Nearly a year after the Xserve G4 hit 1.33 GHz, Apple unveiled the Xserve G5 with single or dual 2.0 GHz G5 CPUs and a 1.0 GHz system bus (vs. 167 MHz on the G4), providing over 40% more overall processing power.
Other changes include an 8 GB memory ceiling on the single-processor model, four times as much as the G4 Xserve supported, and 16 GB for the dual-processor version, one less drive bay, and removal of video output as a standard feature. A PCI video card can be installed in the top slot for $100.
Xserve supports up to 6 TB of internal storage (three 2 TB drives), RAID, hot swappable drives, and remote management while running Mac OS X Server. When upgrading hard drives, make sure you set them to run as SATA Rev. 1 devices to avoid problems.
Xserve includes an unlimited user license for Mac OS X Server.
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- introduced 2004.01.06 at $2,999/1 CPU, $3,999/2 CPU; replaced by faster model 2005.01.03
- Requires Mac OS X Server v10.3 through 10.5 Leopard
- CPU: 2.0 GHz G5
- Bus: 1.0 GHz
- system performance:
- Geekbench 2: 1217 (single), 1620 (dual)
- RAM: 512 MB/1 GB standard, expandable to 8 GB using PC3200 ECC RAM
- VRAM: 32 MB
- video: optional, PCI video card adds $100, must be in upper slot
- L2 cache: 512 KB on-chip L2 cache
- L3 cache: none
- Hard drive: 80 GB 7200 RPM, 3 drive bays, Serial ATA Rev. 1, 2 GB maximum per drive
- optical drive: slot-loading Combo drive, SuperDrive optional
- 2 full-length 64-bit PCI-X slots, supports 1 card @ 133 MHz or 2 @ 100 MHz
- one 400 Mbps FireWire port on front
- two FireWire 800 ports on back
- two USB 2.0 ports
- one DB-9/RS-232 port
- dual 10/100/1000Base-T ethernet
- size (HxWxD): 1.73″ x 17.6″ x 28″
- Weight: 33.0 lbs. (15.1 kg)
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- upgrade path: none yet
Accelerators & Upgrades
- none yet
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- How Fast Is Classic Mode on a Power Mac G5?, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2014.08.21. We run several benchmark tests from the Classic Mac OS era on a dual 2.3 GHz Power Mac G5 to see how well Classic Mode fares.
- Apple Trumps Microsoft in Making the 64-bit Transition Transparent to Users, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz, 2008.09.18. To use more than 4 GB of RAM under Windows, you need a 64-bit PC and the 64-bit version of Windows. On the Mac, OS X 10.4 and later already support it.
- Xserve G5 Technical Specifications, Apple
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