-E slot. Its heatsinks are also quite impressive by size. It not only cools well but it also looks quite stylish and professional for the price, which might add to the resale value.
Once windows is fully installed DO NOT plug in the internet cable
From your personal computer download Windows 10 mining rig tweaks reg file and disable automatic updates, sharing, antivirus, firewall, cortana etc and what ever you feel like :), note that you wont need to disable every feature.
Install the drivers. If you don’t have an external DVD rom, you will have to manually download the drivers and install the following drivers: Chipset, LAN, On-Board VGA Drivers
Once drivers are installed shut down the rig, plugin one GPU and power up
Install Nvidia/AMD drivers, restart the rig then go to device manager and check display adapters, there you should have on-board video card and one gpu
The Z370-A Pro is obviously a budget motherboard, which makes it a great choice for a mining rig. While it features fewer M.2 and USB slots than the SLI PLUS, it makes that up by not being a pain to configure. It has got the minimum amount of features to get the job done, so I don’t see a reason why I shouldn’t be recommending this board.
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