ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ vs. ASUS B250

ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ vs. ASUS B250: Review Pricing and Setup Info

Unlike in its beginning phase, cryptocurrency mining has become much efficient nowadays. The reason being many of the leading computer components manufacturers have started producing dedicated hardware, especially the mining community. Today, we will be talking about two of such specialized mining motherboards: (ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ vs. ASUS B250)

ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ vs. ASUS B250

These motherboards are pretty new on the market, so there are not many reliable benchmarks available for their mining performance or hash rates. However, we have compiled all the essential technical details and specifications side by side, which will help you to understand which motherboard is better than other and in what scenario.

We hope this post helps you to understand how these motherboards differ from each other and help you to pick the right product for yourself according to your requirement. So without any delay, here we begin:

ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ v/s ASUS B250 Mining Expert Specs Comparison:

General

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

$123.52

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

$119.99

Chipset Type Intel H110 Express Intel B250 Express
Compatible Processors Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7 (supports 6th and 7th Generation Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Pentium / Celeron, Maximum TDP 91 Watt) Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7 (supports 6th and 7th Generation Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Pentium / Celeron)
Processor Socket LGA1151 Socket LGA1151 Socket
Max Processors Qty 1 1
Manufacturer ASRock America, Inc. Asus

Since both of these motherboards are based on same Socket type, there is not much difference in the CPU support. As the table above implies, both of the motherboards support almost every 6th and 7th generation processors by Intel.

However, ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ utilizes Intel H110 Express Chipset, while Asus B250 Mining expert is based on Intel B250 Express Chipset. Both are single CPU motherboards.

Expansion / Connectivity

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Expansion Slots 1 x CPU
2 x DIMM 288-pin
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 mode)
12 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x CPU
2 x DIMM 288-pin
1 x PCIe x16
18 x PCIe x1
Storage Interfaces SATA-600 -connectors: 4 x 7pin Serial ATA – 4 devices
SATA-600 -connectors: 1 x M.2 – 1 devices
SATA-600 -connectors: 4 x 7pin Serial ATA
Internal Interfaces 2 x USB 3.0 – header
2 x USB 2.0 – header
1 x audio – header
1 x serial – header
1 x parallel – header
2 x USB 2.0 – header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 – header
1 x serial – header
1 x SPDIF out – header
1 x audio – header
Power Connectors 4-pin ATX12V connector, 24-pin main power connector 8-pin ATX12V connector, 3 x 24-pin main power connectors, 3 x 4-pin auxiliary power connectors

Both of these motherboards offer single “PCIe 3.0 x 16 sockets”. However, ASUS B250 Mining Expert offers eighteen PCIe x1 slots while ASROCK H110 Pro BTC+ offers only 12 PCIe 2.0 x 1 slot. It means the number of maximum graphics card you can put on Asus B250 Mining Expert is 19. For ASRock, it is only 13. This difference matters a lot for miners.

Moreover, ASRock offers additional M.2 interface, which is missing in Asus motherboard. Note that Asus is offering triple main power connectors and triple supplementary auxiliary power connectors. Since mining rigs work on high power and performance load, this can be a great way to split power chain instead of using a single power line.

Interface Provided

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Qty 1, 2, 4 1, 2, 4
Type DVI-D, LAN (Gigabit Ethernet), PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, audio line-in, audio line-out, microphone HDMI, LAN (Gigabit Ethernet), PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1, audio line-in, audio line-out, microphone
Connector Type mini-jack mini-jack

Memory

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Max Allocated RAM Size Supports DDR4 @2400 & 2133  Up-to 32GB DDR4 @2400 RAM

Networking

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Network Controller Intel I219V Intel I219V
Network Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet

There is not much difference to be found in these sections, and neither any of them matter for / affect mining performance of your rig. The number and types of interfaces offered by almost identical. Moreover, both of these ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ and ASUS B250 Mining Expert support the same amount of maximum allocated RAM size.

As you can see in networking section, both the motherboards use Intel I219V network controller paired with Gigabit Ethernet so the networking performance of both will be pretty same, based on some other components you decide to use. Still, the difference will be minimal.

Supported RAM

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Bus Clock 2400 MHz, 2133 MHz 2400 MHz, 2133 MHz
Registered or Buffered Unbuffered Unbuffered
Features Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) 2.0 Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)
Max Size 32 GB 32 GB
Technology DDR4 DDR4
Supported RAM Integrity Check Non-ECC Non-ECC

Both ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ and ASUS B250 Mining Expert come with double DIMM 288 pin slots. Each of them supports 16 GB DDR4 memory module (max). It means you can install 32 GB of main memory on both of these boards.

