What are the best capture cards for streaming?

Capture cards are essential for streamers. The right card will let you broadcast the best quality stream video of your gameplay. Here is a list of the best capture card you can find in the market. Think there is a better card that we missed? Please add it to the list and comment.

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    #1Elgato 4K60 Pro

    Elgato 4K60 Pro

    This Elgato card lets you stream your gaming content at 4k or 2160p resolution with 60frames per second. The card works with gaming consoles and computers. It also offers various features such as stream command.

    Electronics

    $399.95

    Gao Wei
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "With 4K streaming, these are the capture cards for streaming that will get you lots of eyes. "
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    #2Avermedia Live Gamer 2 Plus

    Avermedia Live Gamer 2 Plus

    The portable capture card can stream 60fps of gameplay even without a PC. The card can be used on PC, Macs, and various gaming consoles. The Avermedia Live can even let you play in 4K resolution.

    Electronics

    $230.99

    Julia Montgomery
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "Never had a problem when using this capture stick for my friday overwatch streams. "
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    #3Elgato HD60 S

    Elgato HD60 S

    Elgato HD60 S is a video recording and capturing device manufactured by Elgato. It is capable of recording gameplay from various gaming devices up to full HD quality at 60 fps.

    Electronics

    $179.99

    Micky Yu
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "This is great for modern gaming consoles but you will need an HDMI splitter if you want to stream last gen consoles. "
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    #4Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket

    Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket

    Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket is an HD video game recorder for Xbox and PlayStation consoles and even desktops. It is a standalone device and can capture up to 1080p @ 60fps. It comes with a 2m HDMI cable and a mic.

    Electronics

    $129

    Brian Salazar
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "Video quality is great but had to tweak the cables and settings a bit to get the sound right."
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    #5Elgato HD60 Pro

    Elgato HD60 Pro

    The HD 60 PRO utilizes ultra-low latency to ensure 60fps of footage at 1080p resolution for your streams. This card lets you customize your stream such as the overlays and layout of your broadcast. 

    Electronics

    $199.95

    Sean Ye
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "The pro card is great if you are streaming console and pc gaming in one spot. Not good if you are doing it in multiple rooms."
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    #6Roxio Game Capture HD Pro

    Roxio Game Capture HD Pro

    Roxio Game Capture HD Pro is a screen recording device. It connects via USB and HDMI cables. It supports Xbox and PlayStation consoles, and even desktop computers. It can also be used as a streaming device and has 10GB storage.

    Electronics

    $149.99

    Brian Larson
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "This is an old but reliable capture card. Great entry point given its price. "
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    #7VIDBOX GCDK1

    VIDBOX GCDK1

    The VIDBOX capture card is compatible with popular streaming apps such as OBS studio and XSplit.This card lets you broadcast your games at 60fps IN 1080P resolution. VIDBOX can be used right away without installing any drivers.  

    Electronics

    $199.99

    Jordan Morrison
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "You will need lots of work to get the audio working. Once you have it up and running. vidbox is one of the best capture cards for streaming on a budget. "
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    #8AVerMedia GL310

    AVerMedia GL310

    The USB capture card lets you broadcast games from gaming consoles, PC, and Mac at 1080p with H.264 hardware encoder. This box has a TimeShift Function that lets you click-and-drag amazing moments in your stream.

    Electronics

    $100.51

    Xu Wang
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "while I can get 1080p res with this card, it is stuck a 30 fps unless i go down to 720p. Not great but its not that bad at streaming gameplay vids. "

Summary

Best What are the best capture cards for streaming
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Elgato 4K60 ProElectronics 18 Paid
2Avermedia Live Gamer 2 PlusElectronics 13 Paid
3Elgato HD60 SElectronics 9 Paid
4Hauppauge HD PVR RocketElectronics 3 Paid
5Elgato HD60 ProElectronics 3 Paid
6Roxio Game Capture HD ProElectronics 1 Paid
7VIDBOX GCDK1Electronics 1 Paid
8AVerMedia GL310Electronics 1 Paid
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