Interestingly, we've learned that DFI will be building a second LANParty board based on Nvidia's nForce 680i chipset. This board is being crafted specifically for a gaming rig that will be sold by OEM giant HP, and the system may even carry LANParty branding.
We also asked DFI whether they consider Nvidia to be a direct competitor now that the chipset maker is building complete motherboards for resale by its partners. According to DFI, "that's not really competition because our boards are and will be much better." That may very well be the case, but even if DFI's LANParty 680i motherboard makes it out by the end of the month, it will have lagged the release of boards from Nvidia's reference design partners by more than four months.