Introduced: May 2002
Terminated: February 2003


The Xserve’s most prominent feature was the rackmount case that was only 1.75” thick. The low-end configuration had a 1.0Ghz processor, a 60Gb hard drive and 256Mb of RAM.  The high-end model had dual 1.0Ghz processors, 512Mb of RAM and a 60Gb hard drive.  The Xserve included Mac OS X Server 10.2 in an unlimited license version.


Apple’s re-entry into the server market after the failed Network Server line was the Xserver. With four drive bays in the front panel as well as a FireWire port and the CD-ROM drive, it was considered a remarkable accomplishment in computer engineering. 

The Xserve was geared towards education and enterprise markets.  It could be used for a variety of purposes including acting as a file server, a web server in addition to clustering high-performance applications. 


Processor: PowerPC 7455 v2.1 (G4)
Number of Cores: 1
Processor Speed: single or dual 1.0 GHz
Benchmarks: dual 1.0 GHz: 882
Cache: 64 KB L1, 256 KB L2, 2 MB DDR L3
System Bus: 133 MHz
Hard Drive: 60 or 120 GB 7200-rpm (2MB disk cache)
Media: 24x CD-ROM
Rack Support: Fits EIA-310-D-compliant, industry-standard 19-inch-wide racks, including four-post racks (24 inches, 26 inches, and from 29 to 36 inches deep) and two-post telco racks (center-mount brackets included)
Weight and Dimensions (US): 26 - 31 lbs., 1.73 H x 17.6” W x 28” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 11.8 - 14.1 kg, 4.3 cm H x 44.7 cm W x 71.1 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X Server 10.1.5 (Unlimited)
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (Xserve) v1.0
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 2.0 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 4 - PC2100 DDR SDRAM
Minimum RAM Speed: 10 ns
Graphics Card: ATI PCI graphics or Radeon 8500 AGP
Graphics Memory: 32 or 64 MB
Built-in Display: None
Display Connection: VGA or DVI, VGA, and S-video
Expansion Slots: 2 - PCI, 1 - PCI/AGP Combo
Expansion Bays: 4 - Apple Drive Module bays
Hard Drive Bus: 4 - Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) (48-bit LBA)
ADM Compatibility: 60, 120, 180, and 250 GB
Backup Battery: 3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium (922-4028)
Max Watts: 133 to 183 W
Line Voltage: 90V-264V AC
Ethernet: 2 - 10/100/1000BASE-T
Modem: None
Serial: 1 - DB9
USB: 2 - 12 MBit/s
FireWire: 3 - 400 MBit/s (15W total power)
Fibre Channel: None
Audio In: None
Audio Out: None


Introduced in May 2002, the Xserve was replaced with newer models in February 2003.



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