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Nvidia HD Audio drivers, do I need to install Realtek audio drivers?

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I just recently got a GTX 780, I noticed during install of the drivers it said HD Audio, so do I even need to bother installing the Realtek Audio drivers for my motherboard?

I am on Windows 7 btw, and I can't test it on my own because my replacement speakers from Newegg haven't even shipped yet due to the slow RMA process. >.>
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The Realtek HD Audio drivers will be for the analogue and optical outputs on your motherboard. So if this is how you are connecting your speakers/headphones, then you'll need the Realtek drivers. The nVidia HD Audio is for audio support on the HDMI port on your GTX780. smile.gif
post #3 of 8
I second what francis said. The nvidia drivers are only for your card (so audio can work on the HDMI cable).

But if you want to plug in your headphones or speakers, you need to do that on the motherboard. So you need to install the Realtek drivers.

Hope that helps! smile.gif

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post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

The Realtek HD Audio drivers will be for the analogue and optical outputs on your motherboard. So if this is how you are connecting your speakers/headphones, then you'll need the Realtek drivers. The nVidia HD Audio is for audio support on the HDMI port on your GTX780. smile.gif

I never install the Nvidia HD Audio drivers for my card. I use the HDMI on the back of the card all the time and it works fine.
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thanks everyone. yeah I use headphones so realtek it is, sadly ^^
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Originally Posted by bvsbutthd101 View Post

I never install the Nvidia HD Audio drivers for my card. I use the HDMI on the back of the card all the time and it works fine.

Do you mean you're getting audio over HDMI too? Is Windows automatically installing a driver for it? For some reason I've always thought the NVidia HD Audio was required for the audio pass-through over HDMI. thinking.gif
Edited by francisw19 - 8/15/13 at 8:27am
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

Do you mean you're getting audio over HDMI too? Is Windows automatically installing a driver for it? For some reason I've always thought the NVidia HD Audio was for the audio-pass through over HDMI. thinking.gif

Yes, I'm getting audio. I use the HDMI output on my card to watch videos on my TV. Works great without having the Nvidia driver installed. Never saw anything being installed when I plugged it in.
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The NVidia HD Audio was not required for the audio pass-through over HDMI isn't it rolleyes.gif.5.gif
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