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Capture cards are simpler to use and more affordable making this a great time to try out streaming or recording high-quality content. Your ideal capture card will depend on what you require it to do.

No matter what you opt for, the chief factors to keep in mind are the card's resolution, frame rate, and ease-of-use. The ideal capture card for your needs may not be the most ‘advanced’ one available, so don't get caught up in the numbers and hype.

To help you decide what capture card to buy, here are some recommendations.

  1. Elgato Game Capture HD60 S: Ideal for newcomers

Resolution: 1080p; 60fps frame rate and USB 3.0 interface

It has excellent capture features, available at a good price although the editing software could be better. This card is perfect for all who wants to get their game on online with as little hassle as possible. Elgato are experts and this card proves that.

  1. AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus: A brilliant, user-friendly choice

Resolution: 1080p; 60fps frame rate and USB 3.0 interface

Easy to use, allows play in 4K while you record but cannot stream in 4K. Besides an attractive form, it packs instinctive software for live editing and the capability to record straight onto a Micro SD card if you would prefer to keep your drive clear of space-consuming video. This is a capture card with versatility, especially if you record on the go. It works right out of the box too.

  1. AverMedia Live Gamer Extreme: Best card for streamers

Resolution: 1080p; 60fps frame rate and USB 3.0 interface

The card has no lag making it ideal for streaming although it has no editing software.

AverMedia’s Gamer Extreme card gives the competition a run for its money thanks to the zero latency, no lag, super-fast USB 3.0, uncompressed 1080p HD footage, and 60fps for both streaming and recording purposes. While some features are more useful for console gamers than those using PC, it still lets you focus on what you’re capturing instead of needing a dual-screen setup. It also has two audio input ports for voiceover or music addition, and live editing software helps.

  1. Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro: A great card for pros, although not 4K

Resolution: 720p; 60fps frame rate and USB 3.0 interface

It has an advanced encoder with a bitrate of 60mbps but only streams in 720p

  1. Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro: For pros and is 4K

Resolution: 4K; 60fps bitrate and PCIe x4 interface.

It has 4K capture with 60fps bitrate, video encoding but requires a high-end computer. For pros who will settle at nothing but the best. It builds on the HD60 Pro’s features.  Even though it needs a high-end PC to use, this is a great piece of equipment for gamers set on recording gameplay at the highest resolution

Conclusion: It’s wise to ensure you have enough space on your hard drive for all those videos as well. So get one and take your gaming experience to a new level.

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