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Black slots will work just fine. Blue slots are preferred because they can be less noisy (if Black slots are not also being used). In general, just be consistent (i.e. if using only two DIMMs, use the two Blue slots or use the two Black slots).
DDR3-1600 may work just fine. I use DDR-1600 in 5 Series boards, so you should be able to use them in your 6 Series board.
Correct; it is best to use DDR3-1600 DIMMs that run at 1.5V regardless of speed. While the board has support for using higher voltages for higher speeds, it is not recommended. If you do use them, choosing the XMP profile will automatically configure it to use the higher voltage necessary. Your board cannot support voltages below 1.5V however. DIMMs with support for 1.35V are for use with much, much newer boards and processors.
If you purchase DDR3-1600 DIMMs and they do not seem to work, try configuring them (in BIOS) to run at only 1333 or even 1066 speeds; they should work then.
Hope this helps,
That helps a bunch, thanks. I was worried about buying new memory and it not working. I found Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 rated at 1.5 V at Newegg, so I bought it.
You mentioned that you use DDR3-1600 on a 5-series board. I looked up DP55WG on ark.intel.com (launch date of Q3 2009). I did not think DDR3-1600 was that old.