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Remove a full-length GPU adapter

Use this information to remove a full-length GPU adapter.

About this task

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 Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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 in a rack, remove it from the rack.

  • If foot stands are installed on the server, rotate them inwards and lay the server on its side for easier operation.

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

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


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.
    2. Remove all the flash power modules. See Remove a flash power module.
    3. Remove the air baffle. See Remove the air baffle.
  2. Locate the full-length GPU adapter you want to remove.
  3. Remove the full-length GPU adapter.
    Figure 1. Full-length GPU adapter removal
    Full-length GPU adapter removal
    1. Open the PCIe adapter retainer.
    2. Remove the screw that secures the full-length GPU adapter.
    3. Grasp the full-length GPU adapter by its edges and carefully pull it out of the PCIe slot.
    4. Disconnect the power cable from the full-length GPU adapter.

After you finish

  1. Install another full-length GPU adapter if necessary. See Install a full-length GPU adapter. Otherwise, install a bracket to cover the vacancy and close the PCIe adapter retainer.

  2. If you need to remove the full-length GPU adapter power cable out of the chassis.

    1. Remove all the fans. See Remove a hot-swap fan.

    2. Remove the fan cage. See Remove the fan cage assembly.

    3. Remove the power cable.

    4. Reinstall the fan cage. See Install the fan cage assembly.

    5. Reinstall all the fans. See Install a hot-swap fan.

  3. 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.

Demo video

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