Asus is developing a new motherboard that can support a whopping 20 graphics cards.
However, the upcoming product isn’t geared for gamers. Asus has specifically designed it for cryptocurrency mining. On Wednesday, the PC maker previewed the H370 Mining Master Motherboard, which will debut at the Computex trade show in Taipei next week.
By offering the product, Asus is trying to help mining enthusiasts get more bang for their buck. Owners can hook up more GPUs to a single card, saving the need to buy another board, and install more CPUs and memory to run their mining rigs.
Other mining motherboards can connect to six, seven or even 12 graphics cards. But Asus decided to up the ante and offer support to 20. The board does this by featuring a large section of PCI Express-over-USB ports that each card can connect to over a cable.
“Mining is a numbers game; it’s only worthwhile if the value of the cryptocurrency you generate exceeds the cost of producing it,” Asus said in its press release.
To support all that mining, the H370 can connect to three power supply units simultaneously through a trio of 24-pin primary power connectors. The board also comes built with an onboard diagnostic feature called “GPU State Detection” that scans the graphics cards for any errors on boot up.
The product represents a follow-up to the company’s B250 Mining Expert board, which supported 19 graphics cards and can retail for $250. Demand for that board exceeded the company’s expectations and reached a “six-figure” sales volume, Asus said in a separate post.
Where you’ll be able to buy 20 graphics cards is another matter. Due to the ongoing cryptocurrency craze, the industry is facing a shortage for GPUs, which has triggered a price spike for newer graphic cards.