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Install a GPU adapter

Use this information to install a GPU adapter.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.

  • GPU adapters are supported on some server models with requirements. See Thermal rules.

  • All installed GPU adapters must be identical.


  1. Make preparation for the task.
  2. Locate the appropriate PCIe slot for the new GPU adapter. See PCIe slots and adapters.
  3. Install the GPU adapter into the PCIe slot on the riser card.
    Figure 1. Installing the GPU adapter
    Installing the GPU adapter
    1. Open the blue latch on the riser cage.
    2. Align the GPU adapter with the PCIe slot on the riser card. Then, carefully press the GPU adapter straight into the slot until it is securely seated.
    3. Close the blue latch.
  4. Install the riser assembly with the GPU adapter: Align the riser card with the PCIe slot on the system board (system board assembly). Carefully press the riser card straight into the slot until it is securely seated.
    The following uses riser 1 assembly as an example for illustration. It is similar for other riser assemblies. See Install a rear riser card.
    Figure 2. Installing the riser assembly
    Installing the riser assembly

After you finish

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

The replacement procedures of GPU adapters is the same as PCIe adapters.

Watch the procedure on YouTube