Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs for Windows 2.75

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 (392 votes)

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Windows 7/8/2000/Server 2003/Vista/XP / Freeware / 130,394 downloads

Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs for most sound cards.

Reviews of Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs for Windows

  1. 2 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 2.75 (May 22, 2014)

    just make the drivers leave the codecs to K-Lite

  2. 2 out of 5 stars
    sweathog

    Reviewing 2.70 (Aug 28, 2012)

    The latest and greatest isn't always better. 50Mb for an audio driver?? No thanks. I've been happy with v6.0.1.6013 from 2009. Less than 14Mb.

  3. 4 out of 5 stars
    ShahinD

    Reviewing 2.68 (Apr 3, 2012)

    @Fatbas****
    what's it's bugg?

  4. 2 out of 5 stars
    FatBastard

    Reviewing 2.68 (Apr 3, 2012)

    Buggy

  5. 3 out of 5 stars
    Uriel

    Reviewing 2.67 (Dec 24, 2011)

    Thanks RWW. The download at Filehippo was a down to business direct link taking 30 seconds compared to the long 30 minutes download at Realtek's low bandwidth redirect link.

  6. 3 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 2.67 (Dec 18, 2011)

    If you really want to hear music properly buy a 'DAC Destroyer' plug it into your USB & use a decent amp & speakers & a half decent phono - phono interconnect, wipes the floor with any sound chip. No drivers required, you can disable all sound drivers in DM.

    http://www.hotaudio.com/store/dac-destroyer.php

  7. 1 out of 5 stars
    grum36

    Reviewing 2.67 (Dec 17, 2011)

    why i can't attrib a 0 because
    they have the worst internet Bandwidth all over the world so ...

  8. 5 out of 5 stars
  9. 5 out of 5 stars
    RWW

    Reviewing 2.65 (Sep 2, 2011)

    Go to Filehippo to download these. You will be glad you did!

  10. 4 out of 5 stars
    baki_princ

    Reviewing 2.65 (Sep 2, 2011)

    how about u redirect ur stupid link to station-drivers? u try to dl it from ur own site!

  11. 4 out of 5 stars
  12. 3 out of 5 stars
    baki_princ

    Reviewing 2.63 (Jul 12, 2011)

    ctrl-f 2.63 and find it. faster downlaod.
    http://www.station-drive.../page/realtek_audio.htm

  13. 5 out of 5 stars
    RWW

    Reviewing 2.62 (Jun 19, 2011)

    Thank you Stylemessiah! This does really hack you off and Major Geeks is fast.
    Five stars since Realtek (after all the hastle) does work for me but one star to Fileforum for creating the hastle.

  14. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 2.61 (Jun 5, 2011)

    From past experience, if your sound works well leave well alone. Some of these updates seem to be Alpha's. Anyone got a barge pole?

    The download seems to be based on some kind of maze system? I did give it a 2 but as I can't download it with a 50 Meg Bit line It's gone down to 1.

  15. 1 out of 5 stars
    baki_princ

    Reviewing 2.61 (Jun 3, 2011)

    it imsposible to download worste servers ever, and always problems in win 7 about microphone

  16. 3 out of 5 stars
    zapatero

    Reviewing 2.60 (May 6, 2011)

    It is almost impossible to download it. I had not experience so slow a download for years.

  17. 3 out of 5 stars
    Dark_Diver

    Reviewing 2.59 (Apr 19, 2011)

    How to save settings (EQ presets, et.c.) during upgade?

  18. 3 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.59 (Apr 8, 2011)

    R259 = version 6343

    So far so good on Windows 7, no added damage on XP system, so it's doing ok. It is rather annoying to have to let it uninstall the old driver, reboot, rediscover, reboot and then finally end up with the driver installed but your EQ settings lost.

    I've given up on custom EQ in this setup - I just have it set to the pre-specified POWERFUL selection and that does a pretty good job.

    Under XP you could easily use a REG file to keep loading your custom setup, but it works differently on Win 7.

  19. 3 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.58 (Mar 4, 2011)

    These seem to cause trouble on my Windows XP systems but help on my Windows 7 system. Mixed bag, as usual.

    Given that Microsoft has pretty much ripped out the sound code and rewrote it all in software, and that multi-core systems are in place in many homes, onboard sound can give very, very good results compared to dedicated cards.

    Given how inconsistent Creative drivers have been over the years, it's no wonder that most people are not upset about the change in the way sound is processed in Vista and Win 7 and the push for onboard sound has taken hold so substantially .

    Regardless, I'm not that happy about the combined codec download and codebase. I wish that they would optimize code for each chipset on each platform. As it is, if they tweak stuff for Win 7, they sometimes goof up something in Windows XP, and that kinda sucks.

    But it is what it is and it works ok for now I guess. I can always just leave the XP systems at the earlier versions.

    NOTE:

    R257 = version 6299
    R258 = version 6316

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    4122

    Reviewing 2.57 (Jan 29, 2011)

    I'm sure everyone who has posted a review regarding Realtek audio chipsets is correct. You see, there's more to this issue than just black and white.

