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Install the processor

Follow instructions in this section to install the processor. This procedure must be executed by a trained technician.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, read and follow the following safety statements.
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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.
  • Read the Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Before reusing a processor that was removed from another system board, wipe the thermal grease from the processor with an alcohol cleaning pad, and dispose of the cleaning pad after all of the thermal grease is removed.

    If you are applying new thermal grease on the top of the processor, make sure to do it after the alcohol has fully evaporated.
  • Apply the thermal grease on the top of the processor with syringe by forming four uniformly spaced dots, while each dot consists of about 0.1 ml of thermal grease.

    Figure 1. Proper shape of the thermal grease
    Proper shape of the thermal grease
  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.


  1. Hold the processor by both sides, and align the following:
    1. Align 1 the small notches on the processor to 2 the tabs on the socket.

    2. Align 3 the small triangle of the processor to 4 the beveled corner on the socket.

    Then, gently lower the processor evenly into the socket.

    Figure 2. Installing the processor
    Installing the processor
  2. Close the processor retainer, and push the handle to the locked position.
    Figure 3. Closing the processor retainer
    Closing the processor retainer

After this task is completed

  1. Reinstall the heat sink and fan assembly (see Install the heat sink and the fan module).

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

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