Regarding compatibility, the only memory I know of that just works in any board I've used is the Samsung MV-3V4G3D, which you can check out here:
SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
Plain looking as can be, nothing amazing specs-wise, no XMP profiles, what's the big deal? How about 16GB of this at 2000, 10 10 10 24 1T, at 1.35V? That's how I use it on my Z77 EX 4 board, with i5-3570K.