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Apple XServe 1,1 (2006) CPU Upgrade

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I got a couple of used XServes for super cheap on eBay. I am going to use one as a VMWare Server for remote employees. The other will be a simple file server since I can do both SMB and AFP as opposed to our Win SBS 2011 server which can only do SMB. The one that will be for virtual machines I felt that I would need a little more power to handle the out of office employees. I bought a pair of Xeon e5345 CPUs for $40.00 on eBay and they certainly did the trick. Here are the before and after Geekbench results

Before - http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1814845

After - http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1533559

Quite an improvement in my opinion. Went from four total cores to eight. As temps go; idle temps are around 35-42c. I also used Arctic Silver 5. OSX System Profiler does not recognize the CPU name. It gets the number of cores and speed right but it lists "Unknown" as the name. However, Geekbench and the virtual machines both see the CPU speed and name correctly. For $40 this was a great upgrade.

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For $40 this was a great upgrade.

 

You've got that right!! Do you mind me asking for a general figure on how much you spent? I'm looking into buying one but have no gauge on the used Xserve market.

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Hello

Before link is dead.

Do you manage to install a mavericks OS since you now own a 64bits processor ?

I have an old Xserve1.1, and would like to upgrade it with such improvements.

 

Regards,

Jérôme

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Do you manage to install a mavericks OS since you now own a 64bits processor ?

It's easy to install Mavericks or Yosemite in target disk mode if you have another supported Mac, but you'll need to use tiamo's boot.efi replacement for it to boot on the Xserve. You might also want to install a newer graphics card (if you plan to use the GUI at all, even remotely) as it greatly improves the smoothness of the UI, but this is not necessary, especially if you're just using this as a remote server accessed mostly via SSH.

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