While 4K 60 capture cards are technically a thing, they’re extremely uncommon and often cost upwards of four figures. This has been the case since their inception… until now. Elgato, the company practically synonymous with capture cards, has brought an affordable, consumer-ready card to the market. Aptly titled the Elgato 4K60 Pro, this card features a fantastic, clean aesthetic combined with an easy-to-use design.
The 4K60 Pro is capable of native 3840×2160 recording at up to 140mbps– far over what any video hosting service plays back at– meaning that you’re guaranteed to get an incredible video any and every time you capture. Beyond this, the card is also capable of 1080p60 capturing, for those of you without a capable gaming console like the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, or capable PC.
This capture card is one of very few capture cards which recommend brand new hardware– for the most part– for the best experience. Elgato recommends either a 6th Gen+ Intel CPU, or a Ryzen CPU for AMD users, which launched earlier this year. Additionally, they suggest using only the latest GPUs available from nVidia and AMD, and that you’re on a 64-bit version of Windows 10.
Now, this may only be marketing. But given that this card is PCI-E based and will use your CPU and GPU for encoding, their recommendations are likely not too far off base. Rendering 1080p60 alone is a task many CPUs struggle with, so moving up to 4K whilst maintaining that framerate– quadrupling the pixel count– is a lot to ask.
Included in the box is the card itself, an HDMI 2.0 cable, and a quick start guide to help you get up and running. HDMI 2.0 WILL be required for 4K60 capture, so you will not be able to do this with old consoles or PCs with older GPUs.
Overall, the Elgato 4K60 Pro is an excellently-designed capture card with only the bare essentials, and that’s a good thing. While it certainly isn’t cheap, the price is understandable given the kind of hardware we’re working with here, and just how small the market is for 4K60 capture cards right now.