If you are into BitCoin Mining then you know ASIC is better the GPU mining. Those little specialize processors can churn out the same function over and over and over with great efficiency. ASIC mining is also very cost prohibitive. GPU mining is very expensive but easier to aquire for the everyday mine at home person. Biostar wants to bridge the gap by offering an ASIC board to the home miner or large scale mining farms in a simple to use form factor. The BTC-24GH Mining board is aid to be capable of 24GH/s. That is equal to around 30 HD7970 GPUs but only using a fraction of the power.
Biostar sent one to me to test in public so everyone could see the results first hand. This is an exclusive. This board was is a limited run product and will not be sent out in large numbers. Over the next few days I will be unboxing, setting up and testing the BTC-24GH board. Lets see if this board can get the advertised 24GH/s! You are welcome to join me and ask any question. I will do my best to provide the answers.
Its rare that the instructions are helpful but Biostar pulled it of. The booklet contains step by step directions and enough color photos to aid in getting everything setup.
Included is a 20 to 24 pin +4 pin power cable, Setup DVD, Com to Com Cable and USB to Com PCB Board.
The BTC-24GH does not look like any board Biostar has ever shipped before so there is no mistaking it for something else. It was built on a thin blue PCB so it feels very light weight but I wouldn't go as far as calling it flimsy.
There atx connectors but only one is needed to power the board. The 24 pin power comes from the PSU. The second connector is a 20 pin used to chain together additional BTC-24GH boards along with the 4 pin in the center.
As mentioned above the BTC-24GH allows for stacking of boards. Up to 50 can be chained together with only a single USB connection to a host PC. This decreases the amount of floor space, power requirements and host systems needed to run a Mining Farm.
There are two com connectors, one is used to connect the BTC-24GH to the host system using provided cables. The other is used to chain to a stacked board a level below it. The jumper to the left of the COM post is only used when stacking to signify the "Top Level" board.
The jumper behind the 2nd COM port is only used to signify the "Bottom Level" board. There is no mention of the purpose o the 3 row set of jumpers are for.