I usually consider the latest official driver as the best driver available, but is this always the case? Or should I stick with the latest driver provided by the motherboard manufacturer instead of the latest from Realtek? I currently have 126.96.36.19986 installed. With this the front audio panel does not seem to work and audio mixer is not listed under Sound.
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Last edited by kyrcy; 25th Jan 2018 at 13:15.
I always take risk to install latest available driver - nowadays HW vendors usually not going over default application and as such generic drivers works quite fine.
Personally i can recommend this site http://www.station-drivers.com/index.php?lang=en using it from many years (10++)
For some reason the latest official driver (0009-64bit_Win7_Win8_Win81_Win10_R282.exe) does not install the Realtek HD Audio manager. The latest driver (188.8.131.5227) from the motherboard manufacturer installs it. Any ideas why?
Analyse .inf files - check if your hardware is supported by driver - search for strings similar to this "Realtek High Definition Audio" = IntcAzAudAeModel, HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0270&SUBSYS_103C1445 but matching real id of your HW (probably best idea is to search file locally in folder with string copied from HW manager).
since I moved to Win 10 long time ago (already Insider Preview before official stable launch), I use default M$ driver, which works just fine for Realtek Audio "cards"
In my experience drivers directly from Realtek offer more features than Microsoft's or OEM's default drivers. But the quality isn't much different.