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Apple Xserve G5

Apple Xserve G5
alaScore 85

201 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and value for money are generally positive. The usability and design also get good opinions. Many are critical about the reliability.

design, usability, value for money, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Xserve G5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 210 reviews)

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Apple Xserve G5


Apple has upgraded its successful Xserve to the PowerPC G5 platform. Combined with Apple's elegant management software and the new Xserve RAID NAS offering, the Xserve G5 is a powerful server solution for Mac and mixed-OS environments.

Powerful, expandable server system for Mac and mixed environments. Less susceptible than a Windows server to viruses and other attacks. Comprehensive, easy-to-use management software. Quiet. Unlimited client licenses. Xserve RAID attached storage can...

One less drive bay from the previous generation XServe G4, because of cooling concerns. No SATA drives in Xserve RAID

If you have a Mac-heavy or mixed computing environment, the Xserve G5 and Xserve RAID might be the right solution for your company. The overall package presents an elegant alternative to Windows or Linux setups, although you will give up the diversity...

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Xserve G5


Apple took a pretty good server, the G4 Xserve, and made it even better. Although some problems remain, the Xserve G5 kicks butt effortlessly and looks good doing it.

OS license included in purchase ; easy administration and monitoring ; works well in mixed environments

Hardware-based RAID not built-in, as is the case with similar Intel-based servers

Apple's design team pulled off the impossible by throwing ten heat sensors and an intelligent fan subsystem into the Xserve case, and by using newly available 90-nanometer PowerPC G5 CPUs from IBM. Apple has also radically changed the server's front...

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very impressive machine


Able to run 2 Thunderbolt displays, my main reason for a new Mac Mini. This machine is a workhorse for me.

Easy To Set Up","Fast","Sleek Design


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Super quiet and efficient Mac Mini


My PC seems to hang quite a bit with Photoshop. My friends recommended me to move to Mac. It took me a long time until now to make a move. A decision was wise as I can see it in just one day.

Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design

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Wicked Fast


Great way to great a powerful Mac for under a grand! I use it with an ASUS HDMI monitor and it looks great. I wish they put a Headphone jack and USB on the big deal but it would be helpful.

Adequate Storage","Easy To Use","Fast","Great Software Bundle","Sleek Design

Wish They Put A Headphone

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The best protable desktop


This desktop is portable and versatile for personal, academic and research work. Extremely good for the price.

Easy To Collaborate Across Programs","Easy to Customize","Easy to Navigate","Great For Academia","Great For Research","Versatile

No Superdrive Dvd

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Product purchased meets my expectations


I use this for personal computing use and meets all of my requirements. Compared with my previous computers this is faster and easier to use

Easy To Collaborate Across Programs","Easy to Customize","Easy to Navigate

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Good quiet home computer


Long time mac user. replaced my old iMac with the Mini and a LED TV. After getting the resolution sported out, and files transferred, I am happy with teh overall setup. 10.8 OS is different, and I am not liking the changes to the native apps. Much...

Adequate Storage","Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Reliable Performance

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Easiest computer setup ever!


After my kids have used mac laptops for a few years, I finally gave in and replaced my old clunker PC laptop with a mac-mini. Its great. Once caveat - packaging and listing should make it clearer that mac doesn\'t come with a \'real\' video cable, only...

Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design

Poor Accessories

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Mac Mini


I have been using this Mac Mini for a week now and absolutely love it! I have used an iMac and a MacBook Air in the past.. what I love about this computer is the fact that it is so small, compact, fast, and virtually silent! No loud fans or mechanical...

Adequate Storage","Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Performance","Quiet","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design


Product Specifications

The groundbreaking PowerPC G5 made its debut in Apple's Power Mac G5, enabling computer users to tackle projects never before possible on a desktop system. With the introduction of Xserve G5, the same processing performance is packed into a slim 1U form factor. Combine the super efficient PowerPC G5 with high bandwidth, server-optimized system I/O and fast internal storage, and Xserve G5 outperforms today's fastest 1U Xeon- and Opteron-based systems. In addition to robust hardware features, Xserve G5 comes complete with Mac OS X Server software, a host of powerful network services, and integrated remote management and monitoring tools. Easy to set up and easy to maintain, Xserve G5 with Mac OS X Server dramatically reduces the complexity of system administration and minimizes maintenance costs. This uniquely Apple integration results in superior performance, unparalleled manageability, and increased uptime - enabling organizations to lower their total cost of ownership and reduce the pressure on network administrators. Whether in small or large business, higher education or K-12 schools, creative departments, or science and technology research centers, the affordable Xserve G5 is the perfect server for today's new breed of UNIX-based solutions.


DVD Writer: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control:No / Unknown
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth: No
TV Output:Not Applicable
Wireless LAN: No


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition:No / Unknown
Type:PC Server


Brand of Graphic Chip:Not Applicable
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Not Applicable
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU


Chipset Brand:Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Hyper Threading: No
Processor Brand:IBM
Processor Number:Not Applicable / Unknown