I miss my old DFI. Rock solid, OC'd like a dream. Compared to how boards look today, it'd be considered ugly, but it was unique and stood out when put up against all the other boards out there. Sure there were a few other nice looking motherboards floating around, but when sitting at a LAN and people asked about specs, DFI was the brand you'd expect to hear on anyone mentioning a decent OC.We used to have motherboard reviews from ABIT, DFI, BioStar, ASUS, Foxconn, AMD, Intel, ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, EVGA, BFG, Soyo, FIC, IWill, ECS and so on. Today, most of those companies are gone or at the very least, they no longer compete in the motherboard market in the US. Today, there are more offerings than we generally cover, but the big names are basically MSI, ASUS, GIGABYTE and ASRock. Sure, EVGA is still around but they aren't really a threat to the other four I just mentioned. More importantly, they don't seem to be the innovators they once were.
Maybe Supermicro can steal a couple of people from other current vendors so they can end up with a decent appearance, a few people specializing in board design for OCs, then buy the name from DFI and release a Supermicro Lanparty board. Would be interesting, though I doubt they'll do it. Though I suspect DFI would sell off the name pretty cheap at this point.