    The first factor in the equation is the model chipset itself. The 889A is superior to the 883, for example.

    The second factor is the implementation of the chipset on the motherboard you own. Every motherboard model implements the chipset differently & sometimes it is only slight differences. However, those differences can affect the sound quality in huge ways. Some motherboard models have vastly superior audio implementations than others.

    The third and final factor is variances in production. You may have the bad luck to get either a chipset or a motherboard that is borderline when it comes to quality control.

    Having said that, the Realtek 889A chipset on my particular Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R playing through my Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 speakers is pretty gosh darn awesome so I give a 5-star rating.

    I wish everyone shared my good luck, but sadly that's just not the way this particular aspect of computing works. Shortcomings in any of the factors above is going to result in a below-optimal, maybe even craptacular, experience.

    Anyway, just because your Realtek chipset implementation sounds awesome doesn't automatically mean the next guy's is going to sound awesome, too.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars
    ecvogel

    Reviewing 2.57 (Jan 28, 2011)

    Realtek and VIA are the top 2 best on board sound and if you read up on stuff you will know that on board is just as good as a seperate audio card.

  22. 4 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 2.57 (Jan 28, 2011)

    STFU dumba** cyber db. I've had a good sound card and good speakers before and I could gas what your mobo says. A real soundcard makes anything sound better. FU
    Just as good? Just as good for the average user but not for someone who prefers asio output & more control as well with optionall rca jacks. If it had asio support I would change my mind but for professional audio, mobo's just don't cut the mustard. Try again. You guys need to understand how quality audio hardware works and it was invented long before your mobo and still sounded better back then. They have made mobos with tubes just for the audio. In fact the best stuff still uses tubes. If you cannot tell the difference between a live performance and the latest digital recording you're just plain clueless. Top notch audio eqpt is not a freebee that comes with pc mobo's. A high end audio card will cost as much as whatever price you may ever pay for an entire mobo. I wonder why that is? Hmm

  23. 2 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 2.56 (Jan 6, 2011)

    tell us you have cheap speakers then tell us onboard is no good
    what a Loser

    onboard is great! and win 7 generic drivers are also great

  24. 1 out of 5 stars
    Phat Esther

    Reviewing 2.55 (Dec 5, 2010)

    missing download link

  25. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 2.55 (Dec 4, 2010)

    Not impressed with HD onboard audio at all. The cheapo speakers I have have a loudness button which to me sounds better than the software version this has. Nothing to complain about here except for the fact I haven't bought an asus xonar dg yet. Even with an average pair of speakers, a real audio card will put out a much cleaner sound than this will regardless of the mobo.
    Easiest way to get the drivers is to go here
    http://www.station-drivers.com/
    Artem is so right. That's like saying that generic video drivers are better than the latest official ones.

  26. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 2.55 (Dec 4, 2010)

    When morons think of Windows 7 they think of "generic" drivers, which are in fact old Realtek drivers.

  27. 1 out of 5 stars
    baki_princ

    Reviewing 2.54 (Nov 8, 2010)

    thjis is piece of crap. on every laptop i install it on win 7 sound volume become too low so its better with win 7 generic drivers. no to mention problems with microphone.

  28. 3 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.53 (Oct 28, 2010)

    This new version, 253 (or v6215 in the DXDIAG screen) seems to work as well as 252 (v6194) did, but for some reason it seems like 240 (v6013) worked the best so far. I'll do more detailed testing and post back if I find anything of note.

    It is frustrating that when you install a new version over an existing installation, it doesn't remember all of your EQ settings. I have to re-enter the custom EQ settings into the registry and then load those settings manually again each time I upgrade. I wish that wasn't necessary.

    UPDATE: I've done some more detailed testing and am finding that any of the 2.5x series seem to be less stable than earlier releases on my particular system, which has a GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P motherboard. After all of the testing I've been doing and re-doing, it appears that version 2.40 gives me the most stable, consistent performance, so I'm sticking with that. I wonder what they did wrong in later versions?

  29. 5 out of 5 stars
    CobraPL

    Reviewing 2.53 (Oct 11, 2010)

    To download (which means avoiding infinite link loop) go through link from betanews. And then, on realtek website, click on "HD Audio Codec Driver" (right, bottom section of the page). You will be transfered toa new page, click "HD Audio Codec Driver" again, and then click on checkbox and button "NEXT".

  30. 4 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.51 (Aug 3, 2010)

    Things are working fine so far, again, thankfully.

    Version 2.51 = v5.10.0000.6167 in the DXDIAG Sound Dialog

    Good luck with it

  31. 2 out of 5 stars
    Uriel

    Reviewing 2.50 (Jul 10, 2010)

    LOL! Once upon a time when I was lost in the woods, I realized that after passing a certain familiar tree a few times I was only going in circles. Clicking on this link brought back some great memories! Thanks Realtek and fileforum.

  32. 4 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.50 (Jul 10, 2010)

    Nothing seems to be broken in this one. In fact, it actually seems a bit more stable when playing some pretty old directsound games in XP.

