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End of the Line for DFI LanParty

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Image courtesy: Diamond Flower International Inc.

Image courtesy: Diamond Flower International Inc.

Anybody following the new product releases of motherboard manufacturer DFI these past months had to be wondering what was happening with their consumer line of product. The Taiwanese company that has made a name for itself among enthusiasts and overclockers has failed to release a single new product for the consumer market since late 2009.

The rumor mill has now picked up on this unusual situation. Website Bit-Tech reports trying to get comments and information from employees at DFI, but to no avail. Reporters from the website have asked around industry players and found out that the company has effectively let go its LanParty design and marketing teams last year. The brand had been loosing money throughout 2009 and the mother company, Diamond Flower International, has decided to put an end to the venture. Everything points to the fact that the once famous LanParty brand is now gone.

The LanParty brand of motherboards were, at some point, regarded as some of the best, most innovative and highest quality products for the enthusiasts and overclockers. Less than two years ago it was Abit, another once well-regarded brand, that was going down. Important changes in the computer market and recent economic downturns mean there is less space than ever before for small players in the consumer motherboard segment.

Source: Bit-Tech

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  1. iAmCodeMonkey
    Was that -really- needed in the discussion?


    Anybody who didn't care about DFI fading out of the motherboard market, it's true of. I think it's a true statement. Perhaps it could have gone unsaid, but based on what others have said, I think it had a place here.

    As an example:

    KonaKona
    As the old saying goes, "And nothing of value was lost."

    I had one of these back in the day, it was alright. They did have good boards but with the likes of EVGA, ASUS and GIGABYTE nowadays, there isn't much room for a company with lowercase letters.... oh wait.



    KonaKona is probably too young to have known DFI back when it was one of the few real options! To be fair, a few of the options he listed in his post were valid, but I'll tell ya'... eVGA is foxconn, foxconn is meh, Asus is garbage with good branding, gigabyte is good quality feature packed board.... but ugly. Oh well, can't have it all.

    I take tha back, eVGA was foxconn with a new colour scheme and better branding... but most of the boards lacked the one thing that made evga products what they are today, a lifetime warranty.

    I don't see how anybody can value eVGA over DFI in the motherboard market. DFI just kicked all sorts of butt. A shame thier colour schemes were meh... but personally I could have made the green/yellow work. For you wow players... infernal theme? :D
    xokeman
    Lol, your probably right. I have very little knowledge prior to 1999-2000, all I remember is just being amazed by all the stuff a DFI could do as compared to other motherboards of that era. Abit may well have been ahead of the game back then. :shrug:


    DFI boards were some of the few that weren't over optimized. YOu typically didn't get as good speeds as some other boards performance wise (results usually better on other boards), but you could usually overclock better and come up with better results in the end due to the vast amount of tweaking options.
    Lol, your probably right. I have very little knowledge prior to 1999-2000, all I remember is just being amazed by all the stuff a DFI could do as compared to other motherboards of that era. Abit may well have been ahead of the game back then. :shrug:
    Well i'm a old timer, yes these kids are spoiled rotten.

    I thought it was ABIT that started with the miner tweeks for ovecloking.

    QOTE:1992, DFI abandoned its graphics card production and switched to the production of motherboards.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DFI

    QOTE:ABIT had a reputation among PC enthusiasts for producing motherboards that support overclocking. In the late 1990s, the company introduced their Softmenu feature, one of the first jumperless CPU configuration systems that enable overclocking to be adjusted from the BIOS instead of fiddling with jumpers.

    LINK:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_abit

    There was allot manufactures that had jumpers and even some OEM so the boards could use many processors in production.

    My memory is old could you explain what I missed back then.
    DFI was epic "back in the day", I remember wanting a Socket A Lan-Party soooo bad...had to settle for an EPOC (which was also a good mobo). You young fellas got to realize...it wasn't always like this, with every mobo manufacturer making overclocking features standard and such...vendors bragging about what their motherboards could do and stuff.

    Back in the day, you were happy to have a voltage adjustment without having to solder something...DFI was key in bringing OCing to the mainstream. Hell, we had to do a frickin pencil trick to get more voltage! You kids are spoiled! ha ha

    I haven't been a DFI fan for a while, mainly because their neon pastel color schemes kill me (looks like the radioactive Easter Bunny took a dump in my case) but still, DFI should be respected for what they did for our industry.

