The rumor mill recently said DFI was about to withdraw from the consumer motherboard market, but that ain't so, according to Expreview. The site has gotten a clear denial from DFI's Product Manager, which is identified only as Jarry in the article.
Although DFI reportedly has no intentions to quit selling consumer motherboards, the company will nevertheless "do some adjustments on future products, such as reducing some mainstream models." Going forward, Expreview says the firm will increase its focus on Mini-ITX, microATX, and hybrid motherboards rather than plain-old ATX models.
For instance, DFI doesn't plan to release a full-sized ATX motherboard based on AMD's future RD890 chipset. Its full-sized Intel X58 boards will live on, though.
An increased focus on hybrid designs could also yield more motherboards like the Hybrid P45-ION-T2A2 we wrote about in September. That board includes an LGA775 socket and Intel P45 Express chipset on one side with an Atom processor and Nvidia Ion chipset on the other. The two halves can work independently from each other, but they also share some I/O connectivity between them, like USB and audio. You can purchase the Hybrid P45-ION-T2A2 from Newegg right now for $389.99.
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