Supermicro X12SPA-TF 64L


Supermicro X12SPA-TF 64L Main Picture

The Supermicro X12SPA-TF 64L is a high-end workstation motherboard for Intel's Xeon W 3300 processor line. The primary focus of this processor series, and this motherboard, is to support a wide range of PCI-Express cards - but without needing to use PLX chips. This allows for a full four PCI-E x16 slots without the risk of stability issues that sometimes accompany PCI-E switches, although one of the slots shares lanes with M.2 drive connectors. This particular line of Xeons also offers eight-channel memory, allowing this board to support up to sixteen memory modules and 1TB of ECC RAM.

In addition to the massive number of PCI-Express slots, this motherboard also features a rare networking configuration: both 1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet ports, plus a third Ethernet for remote management. A lot of other connectivity is included as well: two USB 2.0, four USB 3.2 Gen 1, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (one of which is Type C) are present on the back panel, along with analog and digital audio plugs. Internally, eight SATA 6Gbps ports are available for drives along with a four M.2 connectors for high-speed NVMe drives - but using any of those does disable the last PCI-E x16 slot, as they share the same lanes.

Model: Supermicro X12SPA-TF


Socket 4189
CPU Compatibility Ice Lake-64L
Form Factor EATX
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset C621A
Network Connectivity 10G + Gigabit Networking
Network Controller Marvell AQC113, Intel I210-AT, Realtek RTL8211F PHY (dedicated IPMI)
Audio Controller Onboard Realtek ALC 888S HD Audio
Cooling System Heatsink
Color Black
Memory Support
Type DDR4 ECC Registered
Maximum Speed 3200 MHz
Number of Slots 16
Maximum Size per Slot 128 GB
Maximum Amount Supported 2048 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset Manufacturer ASpeed
Processor Type AST2500
Maximum Resolution 1920x1200
External Connections
USB 2.0 2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 4
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1) 1
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C 1
Audio Out Surround Sound (7.1)
Audio In Line-In/Microphone
S/PDIF Optical
LAN (RJ45) 2
Mgmt LAN (RJ45) 1
Serial (COM) Port 1
Internal Connections
USB 2.0 1 (providing 2 ports)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C 1
SATA III 6.0Gbps 8
M.2 Connector 4
M.2 Support 4x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4)
Serial (Com) 1
TPM (module sold separately) 1
Compatible TPM Supermicro AOM-TPM-9670H-S-O
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1 Intel C621A
Expansion Slots
Slot 1 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 2 PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 3 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 4 PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 5 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 6 PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 7 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Additional Information
SLI Compatible No
Crossfire Compatible No
RAID Support 0,1,5,10
Bluetooth No
Integrated IO Shield No
Remote Management Onboard
BIOS Features
EZ Flash No
OC Profiles No
Height 305 mm (12.0 in)
Width 330 mm (13.0 in)
Net Weight 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)