    They lead by example for many years. xoke
    KonaKona
    As the old saying goes, "And nothing of value was lost."

    I had one of these back in the day, it was alright. They did have good boards but with the likes of EVGA, ASUS and GIGABYTE nowadays, there isn't much room for a company with lowercase letters.... oh wait.


    eVGA boards are meh compared to DFI. Nothing beat the control of the SLI-DR, and quite frankly, I chose the DFI board over any others because of the good balance of features, looks, etc. It was the best p55 board on the market.

    I wouldn't expect you to appreciate it, you're probably too young to have been with DFI in the hayday... this is a big loss for me. 2 of my 3 currently running boxes are DFI based. I've never been happy with an asus board, and the only friend I have that buys asus has constant rma issues with them. DFI was always the place to go for me. I waited for a P55 board from DFI, and was rewarded.

    I had an eVGA board for a few days. Wasn't impressed. Or should I say foxconn.
    slavik


    I also believe the original designer of lanparty boards worked for Abit as a previous job.


    Yeah, IIRC it was Oskar Wu, the man behind the legendary abit BP6.
    chop_wood
    theres just some external ninja force where certain brands either work or dont work for specific people


    +1 on that every time I buy a new board I don't care what company sells it it's like a crapshoot, I spend 30 days testing as much as I can so I don't have to RMA to the company because they miss things, they just See if it boots into windows and send it back to you.:(

    Usually I find the problems in just 3 days however sometimes they show up later.

    I miss the days we could RMA the board for the first year to the retailer, and get a new one.:rain:
    theres just some external ninja force where certain brands either work or dont work for specific people.. at my business we basically use gigabyte/asrock exclusively. very very few problems... everytime we try asus we regret it, although i still hold them as a market best. i had an evga and it will probably be my next.

    I STILL have my DFI and it pwns all cause it has pretty UV reactive uber 1337|\|3ss. everytime i look at it i think about the days of modding my ultra d to sli, putting mad stupid voltage into bh-5 sticks, pruisin the dfistreet forums, and rocking the dfi case bag carrier to lan parties..
    As a victim of motherboard squeal, I can't argue with you there.

    I should clarify though, I meant to say Gigabyte has more RMA's at the company my friend works at, not for Gigabyte as a corporation. They did say the difference was significant though.

    I still hope DFI does well in their industrial products, although I would have liked to have seen their crazy yellow boards in the new Antec Lanboy case.
    Nhut Pham
    My friend that works at a company that sells computer parts actually tells me Gigabyte has far more RMA's than the other manufacturers, I'm betting mostly because they do have very strong enthusiast support, which in turn means more people who don't know what they're doing with these boards.
    From all the forms on the internet, it's about Gigabyte boards squealing and not posting and post looping, it has nothing do with users, there just putting out more defective produces, that's all there is to it.:)

    You can't say more people are bad at using Gigabyte boards. If there having more RMA's then there doing something wrong, the worst thing to do is blame the public for product failures. Gigabyte needs to get the message to increase there quality control, more efficient engineering saves money.:burn:
    My friend that works at a company that sells computer parts actually tells me Gigabyte has far more RMA's than the other manufacturers, I'm betting mostly because they do have very strong enthusiast support, which in turn means more people who don't know what they're doing with these boards. I think we all appreciate what Gigabyte has brought to the table the last few years, I hope they will keep doing better.

    I remember going to the DFI "street" forums, where the numbered mods there would try to be the customer support for the countless people messing around with the overclocking features.
    I had their nforce2 board back in the day. During that time, they really did have more options than other makers. Then they simply went down because nobody wanted a regular board with UV reactive components of different colors. At first it was a gimmick and then nobody cared.

    The old dfi forum days on amdmb.com were awesome. Then dfi spun it's own forum and that was fun in the beginning, then it wasn't fun anymore.

    I believe that DFI gave the motherboard industry/segment a kick which is why we have awesome boards made by ASUS/eVGA/etc.

    I also believe the original designer of lanparty boards worked for Abit as a previous job.
    I have a hard time seeing Gigabyte dying, personally.

    I missed Abit when they shut down, they made great boards.

    Course after they did i was forced to look for a new company and found Asus.
    dostov
    soon enough the day will come that we will all be left to choose from only two manufacturers. Cheers! :)


    I'm placing a $1000 bet that when that happens, the two left will be Asus and MSI.