“Focusing solely on the hardware, the new Xserve just wows me. It has one or two 2-GHz G5 processors, uses 400 MHz ECC RAM, and has a dedicated frontside bus running at 1 GHz (the dual-processor model has two independent frontside buses, one for each processor). Add to that the ability to support up to 8GB of RAM, and you have the makings of the fastest Mac ever conceived. But Apple didn’t stop there: Each of the three drive modules contains dedicated 150MB/sec. controllers, and the Xserve supports 100-MHz and 133-MHz PCI-X cards. Rounding out its impressive technology pedigree are two onboard Gigabit Ethernet ports, each with its own dedicated controller,” Ryan Faas reports for ComputerWorld.
“What does all that power mean? A machine that is up to 60% faster than the original Xserve, which was a powerhouse in its own right. Compared to similar server platforms, the Xserve G5 offers more sheer computational power for straight high-end computing tasks,” Faas reports. “In terms of file services, it outpaces one of the fastest Windows file servers — the IBM eServer x335 running Windows Server 2003 — by about 20% in high-volume NetBench testing.”
“All in all, the Xserve G5 is not something most Mac users will focus on. But for Mac administrators, especially those in companies and institutions with a high demand for fast, reliable network services, the Xserve G5 seems like a dream machine,” Faas reports.
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