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New Live Gamer 4k Capture Cards

AverMedia just launched two new capture cards that can capture

I remember a time when capture cards were few and far between, mainly used for capturing Call of Duty on an Xbox 360, it used to be a really niche thing when the Youtube gaming community was still gaining traction. But now they’re everywhere and mainstream as hell, and that’s where AverMedia comes in with their new line of Live Gamer capture cards.

AverMedia just launched two new capture cards to the market, the Live Gamer 4k, and the Live Gamer Ultra. Both cards are able to record gameplay at a crystal-clear 4k resolution, the LG4k at 60 fps and the Ultra at 30 fps. The 4k can do HDR via the fact that you put it right into one of your computer’s PCI slots while the Ultra can do 4k passthrough and onboard processing via a USB connection. For all that power, you can expect that these cards will amount to about the cost of a mid-range CPU with the 4k priced at $300 and the Ultra at $250.

Marketing Director of AverMedia, David Kao, says this: “The Live Gamer 4K and Live Gamer ULTRA empower gamers to capture and stream their greatest moments in stunning 4K HDR and 4K, respectively, with no impact on gameplay responsiveness…Gaming is increasingly becoming a 4K medium and these Live Gamer cards provide entry to a new world of incredible clarity and realism, including the ability to play in 4K HDR while capturing.”

If you’re curious, here are the full specs for both cards:

Live Gamer 4K (GC573)

  • Top of Line Tech: AVerMedia’s top capture card, capable of handling any game at ultra-high resolution and framerate and with ultra-low latency
  • 4Kp60 HDR: High Dynamic Range capture for brighter whites and darker blacks and a wider color gamut overall, significantly superior to standard 4K, while at 60 fps
  • Maximum Performance: Via Internal PCI Express x4 Gen2 card form factor
  • Look like a Rock Star: RGB with three preset modes to make your setup shine
  • Max. Pass-Through Resolution: 2160p60 HDR / 1440p144 / 1080p240
  • Max. Capture Resolution: 2160p60 HDR / 1440p120 / 1080p240
  • Recorded Quality: 150 Mbps default @2160p60; up to 240 Mbps is possible
  • MSRP: US$299.99

Live Gamer ULTRA (GC553)

  • For Pros and Aspiring Pros: AVerMedia’s intermediate capture card, designed to work well with both laptops and desktop gaming PCs and equipped with onboard video processing to lighten the CPU load
  • Laptop-friendly Form Factor with Low Latency: USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C interface
  • Max. Pass-Through Resolution: 2160p60 HDR / 1440p144 / 1080p240
  • Max. Capture Resolution: 2160p30 / 1440p60 / 1080p120
  • Recorded Quality: 150 Mbps default @2160p30; up to 240 Mbps is possible
  • MSRP: US$249.99

While 4k capturing capabilities are cool and all that, it’s still something that’s not really necessary for a majority of the public. 1080p is still pretty much the standard, and the only people who are happy about 4k are the people who’ve gone out and spent a lot of money on a decent monitor. I know I wouldn’t go out and buy a 4k monitor, even if it was at a decent price, just for watching videos. I’d want to experience 4k the way it’s meant to be experienced, in-game. Unless you have a system that can do 4k in current games on the market, it just doesn’t seem worth it. I guess this might be more of a future-proofing technique for Youtubers, but will the future come soon enough for these cards to still be viable?

Tim Kallman

Tim is currently pursuing a career in video game design and development and is combining that with his passion for writing to make his thoughts heard. The industry is growing ever upwards and he wants to be a part of it any way he can. His love for video games extends to the custom PC he's built and maintained over the years with only the best parts he can find
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