Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version

  1.    #2551

    A new drive is available, Drivers: 6.0.8691.1.
    For my hearing this drive also has bass and sounds great i think this is the winner!
    [DRIVERS] Realtek HD Audio (UAD))
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    Sunspark said: View Post
    Out of curiosity, why don't you leave it at 67%? My output is 3.5mm to a powered set and I've left it at 67% windows for a long time. I did this because I thought that if it was higher it might experience clipping or distortion.
    Uh, I like things loud? No, seriously, that is not meant to be facetious - I truly do like listening to things as loud as possible while maintaining the integrity of the delivery. As you can probably guess from the samples I chose, I listen to a wider variety than normal, including some eclectic genres, each of which has its own type of focus - strings and percussion for rock, basslines for trance, piano for, well, piano (lol), etc - and each type of music also has its own set of adjustment in the EQ for personal enjoyment. However, I've found that I prefer to have a single EQ setting spread across all the music I listen to that works well with more than 98% of my own music collection, which is similar to the Powerful EQ setting in the RealTek HD Audio Manager (which I tweak for my own listening pleasure).

    The A40s I have are superb, even after all this time (I've had them for at least 4 years now). I did an in-store live comparison between them and a pair of mid-range turtle beach headphones and a high-end pair (well, lower high-end) Sennheiser - these A40s destroyed the Turtle Beach headphones, and while the Sennheiser were slightly better, at almost 5 times the cost, I couldn't justify them for such a minor difference, so I opted to purchase the cheaper headphones, and I've not been disappointed. As I mentioned in the review, I've had many times that I've played different pieces at full vol across the range - Windows, Playback app and headphones - with 0 distortion of sound. It's a clarity that you simply do not normally get from cheap hardware, and I am truly lucky that all of this is working as well as it does.

    Finally, I prefer to be able to control the playback volume directly from my headphones via the inline vol control - and I can't count the number of times I've started to listen to a piece, particularly online pieces, that are normalized utterly too low, at sheer nonsensical values, like maybe 82 or lower, and I have to go finding all of the volume controls and adjust them accordingly. So, I send everything to 100% and use my headphones to control the final volume in my ears - I can crank it up at any time that I want, or I can keep it at sane levels (like 50% with everything else at 1005).

    But who wants sane?

    ddelo said: View Post
    You outdid yourself this time!
    Great review and test. Thanks a lot mate!!!
    Thanks! Glad I had the time to devote to it.

    I'm really amazed at this 8688 one. I honestly, before this review, never once believed that the driver could actually affect the line-out output in any manner - I was of the mind that the drive simply provides the digital bits necessary for the applications to interface with the signals, nothing more.

    I don't think I'll have time again until Thursday, but I want to perform one more key test - using the same catalog I did in this one, I want to test the actual line-out outputs - see if the music really is more clear / crisp, even using line-out. I suspect that answer is going to be know - but based upon what I am thinking now, it just might very well be a yes.

    oliver44 said: View Post
    A new drive is available, Drivers: 6.0.8691.1.
    For my hearing this drive also has bass and sounds great i think this is the winner!
    [DRIVERS] Realtek HD Audio (UAD))
    Of course they did. lol.

    Thanks.
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  3.    #2553

    @ johngalt Thanks for your review, can help many people in the decision to use a particular version of drive, i appreciate that!
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  4. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #2554

    oliver44 said: View Post
    A new drive is available, Drivers: 6.0.8691.1.
    For my hearing this drive also has bass and sounds great i think this is the winner!
    [DRIVERS] Realtek HD Audio (UAD))
    Oh yeah, from the short test I did(I'll check it out more tomorrow) on Hunt The Dinosaur's - Destructo bass drops, and Bishop Briggs - The way I do baas mids and highs, and the bass and ambient sound of SEVDALIZA - HUMAN, it seems this driver has the best of both 48 & 88

    Oh and it freakin' sounds great on Insider Edge(really power bass with punch)
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  5.    #2555

    johngalt said: View Post
    Finally, I prefer to be able to control the playback volume directly from my headphones via the inline vol control - and I can't count the number of times I've started to listen to a piece, particularly online pieces, that are normalized utterly too low, at sheer nonsensical values, like maybe 82 or lower, and I have to go finding all of the volume controls and adjust them accordingly. So, I send everything to 100% and use my headphones to control the final volume in my ears - I can crank it up at any time that I want, or I can keep it at sane levels (like 50% with everything else at 1005).
    Thanks. I looked up this headset because I was curious. From what I can see, you have a fully digital signal delivery path. Seems to give you the choices of USB & optical. With a fully digital path, you could leave windows and all apps at 100% and control the volume on the headset as you do. I think it's more problematic when it has to go through a DAC in the comp first before exiting through the 3.5mm output.

    Though, I see there were multiple models of the A40 made over 10 years and some did use 3.5mm. Is your version using 3.5mm?
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  6.    #2556

    @Cliff S Are you using an ASUS motherboard? Does the UAD 6.0.8691.1 works for another board vendor motherboard as well?
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    khanmein said: View Post
    @Cliff S Are you using an ASUS motherboard? Does the UAD 6.0.8691.1 works for another board vendor motherboard as well?
    I have a Maximus X.
    The drivers at the forum oliver44 and I get are actually for the Maximus X/XI & Strix Motherboards (Z370/Z390) boards, because they have extra code injected for those boards.
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    win 10 pro 64 bit
       #2558

    8678 cab drivers won't install...
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  9.    #2559

    Next update should be 6.0.8694 WHQL.

    Btw, I just noticed (duh!) that while before the versions of Realtek HD Audio were 6.0.1.xxxx, now they are 6.0.xxxx, with the 1 at the end. For example, 6.0.8688.1
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  10.    #2560

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Just timer tests, like the one that come in CPU-Z or WinTimerTester, and the like.
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    Thank you!
    So, if I run it for a few minutes and then stop and the time passed under each section is exactly the same, then I'm good?
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