I haven't had a Realtek driver installed on my new build. I know there is a Realtek control panel (I had it on my old build for quite some time), but aside from that, what would I be missing? I did not install the MSI driver CD that came with the motherboard as I don't want a bunch of bloatware utilities. The Realtek audio driver on the MSI website is from May 2018 while the audio driver on Realtek's website is from July 2017. The front panel audio is noisy on my Antec 900. This is a known issue and there doesn't seem to be a fix for it. I would prefer to plug headphones into the audio output from the Realtek. I only have one jack and wish to keep the headphones and my speakers plugged in (without using a splitter as I don't want the headphones at full volume all the time). Does the Realtek HD audio center allow me to clone the audio output to each of the rear jacks? Could I tell it to send the speaker output signal to both the front speaker jack and the rear speaker jack without getting any sort of surround sound mixing? This is the only reason I can see for installing any Realtek audio drivers.