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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AlucardCasull

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Its expensive to make a high quality, featured packed board. Then to have to compete in the market, not very surprising. At least companies like Asus have other forms of income.

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KonaKona

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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.

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OnDborder

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Ah the memories..
Their 939,p35 and x38 were smokin' boards.
Too bad. I liked their bios options.

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petteyg359

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I bought a DFI board in classies here, then sold it in classies, and the person who got it told me it set itself on fire.

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dostov

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They sure had many absolute bests at one point. They produces some less great boards though...

It is a hard market to be in these past few years. As is goes, less and less space is available for smaller players to compete. A couple years back it was Abit, and now DFI. The sad thing is that the consumer is just being left with less choices than before... soon enough the day will come that we will all be left to choose from only two manufacturers.

Cheers! :)

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petteyg359

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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.

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Bobnova

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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.

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wingman99

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I think Gigabyte is doing fine, who ever talks about DFI lanparty anymore.:(

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slavik

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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.

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deathman20

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Ah remember the days when of Abit and DFI boards where the ways to roll. Went to Asus I've had my issues with, though I do love my eVGA board.

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