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Install the processor

Use this information to install the processor. This procedure must be executed by a trained technician.

About this task

  • Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

  • Do not allow the thermal grease on the processor or heat sink 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 the electrical connectors in the processor socket.

  • Before reusing a processor that was removed from another system board, wipe the thermal grease from the processor with an alcohol cleaning pad, and dispose of the cleaning pad after all of the thermal grease is removed.

    If you are applying new thermal grease on the top of the processor, make sure to do it after the alcohol has fully evaporated.


  1. Apply the thermal grease on the top of the processor with syringe by forming four uniformly spaced dots, while each dot consists of about 0.1 ml of thermal grease.
    Figure 1. Proper shape of the thermal grease
    Proper shape of the thermal grease
  2. Hold the processor by both sides, and align the following:
    1. Align 1 the small notches on the processor to 2 the tabs on the socket.

    2. Align 3 the small triangle of the processor to 4 the beveled corner on the socket.

    Then, gently lower the processor evenly into the socket.

    Figure 2. Installing the processor
    Installing the processor
  3. Close the processor retainer, and push the handle to the locked position.
    Figure 3. Closing the processor retainer

After you finish

  1. Reinstall the heat sink. See Install the heat sink.

  2. Install the air baffle. See Install the air baffle.

  3. Install the top cover. See Install the top cover.

  4. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

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