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Remove a GPU adapter

Use this information to remove 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.

  • Depending on the specific type, your GPU adapter might look different from the illustration in this topic.


  1. Make preparation for the task.
    1. If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rack.
    2. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    3. If you are replacing a GPU adapter from riser 1 or riser 2 assembly, remove the adjacent riser assembly for easier operation. See Remove a rear riser card.
  2. Remove the riser assembly that has the GPU adapter installed from the system board (system board assembly).
    The following uses riser 1 assembly as an example for illustration. It is similar for other riser assemblies. See Remove a rear riser card.
    Figure 1. Removing the riser assembly
    Removing the riser assembly
    1. Press the latches on the riser bracket.
    2. Grasp the riser assembly by its edges and carefully lift it straight up and off the chassis.
      If you are removing a GPU adapter on riser 3 assembly, slightly lift the riser assembly up, and disconnect cables from the system board (system board assembly) first.
  3. Remove the GPU adapter from the riser bracket.
    Figure 2. Removing the GPU adapter
    Removing the GPU adapter
    1. Rotate the GPU adapter retention latch to the open position.
    2. Grasp the GPU adapter by its edges and carefully pull it out of the PCIe slot.

After you finish

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.

Demo video

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

Watch the procedure on YouTube