[MEG X570 Unify] Realtek Audio separate front/back panel "device advanced settings" missing


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Aug 5, 2020
As the title states, I'm unable to separate front/back panel audio streams, which is a pretty standard Realtek Audio driver feature. Realtek's Audio Console is missing the cogwheel icon (Device Advanced Settings) next to the info button on the top right of the window that would allow this functionality. Here's a list of things I've tried so far:

1) Updating to the latest Realtek Audio driver from https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/MEG-X570-UNIFY#down-driver&Win10 64
2) Installing a generic Realtek Audio Driver from https://github.com/pal1000/Realtek-UAD-generic
3) Creating a rtkhdaud.dat following these steps https://github.com/pal1000/Realtek-UAD-generic/issues/4#issuecomment-643190347

Realtek's HDA driver test utility from 3) has an awful lot of (undocumented) options and I didn't want to mess around with it anymore than I did, in fear of messing up. Of course, I made sure to revert any changes to the original driver configuration.

So I can't currently do anything about it, besides waiting for MSI to fix/add it in a later driver release, manually plugging/unplugging my headphones whenever I want to switch from/to my speakers, or purchasing a DAC for my headphones. And it's even more disappointing that my previous (and much cheaper ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING) motherboard had this feature with a similar ALC1220-based audio solution.

If anyone has any suggestions about this minor issue on this, otherwise excellent, motherboard please leave your thoughts below.

EDIT: I installed an older beta driver release from this thread https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?threads/x570-meg-unify-headphone-not-showing-up.340665/ and now the advanced device settings cogwheel showed up and front/rear panel devices now appear separately. However, the "headphone power" setting is missing for my headphones, which can be expected as it's an unreleased driver/workaround. Also, according to that thread, MSI has purposefully removed/not added the option in later driver releases, which is really odd to me, since the ALC1220 is used in a lot of other boards.
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Nov 18, 2019
there was another beta Realtek audio driver that I downloaded a few months ago - it's this one (v8959).
slightly newer than the previous beta driver that the OP mentioned
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