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Computer Hardware Chart 2.0 by Sonic840 Computer Hardware Chart 2.0 by Sonic840

7 years after the last published version, an update to Computer Hardware Chart is finally here!

Measuring in at 7200 × 9600 @ 200ppi (30" x 40" ARCH-E), CHC v2 has 75 CPU sockets/slots, 30 peripheral card slots, 17 internal disk drive interfaces, 57 peripheral ports, 44 kinds of RAM and more.

As before, I'm providing a high-res version for download for those with the means to print themselves for personal use or who want to keep the digital file for easy viewing. Please do not sell this image! The only site permitted to sell prints is currently DeviantArt. If you find it for sale elsewhere, it's not from me. 

300DPI version (exceeds DA's limit for image uploads so this is on in a .zip...):

Poster v2.0 300-01 20160131.png

Big thanks to the folks who proofed the draft of CHC 2.0 and who purchased prints of version 1.7 from DeviantArt!  The funds from those sales helped me acquire some of the hardware for version 2.0. 

Computer hardware chart was developed to help folks visually tell the difference between the plethora of computer interfaces developed over the years. This chart is geared toward consumer computes, however I've included some server and enterprise components. Version 1 was a project I developed in College. At the time, I had a rich supply of old hardware from my personal collection and availability to newer hardware from my job at the time. The professors I had in my provided support, feedback,  and a plotter to ditto off copies for class. After I graduated and changed jobs, I lost easy access to new hardware and progress was stopped. CHC version 1.8 (a special version commissioned for for a McGraw-Hill book) of the poster outgrew the parent program I developed it in (Photoshop CS3) and I began the process of moving to Illustrator CC in stead. This allowed me to preserve the original individual photos and allow for a very detailed final product. This necessitated the complete re-shoot of the majority of the photos in version 1.x. Each individual photo was taken with my trusty PowerShot 630 at 8Mpx. This little camera has been through a lot. Including a complete lens replacement because of a rather destructive accident, and being too close to an exploding firework which left it badly dented. I have newer cameras, but I really don't like the current generation of CCDs in budget camera, and they have not been able to beat the macro on my Powershot 630. 

The sources for the bits in CHC came from several sources. the majority was out of my personal hardware collection. I've been collecting vintage Macs for years and have built up a pretty large collection. For stuff I did not have on-hand I was able to photograph hardware from my work or from friends. Other hardware has been acquired from online resellers like eBay, Alibaba, and mouser. On rare occasion, google images were used for non-released hardware to impossible to get hardware (like XDIMM and XDR. Essentially all the fuzzy ones...). 

Intentional omissions: Custom USB ports from devices like cell phones, telecom CPU sockets, high-end server CPU sockets (IBM power series, most SUN Sparc, and DEC CPUs), custom or one-off connectors, backplane connectors, uncommon sub-D or DIN interfaces, laptop dock connectors, laptop power ports, CPU voltage card ports, and stuff I don't know about. :) 

THe future of CHC. I think I've exhausted the reasonable space available in a traditional wall chart. Even in version 2.0, the text and individual objects are getting pretty small. I would love to covet this to an iOS app. I am not a programmer... but would really appreciate if I could get a template Xcode project where I could plug in image resources and descriptions to get me started. 

I hope you enjoy this item, Thank you!


Images from CHC source hardware:……………

Did you find an inaccuracy or type-o? Mention it in the comments!

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Gamerz31w Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Is it some sort of catalog?
Roachy1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019
Thank you for this. It's a beautiful labor of love.

Extra thanks for releasing the full gigantic 300 DPI source image. We printed it out on our poster printer for our helpdesks, and it's even better in its full 36" x 48" physical glory :) Sorry we don't have the budget to buy the print. Once I figure out how DA donations/points work I'll buy you a beer.
DylanDonohue Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No more VGA?
Also, don't know if you want to include KVM in as well.
Sonic840 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
it's there :)
4rd row, 2nd from the end. it's just not the blue version of the DE-15 port. 

KVM (keyboard Video Mouse) is more of a category of devices, not really a specific port.
Many KVM use common video ports. some use custom mapped ports (like DSM59/60) for aggravating video in/outputs. Some use completely proprietary jacks to prevent cable cross-compatibility. 
DylanDonohue Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops my bad
radimek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
Thank you for your hard job! Absolutly love it!
BillieB0B Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018
ummm....what am I missing? I saved from the displayed image and only got 1600x2133 rather than the 200 dpi 7200x9600 it should be. Help?

I joined Deviant Art just for this so hope you can help.
Sonic840 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Try right clicking the `Download Now` link on the right side of the page.
Alternatively, you can grab it here: Poster v2.0 300-01 20160131.png on DA's  page. 
Evilive98 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
I've loved this chart since i seen it posted in my college class at NMSU
azbigdogs Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018
This is really cool thanks for creating it. This newest one I could find is version 2, is that the latest or is there a newer one coming out?  I did try and print it at Costco (hope that is permitted) for my home but the formatting wasn't working out right. I discovered the sizes 16x20 or 20x30 have an aspect ratios of 1.25:1 or 1.5:1 and the image is 1.33:1 so stuff gets chopped off no matter what size I try. Is there a version that would print better at those sizes?

