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    Default BioStar BTC-24GH Board Closeup and Testing Exclusive

    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.



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    Default Re: BioStar BTC-24GH Board Closeup and Testing Exclusive

    In close proximity to each COM port there are status and activity LEDs. The first row is pretty easy to understand but the 2nd set are not marked. **EDIT** I later found on the 2nd set of LEDs are mapped as the 1st set for the 2nd COM port. 1/5 2/6 3/7 4/8***





    Closeup of the ASIC ICs. They are unmarked so I can not look up any information on the chips used. There are a total of 64 on each BTC-24GH creating a total output of 24GH/s.



    To Install the BTC-24GH, you will need to find a stable location with ample air flow to cool the board. Biostar recommended each IC to be maintained below 90c. Yes I said 90c!! I also was shocked by this number. I was disappointed to not find the stands shown in the stacked board pic above in my box. So I will have to find another way to insure air flow around the board during operation. Insert the 4 pin end of the COM cable to the USB PCB, the USB connects to your host PC. As I am not stacking boards only the 24pin+ 4 pin atx is used from the PSU. The 20 cable is inserted in the pic for show.




    Simple to setup hardware wise. Time to install software and see if I can get it up and running. Be back later today. I need coffee! Thanks for reading!!
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    Default Re: BioStar BTC-24GH Board Closeup and Testing Exclusive

    Installation.

    Connect the COM cable to the Port on the BTC-24GH, connect the other end to the USB PCB. Look at the manual to make sure you have the correct pins aligned. Once the USB PCB is connected to the USB post the unit will power on. The USB UART will show in device manager.



    Insert the provided disc and select "Driver", it will then install the correct driver needed to communicate with the USB PC.



    After the drive is installed you will see something like this below. "USB Serial Port (COM3)" Remember the COM number. You will need it shortly.



    Right click on the USB Serial Device, Click Properties, Then advanced. Changed the Latency Timer to 1msec. Close these tabs and return to the install disc. Click to install the Software. It will create a folder on your desktop.



    Open the folder and double click the CT.EXE app.




    Click Pool. Select the Pool you wish to use, then select edit and enter in you worker and PW. There is a typo in the menu scree. It list a Pool as "BtcGuard". It is actually BTC Guild. The port address information is correct for BTC Guild. It can be corrected by editing the Text file.






    Once everything is connected hit the Start button at the bottom. It will check to make sure the BTC-24GH is connected, verify network access then begin getting workers.




    Since the BTC-24GH uses separate software and resources you can run the BTC-24GH on the same system as other mining software such as CUDAminer or CGminer.




    With the BTC-24GH running for a bit the reported stats are below.

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    Default Re: BioStar BTC-24GH Board Closeup and Testing Exclusive

    That is real cool board for those that do mining. Than's for the info Sandy.Good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killjoyjim View Post
    That is real cool board for those that do mining. Than's for the info Sandy.Good job.
    Thanks bro. It is a simple board to setup and use. The MSRP I was given is $599 but I dont think that will be the final price. With BTC being a bit low it needs to be no more then $400 to get close to justify a purchase. At current BTC price it will on generate .68 cent/day. BTC needs to go up a bit.

    You MUST! have fans blowing across the board at all time. I touched one and it about burnt my finger tip. You need to keep the ICs below 90c. lol
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    bet you about went nuts trying to get photos of the mobo led print that were legable
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    Quote Originally Posted by calemus View Post
    bet you about went nuts trying to get photos of the mobo led print that were legable
    Oh man. As you see one of them is still a little blurry.
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