Although Apple's new quad core Intel-based Xserve was expected to ship this month, it'll be a few more weeks before they get them out the door. But you can pre-order yours now and there a dizzying array of build-to-order (BTO) options available to keep you busy (and broke) for a while.
The quad Xserve uses two 64-bit Dual Core Xeon "Woodcrest" microprocessors and is available in speeds up to 3GHz (dual core). Three drive bays (for SATA or SAS modules), eight DIMM slots, two PCI Express slots, one optical drive, two USB 2.0 ports, two FireWire 800 ports, one DB9 serial port, dual Gigabit Ethernet and a hot-swappable 650 watt PSU option all make for a pretty sweet rack. Don't forget the unlimited-client Mac OS X Server license that comes with it!
Base config starts at $2999. Affordable even for the likes of a lowly blogger. Once you start adding those BTO options, however, it quickly climbs to second mortgage or corporate credit card with a high limit territory, which is to be expected for a beast of this nature. Still, it's fun to configure a $75,000 server every now and then, don't you agree?
Thanks Evan, Alex and all the others who sent this in!