Installing an accelerator or GPU

An accelerator or GPU can be installed into the primary, secondary, or tertiary position. This procedure shows an installation in the secondary position.

Before you perform this procedure, make sure that you have the following items available:

  • The components included with the hardware option kit

  • T-30 Torx screwdriver

  • T-10 Torx screwdriver

  • High-performance heatsinks must be installed with this option.
  1. Observe the following alert.
    CAUTION: To prevent improper cooling and thermal damage, do not operate the server unless all PCIe slots have either an expansion slot cover or an expansion board installed.
  2. Power down the server.
  3. Remove all power:
    1. Disconnect each power cord from the power source.
    2. Disconnect each power cord from the server.
  4. Do one of the following:
  5. Remove the access panel.
  6. Removing the air baffle or midplane drive cage.
  7. For full-length cards that require support, install retention clips:
    1. Remove the air diverters from the air baffle.

      Removing the standard efficiency diverters
    2. Install the appropriate retention clip onto the air baffle.
      Install the clip that supports your configuration. Primary, secondary, and tertiary positions are shown.

      Installing the GPU retaining brackets
  8. Install high-performance heatsinks.
  9. Install the air baffle.
  10. Remove the rear wall blank.
    The secondary rear wall blank is shown.

    Removing the secondary PCI riser blank
    To install a card in the primary riser cage, see "Removing a riser cage".
    To install a card in the tertiary riser cage, see "Installing a tertiary riser cage".
  11. Remove the PCIe blank.

  12. Install the card into the riser.

    Installing a GPU into the GPU-enabled riser cage
  13. If required, connect the power cable from the card to the riser.
  14. For full-length cards, open the retention clips.
    Sliding retention brackets to unlocked position
  15. Install the riser cage.

  16. For full-length cards, slide the retention clips to the locked position.
    Locking the retention brackets

The installation is complete.