The Supermicro X12SA-F features the LGA1200 socket and 4 unbuffered DDR4 ECC/non ECC dimms up to 128GB and a 125W TDP. But does that really rectify the pricepoint of ~300 EUR?

My build specs are the following:

Mainboard: Supermicro X12SCA-F

CPU: Intel Xeon W-2190P 10x 5.3 GHz

CPU Cooler: MSI stock cooler for 65W LGA1151 (For testing purposes only)

Memory: 2x8GB Kingston Non ECC UDIMM(unbuffered) RAM

Storage: 2x 960GB Samsung PM983 Enterprise NVMe SSD

For the CPU I’ll go for an AIO water cooler. I’m not sure if this system will be my next workstation or my next server.

The Intel Xeon W-2190P with one of the PM983 NVMe SSDs.

The big ouf moment

At this point I thought I was good to go. The system posted and I booted directly into Windows.

After opening HWMonitor I was shocked. 72 degrees in Idle. Well, if mounting a 65W cooler onto a 125W CPU is a bad idea, running Cinebench is much worse. It took 4 seconds until the CPU reached 104 degrees and the mainboard started beeping. I pulled the plug and rebooted the system.

After that I disabled four cores and Speed Step/Speed Shift. The CPU is now running stable at 6c/12t @ 3.7 GHz.

I can’t give exact performance results at the moment but the CPU is peforming really well even with four cores less and only the base clock.

Cinebench results are actually not that bad considerung the four disabled CPU cores and disabled Turbo Mode/Speed Step.

Supermicro has updated their IPMI interface in the X12 versions. Let’s have a look.

The Dashboard looks really nice. Supermicro has updated the IPMI design for the X12 mainboards.

As you can see the power consumption is pretty high in almost idle.

The component info shows all relevant information about the system. Supermicro has finally ditched the old component tree.

CPU

Memory

PSU

Power consumption overview

But is that system really worth the price of about 1600 EUR so far? Probably no. And should you buy the Intel Xeon W-2190P? No, you shouldn’t. You can spend less money on a new Ryzen CPU and invest more in storage and memory. The Xeon is in theory an i9-10900K with ECC support and a few tweaks applied by Intel.

I will update this blog post in the next few days.

// Update

The system is now running with an AIO water cooler.

And Cinebench results are pretty good.

Idle temps are at around 26 degrees and under max load the Xeon reaches 90 degrees.