Xserve Early 2009

The Apple Xserve Early 2009 is a Network Server computer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2009 to 2011 as part of the Xserve series. The computer has been introduced on April 7, 2009, and its price started at $2999.

The new Xserve features a 2.26 GHz / Two 2.26 GHz / Two 2.66 GHz or Two 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processor, 3 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive, slot-loading 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive”, dual Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire “800”, and 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics.

This Xserve has been discontinued on January 31, 2011.

Today Xserve Early 2009 is 15 years old!

Source: ifixit.com – Xserve

Xserve Early 2009 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedApril 7, 2009
DiscontinuedJanuary 31, 2011
Model IdentifierXserve3,1
Model NumberA1279
Order NumberMB449LL/A
Original Price$2,999
Weight30.8 – 38.3 Ibs.
13.970 – 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 E5520 “Gainestown” (2.26 GHz)
Two Quad-Core Xeon E5520 “Gainestown” (2x 2.26 GHz)
Two Quad-Core Xeon E5550 “Gainestown” (2x 2.66 GHz)
Two Quad-Core Xeon E5570 “Gainestown” (2x 2.93 GHz)
Processor SpeedQuad 2.26 GHz
2x Quad 2.26 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
2x Quad 2.66 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
2x Quad 2.93 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
Number of Cores4 per processor (4 or 8 cores in total)
System BusIntel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
Cache8 MB shared L3 per processor

Storage & Media

Storage160 GB 7,200 rpm (HDD)
1 TB 7,200 rpm (HDD)
2 TB 7,200 rpm (HDD)
128 GB (SSD)
Media1 – 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive


Built-in Memory3 GB
Maximum Memory48 GB (Apple)
96 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots6 – PC3-8500 240-pin DDR3 ECC SDRAM 1066 MHz (Quad-Core)
12 – PC3-8500 240-pin DDR3 ECC SDRAM 1066 MHz (8-Core)
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in DisplayNone


Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GT 120
Graphics Memory256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
Display Connection1 – Mini DisplayPort
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 Compatibility160 GB
450 GB
1 TB
Internal RAIDOptional Xserve RAID Card with 512 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 DisplayPort


Original OSMac OS X Server 10.5.6 (Unlimited Clients)
Maximum OSOS X 10.11.6
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface
Bundled SoftwareNone


Backup BatteryUnknown
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100V – 240V AC

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Apple Support – Xserve (2009): Technical Specifications