    Version 2.50 = v5.10.0000.6151 in the DXDIAG Sound Dialog

    Don't forget that you may have better luck using the IE Engine on those Realtek sites than Firefox. I use the IE-TAB add-on in Firefox 3.0.19 and that does the trick.

  33. 3 out of 5 stars
    x-ray

    Reviewing 2.50 (Jul 9, 2010)

    There shold use filehippo so we also get an changelog

  34. 3 out of 5 stars
    Racerbob

    Reviewing 2.50 (Jul 9, 2010)

    Why can't this company set up a legitimate download link ? Trying to download this file is like being on a merry go round. Keeps on sending me back to the original page.

  35. 4 out of 5 stars
    FatBastard

    Reviewing 2.49 (Jun 13, 2010)

    Realtek makes high quality drivers but their downloadservers are the worst on the internet :(

  36. 2 out of 5 stars
    covetking

    Reviewing 2.49 (Jun 12, 2010)

    the last 2 updates I have tryed stuufed my Toshiba Qosmio X300 sound up....its a night mare with headphones and in bad company 2

    heres the last one i tryed QX300-Realtek-Audio-6.0.1.5636-Vis64

    apparently it registered as 5.2 when it should have been 5.1

    the website is not working atm either to try newer ones

    any ideas guys hit me up on xfire immensetie (no gaps)

    help would be appreciated

  37. 4 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.48 (May 10, 2010)

    Solid performance consistent with the last version, and no new compatibility isues that I could discern. Good release it would seem.

    Version number as shown in the DXDIAG Sound tab:

    Version: 5.10.0.6101 (2.48)

  38. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 2.48 (May 5, 2010)

    Driver Package R2.48
    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
    1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
    3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
    4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
    5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    6. Add/Fix
    1.) Driver :
    1. Customizations.

  39. 4 out of 5 stars
    x-ray

    Reviewing 2.48 (May 5, 2010)

    can´t you share the changelog

  40. 4 out of 5 stars
    Nischi

    Reviewing 2.47 (Apr 13, 2010)

    Works great as usual. although why does it have to be so hard to find a change log ?

    Thanks for the mirrors by the way, I've never liked Realtek's sluggish servers.

  41. 3 out of 5 stars
    RWW

    Reviewing 2.47 (Apr 12, 2010)

    I have written good things about Realtek drivers and I do like and use them but I'll let this one ride. Their download site is more trouble than it is worth.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars
    Muskie

    Reviewing 2.46 (Mar 30, 2010)

    What can happen in one month is that BFBC2 came out and its a known issue that on board realtek audio chipsets are causing the game to freeze/crash to desktop. I dont have a realtek chip but my onboard audio was causing the issues for me to. Switched to a sb live audigy and the probelm went away. For 3 days i played lag free then they patched the game and its crashing to desktop now. GRRRRRR

  43. 4 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.44 (Mar 16, 2010)

    New games, new patches, etc. means that updates are needed to keep things playing smooth. It seems like a reasonable schedule given the complexity of sound drivers in the crazy world of buggy apps, etc.

    So far, so good for this latest release. Still have to change FireFox to use the IE engine for Realtek's page, but it works okay to download it after that.

  44. 4 out of 5 stars
    x-ray

    Reviewing 2.44 (Mar 16, 2010)

    changelog to see if it corretc probloms i have

  45. 1 out of 5 stars
    cltx99

    Reviewing 2.44 (Mar 16, 2010)

    The download site is absolute crap! Not worth the bother to download as it's so freakin slow.

  46. 4 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 2.44 (Mar 15, 2010)

    2Fatbas****:

    Different motherboards have different HDA codec configuration, so they need to release new drivers to support newer hardware. If you don't understand something, it doesn't mean that thing is useless.

    4 for brain damaged download servers.

  47. 4 out of 5 stars
    FatBastard

    Reviewing 2.44 (Mar 15, 2010)

    I understand why ATI releases a new new graphics-driver every month but I don't understand why Realtek releases a audio-driver every month.

    I don't really mind that they update their drivers that often, but I mean what can happen in just one month to motivate that?

    And Realtek's download servers suck !!!

  48. 5 out of 5 stars
    midfingr

    Reviewing 2.44 (Mar 15, 2010)

    Major Geeks has mirrors for 2K/XP0/03 and Vista/7 -- http://www.majorgeeks.com/

    Odd there's no change log files...

  49. 5 out of 5 stars
    rvxtm

    Reviewing 2.43 (Mar 3, 2010)

    I know that Realtek's download servers are slow so i put up a mirror for the latest Realtek Audio codecs with fast download speed. enjoy

    High Definition audio / AC97
    (Windows XP/Windows 7/Windows XP/Windows 200/Windows 98

    http://rvxtm.com/realtek-mirror/

  50. 3 out of 5 stars
    DaCash

    Reviewing 2.43 (Feb 26, 2010)

    Once again, 2.43 is out and still no detailed changelog
    Someone keeps deleting my mirror links.... they are virus free, whatever.
    So you have to stickup with slow realtek site.

