Remove a processor
This task has instructions for removing an assembled processor. This task requires a Torx T30 driver.
About this task
Make sure you have the required tools listed below in hand to properly replace the component.
Water loop kits
SD650 V3 Water loop service kit
Conduction plate parts (only damaged parts need to be replaced)
M.2 Putty pad kit
Drive gap pad or putty pad kits according to the drives installed in the tray. See their respective replacement procedures for more information.
ConnectX series adapter putty pad kits according to the ConnectX adapter installed in the tray. See their respective replacement procedures for more information.
Screws and screwdriversPrepare the following screwdrivers to ensure you can install and remove corresponding screws properly.
Screwdriver Type Screw Type Torx T10 head screwdriver Torx T10 screw Torx T30 head screwdriver Torx T30 screw Phillips #1 head screwdriver Phillips #1 screw Phillips #2 head screwdriver Phillips #2 screw
To transfer Intel® On Demand Suite from the defective processor to the new processor, read the PPIN of the defective processor before powering off the system. For more information, see Enable Intel® On Demand.
Turn off the corresponding DWC tray that you are going to perform the task on.
Disconnect all external cables from the enclosure.
Use extra force to disconnect QSFP cables if they are connected to the solution.
Each processor socket must always contain a cover. When removing or installing a processor, protect empty processor sockets with a cover.
Do not touch the processor socket or processor contacts. Processor-socket contacts are very fragile and easily damaged. Contaminants on the processor contacts, such as oil from your skin, can cause connection failures.
Do not allow the thermal grease on the processor or water loop to come in contact with anything. Contact with any surface can compromise the thermal grease, rendering it ineffective. Thermal grease can damage components, such as electrical connectors in the processor socket. Do not remove the grease cover from the cold plate until you are instructed to do so.
Before you install a new or replace a processor, update your system firmware to the latest level. See Update the firmware.
To avoid damaging the water loop, always use the water loop carrier when removing, installing or folding the water loop.
- Make preparations for this task.
- Remove the tray from the enclosure. See Remove a DWC tray from the enclosure.
- Remove the tray cover. See Remove the tray cover.
- Remove the cross braces. See Remove the cross braces.
- Remove the DIMM comb. See Remove a DIMM comb.
- Remove memory modules. See Remove a memory module.
- Remove the M.2 backplane assembly. See Remove the M.2 backplane assembly.
- Remove the drive cage. See Remove a drive cage assembly.
- Remove the PCIe riser assembly. Depending on your configuration, see Remove a PCIe riser assembly (ConnectX-6), PCIe riser assembly replacement (ConnectX-7 NDR 200), or Remove a PCIe riser assembly (ConnectX-7 NDR 400).
- Remove two Torx T10 screws (per node); then, remove the VR (voltage regulator) clamp plate out of the node.Figure 2. VR clamp plate removal
- Remove water loop screws (9x Torx T10 screws per node) with a torque screwdriver set to the proper torque.NoteFor reference, the torque required for the screws to be fully tightened/removed is 5.0+/- 0.5 lbf-in, 0.55+/- 0.05 N-M.Figure 3. Water loop screw removal
- Remove the following screws to loosen the quick connect.
Figure 4. Quick connect screw removal
Two Torx T10 screws (per node) on the quick connect.
Five Torx T10 screws (per node) on the rear of the node.
- Orient the water loop carrier with the guide pin; then, gently put the water loop carrier down and ensure it is seated firmly on the water loop.Figure 5. Water loop carrier installation
- Tighten water loop carrier screws (12x Phillips #2 screws per node).Figure 6. Water loop carrier screws installation
- Loosen processors properly.
Figure 7. Loosening processors
Fully loosen all Torx T30 captive screws (8x Torx T30 captive screws per node) on cold plates with a general screwdriver until they stop, following the removal sequence shown on the cold plate label.NoteFor reference, the torque required for the screws to be fully tightened/removed is 10+/- 2.0 lbf-in, 1.1+/- 0.2 N-m.AttentionTo prevent damage to components, make sure that you follow the indicated loosening sequence.
Rotate all anti-tilt wire bails (8x anti-tilt wire bails per node) inwards to the unlocked position.
- Carefully rotate the water loop so one half is sitting on top of the other half.Figure 8. Folding the water loop
- Remove the processor from the retainer. This process differs by processor SKU. Check the processor SKU and follow the applicable procedure.NoteDo not touch the contacts on the processor.For non Intel® Xeon® CPU Max processor
For Intel® Xeon® CPU Max processor
Lift the handle to release the processor from the retainer.
Carefully hold the processor by its edges; then, lift the processor from the retainer.Figure 9. Processor removal
Insert a flat head screwdriver into the TIM breaking cam on the retainer; then, slightly rotate the flat head screwdriver to release the processor from the retainer.
Carefully hold the processor by its edges; then, lift the processor from the retainer.Figure 10. Processor removal (Intel® Xeon® CPU Max processor)
1 TIM breaking cam
- Without putting the processor down, wipe the thermal grease from the top of the processor with an alcohol cleaning pad; then, place the processor on a static protective surface with the processor-contact side up.
- Remove the processor retainer from the underside of the cold plate.NoteThe processor retainer will be discarded and replaced with a new one.
Figure 11. Processor retainer removal
- Carefully release the retaining clips from the cold plate.
- Lift the retainer from the cold plate.
- Wipe the thermal grease from the bottom of the cold plate with an alcohol cleaning pad.
If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.
To transfer Intel® On Demand Suite from the defective processor to the new processor, see Enable Intel® On Demand.