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Apple Xserve - Early 2009
2.26GHz Quad-core & 8-core, 2.66GHz 8-core or 2.93GHz 8-Core
Model ID: Xserve3,1 View how to find model ID

Processor / Memory

  • 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
OWC Memory Upgrades: Add up to 96GB of memory. OWC certified for up to 96GB of memory.

Internal Drives

  • Three independent hot-plug drive bays with support for qualified SATA or SAS drives
  • Support or up to 3TB of hot-plug internal storage using the following drive modules:
    • 160GB 7200-rpm SATA drive with 8MB disk cache
    • 1TB 7200-rpm SATA drive with 32MB disk cache
    • 2TB 7200-rpm SATA drive with 32MB disk cache
    • 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)
Hard drive upgrade: Xserve requires 1.5Gb/s SAS or SATA HDD under 2.2TB. No longer available through OWC.


  • 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)

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


  • 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
  • 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
Battery upgrade / replacement | Apple MagSafe Power Adapters
Design Note: for computers that have an upgrade option available should link to specific lander


  • Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) RJ-45 Ethernet interfaces with support for jumbo frames


  • Two open PCI Express 2.0 x16 expansion slots:
    • One half-length (6.6-inch)
    • One 9.25-inch length
  • Dual-Channel Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express Card
  • Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card
  • Quad-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card

Graphics / Video

  • 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)

Dimensions / Weight

Height: 1.73" (4.4cm)
Width: 17.6" (44.7cm)
Depth: 30" (76.2cm)
Weight: 38.3lb. (17.4 kg)