Xserve (2009) - Technical Specifications

In the box

  • Xserve
  • Rack mounting hardware
  • 6' and 10" power cords
  • Mac OS X Server v10.6 Install DVD
  • Administration Tools CD
  • Printed and electronic documentation


  • One 2.26GHz or two 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, or 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series “Nehalem” processors
  • 8MB shared L3 cache per processor
  • Three-channel integrated memory controller per processor
  • Hyper-Threading support with two threads per core (up to 16 virtual cores)
  • Turbo Boost for increased performance under dynamic workloads (up to 3.33GHz on a 2.93GHz processor)
  • QuickPath Interconnect
  • 128-bit SSE4 SIMD engine
  • 64-bit data paths and registers
  • Energy efficiency optimization


  • 1066MHz DDR3 ECC memory
  • Six DIMM slots (quad-core) or twelve DIMM slots (8-core) configurable to up to 48GB of SDRAM
  • System supports up to 96GB in Mac OS X Server v10.6


  • Three independent hot-plug drive bays with support for qualified SATA or SAS drives; support for up to 6TB of hot-plug internal storage1 using the following drive modules:
    • 160GB 7200-rpm SATA drive with 8MB disk cache2
    • 1TB 7200-rpm SATA drive with 32MB disk cache2
    • 2TB 7200-rpm SATA drive with 32MB disk cache2
    • 450GB 15,000-rpm SAS drive available as a third-party kit
  • Xserve drive bays support Apple-qualified drive modules with Apple-qualified hard drives and firmware only. Drive bays not configured with a qualified drive module ship with a nonfunctional blank drive carrier and do not support installation of nonqualified third-party hard drives.
  • Support for reading SMART data from Apple Drive Modules for prefailure notification
  • Software RAID 0 and 1 built into Mac OS X Server
  • Optional 128GB solid-state drive
  • Optional Xserve RAID Card with 512MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup; support for RAID 0, 1, and 5
  • 8x SuperDrive DL (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

I/O connections

  • Two open PCI Express 2.0 x16 expansion slots: one half-length (6.6-inch) and one 9.25-inch length
  • Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) RJ-45 Ethernet interfaces with support for jumbo frames
  • Two FireWire 800 ports on back panel; 15W total power
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (480Mb/s each) on back panel; and one USB 2.0 port on front panel
  • One DB-9 serial port (RS-232)

Video and graphics support

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and Mini DisplayPort output
  • VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
  • DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (sold separately)

Rack support

  • Fits EIA-310-D-compliant, industry-standard four-post racks and cabinets: 19 inches wide, 24 to 36 inches deep
  • Front-to-back cooling for rack enclosure
  • Support for square-hole racks or threaded racks based on mounting kit selection

Electrical requirements

  • Output power: 750W
  • Optional second load-sharing 750W power supply for redundancy
  • Line voltage: universal input (100V to 240V AC), power factor corrected
  • Maximum input current: 8.0A (100V to 120V) or 4.0A (200V to 240V); current is shared when system is configured with two power supplies
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F
    (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: –40° to 116° F
    (–40° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
  • FCC Class A approved

Size and weight

  • Height: 1.73 inches (4.4 cm)
  • Width: 17.6 inches (44.7 cm) for mounting in standard 19-inch rack
  • Depth: 30 inches (76.2 cm)
  • Weight: 30.8 pounds (14.0 kg) base configuration; 38.3 pounds (17.4 kg) for 8-core system with twelve DIMMs, three 1TB SATA Apple Drive Modules, and two power supplies3


