“Two words come immediately to mind to describe Apple’s Xserve G5: power and choice,” writes Computerworld’s Ryan Faas. “Focusing solely on the hardware, the new Xserve just wows me. It has one or two 2-GHz G5 processors, uses 400-MHz ECC RAM and has a dedicated front-side bus running at 1 GHz (the dual-processor model has two independent front-side buses, one for each processor). Add to that the ability to support up to 8GB of RAM, and you have the makings of the fastest Mac ever conceived… A machine that is up to 60% faster than the original Xserve, which was a powerhouse in its own right. Compared with similar server platforms, the Xserve G5 offers more sheer computational power for straight high-end computing tasks.”