Installation and initialization of the system require attention to the mechanical, power, and thermal precautions for rack-mounted equipment.


The rack mounting holes conform to the EIA-310 standard for 19-inch racks. Take precautions to guarantee proper ventilation in order to maintain good airflow at ambient temperature.


Unless otherwise specified, NVIDIA products are designed to work in an environmentally controlled data center with low levels of gaseous and dust (particulate) contamination.

The operation environment should meet severity level G1 as per ISA 71.04 for gaseous contamination and ISO 14644-1 class 8 for cleanliness level.

The installation procedure for the system involves the following phases:



Follow the safety warnings

Safety Warnings


Pay attention to the air flow consideration within the system and rack

Air Flow


Make sure that none of the package contents is missing or damaged

Package Contents


Mount the system into a rack enclosure

19" System Mounting Options


Power on the system

Initial Power On


Perform system bring-up

System Bring-Up


[Optional] FRU replacements

FRU Replacements

Prior to the installation, please review the Safety Warnings. Note that some warnings may not apply to all models.

NVIDIA systems are offered with two air flow patterns:


The SN5400 and SN5600 systems are currently offered with one airflow type only - Connector side inlet to power side outlet.


the images are provided for illustration purposes only. The design may slightly vary in different systems

  • Power (rear) side inlet to connector side outlet - marked with blue dots that are placed on the power inlet side.


  • Connector (front) side inlet to power side outlet - marked with red dots that are placed on the power inlet side.



All servers and systems in the same rack should be planned with the same airflow direction.

All FRU components need to have the same air flow direction. A mismatch in the air flow will affect the heat dissipation.

The table below provides an air flow color legend and respective OPN designation.


Description and OPN Designation


Connector side inlet to power side outlet. Red dots are placed on the power inlet side.


Power side inlet to connector side outlet. Blue dots are placed on the power inlet side.

Before installing your new system, unpack it and check against the parts list below that all the parts have been sent. Check the parts for visible damage that may have occurred during shipping.

The SN5400/SN5600 package content is as follows:

  • 1 x System

  • 1 x Rail kit

  • 2 x Power cables for each power supply unit – Type C20 to C19

  • 1 x Harness: HAR000028 – Harness RS232 2M cable – DB9 to RJ-45

  • 2 x Cable retainers for each power supply unit


    OSFP air caps should be installed and maintained in ports which are not connected to cables or modules.


If anything is damaged or missing, contact your sales representative at

By default, the systems are sold with fixed rail-kits. Telescopic Rail-kits are available for some systems, and should be purchased separately. For installation instructions, refer to the relevant links in the following table:

System Model



SN5400/SN5600 Rail Kit

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