Just fine? Hardly. You guys are taking him down the wrong direction. The DrMOS boards (890FXA-GD70 and 790FX-GD70) actually had a lower fail rate and somewhat higher tolerance than the boards using standard transistor designs.
MSI's 770 and 870 boards share a VRM design that has a ridiculously high failure rate. Check out the failure rates on the 870A-G54 and 870-G45 (which fundamentally has the same VRM structure as this board; the 870A-G54 may have different capacitors but uses the same MOSFETs, those are what fail). Failures at stock speed Phenom II x6 several times. Often on the stock cooler, too - which means the VRMs are actually getting cooling, and are failing anyway.Often catastrophic failures too. i.e. the violent kind, the kind that causes components to burst into flames and cause damage to other components.
Failures on dual cores (can you tell me more about your friend's failure incident so I can record it down in the thread?) aren't uncommon either. It happened to PunkX1 with an 870-G45 trying to run a Phenom II x2 processor at barely higher than stock. That consumes significantly less power than this x6.
I extremely strongly highly recommend you swap your motherboard out right away. The problem is the design of the transistors (the third transistor is incorrectly sized and responsible for the failure in a majority of the situations), the low overall supply/conversion capacity of the MOSFET chips, and per-chip quality (low standards mean bad chips may pass). This board is not fit for running quad/hexa core 125W processors at stock.
The record in my thread, which you've seen, pretty much proves it.
A change in board colours doesn't necessarily mean any change in components choice, by the way. It's just that - a change in colour. Only a major new revision might involve components change i.e. VRMs.
Edited by xd_1771 - 1/31/12 at 7:30pm