After version updates/service packs within Microsoft Windows 10 versions or even major upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 there has been a plague of issues related to Realtek sound device chipsets being removed during the process.
Realtek’s onboard sound card device drivers include an Audio Manager that is packaged with the installation of the Codec. The Audio manager gives control of many extra settings that are not in Windows 10 such as speaker configurations, Sound effects and Virtual Surround settings.
Realtek’s own support for the drivers has very little updates, in fact drivers for the Realtek audio drivers and audio manager haven’t been updated since July 2017, leaving us with version R2.82 in 2020. The R2.82 driver is still absolutely fine, however because it isn’t updated often by Realtek, Windows during an upgrade process with remove the driver. Windows 10 has been getting more stringent with things like security and driver signing which will disable drivers and even stop installation drivers opting to install Microsoft’s own generic drivers that don’t include the audio manager. These generic drivers are extremely basic and sometimes simply can’t operate the sound card at all.
The Realtek Audio manger is packaged in a few different ways a direct from Realtek as version R2.82 or a custom pack as done by Intel or Sony for example. For most users, the package from Realtek original driver is the one to use. You should search exact model number on the manufacturers website if you want a particular models drivers.
All Model numbers for this device
- Intel® NUC 8 Enthusiast, a Mini PC with Windows 10 - NUC8i7BEHGA
- Intel® NUC 8 Enthusiast, a Mini PC with Windows 10 - NUC8i7BEKQA
- Intel® NUC 8 Home - a Mini PC with Windows 10 - NUC8i3BEHFA
- Intel® NUC 8 Home - a Mini PC with Windows 10 - NUC8i5BEHFA
- Intel® NUC 8 Home - a Mini PC with Windows 10 - NUC8i5BEKPA
- Intel® NUC Kit NUC8i3BEH
- Intel® NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK
- Intel® NUC Kit NUC8i5BEH
- Intel® NUC Kit NUC8i5BEK
- Intel® NUC Kit NUC8i7BEH
- Intel® NUC Kit NUC8i7BEK
This information is for the following models: