The launch of the new Mac Pro, about a month ago, brought the most advanced Xeon chips from Intel to a Ma desktop with exclusivity in relation to competing companies – in fact, this same processor was launched today in Brazil. However, some sources say they know of some Apple launch plans in the coming weeks, in which a new Xserve using the same architecture would be unobtrusively revealed by the company.
Since it is a product with a different production design, Xserve probably took longer than the Mac Pro to be produced using Nehalem. However, there should be no differences in the configurations offered in relation to the Mac Pro, in terms of processor and storage.
Just as they are offered in its current model, the new Xserves would have configurations quad-core and octo-core, with clock speeds of 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz and 3.2GHz for the first case and 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.93GHz for the second. Still in the offer of eight-core configurations, there could be 2.4GHz, 2.53GHz and 3.2GHz models, but that Apple may be showing little interest due to power autonomy and cooling issues.
The arrival of new Xserves with features from the new Mac Pro would be interesting to increase Apple's sales in the corporate sector. Intel has been promoting Xeon Nehalem as the most revolutionary server processor since it started looking at this market with the Pentium Pro 15 years ago – a time when PowerPCs were already showing themselves ahead of Intel products with the best manufacturing process by the way. Its biggest advances are in energy efficiency for servers, consuming only 10W when they are at rest.