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Windows 7: Nvidia sound drivers, realtek drivers, or both?

14 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Nvidia sound drivers, realtek drivers, or both?

Hello. I have a MSI NF750-G55 motherboard which came with Nvidia sound drivers. Windows update even provided an update for the nvidia drivers once I connected to the internet.

However, I also know that there are Realtek sound drivers. Will my system be more stable if I just install the nvidia drivers or should I install the realtek HD drivers too? Or would having 2 sound drivers cause freezes?

I appreciate any advice. So far all my sound works great so that isn't an issue, and I don't really care about having the realtek audio manager.

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15 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

Basically, if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

The sound is a Realtek chip on the motherboard, thus the Realtek would be the first choice, but if other supplied drivers work and you have all functions there is no need for additional drivers. The Microsoft drivers are actually Realtek drivers (but Microsoft can be several versions behind due to their validation process).
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15 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Seeing as MSI only has the Realtek driver on the download page for that motherboard,

MSI Global ? Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

if you want to update, that is the one to use. Also looks like they have the latest version there. You can also find links to the latest here,

Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version

As far as the driver coming from Nvidia, all they did was include a Realtek driver (latest or not) in with the motherboard/chipset driver package.
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16 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 64 bit

Hm. Well, my driver disc had 'nVidia high definition audio drivers' and 'realtek HD audio' as separate things.
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