Further to https://tickett.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/doh-it-doesnt-fit/
I was unable to find a replacement heatsink which would allow the Broadcom NIC to fit. I did however manage to replace the standard heatsink screws with these (12mm M3). I bought a pack of 100 from RS for a mere £1.52 (rs stock no 553-403);
You can see how much smaller they are than the stock screws;
Here it is fitted;
And the card fit;
Note that I added a bit of electrical tape to the end of the NIC to make 100% sure none of the components will short. As well as slotting a small sheet of paper between the card and the motherboard.
After discovering last night that my newly acquired Broadcom 57810A Dual Port 10Gb PCIE Copper (RJ45) Ethernet NICs didn’t fit my Supermicro AS-2022TG-HIBQRF, I was pleased to find they do fit my Supermicro AS-1042G-LTF.
And best of all, absolutely no setup/configuration was necessary. I simply powered down the host, replaced the NIC and powered back up. The ports automatically assigned the same as the NIC I removed.
Looking for a cheaper alternative to the Intel X540-T2 (Dual Port 10Gb PCIE Copper (RJ45) Ethernet NIC) I purchased a Broadcom 57810A (Dual Port 10Gb PCIE Copper (RJ45) Ethernet NIC).
I eagerly opened up my server (Supermicro AS-2022TG-HIBQRF) but it doesn’t quite fit!
You can see the plastic RAM shroud just touching, and the CPU heatsink just touching but unfortunately the problem is the heatsink screw (just below the back end of the card);
Very frustrating! If the screw lay where the 20 pin connector / holes were i’d consider getting out the dremel. You can clearly see some chips where i’d need to cut though!
I have had a look and can’t find any alternative heatsinks that might free up the space either!
Guess i’ll have to stick with the Intel X540-T2 for now (admittedly I don’t even know if the Broadcom 57810A is compatible with the server & ESX yet… although I will be sure to try it in my Supermicro AS-1042G-LTF later (watch this space).
Here’s the X540-T2;