Xserve G4 (Mid 2002)

After years of repackaging off-the-shelf Macs for use as servers, Apple introduced Xserve in May 2002 as its second attack on the server market – and the industry’s first 1U dual processor RISC server.


Xserve supports up to 480 GB of internal storage, one or two 1 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 2002.05.14 at $2,999/1 CPU, $3,999/2 CPU; replace by 1.33 GHz model 2003.02.10
  • Requires Mac OS X Server v10.1 through 10.5 Leopard
  • CPU: single or dual 1 GHz PowerPC 7455
  • Bus: 133 MHz
  • system performance:
    • Geekbench 2: 564 (single), 871 (dual)
  • RAM: 256 MB standard (512 MB in dual processor model), expandable to 2 GB using PC2100 DDR SDRAM in 4 DIMM slots
  • VRAM: 32 MB
  • Video: ATI 66 MHz PCI graphics card (Radeon 8500 AGP 4x optional)
  • L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip L2 cache
  • L3 cache: 2 MB per processor offers 4 GB/sec. throughput
  • Hard drive: 60/120 GB 7200 RPM, 4 drive bays, UltraATA/100
  • CD-ROM: 24x
  • 2 full-length 64-bit/66 MHz PCI slots
  • 1 half-length combination PCI/4x AGP slot
  • three 400 Mbps FireWire ports (two on back, one on front)
  • 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

  • none yet

Online Resources


  • Note that some vendors are substituting PC2700 RAM for PC2100 modules. Although PC2100 Macs can work with PC2700 RAM, you should not use both types of RAM in the same machine. All installed RAM should be the same type, whether PC2100 or PC2700.

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