I did some very quick power consumption testing on the X13SAE-F. Your actual power draw would vary quite a bit depending on how fully you populate the board; as you can see from the system configuration above, mine was very sparsely populated.
- Powered-off Power (BMC-only): 3.8W
- Idle Power: 31W
- 100% Load (y-cruncher): 95W
- Maximum Turbo boost power: 200W
These results were observed on 120V power using a basic Kill-A-Watt meter. The system is powered by a consumer-grade 80Plus Gold power supply.
Out of the box, the X13SAE-F comes configured to actually respect the power limits of the Intel platform and Core i7 CPU I had plugged into it. The i7-12700F has an advertised base power of 65W and a turbo boost power of 180W, and this behavior is exactly what was observed. When I began my y-cruncher load simulator, the system very briefly shot to around 200W of power consumption, but within seconds throttled itself back to 95W.
Like many consumer system boards, the power limit behavior is configurable within the BIOS. Since my system was using the pitiful Intel stock fan on the i7-12700F and is not destined for heavy CPU use (it is replacing an Opteron 6274!), I left the power limits right where they are for the most power-efficient system possible.
The official OS support list for Supermicro W680 boards is listed over here. If you glance at that list, you will notice that Windows Server 2022 is not on it, and yet that is the exact OS I happily installed on this board in the management section over IPMI.
Official compatibility aside, I would expect that essentially any OS that will install on a H610/B660/H670/Z690 chipset board with a 12th generation Core CPU on it will likely work on the X13SAE-F.
And that’s it! Sorry to bring this review to such a quick conclusion, but given my brief time with the X13SAE-F I do not have much more to say. One note that I do have concerns about is availability. The Supermicro X13SAE-F is relatively hard to find. The X13SAE, which is the variant lacking the BMC and remote iKVM capabilities, is relatively easy to find online by comparison. I managed to snag mine as the last unit remaining on a Newegg listing for around $500. They are not on Amazon, and the only remaining X13SAE-F listings on Newegg are from third-party sellers at nearly $1000 each. Lots of other smaller vendors online also list this model as a drop-ship or special order item.
That relatively limited availability is a shame since I quite like the X13SAE-F. I am a stickler for equipping systems with BMCs though, so the base X13SAE holds far less appeal to me. If you can get your hands on one, so far I am quite impressed.