A year after introducing the Xserve G5, Apple boosted its top speed from 2.0 to 2.3 GHz while making dual processors standard. That’s a bit slower than the fastest Power Mac G5, which runs at 2.5 GHz, but there’s much less room for a cooling system in the compact Xserve.
Although clock speed is only 15% higher for the new top-end Xserve, overall performance of the 2.3 GHz model is 27% higher, according to Geekbench.
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 2005.01.03 at $2,999/1 CPU, $3,999/2 CPU; replaced by Xserve Xeon 2006.08.07
- Requires Mac OS X Server v10.3 or later
- CPU: single 2.0 GHz G5 or dual 2.3 GHz
- Bus: 1.0/1.15 GHz
- system performance:
- Geekbench 2: 1620 (2.0 GHz), 2063 (2.3 GHz)
- RAM: 1/2 GB standard, sincgle-processor model expandable to 8 GB using DDR400 ECC SDRAM, dual-processor to 16 GB
- 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
- 1 half-length combination PCI/4x AGP slot
- 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
- Best Online Xserve Deals
- 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.
- Apple and the enterprise: Ignoring the market or biding their time?, Leaman Crews, Plays Well with Others, 2006.02.16. Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Xserve RAID are incredible values, but Apple is putting the focus on the consumer market. Will that change when Xserve goes Intel?
- Xserve G5 Technical Specifications, Apple
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