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Audio Issues with Strix Z690-F in Windows 10

Level 7

Hello, I just recently installed an ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F motherboard and have audio issues. I have installed the drivers downloaded off of the ASUS site:


Realtek USB Audio Driver VB6.3.9600.2342 For Windows 10/11 64-bit.
Version B6.3.9600.2342
569.22 MB

Special version for SS3 Virtual Mixer disabled for better stability.

And it prevents 5.1 speak setup from functioning correctly. My games aren't picking it up and in a browser (firefox) with Netflix and YouTube, for example only because those are the two services I tested it on, there is a lengthy pause before the video plays. In the RealTek Audio Control, I selected 5.1 and tested the sound and again, a lengthy pause (~30s) then it plays one sound bite over a speaker, then another lengthy pause, and so on and so on.

I checked the drivers in Windows and everything seems fine.

Is there a solution for this or should I disable it and buy a Soundblaster board?