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I saw this a few days ago and was surprised I haven't seen something about it on HWC yet. Sounds like we won't be seeing any new LANParty motherboards!

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DFI motherboards haven't been particularly impressive for a while, so while it's a shame, I also won't be mourning their loss too much. If they had gotten rid of the awful colour scheme, started adding some more modern features along the lines of what ASUS and Gigabyte are doing, and invested in some marketing, they probably would have done a lot better.
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Not really a loss. DFI's products lost their uniqueness a long time ago. I remember roughly 10 years ago, if you could afford a DFI LanParty-series mobo, you were an uber-overclocker with your trusty P4 Northwood or whatever. However, Asus, Gigabyte and even MSI have been offering very flexible BIOS options for many years now and unlike DFI, Gigabyte and Asus have also been very innovative. If a company doesn't at least keep up with the times, death is imminent.
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but not unespected. heard rumours they go full bore into industrial for a while now

will miss their matx units.
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DFI motherboards haven't been particularly impressive for a while, so while it's a shame, I also won't be mourning their loss too much. If they had gotten rid of the awful colour scheme, started adding some more modern features along the lines of what ASUS and Gigabyte are doing, and invested in some marketing, they probably would have done a lot better.
Reviewing DFI LANPARTY MI P55-T36 top efficiency Intel ITX platform

That little P55 ITX board came out not too long ago and seems like its a pretty good motherboard. Even their P35/P45 mobo's were pretty good. X58 I don't their board were that stellar but I'm not sure cause I've never used one or heard much about them on that platform. What "modern features" do you think they were missing? They definately could've invested some money into marketing their product though.
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It is a bit of a sad day, but in all honesty the LanParty's days have been numbered for quite some time.

At one time (and I'm thinking back to the S939 Ultra-D days) DFI was the only way to go if you wanted to push your kit to the absolute max, but once mainstream motherboard producers started including full overclocking and voltage tweaks in their bios', DFI's distribution network (and poor RMA support to retailers) wasn't up to the task in NA.

That said.... expect to see a DFI product back from the vault shortly in my sig TSFR running a Q6600..... ;)
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^^ Hell yea Steve.. thanks for reminding of those good old days of the Ultra-D. Was the best 939 board I owned, and one of my favorite boards to date.

But yeah agree with everyone here.. Lanparty days were numbered some time ago, the P45/55 boards were awesome, their X48 boards were too, afraid their X58 weren't all that good. At one time ECS and Abit even gave DFI a run for its money in producing quality overclockable friendly boards..
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Another great one leave the boat:(
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^^ Hell yea Steve.. thanks for reminding of those good old days of the Ultra-D. Was the best 939 board I owned, and one of my favorite boards to date.

But yeah agree with everyone here.. Lanparty days were numbered some time ago, the P45/55 boards were awesome, their X48 boards were too, afraid their X58 weren't all that good. At one time ECS and Abit even gave DFI a run for its money in producing quality overclockable friendly boards..
They never seemed to recover from S939's demise, and the fact that Nvidia Chipset motherboards fell out of favour. They did release quite a few S775 boards, but they were quite pricy, and didn't really offer anything that wasn't available on boards produced by more mainstream manufacturers.

Even when they did release something to get tongues wagging, there always seemed to be an issue that soured the milk like the Coil Whine on the 965 Dark. (Which was also quite late to the party).

I do agree on the fond memories though.... for OC'ers, a LanParty board brought with it a chance to do things that no other boards were offering outside of hardware mods (although the Ultra-D had a good SLI pencil mod.... ;) ) and/or modded bios'.

At that time, it was rare to see a motherboard manual with everything but skull&crossbones when describing the settings available in the bios.
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My only experience with DFI is with my current board (DKP45). It has been perfect to say the least. Other than one small issue where it stopped posting after a move (could have easily been my fault), but a quick and easy RMA under warranty, and it was back fully repaired without issues. I have pushed the crap out of every processor that has been in it (air only of course). My E8500 ran stable at 4Ghz 24/7 for two years, and my current Q9550 is stable as a rock at 3.6. The Lanparty boards would have been my first choice for my next upgrade, but it looks like I'll have to switch. It's really too bad.
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