To-mos Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Coffee Lake came out 3 days ago.
isaserr Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
mostadorthsander Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017
eking Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
Fabulous thanks.
Vadralis Featured By Owner Edited May 21, 2017
You're a hero to my classmates.  People use your charts to study for the CompTIA A+ exam.  I wanted to let you know that we admire your work.  So thank you for this wonderful update.
niiloy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
wow, man!
default-cube Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Amazing collection. I do software development, but not for IOS (I do Android, though).

Here is an example of the kind of database-searching app that I have done.
kraken14 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
The dsub-9 (serial) port was also used by Apple 2 computers for a joysticks port (analog), and by software onb apples as the "Sirius Joyport" (digital). I don't see the 4pin 3 wire digi cables used on cd drives, I always used them building computers, and there was the digital out with 2 pins, never rran accros a cable for that though.

I think Your missing the slim sata used for laptop optical drives. Also the round 4 pin (2 5v, 2 12v) power plug used by older hardware, tower cd and hard drives mounted externally, I think some old scanners used them too, not so common anymore, although some media bays still have them. I could provide pictures of both if you like.

I'd suggest Splitting this in 4 as I'd like a similar chart  that also lists the pin numbers, periphereal card slots and ram be made one poster, the cpu's another and the third for HDD, ODD, FDD, and power. The last one for data, sound, and video ports, I'd like to see the usb a, b, mini, and micro, those are simply standard ports from a typical box of computer cables. Ram and cpu's quickly take up allot of space

I think there is only 3 other standardized power connectors, they might as well be included, the polarized dog bone and the two old radio power cords, one polarized. 
Valet2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
I'm kinda stupid.. where can I buy the print?
BloodiedSin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Student Artist
ChikakoHatanaka Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It is a like a very specialized type of nerd porn poster. I love it!
argentstonecutter Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Looks like it's missing all the USB-B ports. I'm not talking about the custom ports, just the standard ones: USB-B, USB-MINI-B, USB-MINI-B 4-PIN, USB-MICRO-B, USB-B 3.0, USB-B-MICRO-3. These are all in the USB "standard", they're not wacky one-offs from Nokia or Samsung. Also, there's officially a USB-MICRO-A but I don't think anyone's used it.
Sonic840 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, USB B and other mini/micro varieties were left it off because they aren't really found on consumer computers. I did the same thing for some specialized ports found only on peripherals like mini-centronics and DIN/D-sub variants. Weird connectors found on peripherals, mobile phones, or micro/proto computers could be a poster just by themselves... Thanks for the comment!
DD9448 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the greatest thing to ever exist

also - i read you were planning on making an iOS app, is there any chance of Android getting an app too?
CapStar362 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 13, 2016
Sonic,  as one of the purchasers of the 1.7 version,  do you give discounts for return customers on upgrading the poster?

original name was buyer-216074 - Andrew M
Sonic840 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry, but it doesn't like like DA has an upgrade path for art prints.
Mautar55 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
MY GASH!!! Can someone upload it on jpg? jaja
JohnMazz Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
You said you're considering a non-print future version, but I hope you do consider continuing to make print version available. I know IT professionals that enjoy keeping these in their offices. A digital version would be great, but there's something about having a printed poster to inspect and keep that shouldn't be discounted. Great job!
Sonic840 Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Prints can be ordered via the "Buy this Print" button, you can also download the digital version and print your own if you have access to a plotter. 
HANDBRAKEX Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
Hi Sonic840 and thanks for your chart. :-)

It's soo much interesting and I would kile to print it as a poster.

Is it possible to have the link with the compressed file with the original resolution ?

Thanks, have a good day :-)
Sonic840 Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, the download link to the 300DPI version is in the description. I believe it downloads as a 156MB .zip. 
thedarave Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
I would suggest splitting this into two parts that are 27 inch by 40 inch. (Movie poster size) It'll be cheaper and easier to find frames for that size and give you room for expansion.
For Chart A, you could go with just CPU sockets, or CPU and memory. Chart B could be everything else plus room for growth. Having something poster size like this can be extremely helpful in places that deal with very old tech.
WarAxe Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
YEAH!!!!  It's finally here!!!!!   :-)  :-)
Talon2303 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Just got poster in the mail. TEM PROUD PARENT.
ncal08 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
Sonic840, you are awesome! I recently printed two copies for my community college Information Technology course class room.  Technically I donated it to the college as they had the 1.7 edition.  Thank you again for make it happen and letting other students succeed in education!
Sonic840 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Glad you like it!
Talon2303 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
hardwareposter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Thank you so much! Waiting for years. :)
Sonic840 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
also posted to for sites that need a direct link to an image. was misbehaving for me... 
digifuzzy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
\o/ Awesome work!!!
Well done!
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