  51. 4 out of 5 stars
    x-ray

    Reviewing 2.43 (Feb 26, 2010)

    slow web site, no change log here or at there sit? is that show ppl what there get ? also no mirrors at there site

  52. 2 out of 5 stars
    x-ray

    Reviewing 2.42 (Feb 19, 2010)

    Down from 5 to 2 cos no changelog never, no where

  53. 5 out of 5 stars
    statm1

    Reviewing 2.42 (Feb 16, 2010)

    @some guy: To my knowledge, this isn't trying to compete with Klite.. Someone correct my if Im wrong..

  54. 4 out of 5 stars
    DaCash

    Reviewing 2.41 (Feb 14, 2010)

    2.42 is out.
    Download links:

    7/vista: http://depositfiles.com/files/divzxl0ns
    xp: http://depositfiles.com/files/4yfsk7f4t

    Changes as usual:

    Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    Add/Fix 1.) Driver : Customizations.

  55. 4 out of 5 stars
    FatBastard

    Reviewing 2.41 (Jan 23, 2010)

    Realtek make good drivers but Realtek's servers are VERY SLOW.

    Too bad betanews can't host the drivers :(

  56. 5 out of 5 stars
    nugro

    Reviewing 2.41 (Jan 23, 2010)

    Learn to distinguish between a codec pack and a driver before you make a fool of yourself.

    Work fine here, the equalizer added last revision was good.

    Just wish they had a concrete change log.

  57. 3 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 2.41 (Jan 22, 2010)

    not bad but nothing beats K-lite

  58. 1 out of 5 stars
    DaCash

    Reviewing 2.40 (Jan 2, 2010)

    Awful support. I have been writing to Realtek since 2.32 about a bug on Windows XP 32 with SPDIF passthgrough issues. 2.30 still remains the latest version in which SPDIF digital out works flawlessly

  59. 4 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.40 (Jan 1, 2010)

    Seems a good, solid release.

    As an alternative to that pesky IE-centric REALTEK page, you can go to GURU3D and get them. They repackage them but they work great and download fast.

    http://downloads.guru3d....;-Media-Codecs_c30.html

    Hope you find that useful. It'd be nice if Betanews hosted them though.

    Here are the more recent DXDIAG version numbers and their corresponding R2.xx values:

    Version: 5.10.0.6013 (2.40)
    Version: 5.10.0.6000 (2.39)
    Version: 5.10.0.5995 (2.38)
    Version: 5.10.0.5983 (2.37)
    Version: 5.10.0.5969 (2.36)
    Version: 5.10.0.5953 (2.35)
    Version: 5.10.0.5943 (2.34)
    Version: 5.10.0.5936 (2.33)
    Version: 5.10.0.5928 (2.32)
    Version: 5.10.0.5919 (2.31)
    Version: 5.10.0.5911 (2.30)
    Version: 5.10.0.5898 (2.29)
    Version: 5.10.0.5888 (2.28)

  60. 5 out of 5 stars
    thebig429

    Reviewing 2.40 (Jan 1, 2010)

    There is now an equalizer that you can adjust to your liking for Vista!
    (Sound effects tab, equlizer. the button to the right of the reset button)

  61. 5 out of 5 stars
    mdmower

    Reviewing 2.40 (Jan 1, 2010)

    GadgetPig, not everyone browsing is a male, and your download instructions are a bit more complicated than need be.

    If having issues with downloads, go directly to: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/

    As for the drivers, each incremental release over the 6 months has made no noticeable changes for me, but frankly that's fine since everything is currently working as expected. I give 5 stars for the team at RealTek continuing to support their products.

  62. 4 out of 5 stars
    GadgetPig

    Reviewing 2.40 (Jan 1, 2010)

    (updated)

    Everyone,

    If you're getting "object moved here" when you download "directly from within betanews", it's caused by an issue or setting (yet to be determined) with firefox @ default settings and Realtek's website.

    as was suggested by mdmower, simply type/copy/paste the direct link:

    http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/
    (thank you mdmower)

    To fix the Realtek driver download "object moved here" issue (when you're clicking on the Betanews realtek download button) use ietab:

    http://ietab.mozdev.org/
    or
    http://coralietab.mozdev.org/

  63. 3 out of 5 stars
    davidtb

    Reviewing 2.40 (Dec 31, 2009)

    Major Geek hosts the files.

  64. 5 out of 5 stars
    johngalt

    Reviewing 2.40 (Dec 31, 2009)

    At Sammo - you shouldn't blame BetaNews for this - this happens even when I have visited the site on my own looking for the codecs in Firefox. It's a RealTek issue, not a Betanews issue in this case.

    These *DRIVERS* work well in Windows 7 64bit as well as Windows 7 32bit.

  65. 3 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 2.40 (Dec 31, 2009)

    nor bad but will stick with the k-lite

  66. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sammo

    Reviewing 2.40 (Dec 31, 2009)

    When is Betanews going to get this right.

    "Object moved to here." and an endless loop - never able to actually download the file. Crap!!

