The first rumors came at the end of last month, corroborated by others shortly afterwards. Last Friday, the Hong Kong Apple Store Online leaked an image that practically confirmed the fact, and with that I bet today (Tuesday, the 7th) for the launch of the new Xserves. Right in the bull's-eye!
Apple has just updated its line of Xserve servers, now incorporating Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and promising up to twice the performance of the previous generation.
Rack-optimized 1U machines support two 2.93GHz processors with a memory controller each, integrated with three 1,066MHz DDR3 ECC channels, which cuts memory latency by up to 40% and more varied storage options, including a low power solid state drive (SSD) and up to 3TB of internal space.
The most basic model costs $ 3,000 and includes an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server 10.5 Leopard, an Xeon 5500 processor quad-core 2.26GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 160GB Serial ATA hard drive at 7,200RPM, dual Gigabit Ethernet on-board, two PCI Express 2.0 x16 expansion slots, graphics with Mini DisplayPort output, two FireWire 800 ports and three USB 2.0 ports.
The Xserves join the rest of Apple computers and fit within environmentally friendly design standards, with PVC-free cables and internal components, the absence of any brominated flame retardant and an outside source that offers a average energy efficiency of 89%.