The mining boom may have stopped but it seems that has not stopped motherboard manufacturers from releasing mining-related products. The Asus H370 Mining Master just came out and the motherboard takes a different approach on how users are supposed to install graphics cards. Instead of the traditional PCI3 express slots, you have 20 USB slots on the motherboard on which you can install 20 GPUs.
While there is a PCIe x16 slot, it is only for the option of having display output. You do not need the display part of the graphics card for mining and all you really need it the processing part. Still the inclusion of the PCIe x16 slot is a great option to have. It will come in handy if the CPU that you are using does not have integrated graphics.
There are 20 USB slots that can be used to draw power for graphics cards. If you were using cards to convert PCIe into USB then this is something to look into as that is already present on the motherboard and you will no longer need additional cards in order to solve this issue. This native feature will also reduce any loss in input.
Now that mining is less profitable, it will be interesting to see how many people actually buy the Asus H370 Mining Master. Mining has been a huge pain in the behind for gamers as it inflated the prices of graphics cards and gamers have had to wait a long time for graphics cards prices to come back down again.
Now that the prices of graphics cards are coming back to normal, gamers are facing a new issue, the high prices for memory. DDR4 prices have been rising over the past year or so and the price has more than double over the last 12 months. While the fall in graphics cards pricing is an incentive to build a new PC, it is a bummer that memory prices are so high.
Let us know what you think about the Asus H370 Mining Master and whether or not this is something that you are interested in getting.