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Install a processor

Use this information to install a processor.

About this task

  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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.

  • See Lenovo ServerProven website for a list of processors supported for your server. All processors on the system board must have the same speed, number of cores, and frequency.

  • Before you install a new processor, update your system firmware to the latest level. See Update the firmware.

  • Optional devices available for your system might have specific processor requirements. See Technical rules.


Figure 1. Processor installation
Processor installation

  1. Slide the processor carrier into the rail frame.
  2. Push the rail frame down until the blue latches lock into place.
  3. Close the force frame.
  4. Tighten the screws in the installation sequence shown on the force frame.
    Use an ESD safe screwdriver and set the maximum torque value to 14.0 ± 0.5 inch-pounds.

After you finish

Install the heat sink. See Install a standard heat sink or Install a T-shaped heat sink.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube