Xserve G5 (Early 2005)

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

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 RAID

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

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Details

  • 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

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