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ASRock announces two new motherboards geared for Bitcoin miners

Get ready to help Bitcoin inflation with ASRock’s latest motherboards that have more PCIe slots than you could possibly want.

8-Bitcoin-H81 Pro BTC

ASRock is the first mainstream manufacturer to join in on the Bitcoin frenzy, and has released two new motherboards that are designed for mining Bitcoin.

Both boards come with a total of six PCIe slots, of which one is a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot while the other five are PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. ASRock is throwing in two additional 4 pin connectors for more power.

The H81 Pro BTC motherboard is designed for Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processors (Socket LGA 1150). The motherboard will work with dual-channel DDR3 1600MHz memory modules, and comes with Realtek’s Gigabit Ethernet controller. Also featured on the motherboard is a 5.1 channel Realtek ALC662 audio controller. The H81 Pro comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and 6 USB 2.0 ports, 2 SATA3 ports, 2 SATS2 ports and HDMI out. ASRock has also included a set of software features with the motherboard that allow users to easily tweak hardware settings.

The H61 Pro BTC is similar to the H81, but is designed for Intel’s second and third generation processors (Socket LGA 1155). The only other difference in the board is that it does not feature SATA3 or USB 3.0 ports.

According to ASRock, both motherboards are tailored for Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin has been on the rise for some time now, with Vancouver getting the world’s first Bitcoin ATM. The digital currency can be acquired by mining and is released in chunk of 25 Bitcoins at a time. Most Bitcoin miners usually collaborate to find the Bitcoin blocks, the successful discovery of which would award the miner 25 Bitcoins. GPUs are faster at checking these Bitcoin blocks faster than CPUs because of the way they process data, and this is the reason determined Bitcoin miners use hardware with two or more video cards.

Bitcoin Chart

However, Bitcoin itself as a currency has been incredibly volatile, and its value has fluctuated from $60 to $266 this year. Today it is near the $450 mark. The instability of the currency combined with the fact that its transactions have also been inconsistent shows that Bitcoin could turn out to be the next bubble. Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider said in an article last week: “The currency has been surging several percent every day lately, and that’s evidence that it’s not in a bubble?” He went on to say that Bitcoin in itself has no intrinsic value and that there are no governing rules holding the digital currency together.

If you’re intent on making the most of the recent Bitcoin surge, ASRock has you covered.

Via: BusinessInsider

Source: ASRock (1), (2)

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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