Xserve G5 (Early 2004)

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 RAID

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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