When MSI released the Intel Z370 SLI PLUS motherboard, it was geared towards gamers with the need for fast processing speeds. Naturally, the cryptocurrency mining community was quick to note that its advanced specifications would make it perfect fare for any mining rig.
Specifications of MSI Z370 SLI PLUS
|Memory:||Up to 64GB DDR4 to 4000+(OC) MHz|
|Compatibility:||AMD 3-Way Crossfire, NVIDIA 2-Way SLI|
|Ports:||3 PCIe 1x, 3PCIe 16x, 2 M.2 PCIe 3.0, 8 USB 3.0|
|Fan:||6 fan headers with 4-pin hybrid control|
|USB:||Lighting USB, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C|
|Input/Output:||Click BIOS 5|
The MSI Intel Z370 SLI PLUS has plenty of advanced and nifty features for gamers. However, for the purpose of cryptocurrency mining, the relevant specifications are as follows.
The MSI Z370 SLI PLUS is designed to be used with an 8th generation Intel processor, or in other words, one from Intel’s Coffee Lake products. It’s a solid motherboard model, with PCI-E Steel Armor in place that prevents damage to VGA cards and preventing too much electromagnetic interference. All components involved are Guard-Pro, so they’re of a military class 5.
In terms of performance, this motherboard is significantly less powerful than other counterparts in the Z370 line. This makes it less expensive, but still well usable for mining purposes. Its phase count power delivery is decently high, and it has good SLI support. Two of the grounding mounting holes on this device are double layered as well, which is good reinforcement that you may like in a rig.
Supposedly, this motherboard will hold a high resale value for around a year, thanks to its DDR4 specs, VR compatibility, interference prevention, sound protection, and other similar features. This means you can feasibly purchase this for a rig to try it out and resell it to get most of your cash back if it does not work out for you.
How to Set Up a Mining Rig with the MSI Z370 SLI PLUS
1. The first step you’ll want to take is to download and start up Rufus, which allows for bootable USB creation. Then, use it to flash Windows 10 for UEFI with a GPT partition.
2. Ensuring that your rig has been powered off, remove GPUs and the Ethernet cable from the Z370 SLI PLUS. Attach the display cable to the product.
3. Turn your rig back on. Click onto the BIOS settings, hitting F7 to view the advanced settings panel. Look for the Integrated Graphics Configuration and input IGD for the “initiate graphic adapter” option. Do not reattach the internet cable.
4. Now it’s time to install the drivers. Head onto your PC and look up the mining rig tweaks registration file for Windows 10. Download it and adjust as you see fit.
5. Install drivers, then power down your rig again. Plug a single GPU in and boot the rig back up. Install the AMD and NVIDIA drivers.
6. Shut down and turn on your rig again. Go to your device manager and look through the display adapters listed. If you’ve done this right, you should see a GPU and a video card there.
7. Time to modify BIOS. Look for BIOS settings. Go to advanced, then to the PCI subsystem settings. Turn on the Above 4G memory and cryptocurrency mining settings. You’ll then want to adjust your PCI bus clocks to 96.
8. Go to your power management setup settings – still under “advanced settings” – and look for the Restore after AC Power Loss option. Choose “Last State”. Save all your changes and restart once more.
9. It’s finally time to connect your GPUs to the rig. Power down your rig, insert GPU number 2 and start it up again. You should be able to see through the device manager whether there is an additional video card.
10. Repeat the process for GPU number 3. Keep doing this until all GPUs are connected and have been found by the system.