Xserve G4 (Early 2003)

Nine months after introducing the Xserve as a 1 GHz server, Apple bumped performance with one or two 1.33 GHz processors, a 167 MHz system bus, and Ultra ATA/133 support. The Early 2003 Xserve also includes FireWire 800 ports.

In terms of performance, although the CPU is only 33% faster, Geekbench scores show this model has over 50% more raw power.


Xserve supports up to 720 GB of internal storage, one or two 1.33 GHz G4 CPUs, dual gigabit ethernet, RAID, hot swappable drives, and remote management while running Mac OS X Server.

Xserve RAID

For those who want to use Xserve as a workstation, Apple offers the high performance ATI Radeon 8500 4x AGP video card and all the G4 power they’re used to.

Xserve includes an unlimited user license for Mac OS X Server.

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  • introduced 2003.02.10 at $2,799/1 CPU, $3,799/2 CPU; replaced 2004.01.06 by Xserve G5
  • Requires Mac OS X Server v10.2 through 10.5 Leopard
  • CPU: single or dual 1.33 GHz PowerPC 7455
  • Bus: 167 MHz
  • system performance:
    • Geekbench 2: 854 (single), 1201 (dual)
  • RAM: 256 MB standard (512 MB in dual processor model), expandable to 2 GB using PC2700 DDR SDRAM at 333 MHz in 4 DIMM slots
  • VRAM: 32 MB
  • Video: ATI 66 MHz PCI graphics card (AGP 4x card optional)
  • L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip L2 cache
  • L3 cache: 2 MB per processor offers 3.5 GB/sec. throughput
  • Hard drive: 60/180 GB 7200 RPM, 4 drive bays, UltraATA/133
  • CD-ROM: 24x
  • 2 full-length 64-bit/66 MHz PCI slots
  • 1 half-length combination PCI/4x AGP slot
  • one 400 Mbps FireWire port on front
  • two FireWire 800 ports on back
  • two 12 Mbps USB ports
  • dual 10/100/1000Base-T ethernet
  • size (HxWxD): 1.73″ x 19″ x 28″
  • Weight: 26.0 lbs. (11.8 kg)
  • PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
  • upgrade path: none yet

Accelerators & Upgrades

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