The 5 Best Game Capture Cards On The Market

The 5 Best Game Capture Cards On The Market

Enhance your in-game streams with a good capture card.

The best way to get the crisp in-game footage, you will need a capture card that if you want to make the most of your streams using webcams and various overlays during gameplay. We all know that there are various types of capture cards from priority streaming to a cheap yet reliable option. So let’s take a look at the best 5 game capture cards available currently on the market.

Razer Ripsaw

This card captures footage at 1080p at 60fps over USB 3.0 which means you will have low latency for your streams. Another great feature the Ripsaw has is the ability to send a secondary audio source directly into the feed such as a microphone or any music.

The advantage of using the Ripsaw it has cable inputs that are used for streaming with older consoles, and it does have a broadcasting software Razer Cortex: Gamecaster or gamers who use the Ripsaw will need to use a streaming software like OBS or XSplit, which makes it semi difficult for beginners. When you get a hang of how the software works you will have a great time with it.

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Avermedia Live Gamer Extreme

The Avermedia Live Gamer Extreme is very similar to the Razer Ripsaw. It’s a similar box with similar internals for a similar price. And that means low latency, USB 3.0 powered capture, and inputs for external audio sources.

As with the Ripsaw, Avermedia includes its own recording software AVerMedia RECentral 3 that can be used to capture and stream to YouTube and Twitch from your PC and console.

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Elgato HD60S

The Elgato HD60S is an all-rounder and the newest card from Elgato and an improved iteration of the HD60, it provides lag-free captures with it’s new USB 3.0 interface.

As with the Razer Ripsaw it provides low latency and an instant game view on the computer for 1080p 60fps footage. Elgato has also equipped it with the new standard, USB-C connector which makes it unlikely to become obsolete any time soon. Elgato’s software is also included, and it’s a relatively straightforward, yet capable affair that helps you to stream directly to Twitch and YouTube.

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Elgato HD60 Pro

Much of the HD60 Pro is similar to the HD60S from Elgato with one key difference that it is not portable. This card is installed via a PCIe slot inside a desktop PC. It’s a little more expensive than the portable options without being able to take it with you, but if you have a serious streaming set up at home it could be an excellent choice.

You can expect superior low latency as well as simultaneous 1080p60 H.264 while streaming at the same time while keeping the file sizes as low as possible.

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Elgato HD60

The Elgato HD60 is the older model however it will record 1080p footage at 60fps. Aesthetically It also looks identical to the HD60S, the difference comes in specs, it will only support USB 2.0. That means slower data transfers and with it a higher degree of latency, which may deter streamers. If you’re capturing more than you are streaming, it won’t be an issue.

You also get Elgato’s software, as with the other options on this list, as well as being able to use software like OBS and XSplit .

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Let us know in the comments which you prefer?




Boris is GameNation South Africa’s chief editor and writer. Since the 90’s Boris has delved into the video game universe and has emerged victorious. Boris will play any type and genre of video game even the below par and unpopular games, but does prefer games that have a value in terms of story and production.

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