Mining with 300-series chipsets and coffee lakes …
MSI is in the throes of launching a socket LGA 1151, Coffee Lake-based motherboard that’s geared for cryptocurrency mining. Apparently looking to cater to the mining enthusiast that wants the latest silicon even in the CPU department of their mining setup, it’s still hard to imagine something other than the upcoming Pentium or Celerons will ever make their way to this motherboard – not in any sane miners’ mind, surely.
Despite Supporting Coffee Lake processors and including 1x PCIe x16 and 12x PCIe 1x slots, MSI has taken steps to reduce unneeded features as much as possible, as the usual workloads for this kind of hardware don’t really require more than some basic inputs and outputs. A pair of Molex connectors allows for more power to be delivered to the graphics cards employed on this motherboard, and only 2x DDR4 DIMM slots – smart cost-savings for the market demographic. Everything else is as bare and minimal as possible – the 1x HDMI and 1x DVI video output, sound connectors, 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 slots… One can see the preparations for some more 5x PCIe x1 slots to be added to a motherboard – just not to this one, since it can’t handle that many graphics expansion slots. Maybe on some upcoming motherboard that simply reuses this design and trades the H310 chipset for something a little beefier on that front?
Source: VideoCardz via TPU