Remove a processor and heat sink
This task has instructions for removing an assembled processor and heat sink, known as a processor-heat-sink module (PHM). This task requires a Torx T30 screwdriver. This procedure must be executed by a trained technician.
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.
If the server is in a rack, remove it from the rack.
Each processor socket must always contain a cover or a PHM. When removing or installing a PHM, protect empty processor sockets with a cover.
Do not touch the processor socket or processor contacts. Processor-socket contacts are very fragile and easily damaged. Contaminants on the processor contacts, such as oil from your skin, can cause connection failures.
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.
Remove and install only one PHM at a time. If the system board supports multiple processors, install the PHMs starting with the first processor socket.
|1 Heat sink||9 Clips to secure processor in carrier|
|2 Heat sink triangular mark||10 Carrier triangular mark|
|3 Processor identification label||11 Processor ejector handle|
|4 Nut and wire bail retainer||12 Processor heat spreader|
|5 Torx T30 nut||13 Thermal grease|
|6 Anti-tilt wire bail||14 Processor contacts|
|7 Processor carrier||15 Processor triangular mark|
|8 Clips to secure carrier to heat sink|
- A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.
- Make preparations for this task.
- Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
- If your server comes with an air baffle or a middle cage, remove it first.
- Remove the system fan cage. Remove the system fan cage.
- If the processor comes with a T-shaped heat sink, fully loosen the two heat sink screws as shown.Figure 2. Loosening T-shaped heat sink screws
- Remove the PHM from the system board.Figure 3. Removing a PHM
- Fully loosen the Torx T30 nuts on the PHM in the removal sequence shown on the heat-sink label.
- Rotate the anti-tilt wire bails inward.
- Carefully lift the PHM from the processor socket. If the PHM cannot be fully lifted out of the socket, further loosen the Torx T30 nuts and try lifting the PHM again.Note
Do not touch the contacts on the bottom of the processor.
Keep the processor socket clean from any object to prevent possible damages.
After you finish
Each processor socket must always contain a cover or a PHM. Protect empty processor sockets with a cover or install a new PHM.
If you are not going to install a PHM back, cover the processor socket with the socket cover and install a PHM filler.Figure 4. Installing a PHM filler
If you are removing the PHM as part of a system board replacement, set the PHM aside.
If you are reusing the processor or heat sink, separate the processor from its retainer. See Separate the processor from carrier and heat sink
If you are instructed to return the defective component, please package the part to prevent any shipping damage. Reuse the packaging the new part arrived in and follow all packaging instructions.