  67. 3 out of 5 stars
    x-ray

    Reviewing 2.40 (Dec 31, 2009)

    whats the changelog, sincs no changelog we cant download if it corrects any bugs we have

  68. 3 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.38 (Dec 10, 2009)

    To download the software at the link provided below in ARTEM's post:

    [http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=14&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3 link]

    I must use the Internet Explorer browser rendering engine and then it will work. I have no luck with Firefox in it's native rendering engine.

    I still find my best luck on XP 32 Bit with SP3 to be with earlier versions. These updates for Vista / Win 7 do not seem to benefit the XP in any way I can find, nor do they seem to function quite as "normal"

    Something feels off but I can't yet place it. If I do I will update later.

  69. 4 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 2.38 (Dec 8, 2009)

    Please, use this [http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=14&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3 link] to download the drivers. The link given by Betanews will never allow you to download drivers.

  70. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 2.38 (Dec 8, 2009)

    Driver Package R2.38
    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
    1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
    3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
    4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
    5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    6. Add/Fix
    1.) Driver :
    1. Customizations.
    2. Support graphic EQ feature.

  71. 5 out of 5 stars
    RWW

    Reviewing 2.37 (Nov 22, 2009)

    I have a fairly expensive Creative setup on my main computer and Realtek on my second one. Having always been a Creative nut I have to say Realtek works just as good for me. Never thought I would say that!!

  72. 5 out of 5 stars
    moog

    Reviewing 2.37 (Nov 22, 2009)

    "Why on earth do Realtek update their drivers so damn often "
    stupid thing to say.
    u should buy creative hardware with their bad drivers and slow upadate

  73. 3 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 2.37 (Nov 22, 2009)

    Their website is ugly. I can download drivers only from mirrors.

  74. 1 out of 5 stars
    Phat Esther

    Reviewing 2.37 (Nov 21, 2009)

    please repair the link comment from DOWNLOAD NOW to DOWNLOAD NOWHERE

  75. 4 out of 5 stars
    FatBastard

    Reviewing 2.37 (Nov 20, 2009)

    Why on earth do Realtek update their drivers so damn often ?

  76. 4 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.36 (Nov 10, 2009)

    Version 236 (5969) seems to work as well as 234 (5943) and 235 (5953) on my system. No errors, no crashes, no slow-downs - at least so far.

    It is annoying that installing a newer version over older versions still appears to force a reset of EQ settings. Thankfully, I backed up the registry entries for those EQ settings before installation of the newer driver and all I had to do was double-click on that dot REG file to load them into the registry, replacing those default settings.

    Still, it seems like this is the 3rd entry in a row to show no downside that I can find. So, 4 stars it is.

  77. 4 out of 5 stars
    FatBastard

    Reviewing 2.36 (Nov 2, 2009)

    Realtek makes good drivers but howe come they or update so often? I mean how much can change in an audiodriver???

  78. 4 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.35 (Oct 12, 2009)

    234 was a more stable product, and 235 seems to be so as well. But still, neither version should cause a total RESET of the EQ settings after installation over an existing configuration.

    235 appears to be v5953 according to DXDIAG on my rig. Wish they would just stick to one or the other (2xx or 5xxx)

    Overall, good but could be better. I'd give it a 3.5 if that was an option, but it's closer to 4 than not, so 4 it is.

  79. 3 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing 2.33 (Sep 15, 2009)

    I've found the best way to get these is to wait a day after they update them. By then the traffic has died down a tad and you can pull them in under 5 minutes...

  80. 5 out of 5 stars
    stranded

    Reviewing 2.31 (Aug 25, 2009)

    2.31 Changelog:
    6. Add/Fix
    1.) Driver :
    1. Customizations.
    2. Fix DTM KS position testing fail issue when turn on Microphone effect under Win7.
    2.) Package
    1. Reboot message in log file. ( WILL_REBOOT )
    2. Copy all of AP files to system.

    Good drivers, bad hosting.

    You can always find the latest drivers on:
    http://bbs.betabbs.com/i...mp;st=120&start=120

  81. 3 out of 5 stars
    michaelkenward

    Reviewing 2.30 (Aug 13, 2009)

    The quickest way to get the files is to follow the link to the Realtek site.

    When you get there, ignore the invitation to download the file

    Instead hit the "Downloads" tab at the top.

    With luck the one you want will be listed. Then you can go through the previous process and arrive at a table that lets you choose what you want.

    Then you just have to jump through a few more hoops.

    It worked here.

  82. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc1963

    Reviewing 2.30 (Aug 13, 2009)

    Looks like we have a spammer on our hands. Is there any way to report this nonsense?

    @michaelkenward

    I already mentioned this below, but it seems to have gotten deleted.

  83. 5 out of 5 stars
    rotjong

    Reviewing 2.29 (Jul 25, 2009)

    Great drivers. For people running ATI Radeon HD 4xxx cards I recommend using these drivers instead of the ones that are part of the Catalyst driver package. As others have noted it is infuriating trying to get the drivers from the Realtek website. I advise people to visit MajorGeeks.com. They always have the download mirrored with good download speeds.

