Updating to newest BIOS on P8H67

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Hi!
I'd really appreciate some help here. I have an old Asus P8H67 motherboard and i had to update the BIOS in order for it to find a newer processor. I updated the old BIOS (version 0803) to the latest 3801 BIOS and it caused my system to become very unstable. I was running an i5-2400 with the 0803 BIOS and the cpu usage used to be under 10% while just browsing with firefox. As soon as i flashed the BIOS to the latest version 3801 my cpu usage went up to 25-50%. After that I put in my slightly newer i5-3470 cpu and its cpu usage is also fluctuating between 25-50%.

...Anyway I'd like to know if i've destroyed my motherboard from flashing the latest BIOS on top of a very old BIOS without doing it in increments. Did I miss some some important BIOS in between that recognizes Ivy Bridge from Sandy bridge? If I did, is it possible to somehow backtrack the BIOS versions to older ones in order to get my system stable?

I'm scared to game on this because now the temperatures according to Speccy are 50-60C while just browsing.

My current specs:
Motherboard: Asus P8H67
BIOS: 3801 (flashed straight from 0803)
CPU: i5-3470 (updated from i5-2400)
RAM: 4gb 1333mhz ddr3 + 8gb 1600mhz ddr3
GPU: gtx 960 4gb
OS: windows 7 ultimate 64-bit

p.s. It's a pity I can't really do anything about my current situation since socket LGA1155 mobos are no longer available (if mine is broken for good). I know it's time to get a better pc for gaming but i'll have to wait for the prices to go down on ddr4 memory and get a mobo with which i can update the cpu in the future.
 
Your mismatched memory is a excellent way to cause poor performance.

Flashing BIOS returns BIOS settings to default settings. I suggest setting the memory according to the memory manufacturers recommendations. What that would be, I don't know.

Your choice of hardware and your choice of BIOS settings are probably the main cause of an unstable system. I suggest using a matched pair of DDR3-1600MHz memory.

A good quality thermal compound can help reduce temperatures.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9VM3KG3986&Tpk=9SIA9VM3KG3986

i5-3470
Supported memory: DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600

i5-2400
Supported memory: DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333

LGA1155 motherboards are available on eBay.

 
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Thank you for stating the obvious for me :) I completely forgot about having mismatched memory and didn't take the BIOS default settings into account. So I took out the 4gb of 1600mhz ram sticks and the cmos battery again and restarted the computer (i actually have 8gb of 1333mhz and 4gb of 1600mhz). Unfortunately it made no difference while running on only 8gb of 1333mhz ram:( The system is still unstable but thanks for pointing out that my ram speeds could be causing the problem.

RAM
Memory slots
Total memory slots 4
Used memory slots 4
Free memory slots 0
Memory
Type DDR3
Size 12288 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 668.7 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 9 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 9 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 9 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 24 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 2T
Physical Memory
Memory Usage 27 %
Total Physical 12 GB
Available Physical 8.64 GB
Total Virtual 24 GB
Available Virtual 19 GB
SPD
Number Of SPD Modules 4
Slot #1
Type DDR3
Size 4096 MBytes
Manufacturer Kingston
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part Number 99U5471-020.A00LF
Serial Number 2402351587
Week/year 51 / 11
Timing table
Frequency CAS# Latency RAS# To CAS# RAS# Precharge tRAS tRC Voltage
JEDEC #1 457.1 MHz 6,0 6 6 17 23 1,500 V
JEDEC #2 533.3 MHz 7,0 7 7 20 27 1,500 V
JEDEC #3 609.5 MHz 8,0 8 8 22 30 1,500 V
JEDEC #4 666.7 MHz 9,0 9 9 24 33 1,500 V
Slot #2
Type DDR3
Size 2048 MBytes
Manufacturer Kingston
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part Number HP497157-D88-ELDWG
Serial Number 1830720778
Week/year 45 / 10
Timing table
Frequency CAS# Latency RAS# To CAS# RAS# Precharge tRAS tRC Voltage
JEDEC #1 457.1 MHz 6,0 6 6 17 23 1,500 V
JEDEC #2 533.3 MHz 7,0 7 7 20 27 1,500 V
JEDEC #3 609.5 MHz 8,0 8 8 22 30 1,500 V
JEDEC #4 666.7 MHz 9,0 9 9 24 33 1,500 V
Slot #3
Type DDR3
Size 4096 MBytes
Manufacturer Kingston
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part Number 99U5471-020.A00LF
Serial Number 2618771527
Week/year 49 / 11
Timing table
Frequency CAS# Latency RAS# To CAS# RAS# Precharge tRAS tRC Voltage
JEDEC #1 457.1 MHz 6,0 6 6 17 23 1,500 V
JEDEC #2 533.3 MHz 7,0 7 7 20 27 1,500 V
JEDEC #3 609.5 MHz 8,0 8 8 22 30 1,500 V
JEDEC #4 666.7 MHz 9,0 9 9 24 33 1,500 V
Slot #4
Type DDR3
Size 2048 MBytes
Manufacturer Kingston
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part Number HP497157-D88-ELDWG
Serial Number 1847496202
Week/year 45 / 10
Timing table
Frequency CAS# Latency RAS# To CAS# RAS# Precharge tRAS tRC Voltage
JEDEC #1 457.1 MHz 6,0 6 6 17 23 1,500 V
JEDEC #2 533.3 MHz 7,0 7 7 20 27 1,500 V
JEDEC #3 609.5 MHz 8,0 8 8 22 30 1,500 V
JEDEC #4 666.7 MHz 9,0 9 9 24 33 1,500 V

These values were taken from Speccy and I have no idea what they mean except that slots #1 and #3 have identical 1333mhz ram and slots #2 and #4 have identical 1600mhz ram. Before the BIOS flash there was never a problem with them so... who knows what could be the problem? Is it a possibility that i should somehow "set the memory according to the memory manufacturers recommendations"?
 
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SOLVED! All i had to do in the end was remove a process. This was the reason for high cpu usage ---> IAStorDataMgrSvc and the BIOS: Improper Configuration
 

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