Xserve G5 (Cluster Node)

Introduced: January 2004
Terminated: January 2005


The Xserve G5 (Cluster Node) operated as a node when a cluster of Xserves was being used.  It had dual 2.0Ghz processors, 512Mb of RAM and an 80Gb hard drive.


Unlike the regular Xserve G5, the Xserve G5 (Cluster Node) did not include an optical drive or graphics card.  It could also only support one ATA hard drive.

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 970fx (G5)
Number of Cores: 1
Processor Speed: dual 2.0 GHz
Benchmarks: dual 2.0 GHz: 1629
Cache: 64 KB (instruction), 32 KB (data) L1, 512 KB L2
System Bus: 1.0 GHz
Hard Drive: 80 GB 7200-rpm
Media: None
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): 33 lbs., 1.73” H x 17.6” W x 28” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 15 kg, 4.4 cm H x 44.7 cm W x 71.1 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X Server 10.3 (10-Client)
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test:—
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: Xserve G5 Firmware Update 5.1.7f1
Firmware Update URL: http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/xserveg5firmwareupdate.html
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 8.0 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 8 - PC3200 DDR400 ECC SDRAM
Minimum RAM Speed:—
Graphics Card: None
Graphics Memory:—
Built-in Display: None
Display Connection: None
Expansion Slots: 2 - PCI-X 133MHz 64-bit
Expansion Bays: 1 - Apple Drive Module bay
Hard Drive Bus: 1 - 1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
ADM Compatibility: 74 (10,000 RPM), 80, 250, 400, and 500 GB
Backup Battery:—
Max Watts: 240 to 252 W
Line Voltage: 90V-264V AC
Ethernet: 2 - 10/100/1000BASE-T (support for jumbo frames)
Modem: None
Serial: 1 - DB9 (RS-232)
USB: 2 - 480 MBit/s
FireWire: 2 - 800MBit/s, 1 - 400 MBit/s (15W total power)
Fibre Channel: None
Audio In: None
Audio Out: None


Introduced in January 2004, the Xserve G5 (Cluster Node) was replaced with newer models in January 2005.



  • The Xserve can be used for a variety of applications, including file server, web server or even high-performance computing applications using clustering – a dedicated cluster Xserve, the Xserve Cluster Node, without a video card and optical drives was also available. On November 5, 2010, Apple announced that the Xserve line would be discontinued on January 31, 2011 and replaced with the Mac Pro Server and the Mac mini Server.-Jonathan Berkowitz

    Ana had this to say on Aug 24, 2011 Posts: 76
  • Agree with that @ Ana. Forum Koszalin

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