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Install a GPU adapter

Use this information to install a GPU adapter.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • 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.

  • GPU adapters are supported on some server models with requirements. See Technical rules.

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

  • Use any documentation that comes with the GPU adapter and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this topic.


  1. Install the GPU air baffle.
  2. Locate the appropriate PCIe slot for the GPU adapter. See Technical rules
  3. (Optional) If a single-wide 150W GPU adapter (FHFL) is installed on PCIe slot 1, 4, or 7, but the adjacent slot (slot 2, 5, or 8 respectively) is left empty or is installed with a half-length adapter, install an add-on air baffle on the GPU air baffle.
    Figure 1. Installing the add-on GPU air baffle

  4. Install the GPU adapter to the riser cage.
    1. Open the blue latch on the riser cage.

    2. Align the GPU adapter with the PCIe slot on the riser card. Then, carefully press the GPU adapter straight into the slot until it is securely seated.

    3. Close the blue latch.

    Figure 2. Installing the GPU adapter to the riser cage
    Removing the GPU adapter

  5. (Optional) Connect the power cable to the power connector on the GPU adapter. See GPUs.
    If your GPU adapter TDP is equal to or lower than 75 watts, the adapter can be powered directly by the riser slot. An extra power cable is required for powering GPU adapters with TDP higher than 75 watts.
  6. Install the riser assembly to the system.
    If a full-length GPU is installed in the riser cage, perform the following steps to ensure that the other end of the assembly is securely fixed to the GPU air baffle.
    1. Align the slots and slightly put down the riser assembly.

    2. Open the blue latch on the GPU air baffle and fix the end of the GPU adapter. Then, close the blue latch.

    3. Tighten the riser cage screw.

    Figure 3. Installing the riser assembly

  7. If a certain slot is not installed with a GPU adapter, install a filler as shown.
    Figure 4. Installing the GPU filler

After you finish

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.