  84. 1 out of 5 stars
    Dreimanis

    Reviewing 2.29 (Jul 25, 2009)

    5 stars for software, but I'm giving 1 for the horrible download location.

  85. 1 out of 5 stars
    SteveJohnSteele

    Reviewing 2.28 (Jul 11, 2009)

    The main problem is not with the software but with just getting that software ... the website just goes around in circles ... does anyone have a solution ?

    PLEASE BETA NEWS - HOST THIS FILE YOURSELVES
    ... so we dont have to navigate Realtek's website

    Also after doing the install correctly and all works, sometimes the driver simply vanishes from my system and all that shows are the Microsoft HD drivers.

    1 for the website
    4 for the software - needs work

  86. 4 out of 5 stars
    coover

    Reviewing 2.28 (Jul 10, 2009)

    I've just installed v. "2.28" on my Vista Laptop. The actual version number is 6.0.1.5888. I assume the XP version number would be 5.0.1.5888.

    Since I do not have access to a "change log", I do not know what changes from 2.27 were actually made, but I can notice no difference in the software, or in performance from previous versions.

    However, I have noticed that the installation procedure for the Realtek driver is different from any other driver or application. In order to properly update this driver, you must click on the executable file, and follow the directions offered. I'm not sure what actually is done, but one of the things that happens is that the previous version of the driver is removed. Everything is fine up to that point. A reboot is then required. That is OK. When the machine boots up, the user then must click again on the executable in order to finish the installation. Follow directions and then reboot (again). The executable is run twice. You must reboot twice. This is very unusual. I've never seen it elsewhere, and I wonder how many folks try to install this driver and fail because they don't read or comprehend the instructions. I suggest that Realtek completely rewrite their installer to make installation easier. Rebooting twice should not be necessary. Executing the file twice should not be necessary. Realtek must change this.

  87. 3 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.27 (Jun 25, 2009)

    ADDITION - WDM Driver Version and Windows DXDIAG listing:

    Version: 5.10.0.5874 (2.27)
    Version: 5.10.0.5864 (2.26)
    Version: 5.10.0.5859 (2.25)
    Version: 5.10.0.5854 (2.24)
    Version: 5.10.0.5845 (2.23)
    Version: 5.10.0.5832 (2.22)
    Version: 5.10.0.5821 (2.21)
    Version: 5.10.0.5817 (2.20)

    That's just for anyone who might need it.

    ORIGINAL POST:

    Man. They really need to get a handle on this quality control.

    I'll outline the multiple version experience in the hopes that it may be help to others who might have the same types of issues.

    First - The 221 driver set seems to be the most stable for me on a Windows XP Pro SP2 and/or SP3 platform configuration. If I revert back to that version or use that version in a fresh install (I use Norton Ghost to backup and restore disk images when testing) things seem to work as expected as far as I can tell. But 224, 225, 226, 227 all seem to have issues that are discernable. So I'm using 221 as a base of reference when outlining the problems encountered in later releases.

    After installing the Realtek driver, the Realtek Control Panel (RTHDCPL.EXE) is loaded into the Startup group that you can see when executing MSCONFIG from the Run menu / dialog.

    With 221, the control panel icon appears in the system tray and seems to function properly. I can either double-click on that icon or right-click over that icon and choose "Sound Manager" to bring up the actual cyan / aqua colored control panel interface. The 5 icons on the "dial" to the right of the EQ bars all respond to mouse input and seem to work as expected. I can define, load, save and delete custom EQ settings as well as enable disable the EQ effect itself. So naturally, this functionality is what I expect from the driver. However, later versions are showing glitches that affect all or part of the functionality available in 221.

    In no particular order:

    - The Realtek Control Panel loads but does not display the system tray Icon
    - The system tray icon shows, but the CP application cannot be executed from it
    - If the CP does appear, loading, saving and deleting custom EQ settings fails

    Via a search, I found that if you go into the Windows Control Panel (Start > Settings > Control Panel) and execute the "Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager", the Realtek panel may load up. If it does, you should be able to click on the small "i" icon in the lower-left corner to bring up the Information window. In the lower-left area of that dialog you can toggle the status of the system tray icon.

    Via another search, I found that you can manually alter the registry to allow your custom EQ settings to be loaded as the default. That can be a long process, requiring to you find the "[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Realtek\EQ]" registry entry and doing some manual tweaking to eliminate corrupt entries. It's a hassle.

    If you have a working EQ setup, you may want to open up that path in Regedit and create a backup by exporting existing EQ values.

    That's what I have been able to figure out so far. Hope it helps some of you when trying to deal with the parade of releases that Realtek has made lately.

  88. 2 out of 5 stars
    ZenWarrior

    Reviewing 2.27 (Jun 24, 2009)

    Definitely something in the last version which crashes my system. However, the weekly updates are a real hassle. Maybe time to start avoiding Realtek on any computers I now purchase.

