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Remove a heat sink

Use this information to remove a heat sink.

  • It may take some time for the heat sink to cool down after the system has been powered down.

  • The heat sink is necessary to maintain proper thermal conditions for the processor. Do not power on the server with the heat sink removed.

Before removing the heat sink,

To remove a heat sink, complete the following steps:

Figure 1. Removing a heat sink
heat sink removal

  1. Use a Torx #T20 screwdriver to loosen all the captive screws in the removal sequence shown on the heat-sink label. After loosening each captive screw, wait for several seconds for the heat sink to loosen from the processor.
  2. Slightly lift the heat sink away from the system.
After you finish
  • If you are replacing a heat sink, install a new heat sink. See Install a heat sink.

  • If you are replacing a processor, remove the processor. See Remove a processor.

  • 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

Watch the procedure on YouTube