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Apple Xserve G5/2.0 DP Cluster Node (PCI-X) Specs

Identifiers: Xserve G5 - ML/9215A - RackMac3,1 - N/A - N/A

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Apple Xserve G5 The Apple Xserve G5/2.0 DP Cluster Node, along with the Xserve G5/2.0 and Xserve G5/2.0 DP, is a member of the first rackmount Mac series to use the 64-bit PowerPC 970fx (G5) processor. In addition to higher clock speeds, the PowerPC 970fx (G5) has a "new execution core that features massively parallel computation for an unprecedented 215 in-flight instructions", and the Xserve G5 uses a new system architecture as well. Together this combination results in major speed gains compared to earlier Apple systems.

The Apple Xserve G5/2.0 DP Cluster Node features dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC 970fx (G5) processors each with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 512k "on chip" level 2 cache. It shipped configured with 512 MB of PC3200 EEC SDRAM, an 80 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive, and dual Gigabit Ethernet in a 1U case that fits in an industry-standard 19" rack.

Designed to be "clustered" in quantity with a standard Xserve G5 as a "head node", the Xserve G5/2.0 DP Cluster Node allows multiple systems to be used together for intensive computing tasks, but has a single drive bay (instead of three) and no optical drive to cut costs (Apple sold it for US$2999, the same price as the single processor Xserve G5/2.0). Like the "head node" Xserve G5, the "Cluster Node" includes USB 2.0, Firewire "800", and dual PCI-X slots.

The Xserve G5/2.0 DP Cluster Node shipped with a ten user version of MacOS X Server 10.3 (instead of an unlimited user version). Custom configurations also were available.

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January 6, 2004 January 4, 2005
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2004.
2.0 GHz PowerPC 970fx (G5) x2
Details: The PowerPC 970fx "G5" has 64-bit data paths and registers with native support for 32-bit application code. Apple also reports that it includes a "parallel data structure supporting up to 215 simultaneous in-flight instructions, [and] simultaneous issue of up to 10 out-of-order operations." It likewise has a "dual-pipeline Velocity Engine for 128-bit single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD) processing, two independent double-precision floating-point units, [and] advanced three-stage branch-prediction logic."
2 1620 & 1943
Details: Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the RackMac3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
N/A Integrated
Details: N/A
1 GHz 2.0 GHz (Built-in*)
Details: This model has a 1 GHz frontside bus and a 512k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed for each processor.
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
32k/64k 512k (on chip)
Details: 32k level 1 data cache, 64k level 1 instructional cache. The 512k on-chip level 2 cache runs at processor speed.
PC3200 EEC SDRAM 400 MHz
Details: Uses 400 MHz PC3200 DDR SDRAM memory modules.
1 GB 8 GB
Details: In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this Xserve.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 8
Details: This system has eight RAM slots supporting a maximum of 16 GB of memory.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
None N/A
Details: N/A
80 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA
Details: In the default configuration, this model has one 80 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. It supports a single "hot plug" hard drive (Apple Drive Module) on a Serial ATA (SATA) bus.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this Xserve.
None None
Details: This model does not support an internal optical drive.
None Gigabit (x2)
Details: Two built-in Gigabit (10/100/1000Base-T) Ethernet ports.
None None
Details: N/A
2 (2.0) 1 (400), 2 (800)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port on the front, two Firewire "800" ports on the rear.
2 PCI-X 1 3.5"
Details: Two full-length 64-bit 133 MHz PCI-X slots on independent buses.

The single external 3.5" bay is occupied by an Apple Drive Module.
None None
Details: N/A
Rack-Mountable Xserve Cluster Node
Details: 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)."
ML/9215A Xserve G5
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
N/A (EMC N/A) RackMac3,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the N/A Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the RackMac3,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
X Server 10.3 X Server 10.5.8
Details: A ten client version of MacOS X Server 10.3 was pre-installed. This system cannot run versions of Mac OS X Server more recent than 10.5.8.
None N/A
Details: N/A
1.73 x 17.6 x 28.0 33.0 lbs. (15.1 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (4.4 cm, 44.7 cm, 71.1 cm). 33.0 pounds (15.1 kg).
US$2999 N/A
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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None None
Details: N/A
None None*
Details: *It could be configured with a dual channel 320 SCSI PCI-X card at the time of purchase.
1 (DB-9) None
Details: This system has a single DB-9 serial port for accessing the server through a serial console session. This is not a "Mac serial" port.
2 (2.0) 1 (400), 2 (800)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port on the front, two Firewire "800" ports on the rear.
None 2 (RJ-45)
Details: Dual built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T [Gigabit] Ethernet (RJ-45) ports.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Lock) None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: Both configurations have a single 400W power supply, the line voltage is "universal input (90V to 264V AC), power factor corrected", and the single phase frequency is "47 Hz to 63 Hz".

Apple reports that the maximum input current for ML/9216A is 5.5A (90V to 132V) or 2.75A (180V to 264V) and the maximum input current for M9743LL/A is 4A (90V to 115V) or 2A (180V to 264V).



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