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Elgato's 4K60 Pro capture card is for serious content creators

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
Nov 6, 2017
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  1. Enthusiasts looking to capture gameplay at the highest possible fidelity will soon have a new tool at their disposal courtesy of Elgato Gaming.

    The company recently announced the 4K60 Pro, a high-end PCIe x4 capture card that’s compatible with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as unencrypted HDMI sources. True to its name, the card can grab 4K gameplay at up to 60 frames per second with a maximum bitrate of up to 140 Mbps. Dialing it back a bit, you can also capture at 1,920 x 1,080 at 240FPS or 2,560 x 1,440 at 144 FPS.

    Elgato’s card, while capable, is also a resource hog. When capturing 4K video at 60 frames per second, it will eat through 1GB of disk space every single minute. Needless to say, you’ll want to pair the card with a respectable amount of local storage, especially for extended capture sessions.

    Speaking of hardware, Elgato recommends at least a 6th generation Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 CPU as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 10xx series or AMD Radeon RX Vega on a Windows 10 machine.

    The card itself measures 7” x 4.7” x 0.83” and weighs 9.5 ounces. Thanks to a custom shroud, it’s surprisingly attractive.

    Elgato’s 4K60 Pro is available for pre-order as of writing ahead of its November 21 launch date. You can grab it from Amazon, GameStop or through Elcato's website. Expect to pay $399 for the opportunity.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,219   +1,657

    Last time I had a capture card with HDMI (I was trying to make my own DVR) Intel was so kind to make it extra annoying with their handshake stuff to "prevent pirating"
     
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  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,529   +3,094

    Sorry, but I can't take this seriously. Professional hardware, like Red, can capture 8K @ 60fps.

    4K @ 60fps is yesterday's news. Many mobiles phones can capture 4K @ 30fps, and some are embarking on 60fps already.

    There is nothing Pro in this "Pro" card.
     
  4. Comanche

    Comanche TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +39

    at what specs you take it seriously MR. proffesional of 12k @ 120 fps minimum requirements typing on a walmart laptop"
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2017
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  5. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 616   +394

    This is pretty ridiculous. The price of a decent graphics card to RECORD a decent graphics card in action? That's stupid. I can't imagine someone hasn't written a frame-buffer dump software that can already do this. Oh yeah, they already did that.

    What powers this thing, to justify the cost? I doubt it's processing anything, so why so expensive for a pass-through data recorder?
     
  6. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,235   +691

    Its meant to capture from consoles to PCs, not PCs to other PCs.
     
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  7. Vu Nguyen

    Vu Nguyen TS Rookie

    There are some problems with this card (crazy price aside)... first is it doesn't do HDR recording but it doesn't allow HDR passthrough. so not being able to record would be acceptable if it allowed passthrough. But it doesn't. So that means you cannot play a game and see the visual beauty of HDR on the screen without messing up the recording as the HDR setting will screw up the colors on the recording.

    And because there's no hardware encoder, that means it needs a beast CPU/GPU. And the capabilities of the card is dependent on the capabilities of the CPU/GPU. For example, the 580 cannot record 4k60 so therefore the Elgato cannot record 4k60.
     

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