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)
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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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