  89. 5 out of 5 stars
    CobraPL

    Reviewing 2.27 (Jun 23, 2009)

    Mirror of 2.27 for W2K/2003/XP:

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FUCUNOWF

  90. 4 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing 2.27 (Jun 23, 2009)

    I wonder if Realtek realizes that people sit there and try ALL their FTP/HTTP sites to determine which one is the fastest, thereby negating the advantage of having more than one option for where to download? Surely this causes them more traffic overhead than simply having the server decide the best download location?

    One also must question how crappy the driver code must be to release weekly versions. There is that much more potential for coding errors.

  91. 3 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.26 (Jun 23, 2009)

    Version 2.26 (v5864) seems to fix at least some of the 2.25 issues. But I just noticed that 2.27 is out, so perhaps they found a show-stopper and issued a quick fix.

    Frequent updates are ok as long as they fix things, but I wish they would do more thorough testing before they released a new version. Fast and sloppy doesn't win over doing it right the first time. I hope they do better in the near future.

  92. 4 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing 2.26 (Jun 8, 2009)

    We had issues with these drivers for the past few months under XP SP3. Had to roll back. Vista's seem ok.

    As for downloading, try this link:
    http://www.realtek.com/downloads/

  93. 1 out of 5 stars
    sn0wflake

    Reviewing 2.26 (Jun 8, 2009)

    Provided link loops indefinitely with a "Object moved" link. The driver probably doesn't work either as I've experienced problems with all version after 2.00 where my S/PDIF 5.1 speakers work like they should. Installing any higher version results in my speakers are forced to stereo, and there's no way to change it back to 5.1 speakers :P

  94. 1 out of 5 stars
    SteveJohnSteele

    Reviewing 2.25 (Jun 3, 2009)

    my ONE STAR is not for the software but for the website

    the link > takes you to realtek.com.tw and then onto a list of download ...
    and then one of the following
    Firefox = 550 Cannot change directory
    Chrome = "Realtek download ... dont support Google Chrome ... use IE 6"
    IE 8 = links 1,2,3 dont work ... express also dont work but gives ftp details

    eventually I downloaded using FileZilla (FTP client)

    Please BetaNews check how easy it is to download on external sites and please host downloads on your own servers, the ones that work :-)

  95. 5 out of 5 stars
    Prospero424

    Reviewing 2.25 (Jun 2, 2009)

    So far I'm having no problems with 2.25 (or is it 2.55?) under Windows 7 64-bit. Those listing problems and/or inconsistencies really need to state, at the very least, their OS version.

    Also, the install routine seems unchanged for me. Run the installer -> uninstalls old drivers and software -> reboot -> run installer again -> installs software and drivers -> reboot again

  96. 1 out of 5 stars
    DudeBoyz

    Reviewing 2.25 (May 28, 2009)

    I am having trouble with an install and subsequent instabilities of 225. I restored my 221 ghost image and everything worked fine.

    As a result, I'm not going to be able to rate 225 as even being functional.

    One link that may be helpful. Realtek will release items as R221, R224, R225, etc. but when you look for the driver version in Windows XP, it uses a completely different driver version numbering system.

    The address below shows the long-form version number and the corresponding Rxxx short form number.

    http://www.realtek.cz/re...tek=ALC883&system=1

  97. 5 out of 5 stars
    coover

    Reviewing 2.25 (May 28, 2009)

    This package was full of surprises.

    The first was the driver version which is (evidently) 2.55 rather than 2.25.

    The 2nd surprise came during installation. Every driver up to and including 2.24 required that the .exe be run, the computer rebooted, and the .exe be run a second time, and the computer be rebooted a second time. Evidently the RealTek programmers got their "stuff" together and figured out how to install a new version without the 2nd execution and the 2nd boot. Way to go, RealTek.

    And the 3rd surprise was the application GUI, which really was changed, not necessarily for the better, but certainly not for the worse.

    Whether or not sound quality was improved is a question I shall leave to the Audio experts. But, at least, there is considerable improvement in the installation process.

  98. 4 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing 2.25 (May 28, 2009)

    nevermind.

  99. 3 out of 5 stars
    lang999

    Reviewing 2.25 (May 28, 2009)

    Dont use that crap get a job and buy an x-fi.
    Diffrence yes man.'

  100. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 2.25 (May 28, 2009)

    Driver Package R2.25
    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
    1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
    4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
    5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    6. Add/Fix
    1.) Driver :
    1. Customizations.
    2. Windows 7 WHQL Driver.

  101. 5 out of 5 stars
    cltx99

    Reviewing 2.24 (May 20, 2009)

    I installed it and realized a marked improvement in sound quality.

  102. 3 out of 5 stars
    _Shorty-dammit

    Reviewing 2.22 (Apr 21, 2009)

    If you look at the changelogs, most of the recent "changes" have simply been listed as "customizations", whatever that means. I don't think they're actually making any functional fixes.

  103. 5 out of 5 stars
    Prospero424

    Reviewing 2.20 (Mar 31, 2009)

    Wow, they're really pumping these drivers out. A version a week, almost!

