I7-860 Intel DP55WG - Memory question DDR3-1600? XMP?

I will be using Intel DP55WG mobo with i7-860 CPU for a build and want 8GB of RAM in total (2x4GB) DDR3-1xxx

My first problem was all i7 recommended ram is 6GB kit, but I figure out that is only for i7-9xx and since I am using i7-860, 8GB should be good. Problem 1 solved. CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG HERE!

#2 It comes down to ram speed DDR3-1333 vs. DDR3-1600. I do not plan to overclock. However, I can find DDR3-1600 slightly cheaper then DDR3-1333. They are NOT hyperX XMP memory. Which speed should I go for?
Will non hyperX memory of DDR3-1600 work on this Intel mobo or will it just won't boot? After a bit of research, HyperX is OC for dummies. Well, all I plan is to run memory at 1600. Nothing more.

Going back to intel.com, it says:
"DDR3 1600 or higher memory support on this motherboard requires compatible XMP enabled memory or advanced knowledge of BIOS and manual memory tuning. Individual results may vary." http://www.intel.com/support/-motherboards/desktop/dp55wg/sb/CS-030683.htm#dimms

These are my two choices and they are the cheapest I can find. Both are 1.5v so it meets the mobo standards.

G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL PC3-10666 4GB (2X2GB) DDR3-1333

G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRLPC3-12800 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600

#3 I see that all the Intel tested memory are only 1333, not 1600. Also, is it ok to go with G.SKILL for intel mobo or should I go with more famous brand like CORSAIR, OCZ, KINGSTON, SAMSUNG, ETC

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  1. Your links are broken. From the product numbers, it looks like both kits are CAS 9. Either kit would work fine. You just may have to manually enter the RAM speed, timings, and voltage in the BIOS for the DDR3 1600 kit. That's not a big deal, and the motherboard owners manual should describe how to do it.
  2. shortstuff_mt said:
    Your links are broken. From the product numbers, it looks like both kits are CAS 9. Either kit would work fine.

    Sorry, links are now fixed. Yes they are CAS 9.

    I worried about it because Intel says I need XMP if I go above 1333. So I was considering either just stick with 1333 modules or get 1600 XMP modules but that cost a lot more.
    Just want to know if 8GB DDR3-1600 (NOT XMP) will work on this mobo and CPU i7-860.

    And if I get DDR3-1600 memory non XMP and I don't adjust the BIOS, will it function fine as DDR3-1333?
  3. DDR3 1600 RAM will work just fine in that motherboard. Like I said, you will most likely just need to manually set the values in the BIOS. Yes, if you don't set the values in the BIOS the motherboard will set them to "safe" values that will most likely be lower than the RAM's rated values.
  4. The CPU memory controller might handle only DDR3-1066/1333, as Intel says http://ark.intel.com/products/41316

    So, if you are about the get a new memory kit, then go with 1333MHz.
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