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Remove the PCIe riser assembly

Follow instructions in this section to remove the PCIe riser assembly.

About this task

  • Go over Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Turn off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

  • If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the top cover (see Remove the top cover).
    2. Remove both PCIe riser cages or fillers, the chassis air baffle, and the PCIe expansion tray (see Remove a 4U PCIe riser cage, Remove the chassis air baffle, and Remove the 4U PCIe expansion tray).
    3. Disconnect cables that are connected to the adapters.
  2. Grasp and lift the PCIe riser assembly to remove it from the system board.
    Figure 1. Removing the PCIe riser assembly

After this task is completed

  • Fill the riser slot with a replacement unit or a filler (see Install the PCIe riser assembly).
  • 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.

  • If you plan to recycle the component:
    1. Remove the three screws that secure the riser assembly to the bracket, and slide the riser assembly slightly away to disengage and remove it from the bracket.
      Figure 2. Disassembling the PCIe riser card

    2. Recycle the component in compliance with local regulations.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube