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Monday, January 03, 2005, 05:00 pm PT (08:00 pm ET)

New high-end Xserve to sport faster processors, combo drive

Apple Computer is preparing to refresh its Xserve G5 line of servers, AppleInsider has learned. According to sources, the new models are expected to debut as early as this week.

The new high-end Xserve will feature dual 2.3GHz G5 processors, 1GB of ECC RAM, an 80GB SATA drive, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, a combo drive, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited license. The unit will reportedly retail for $3999.

A second dual processor 2.3GHz model will include all the features of the high-end Xserve, but will lack an optical drive and include only 512MB of RAM. The server will reportedly retail for $2999 and include a 10-user license.

Apple's new mid-range Xserve will continue to sport dual 2.0GHz G5 processors, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB SATA drive, Gigabit Ethernet, and Mac OS X Server with an 10-user license. The model will reportedly drop $300 in price to $2699.

Catering to corporations who require only a single processor Xserve G5, sources say Apple will introduce a new single processor 2.0GHz configuration with 1GB of RAM, 80GB SATA drive, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, a combo drive, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited license. This model is expected to retail for $2999.

Finally, sources said that Apple will drop the price of its low-end 2.0GHz single processor Xserve from $2999 to $2699. This unit features 512MB of RAM, an 80GB SATA drive, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, a CD drive, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited license.

The new Xserve offerings will reportedly be referenced by manufacturers numbers M9745LL/A, M9742LL/A, and M9743LL/A, respectively. Existing configurations being met with price drops are said to be M9215LL/A and M9216LL/A.

Along with the the new Xserves, Apple is expected to debut its highly anticipated Xsan network file system, which was previously slated for launch in the fall of 2004.