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Mac mini outperforms Xserve G5 in Web farm

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Fri March 30, 2007

Mac mini beats Xserve G5

Apple's latest Mac mini system with an Intel Core Duo processor and gigabit Ethernet outperformed an older Xserve G5 server system, according to one user who offers colocation services. "We picked up an Intel Mac mini 1.66GHz Core Duo, had it upgraded to 2GB of RAM (the G4's could only handle 1GB) and started to really put it through it's paces." Citing lower power consumption and resilient performance, the Mac mini stood up to vigorous testing. "No matter how hard I tried I could not make that Mini use more than 0.37A of power. I blasted that thing with multiple concurrent CPU and disk bound processes, getting really heavy loads and disk read/writes." Following the introduction of the Mac minis, an Xserve G5 was migrated in as a Web server in a load balanced group. The forum poster had to periodically adjust the weighting rules, however, to give more and more priority to the Mac minis.

Complementing Apple's small desktop system designed for consumers, the post writer attests to the computer's capabilities. "[The Mac mini] turned out to be a real winner [...] It really shone and had tremendous performance, even under load."




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  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    so...

    Good things DO come in small packages!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    2GB Ram in Xserve

    The Xserves have no problem handling 2GB of ram. Even the first version. The later models could do 8GB, and the current version is up to as much as 32GB.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    ram issue

    in response to the post by "guest" :

    I believe the author was referring to the G4 mac mini when he mentioned the 1 gig of ram limitation. He was not claiming the xserver could only take 1 gig of ram.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    xserve ram

    was not in question in the report. They stated that the early mac mini (G4) models could only accept 1 gig (unless I read it wrong too...)

  1. iYeat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Power Consumption

    Did anyone notice that the title of the article has nothing to do with the headline? But I guess if the headline was actually truthful, and not misleading, no one would read it. I definitely wouldn't read an article titled "Mac Minis use less power than Xserve G5s."

  1. iYeat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    ID10T error

    OK my post should have read "title of the article has nothing to do with the article itself." - It's Friday.

  1. SpacedCowboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Maybe for CPU

    Not even vaguely for disk i/o... I recently had cause to run bonnie++ on a couple of XServe's, I wrote it up on my blog

    Simon

  1. vocaro

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Typo

    put it through it's pace --> put it through its pace

  1. heedlix

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    please read

    the article didn't compare power consumption. yes, it's poorly written in that there is no direct comparison of the xServe and mini in performance testing. however, he directly implies that when, "The forum poster had to periodically adjust the weighting rules, however, to give more and more priority to the Mac minis," that means the minis were 'outperforming' the xServes regardless of RAM or power consumption.

    i like good grammar as much as the next guy, but come ON people. stretch those brain muscles, eh?

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