Both of them utilize Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) 2.0 technology. ASRock one employs Dual Channel memory architecture as well. We believe it’s present in Asus one too, but they never mention it, so it’s not confirmed.

You will have to use Non-ECC memory modules on both the boards. The base memory clock/frequencies are same for both as well. They support 2400 MHz and 2133 MHz bus clock for memory modules.

Video & Audio Output

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Video Output graphics adapter (CPU required) graphics adapter (CPU required)
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio High Definition Audio
Type sound card sound card
Audio Codec Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC887
Audio High Definition Audio (8-channel) High Definition Audio (8-channel)

Video / Audio output standards are pretty same for both the boards. Since both utilize Realtek ALC887 sound card and require external graphics processor for graphical output, their performance in this scenario is almost same.

However, video output quality/performance will differ based on which graphics card you use. It applies both to regular users and miners. However, typical users are less likely to purchase this motherboard.

Mainboard Features

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

BIOS Type AMI AMI
BIOS Features ACPI 5.0 support, Multilingual BIOS, SMBIOS 2.7 support, UEFI BIOS ACPI 6.0 support, ASUS EZ Flash 3, DMI 3.0 support, SMBIOS 3.0 support, UEFI BIOS, WfM 2.0 support
Sleep / Wake Up wake on LAN (WOL) wake on LAN (WOL), wake on PME
Manual Settings memory voltage, processor core voltage Not Specified
Hardware Monitoring CPU core temperature, CPU core voltage, CPU fan tachometer, chassis fan tachometer, chassis temperature, opened case detection Not Specified
 

 

Hardware Features:

8 Phase Power Design, ASRock APP Charger, ASRock APP Shop, ASRock Full Spike Protection, ASRock Instant Flash, ASRock Live Update, ASRock Super Alloy, ASRock XFast LAN, CPU Voltage Multi-adjustment, Digi Power Design, ELNA Audio Capacitors, Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az, High Density Glass Fabric PCB, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, Intel InTru 3D Technology, Intel Insider, Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Platform Controller Hub (PCH) 1.05V Voltage Multi-adjustment, Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE), Sapphire Black PCB, Solid Capacitor for CPU power ASUS 5X Protection III, ASUS DIGI+ VRM, ASUS Overvoltage Protection, ASUS SafeSlot Core, ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O, Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, LANGuard, Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE)

ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ offers multilingual BIOS. This feature is missing in Asus B250 Mining Expert. Both of them have UEFI BIOS. We don’t know why ASRock decided to go with ACPI 5.0 and SMNIOS 2.7, while Asus offers ACPI 6.0 and SMBIOS 3.0 support. Moreover, ASUS B250 Mining Expert provides ASUS Ex Flash 3, DMI 3.90 support and WfM 2.0 support, which is missing is ASRock H110 Pro BTC+. Both the boards offer Wake on LAN features, while ASUS provides additional Wake on PME as well.

Note that, using BIOS settings, you can manually adjust memory voltage and processor core voltage in ASRock Model. It is still not confirmed if this feature exists in Asus. Moreover, ASRock is offering hardware monitoring feature which allows you to track CPU temperature, voltage, CPU Fan tachometer, chassis FAN tachometer, chassis temperature, etc.

All of these are missing in Asus. BIOS settings feature matters a lot for miners since there are a lot of things they need to manually tweak for getting the best performance on lower power consumption. Without going much into details, we would like to point out that the number of hardware features offered by ASRock is more significant than those of ASUS.

Here are some other minor details:

Cable Details

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Type Serial ATA cable Serial ATA cable
Included Qty 2 2

Software

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Software Included Antivirus (Trial version), Google Chrome Browser, Google ChromeToolbar, drivers & utilities drivers & utilities

Dimensions & Weight

Specification ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

ASUS B250 Mining Expert

Width 12 in 12 in
Depth 8.2 in 9.1 in

Conclusion:

We hope this comparison helped you to understand how these two dedicated mining motherboard, ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ vs. ASUS B250 Mining Expert differ from each other and how different their performance could be when it comes to cryptocurrency mining. If you have any question or suggestion, feel free to use the comment section below, Thank You!

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