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Old 06-10-15, 10:40 PM
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Elgato HD60 Pro Review

This is my first written review and any feedback at all is always greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance guys

The Elgato HD60 Pro

Here we have one of the most premium capture cards on the market, not only has Elgato finally branched into the pc with its first PCIe capture card but it has also upped its bit rate from 40mbps (the HD60 and HD) to 60mbps.

So lets get into the aesthetics of the card itself.



First off its a very pretty little card coming in at 2 inches high, 4 inches long and half an inch deep. Its one of the shallowest internal capture cards on the market. It comes with a low profile adapter so you can put this in virtually any build you can dream up. Another bonus of this shallow desing means that even if your PCIe x1 slot is right in front of your 2 port GPU it wont completely obscure the fan ruining the GPU's cooling.



One thing I'm not 100% happy with is unfortunately how close the HDMI ports are to the PCI bay on the rear of the pc, as pictured here.



But it doesn't effect the performance at all, this is more a cosmetic thing than and actual issue.

Capturing with the Elgato HD60 Pro couldn't be easier once you have installed the software from their site. it fires up with relative ease and comes with a plethora of optional settings. Allowing you to capture any HDMI output in whatever format whether its 720p30 or 1080p60 it will do it. And thanks to it being PCIe x1 it has a lag less pass through so you could in all instance play just using the software using only a single monitor.

The Game Capture HD software is all laid out pretty simply with everything where you feel it ought to be.



In the stream command bar you can set up your overlays and include webcams or even twitch alerts for streams. Utilizing a simple drag and sort order scheme I found setting up an overlay really easy. Unfortunately the more overlays or items you have in your captured footage means that it will effect the rendering time of your output, the Elgato game capture software automatically renders any recording to MP4 (this can be switched off in the options though) to your desired location. Don't worry though even if you don't choose to export the video the game capture software stores the video in the edit bar of the UI allowing you to edit and export your captured footage to any social network or local drive you choose. The capture button sits in the bottom right, next to the flashback recording bar.

The flashback recording is one of the best features of this software in my opinion due to the fact that regardless of how long you have been playing, AS LONG as you remembered to start up the software you can rewind the recording and instantly capture all of your almost lost footage.

You can manually set the audio levels of the game and the microphone levels on the fly during recording allowing for that perfect balance during a stream. You can also set the bitrate of your stream manually so depending on the power of your pc you can get the best quality stutter free stream for your viewers.

I have been using this in my AMD 8350 build all week and have loved capturing gameplay footage with this card. BUT...... I haven't been able to get it to hit the magic 1080p60 in a stream using the Elgato game capture software. I have used xsplit for a while now so have been using that for any and all streams, to be able to get it to stutter free stream with an overlay and webcam I had to drop the encoder preset from very fast down to ultra fast on the processor resulting in a smooth 1080p60 block-fest of a stream. The video was almost unbearable and I couldn't understand why or what was taking up all the resources. After a little bit of testing and tinkering I disconnected my C920 webcam and uninstalled all of its drivers. now using the Elgato game capture software still resulted in a max of 1080p30 which was smooth and enable you to store your 1080p60 recording for editing at a later date but no facecam for my watchers.

For those wanting to know the techie stuff
System Requirements
• Windows 7 SP1 (or later)
• 2nd generation Intel Core i5 CPU (i5-2xxx or comparable)
• Stream Command: 2nd generation Intel Core i7 CPU (i7-2xxx or
comparable)
• PCIe x1/x4/x8/x16 slot
• 4 GB RAM
• Internet Connection

Technical Specifications
• Interface: PCIe x1
• Input: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 & Wii U (unencrypted
HDMI)
• Output: HDMI (lag-free pass-through)
• Supported Resolutions: 1080p60, 1080p30, 1080i, 720p60,
720p30, 576p, 576i, 480p
• Maximum Bitrate: 60 Mbps
• Dimensions & Weight: 122 x 56 x 14 mm, 102 g / 4.8 x 2.2 x
0.55 in, 3.6 oz

Elgato HD 60 Requirements:
• Windows 7 SP1 (or later)
Mac: OS X 10.7 (or later)
• 2nd generation Intel Core i5 CPU (i5-2xxx or comparable)
• Stream Command: 2nd generation Intel Core i7 CPU (i7-2xxx or
comparable)
• PCIe x1/x4/x8/x16 slot
• 4 GB RAM

Technical Specifications
Input: PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Wii U (unencrypted HDMI)
Output: HDMI (pass-through)
Interface: USB 2.0
Supported resolutions: 1080p60, 1080p30, 1080i, 720p60, 720p30, 576p, 576i, 480p
Dimensions: 4.4 x 3 x 0.75 in
Weight: 3.7 oz

Elgato Game Capture HD
• Windows 7, Windows 8 or later for version 1.x of Elgato Game Capture HD software.
• Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 8, or later for version 2.0 (or later) of Elgato Game Capture HD software.
• 2 Ghz (or higher, before any boost or burst mode) dual core CPU, or 2 Ghz (or higher, before Turbo Boost) multi-core i3, i5 or i7 CPU
• Sound card (if your laptop can play sound, then it meets this requirement)
• 4GB Total Installed RAM (or higher)
• Built-in USB 2.0 port

To use Stream Command with the Elgato Game Capture HD 2.0 software:
• 2nd generation Intel Core i7 CPU (i7-2xxx or comparable), 2 Ghz or higher, before Turbo Boost
• Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or later

To sum up

I would expect it to be able to stream lagless while utilizing a c920 webcam on an 8350, 7970 xfire rig no problem but i am speaking to elgato customer support to resolve this and I will update this thread if and when a fix is found. I would recommend this product to anybody capturing footage to edit an make into a video but at the moment in the UK this retails for £160 so is a pretty hefty investment, so weigh up your options.

Pros:
1080p 60fps 60mbps recordings
Low profile
Well optimized software
flashback recording
lagless passthrough
customer support


Cons:
Expensive £160 is an investment
issues with webcam
rendering time using overlays


I'm going to be using mine solely for capturing footage from PS4 and PC (when I build my capture PC) but am more than happy with this capture card. Shame it wont stream but fotunately I have an Avermedia capture card that I will use for streams.

I have also done a video Review of this device and would appreciate any and all feedback.

Thank you for taking your time to read this guys


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Good job on the review, you got all I wanted to know in and more in a 7 minutes video when I've seen "reviewers" split the overview,unboxing and a poor review in to 3 videos and still miss key points on the product. Once I see how it copes with streaming I might keep my eye out and get one myself.
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Old 07-10-15, 04:30 PM
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Good job on the review, you got all I wanted to know in and more in a 7 minutes video when I've seen "reviewers" split the overview,unboxing and a poor review in to 3 videos and still miss key points on the product. Once I see how it copes with streaming I might keep my eye out and get one myself.
Thank you so much buddy glad it was beneficial to you.

And I have an AMD 8350 with 16gb ddr3 1660hz and xfire 7970s, and it will only stream half decently on xsplit without a cam atm. I would reccomend this more for capturing than streaming.

If you want a streaming card get an Avermedia Live Gamer HD. Its 4 inches long, 4 inches tall and 3mm thick so block off the first fan on a GPU. but streams 1080p30 with any overlay on xsplit you could want
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