Well Derp to me, I got two 8gb strips put them in, turned it on and I got a black screen, totally froze up...le sigh. Just had to try it lol. I now know the answer to my question though.
Also the video card I bought as an upgrade was delivered by amazon completely damaged, the fan and or housing on this was so bent the fan woudn't even turn. The box looked like it fell of a 3 story building.
hmm... even after reading your response, I still want to try it. I'm reading the motherboard's user manual now (for the Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2), and on page 8, it says, "2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16GB of system memory... Dual channel memory architecture... Support for DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.)"
Could the BIOS update impact the max supported memory?