  • Mac OS X Server v10.6 Snow Leopard Unlimited-Client License
  • Included services
    • File and printer sharing: Mac (AFP, AppleTalk PAP, IPP), Windows (SMB/CIFS, IPP), UNIX and Linux (NFS, LPR/LPD), Internet (FTP, WebDAV)
    • Directory services: Open Directory (OpenLDAP, Kerberos, SASL), NT Domain Controller (Samba 3), Backup Domain Controller (BDC), LDAP directory connector, Active Directory connector, BSD configuration files (/etc), RADIUS
    • Mail services: SMTP (Postfix), POP and IMAP (Cyrus), SSL/TLS encryption (OpenSSL), mailing lists (Mailman), WebMail (SquirrelMail), junk mail filtering (SpamAssassin), virus detection and quarantine (ClamAV)
    • Calendaring: iCal Server 2 (CalDAV, iCalendar, iTIP, iMIP)
    • Distributed computing: Xgrid
    • File systems: HFS+ (journaled, case sensitive), read-only UFS
    • Web hosting: Apache web server (2.2 and 1.3), SSL/TLS (OpenSSL), WebDAV, PHP (5.2), Perl (5.8.8), Ruby (1.8.6), Rails (1.2.3), MySQL 5, Capistrano, Mongrel
    • Collaboration services: Wiki Server 2 (RSS), iChat Server 2 (Jabber/XMPP)
    • Application services: Apache Tomcat, Java Virtual Machine (J2SE 1.6)
    • Client management: Managed Preferences, NetBoot, NetInstall, NetRestore, Software Update Server, portable home directories
    • Networking and VPN: DNS server (BIND 9), DHCP server, NTP, Firewall (IPFW2), VPN server (L2TP, PPTP), Mobile Access Server, RADIUS, NAT server
    • Management features: Server Assistant, Server Admin, Server Preferences, Server Status widget, Workgroup Manager, System Image Utility, Secure Shell (SSH2), Server Monitor, RAID Utility, SNMPv3 (Net-SNMP)
    • High-availability features: automatic recovery, file system journaling, Software RAID, disk space monitor
    • Media streaming: QuickTime Streaming, QuickTime Broadcaster

Environmental Status Report

The new Xserve embodies Apple’s continuing environmental commitment. It is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free (internal cables)
  • Highly recyclable aluminum and stainless steel enclosure
  • High-efficiency power supply (89% average)4

Configuration Options

  Standard Configuration (MB449LL/A) Build-to-Order Options
Processor One 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processor Dual 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, or 2.93GHz processors
Memory 3GB (three 1GB) 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM Up to 24GB (quad-core) or 48GB (8-core) 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
Storage 160GB 7200-rpm SATA Apple Drive Module with 8MB of cache Up to 6TB of internal storage using 160GB, 1TB, or 2TB 7200-rpm SATA Apple Drive Modules
Internal RAID Optional Xserve RAID Card with 512MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup
Internal solid-state drive Optional 128GB solid-state drive
Expansion Optional Dual-Channel Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express Card
Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card
Quad-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card
Power supply Single 750W high-efficiency power supply Dual redundant high-efficiency power supplies
Rack support Supports most industry-standard (EIA-310-D) four-post racks and cabinets with a rack depth of 24 inches to 36 inches deep; quick-deployment rails for square-hole racks eliminates need for cage nuts Quick-deployment rails for threaded (10/30-inch) or square-hole racks
Service and support 90 days of telephone support and one-year limited warranty Optional AppleCare extended service and support products available


Xserve Accessories

  • Xserve RAID Card (MB844Z/A)
  • 1GB 1066MHz DDR3 ECC DIMM (MC228G/A)
  • 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 ECC DIMM (MC229G/A)
  • 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 ECC DIMM (MB982G/A)
  • 160GB SATA Apple Drive Module for Xserve (MB837G/A)
  • 1TB SATA Apple Drive Module for Xserve (MB838G/A)
  • 2TB SATA Apple Drive Module for Xserve (MC435G/A)
  • Promise 450GB SAS Drive Module for Xserve (TV823ZM/A)
  • Apple Dual-Port Ethernet Card (MB977G/A)
  • Apple Quad-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel Card (MB843G/A)
  • Apple Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel Card (MB842G/A)
  • Promise 16TB SATA VTrak E-Class RAID Subsystem (TV299VC/A)
  • Promise 7.2TB SAS VTrak E-Class RAID Subsystem (TV271VC/A)
  • Apple 750W Power Supply for Xserve (MB841LL/A)
  • Xserve Rack Mounting Kit for Square Hole Racks (MA846G/A)
  • Xserve Rack Mounting Kit for Threaded Hole Racks (MA847G/A)
  • AppleCare Service Parts Kit for Xserve (MB846G/A)
  • AppleCare Premium Service and Support for Xserve (MB595LL/A)

  1. Maximum capacity of 6TB achieved through use of three 2TB Apple Drive Modules.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  4. Average of the power supply’s measured efficiency when tested at 100 percent, 50 percent, and 20 percent of the power supply’s output power at 230V with the internal fan off.

Intel and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. Product contains electronic documentation. Backup copy of software is included.

Published Date: Dec 4, 2009