Breakout Board Differences and Comparisons

Comparisons Between the Breakout Boards By Parallel Miner

Recently a lot of customers have been asking for more information in a single place detailing breakout board comparisons and differences. We are happy to oblige! While we hope this post will answer your questions and guide you to buying the right breakout board, we are sure you will think of a question that isn't answered here. Please contact us if you have any questions this post does not cover.

R4 Breakout Board Details

Up first for comparisons is the oldest model breakout board we still actively carry! The R4 has found its home helping the DIY community power amazing LED light displays. It features:

  • Rated for up to 125 Amps
  • 24 total color-coded screw-in terminals (12 positive and 12 negative)
  • Mechanical on/off power button
  • Built-in automatic save-state ability
  • An LED voltmeter display
  • 2 LED indicator lights: Yellow (receiving power) and Green (pushing power)
  • Protective acrylic bottom plate

High-quality stranded cables are meant to be used with this board, such as these 14 AWG cables. It is compatible with the "common slot" CS server PSU power bar slot design. Some example compatible PSUs include HSTNS-PL14, HSTNS-PD30, and HSTNS-PL33.

X8 Breakout Board Specifications

X8BRK mining crypto power supply adapterThe X8 board is one of our original trademarked boards. Although basic in design, it is sturdy and has stood the test of time in many mining facilities. It features:

  • Rated for up to 200 Amps
  • 16 PCIe ports
  • Mechanical on/off power button
  • Built-in automatic save-state ability
  • An LED voltmeter display
  • 2 LED indicator lights: Yellow (receiving power) and Green (pushing power)
  • Protective acrylic bottom plate

It is compatible with the "common slot" CS server PSU power bar slot design. Some example compatible PSUs include the HSTNS-PL18, HSTNS-PL30, and DPS-2400AB A.

X6B Breakout Board Characteristics

This board is based on the X8 and was one of the first to feature some of our staple traits. This was the first breakout board that was so advanced that it required its own usual manual. It features:

  • Rated for up to 120 Amps
  • 8 PCIe ports
  • A Molex Port to be used with our Remote Management Module (or can be used to auto-sync with an ATX PSU)
  • Dual 4pin ports for our patent-pending chain sync ability
  • Mechanical on/off power button
  • Built-in automatic save-state ability
  • An LED voltmeter display
  • 2 LED indicator lights: Yellow (receiving power) and Green (pushing power)
  • Protective acrylic bottom plate

It is compatible with the 2 different server PSU power bar slot designs! Some example compatible PSUs include the L1100A-S0, HSTNS-PD30, and DPS-2400AB A.

X11 Breakout Board Parameters

Parallel Miner's X11 Breakout BoardThis board, like the X6B, is based on the X8 and was one of the first to feature some of our staple traits. This was the first breakout board that was so advanced that it required its own usual manual. The X11 is our top-selling breakout board. It features:

  • Rated for up to 200 Amps
  • 16 PCIe ports
  • A Molex Port to be used with our Remote Management Module (or can be used to auto-sync with an ATX PSU)
  • Dual 4pin ports for our patent-pending chain sync ability
  • Mechanical on/off power button
  • Built-in automatic save-state ability
  • An LED voltmeter display
  • 2 LED indicator lights: Yellow (receiving power) and Green (pushing power)
  • Protective acrylic bottom plate

It is compatible with the 2 different server PSU power bar slot designs! Some example compatible PSUs include the PS-2142-2L, D1200E-S0, and DPS-2400AB A.

ZSX Breakout Board Details

Breakout Board Differences and Comparisons - Parallel Miner's Game-Changing ZSXThis all-in-one, gaming-changing board is based on the X11 and is the first of its kind! The ZSX board not only has its own user manual, but also required a wiring guide on how to properly connect it to a motherboard. At the time of this being published, we are having trouble producing enough ZSX boards to meet demand. It features:

  • Rated for up to 2o0 Amps
  • 16 PCIe ports
  • A Molex Port to be used with our Remote Management Module (or can be used to auto-sync with an ATX PSU)
  • Dual 4pin ports for our patent-pending chain sync ability
  • 10 Fan hub ports
  • 2 PWM Fan control ports
  • One ATX 24pin port (24pin cable with CPU 4+4pin cable included)
  • A Molex/SATA port to power 1 SSD (with Molex to SATA cable included)
  • Mechanical on/off power button
  • Built-in automatic save-state ability
  • An LED voltmeter display
  • 3 LED indicator lights: Yellow (receiving power), Green (pushing power), Blue (motherboard powered)
  • Protective acrylic bottom plate

It is compatible with the 2 different server PSU power bar slot designs! Some example compatible PSUs include the Z1100P-00, HSTNS-PL30, and DPS-2400AB A.

Important Note about the Delta 2400W - DPS-2400AB

 

This magnificent beast of a PSU has 2 power bar slots: the slave port (on the left, PSU's power cord side) and the master port (on the right, PSU's fan side). The slave port has limited functionality and can only make use of the connected PCIe ports. Please ensure that you put the ZSX on the right-hand side! If you will be using the interconnect sync feature, then you must connect the cables only to the master port.

Again, the yellow LED, Molex ports, interconnect sync ports, and ATX ports do not work on the slave port side! For that reason, the X8 is ideal for this port.

X12 Breakout Board Facts

Breakout Board Differences and Comparisons - The X12This board was designed to fix a very small compatibility issue that the X11 has with the PSU part numbers 0TCVRR, 0GVHPX, and 0XCHHD. The X12 also shares a usual manual with the X11. It features:

  • Rated for up to 200 Amps
  • 16 PCIe ports
  • A Molex Port to be used with our Remote Management Module (or can be used to auto-sync with an ATX PSU)
  • Dual 4pin ports for our patent-pending chain sync ability
  • Mechanical on/off power button
  • Built-in automatic save-state ability
  • An LED voltmeter display
  • 2 LED indicator lights: Yellow (receiving power) and Green (pushing power)
  • Protective acrylic bottom plate

It is compatible with the power bar slot design that we have arbitrarily described as 8pin. Some example compatible PSUs include the PS-2112-2L, DPS-1200MB-1C, and R12-1K6P2A.

X15 Breakout Board Specifications

Parallel Miner's X15 Breakout BoardThis board was designed to work with Dell PowerEdge server PSUs. The X15 also has its very own user manual, which really should mention how this board is finicky and does not like to be attached flush up against the PSU. It features:

  • Rated for up to 120 Amps
  • 12 PCIe ports
  • A Molex Port to be used with our Remote Management Module (or can be used to auto-sync with an ATX PSU)
  • Dual 4pin ports for our patent-pending chain sync ability
  • Mechanical on/off power button
  • Built-in automatic save-state ability
  • An LED voltmeter display
  • 2 LED indicator lights: Yellow (receiving power) and Green (pushing power)
  • Protective acrylic bottom plate

At the time of publishing, we are producing an upgraded version of the X15 that will feature 16 PCIe ports. The technical details and pictures of the X15 will be updated once the new version is available.

It is compatible with the power bar slot design that we have arbitrarily described as gapped 12pin. Some example compatible PSUs include the DS1100PED-3-A, DPS-2000EB A, and D2400E-S0.

The End? For Now...

We realize that our breakout boards are quite similar so it's actually hard to name differences while making comparisons between each board. We hope that this has helped you figure out which board is right for you and your server PSU. Please refer to our full breakout board compatibility list for more assistance in matching the right board to the correct server power supply. Although we created this breakout board comparisons guide and the compatibility list, we will not be creating a server PSU recommendation guide. Unless you contact us demanding one, that is.

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