xserve viable?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Purdue, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Purdue macrumors newbie


    Dec 16, 2012
    I have NEVER delved into xserve hardware at all.
    But, I just happen/ed to see some eBay prices that seem very interesting.
    What's the general consensus on someone getting xserve 2009 nehalem for general mac use?
    Any big, large pitfalls?
    Or would one be wiser to use an mac mini i7 or iMac i7?
    I know, very very broad questions.
    But, I have quad car i7 mac mini. I wonder if I'd like to use/tinker with an xserve, with some very large RAM number.
    Just thinking out loud. Thanks.
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2009
    It's a terrible idea. They're huge, extremely loud, and extremely power hungry.
  3. jamall macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2003
    Canberra, Australia
    If you get a cabinet in which to mount it that also dampens the noise, or if you set it up in another part of your house and access it remotely using just about any computer, tablet or phone made in the last 5 years, a Nehalem Xserve is actually a very powerful and versatile machine.
  4. adam9c1 macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2012
    Hardware comparable to Mac Pro.
    VERY loud.
    If you can have it in another part of your house like a utility area in the basement etc and connect to it via VNC by all means go for it. But if you want to have it on your desk I would advise not to.
    Some machines have single and some have dual power supplies for redundancy.

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