Xserve Early 2008 Datasheet

Source: apple.com – Xserve

The Apple Xserve Early 2008 is a network server computer that was part of the Xserve series, designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2008 to 2009. It was introduced on January 8, 2008, with a starting price of $2,999.

Apple unveiled the new Xserve, a 1U rack-optimized server, boasting double the speed of its predecessor and bundled with an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server Leopard. Priced at $2,999, the updated Xserve featured up to two Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon processors, delivering 8-core performance, along with a revamped server architecture, faster front-side buses, enhanced memory capabilities, up to 3 TB of internal storage, and two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots, promising improved performance and flexibility.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, emphasized, “With the latest Intel processors and no client access licenses, Xserve offers unbeatable server performance and value for under $3,000,” highlighting its power, storage, and compatibility with Leopard Server for supporting Mac clients and mixed-platform workgroups.

The Xserve could be configured with up to two Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors, reaching speeds of up to 3.0 GHz with 12 MB of L2 cache per processor. It featured a high-bandwidth hardware architecture, dual-independent 1600 MHz front-side buses, and supported up to 32 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory, resulting in a significant increase in memory throughput. Additionally, two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots provided up to four times the I/O bandwidth of the previous Xserve, accommodating the latest high-bandwidth expansion cards, including multi-channel 4Gb Fibre channel and 10Gb Ethernet cards.

The inclusion of built-in accelerated graphics allowed for driving up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema Display, while a new front-facing USB 2.0 port enhanced connectivity options. Administrators could remotely control Xserve power and manage server software using Apple’s Server Monitor, offering convenience and flexibility. The three drive bays supported various configurations, from SAS drives for high performance to SATA drives for vast storage capacities. Additionally, Apple offered a hardware RAID card option providing RAID levels 0, 1, and 5 with 256 MB of cache and up to 72 hours of cached data protection.

Energy efficiency was improved with Intel’s 45-nanometer core microarchitecture technology, reducing power consumption significantly. Xserve power supplies exceeded Energy Star recommendations, and Apple’s thermal management technology ensured efficient cooling in diverse environments.

Each Xserve was shipped with a preinstalled, unlimited client edition of Leopard Server software, boasting true 64-bit support, user-friendly management tools, and compatibility with Mac, Linux, and Windows clients. Leopard Server was fully UNIX compliant and introduced over 250 new features, including Podcast Producer, Wiki Server, and iCal Server.

The new Xserve model featured a range of specifications, including options for Two 2.8 GHz or Two 3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors, 2 GB of RAM, 80 GB hard drive, slot-loading 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive,” dual Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire “800,” and 64 MB ATI Radeon X1300 graphics.

The Xserve Early 2008 was discontinued on April 7, 2009. As of today, the Xserve Early 2008 celebrates its 16-year anniversary since its release.

Xserve Rack
Source: macstories.net – Xserve Rack

Xserve Early 2008 Details

IntroducedJanuary 8, 2008 – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedApril 7, 2009 – 15 years ago
Last Software UpdateOctober 4, 2012 – 11 years ago
Time on the Market14 months (1 year)
Time of Support56 months (4 years)
Model IdentifierXserve2,1
Model NumberA1246
Order NumberMA882LL/A
Original Price$2,999 (base configuration)
Weight31.7 – 38.3 Ibs.
14.378 – 17.372 KG
Dimensions1.73” H x 17.6” W x 30” D
4.39 cm H x 44.7 cm W x 76.2 cm D

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

Xserve Tech Specs


ProcessorQuad-Core Xeon E5462 “Harpertownt” (2.8 GHz)
Two Quad-Core Xeon E5462 “Harpertownt” (2x 2.8 GHz)
Two Quad-Core Xeon E5472 “Harpertownt” (2x 3 GHz)
Processor Speed2.8 GHz (Quad-Core)
2x Quad 2.8 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
2x Quad 3 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
Number of Cores4 per processor (4 or 8 cores in total)
System BusSingle or Dual 1.6 GHz
Cache12 MB on-die L2 per processor (2x 6 MB)

Storage & Media

Storage80 GB 7,200 rpm
Media1 – 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive


Built-in Memory2 GB
Maximum Memory32 GB
Memory Slots8 – PC2-6400 240-pin DDR2 ECC DIMM 800 MHz
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in DisplayNone


Graphics CardATI Radeon X1300
Graphics Memory64 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
Display Connection1 – Mini-DVI
Display ModesN/A


Expansion Slots1 – half-length (6.6-inch) configurable (8-lane PCI Express 2.0 or 133 MHz PCI-X)
1 – 9.25-inch 16-lane PCI Express 2.0
Bays3 – Apple Drive Module bays
Hard Drive Interface3 – 3 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA) or Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
ADM Compatibility73 GB
80 GB
300 GB
1 TB
Internal RAIDOptional Xserve RAID Card with 256 MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup; support for RAID 0, 1, and 5


Ethernet2 – 10/100/1000BASE-T (support for jumbo frames)
Fibre ChannelOptional
USB3 – 480 Mbps
Serial1 – DB9 (RS-232)
FireWire2 – 800 Mbps
Audio InNone
Audio OutNone
Display1 – Mini-DVI


Original OSMac OS X Server 10.5.1 (Unlimited Clients)
Maximum OSMac OS X Server 10.7.5
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface
Bundled SoftwareNone


Backup BatteryUnknown
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100V – 240V AC

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