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Install a double-wide GPU adapter

Follow the instructions in this section to install a double-wide GPU adapter.

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disconnect all power
The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.

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  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • 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 installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top covers, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rails.

  • Depending on the specific type, your GPU adapter might look slightly different from the illustrations in this section.

  • Follow the additional instructions in any documentation that comes with your GPU adapter.

Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.


  1. If a filler has been installed to the slot on the PCIe riser, remove the screw that secures it and remove the filler.
  2. If a riser extender cover is installed, remove it.
    Figure 1. Removing riser extender cover

    Removing riser extender cover
    1. Press both ends of the riser extender cover.
    2. Lift the riser extender cover out from the PCIe riser.
  3. Install the GPU adapter.
    Ensure that you observe the installation rules and sequence order in PCIe riser and adapter installation rules and order.
    Figure 2. Installing GPU adapter to PCIe riser

    Installing GPU adapter to PCIe riser
    1. Align the GPU adapter with the connector on the PCIe riser; then, carefully press the GPU adapter straight into the slot until it is securely seated and its bracket also is secured.
    2. Secure the GPU adapter with two screws.
    3. Pull the plunger that secures the PCIe adapter retainer.
    4. Close the PCIe adapter retainer to the locked position.
  4. Connect the power cable to the GPU adapter and PCIe riser.
    Figure 3. Connecting power cable to GPU adapter

    Connecting power cable to GPU adapter
  5. Install the riser extender cover.
    Figure 4. Installing riser extender cover

    Installing riser extender cover

After you finish

  1. If necessary, install a GPU adapter link bridge. See Install a GPU adapter link bridge.

  2. Reinstall the PCIe riser. See Install the PCIe riser.

  3. Reinstall the crossbar. See Install the crossbar.

  4. Reinstall the rear top cover. See Install the rear top cover.

  5. Reinstall the front top cover. See Install the front top cover.

  6. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

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