BIOSTAR launches two new motherboards as potential bases for BitCoin mining rigs

BIOSTAR recently released two ATX motherboards that the company markets as being potentially useful in setting up a Bitcoin mining machine. One, based on the Intel H81 chipset, the Hi-Fi H81 S2 is an Intel socket 1150 board and the other, the H61B is a socket 1155 board. Together they cover support for Intel 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Core i7/i5 and i3 processors.

In the Bitcoin world, a “mining rig” is a computer system used for mining Bitcoins. Because of the parallel processing capabilities of GPUs, by using them one can be built specifically for mining or it could be your everyday computer for gaming and surfing, and is used to mine only on a part-time basis. The downside to that is that is increased power consumption.



Completely dedicated mining rigs use application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) cards instead of graphics cards, which are generally faster, use less power, and generate less heat. These chips in turn can either be bought as PCI-E expansion cards to be used in PCs, or be part of dedicated BitCoin mining machines. The latter can be quite expensive, however.

Nonetheless, with the rising price of Bitcoins, now about $1000.00 USD for one Bitcoin, GPU or ASIC card mining can theoretically be profitable. What you need is a system that can do enormous amounts of mathematical calculations, so the more GPU/ASIC chips running at the same time, the better. As such, a motherboard with multiple PCI slots would be preferable, in order to fit in 2, 3 or 4 high powered graphics cards or mining cards.

BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi H81 S2 and H61B generally fit that bill, since thy come equipped with 6 PCI-E expansion slots, one of which is a PCI-E 3.0, capable of 8 gigatransfers per second.

These boards will come built with BIOSTAR’s in-house technology,such as audio and power regulation upgrades such as Hi-Fi Power and Hi-Fi AMP. The video output includes HDMI with HDCP which allows full video & audio support via standard DVI output.

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