Remember when DFI's LANParty motherboards rocked the enthusiast scene? Well, it appears those memories are all that's left, as the LANParty series is no more, says Bit-Tech.
"I finally contacted some other people associated/previously associated with DFI's LANParty group in Taipei, and arranged several meetings during Computex," Bit-Tech wrote after donning their detective caps to find out why there haven't been any new DFI LANParty boards as of late. "Today, we finally got our answer: DFI told its LANParty team in 2009 there would be no more LANParty products. The division was losing money continually through 2009 and late in the year the sales team were told to clear their inventory before being moved to the far more profitable industrial division."
If true, this is sad news for adventurous overclockers who like to push the boundaries of component design. It wasn't that long ago that DFI was the go-to company for highly tweakable -- and often finicky -- motherboards with more BIOS settings than you could shake a Shake Weight at. But the company appears to have fallen on tough times in the enthusiast market, which is probably the result of competitors stepping up their game, overclocking-friendly CPU releases from both AMD and Intel, and perhaps a bit of mismanagement as well.
Now that Core i7 has carved out an enthusiast following and Core i5 just around the corner, it would seem that the days of LGA775-based platforms are numbered. Don't go ringing the death knell just yet.
DFI today adds another LGA775 board under its belt with the release of the LanParty BI G41-T33 motherboard. As the name suggests, the mobo is built around Intel's G41 chipset and offers up support for Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, dual-channel DDR3-800/1066 memory, and up to a 1333MHz frontside bus. The board also sports DFI's ABS II technology, which the company claims "will automatically detect the CPU installed and upgrade the efficiency of the CPU."
No word yet on price or availability, nor could we spot a product page. However, DFI says it's aiming for "a quite reasonable price." Your guess is as good as ours.