    Regardless of bugs that might pop up, it's good to see a "budget" hardware company put this kind of effort into their supporting software. Far too many (cough, Creative, cough) just seem to fix things when they feel like getting around to it, if ever.

  104. 5 out of 5 stars
    enmaai507

    Reviewing 2.20 (Mar 30, 2009)

    corrupted download? I don't have a problem... using since version 2.0x

  105. 2 out of 5 stars
    Jerrymiah

    Reviewing 2.20 (Mar 30, 2009)

    I attempted twice to install Version 2.20 and on both occasion my sound system stopped working and the Realtek HD icon disappeared from the task bar and the Control Panel. I then reverted to the previous version and had no problems at all.

  106. 5 out of 5 stars
    enmaai507

    Reviewing 2.19 (Mar 28, 2009)

    version 2.20 is out

  107. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 2.19 (Mar 19, 2009)

    Driver Package R2.19
    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
    1. Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
    4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista, Windows7 x86/x64
    5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    6. Add/Fix
    1.) Driver :
    1. Customizations.
    2.) Package :
    1. Fix upgraded warning dialog for Small VGA mode .
    2. Add failed run installation by count .

  108. 5 out of 5 stars
    enmaai507

    Reviewing 2.18 (Mar 17, 2009)

    Version 2.19 is out.

  109. 1 out of 5 stars
    sn0wflake

    Reviewing 2.18 (Mar 10, 2009)

    This version thrashed my surround sound. I have a Pioneer DCS-580 connected by S/PDIF. After installing this I noticed that the Realtek HD Audio Manager had dissapered from the Control Panel. In the Sound options I could only select stereo. Installing my old driver, version 2.00, fixed it all and now I have 5.1 DTS again.

  110. 5 out of 5 stars
    CobraPL

    Reviewing 2.18 (Mar 10, 2009)

    Here is a megaupload mirror of "Realtek HD Audio Codec Driver v 2.18" for WinXP

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XFZZ0G5C

    I had to zip the file, because someone uploaded (on megaupload) a file "WDM_R218.exe" which is 1.09 version of driver (from year 2004).

  111. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 2.18 (Mar 10, 2009)

    Driver Package R2.18
    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
    1. Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
    4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista, Windows7 x86/x64
    5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    6. Add/Fix
    1.) Driver :
    1. Customizations.
    2.) Package :
    1. Support driver folder of Windows Server 2008 in package .
    2. Disable Status Dialog when small VGA Mode enabled .
    3. Fix CreativeUp folder disappear issue .

  112. 2 out of 5 stars
    roymccoy

    Reviewing 2.17 (Feb 26, 2009)

    Realtek doesn't say what's updated here in the 2.17, and strangely they don't even have a changelog on their website.

    When the download are finished sometime next week (speed: 10Kb!!!) I might find some answers in there!

    EDIT: OK, I see the changelog posted below. It is not saying me much, though... Why can't they write so people easily can see the changes/ news!?

  113. 4 out of 5 stars
    mjm01010101

    Reviewing 2.16 (Feb 19, 2009)

    ALCMTR.exe is not spyware, it is a process that determines what is plugged into your sound card (analog/digital/etc.)

  114. 5 out of 5 stars
    CobraPL

    Reviewing 2.15 (Feb 10, 2009)

    Generally very good, but:

    1. Run: START/Run.../msconfig and startup menu. Disable startup of ALCMTR.exe which is considered spyware.

    2. Mirrors are SLOW, really! Grab WDM_R215.exe from there:
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PHRHOJYQ

    MD5: c3ef7b1570f91fd3615cedbd20f5114a
    CRC32: 017FD6B1

    3. Sometimes, after updating and rebooting my mic refused to work. Just unplug and plug it again.

  115. 5 out of 5 stars
    Adrian79

    Reviewing 2.13 (Jan 2, 2009)

    this is just for onboard video drivers, mobo update

  116. 5 out of 5 stars
    saphirex

    Reviewing 2.13 (Dec 31, 2008)

    Here's your change log as usual nothing really mentioned.....except the usual "Driver Customizations"
    --------
    Driver Package R2.13
    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
    1. Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663,
    ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC,
    ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
    3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
    4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
    5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
    6. Add/Fix
    1.) Driver :
    1. Customizations.

  117. 5 out of 5 stars
    keiichi999

    Reviewing 2.13 (Dec 31, 2008)

    On official website, the readme.pdf file to download contains the changelog.

  118. 5 out of 5 stars
    twirt99

    Reviewing 2.13 (Dec 31, 2008)

    Works. Does anyone know where to find a change log file?

Discuss Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs for Windows

  1. Jun 11, 2012 - 2:05 PM
    Sheriff Henry

    ...???????? ? "???????????????" ?????????? (????????? W8) ? ???. ??????, ??? ??????????? W7x64. ????. ???????????? ???????. ???????
    ?? R68.

  2. Sep 2, 2011 - 8:37 PM
    u3912974

    What a laugh. Nviida video drivers and Realtek audio drivers have a version every month. Makes you think that "gee glad I have them or else my computer wouldn't be able to work w/o them? What's all this about anyway?