Xserve Early 2008

The Apple Xserve Early 2008 is a Network Server computer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2008 to 2009 as part of the Xserve series. The computer has been introduced on January 8, 2008, and its price started at $2999.

The new Xserve features a 2.8 GHz / Two 2.8 GHz or Two 3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processor, 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.

This Xserve has been discontinued on April 7, 2009.

Today Xserve Early 2008 is 16 years old!

Source: ifixit.com – Xserve

Xserve Early 2008 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedJanuary 8, 2008
DiscontinuedApril 7, 2009
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

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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