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Install the air baffle

Follow instructions in this section to install the air baffle.

About this task

240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • For proper cooling and airflow, reinstall the air baffle before you turn on the server. Operating the server with the air baffle removed might damage server components.


The illustrated air baffle is a standard air baffle. The installation method is the same for the GPU air baffle.

  1. Refer to Thermal rules to select the appropriate air baffle for your server.
  2. (Optional) If the 1U standard heat sink or T-shape performance heat sink is installed, install the air baffle filler to fill the gap between the heat sink and the air baffle.
    The following illustration shows the air baffle upside down.
    Figure 1. Air baffle filler installation
    Installation of the standard air baffle filler

  3. Align the tabs on both sides of the air baffle with the corresponding slots on both sides of the chassis. Then, lower the air baffle into the chassis and press the air baffle down until it is securely seated.
    Figure 2. Installation of the standard air baffle
    Installation of the standard air baffle

After you finish

  1. Reconnect cables of RAID flash power modules if you have disconnected them. See Internal cable routing.

  2. Reconnect cables of the M.2 backplane if you have disconnected them. See Internal cable routing.

  3. If you have removed a GPU adapter, reinstall it. See Install a GPU adapter.

  4. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube