Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 HDR capture card Review
Published: 28th August 2019 | Source: Elgato | Price: |
With their 4K60 Pro MK.2 capture card, Elgato ships everything that users should need: the capture card itself, a low-profile bracket for half-height PCIe slots an HDMI cable and an Elgato case badge.
The reasoning behind this bundle is simple. Most consoles and high-end TVs already ship with an HDMI cable, which means that users of this card are almost guaranteed to have at least one HDMI cable. By providing an HDMI cable, Elgato ensures that users of this card have two quality HDMI cables, and aside from this users need little else.
No driver CD or USB is included here, but for a good reason. When the aim of the game is streaming and content creation, it is hard to see any use of this capture card lacking internet access.
Perhaps the only downside of the 4K60 Pro MK.2, when compared to its predecessor, is its lack of a full-cover backplate. Cooling-wise, the 4K60 Pro MK.2 doesn't need it, but aesthetically it's hard to argue with having a backplate.
While this isn't a problem, we can see this aesthetic choice annoying a small sub-section of the PC gaming community. That said, those people could always try making their own.
With the 4K60 Pro MK.2, Corsair has enabled 4K 60FPS HDR capture within small form factor PCs that use half-height PCIe brackets. This is great news for fans of small form factor secondary systems. This also presents the 4K60 Pr MK.2 as an ideal upgrade option for users of the original HD60 Pro internal capture card.
With the unit comes a 1.5m long HDMI cable. While a longer cable would be preferable for some use cases, this length is more than adequate for most setups. Ideally, this PC will be sitting very close to the user's console or gaming PC, so a 1.5m cable is more than enough. Some users will prefer shorter cables and others will prefer longer ones. 1.5m is a good compromise solution.
The Elgato 4K60 Poro requires a PCIe x4 slot to operate, making the card usable within a wide range of modern PC systems. On our Ryzen-based test system, we slotted the card in our secondary PCIe 3.0 16x slot, which is wired for electrically for up to PCIe 3.0 x8 speeds.
With the 4K60 Pro MK.2, Elgato has opted for a subtle appearance, avoiding RGB and other unnecessary complexities. The capture card is dark and clean, which means that it will fit in well with most modern systems.
Elgato's use of an all-black PCIe bracket allows the unit to match most modern PC cases. The Elgato logo on the high-profile bracket allows users to see which PCIe card is their Elgato capture card easily. Elgato also clearly labels the unit's HDMI in and out ports.