Dell PowerEdge R330 Owner's Manual

Removing the heat sink


CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that are shipped with your product.

CAUTION: Never remove the heat sink from a processor unless you intend to remove the processor. The heat sink is necessary to maintain proper thermal conditions.

NOTE: This is a Field Replaceable Unit (FRU). Removal and installation procedures should be performed only by Dell certified service technicians.

  1. Ensure that you follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
  2. Keep the Phillips #2 screwdriver ready.
  3. Follow the procedure listed in the Before working inside your system section.
  4. Remove the cooling shroud.

NOTE: The heat sink and processor are too hot to touch for some time after the system has been powered down. Allow the heat sink and processor to cool down before handling them.


  1. Loosen one of the screws that secure the heat sink to the system board.
    Allow some time (around 30 seconds) for the heat sink to loosen from the processor.
  2. Loosen the screw that is diagonally opposite the screw you first removed.
  3. Repeat the procedure for the remaining two screws.
  4. Lift the heat sink away from the system.
    Figure 1. Removing and installing a heat sink
    This figure shows removing and installing the processor heat sink.
    1. captive screw (4)
    2. heat sink
    3. processor socket
    4. slot (4)

Next steps

  1. If you are removing only a faulty heat sink, install the replacement heat sink, if not, remove the processor.
  2. Follow the procedure listed in the After working inside your system section.

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