Dude I don't know how else to say this so I'm going to be blunt with caps...
I HAVE TRIED EVER MEMORY CONFIGURATION POSSIBLE WITH EACH STICK.
and yes it has been on auto, when that didn't work I lowered the frequency to 1333 that didnt work I went to auto and up'd the voltage that didn't work..
I concluded that it can't be a short because it was on the mobo box and the anti static bag. so I said F it... im going to RMA