The (LAN)Party is over for DFI

At this point, this news will not come as a big surprise to anyone as the rumour has been going on for quite some time now. It is a pity, though, as DFI was one of the first manufacturers to embrace overclocking through it's LanParty series. I wonder what Oskar Wu will do from now on ... I heard he's being switched to a non-OC minded department ...

As a rule of thumb, companies we've visited over the years have always and will always want to talk about their products. My arrival was unannounced - if you discount the multiple emails I sent - but it's not often a UK journalist turns up on the doorstep. Even when we've caught people off guard (cold calling for a story, or catching them an event) there's usually a positive outcome as a result of showing an interest. In complete contrast to those past experiences, our meeting at DFI was fraught with nervous smiles and no comments about everything we wanted to address. Clearly something isn't right. This visit coincided with another set of events. I finally contacted some other people associated/previously associated with DFI's LANParty group in Taipei, and arranged several meetings during Computex. 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. This didn't go down too well at all and as a result many of the LANParty sales and marketing team left DFI for new ventures. We have heard that famed product manager and senior engineer for the LANParty division, Jerry Chang and Oskar Wu, stayed on at the company but have moved to the industrial division instead. We tried contacting both but were told by others not to bother: DFI is taking a muted approach to inquiries about LANParty - no-one in the company is allowed to say anything, which explains the outcome of the conversation before. As a result of our investigations, we feel confident in saying that the game is officially over for LANParty. One of the original and at one point, most well known enthusiast brands has died.


Belgium Massman says:

Maybe the community expected a little bit too much after the NF2/3/4 boards from DFI. The boards usually came later on the market and the newest ones were good, but not great.

Huge anticipation + average results = negative comments => low sales

Russian Federation Antinomy says:

:( My favourite board manufacturer. First it was EpoX, then Abit and now DFI. I can't way I'm surprised and knew thing are turning this side, but I'm quite upset.

Belgium Massman says:

Epox -> Abit -> DFI That's the manufacturers Oskar Wu worked for :D

Russian Federation Antinomy says:

Ah, didn't know he worked for Epox. So that's who's responsible for this :D LOL

United States Mr.Scott says:

Antinomy said: :( My favourite board manufacturer. First it was EpoX, then Abit and now DFI. I can't way I'm surprised and knew thing are turning this side, but I'm quite upset.
I was never an EpoX fan, however Abit and DFI were my boards of choice through 3 or 4 platforms. I felt bad when Abit went under, now again for DFI. :(

United States redhat_ownage says:

im going to miss them all my boards have been DFI and Abit R.I.P. LanParty :(

Canada Eldonko says:

This really sucks. I hope Oskar realizes his talents are wasted in the industrial division and moves to an enthusiast mb manufacturer.

Russian Federation Antinomy says:

If so, I heard replies for him to move to MSI or ECS so they end up quicker :D just kidding, but argh, ECS would be nice to end up.

Norway knopflerbruce says:

ECS? When did they make a good board?

Russian Federation Antinomy says:

Never. That's why leaving us would be very good :D

Austria Turrican says:

knopflerbruce said: ECS? When did they make a good board?

hmm, never?:D

Belgium Massman says:

Some boards had a nice feature on it, IIRC ...

United States Mr.Scott says:

The ECS Black series weren't bad boards. They just had the typical ECS longevity issues.

Russian Federation Antinomy says:

Massman said: Some boards had a nice feature on it, IIRC ...
I know only one good feature on ECS boards - the tophat. I have two but didn't have a chance to make use of them.

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