What Is a Processor Carrier on an Intel® Xeon® Processor?

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03/20/2023

What is a Carrier?

Carriers are needed to properly align and install the CPU onto the motherboard. Intel® Xeon® W-3400 and Xeon® W-2400 processor families each have their own required carriers.

Carrier Features

  • Visual Indicators: Carriers and CPUs are marked with carrier codes (E1A, E1B) to indicate which should be used.
  • Keying Features: Carriers are keyed, mitigating the mixing of carriers with CPU or installing in the wrong orientation.
  • Integrated Shims: E1B carriers for Intel Xeon W-2400 processors have integrated shims that ensure proper CPU to socket loading is provided by the bolster plate.

    CPU carrier

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