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Remove a FL GPU adapter

Follow the instructions in this section to remove a full-length (FL) 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 and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task. 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 in a rack, remove it from the rack.

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

  • Depending on the specific type, the 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. If necessary, remove all flash power modules. See Remove a flash power module.
    3. Remove the air baffle. See Remove the air baffle.
    4. If necessary, remove the NVlink bridge from the top of the FL GPU adapters. See Remove a GPU adapter link (NVLink) bridge.
  2. Locate the full-length GPU adapter to be removed.
  3. Remove the FL GPU adapter.
    1. Open the PCIe adapter retainer.
    2. Remove the screw that secures the full-length GPU adapter.
    3. Hold the edges of the FL GPU adapter and carefully pull it out of the PCIe slot.
    4. Disconnect the power cable from the FL GPU adapter.
      Figure 1. Removal of a FL GPU adapter
      Full-length GPU adapter removal

After this task is completed

  1. Install the replacement unit(s), if necessary. See Install a FL GPU adapter. Otherwise, install a bracket to cover the vacancy and close the PCIe adapter retainer.

  2. If necessary, remove the GPU power cable from the chassis.

    1. Remove all the fan modules and fan filler. See Remove a fan module.

      All fan modules must be removed from the fan cage when handling the fan cage assembly.
    2. Remove the fan cage assembly. See Remove the fan cage assembly.

    3. Remove the FL GPU power cable from the chassis.

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

    5. Reinstall all the fan modules (and fan filler, if necessary). See Install a fan module.

  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.