Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 HDR capture card Review

Setup and 4K Capture - Elgato, OBS and XSplit

Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 Review

Setup and 4K Capture

To say that the Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 is easy to set up is an understatement. There is no fiddley no driver installs to mess around with, and there is very little else that can go wrong. We installed the card onto a free PCIe 4x slot, and it was able to be seen by capture utilities from the start. Even the unit's 4K passthrough started working from the getgo. 

One interesting thing to note here is that the Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 can be used with several capture software simultaneously. This allows users to conceivably record using Elgato's software, OBS and XSplit at the same time. Not bad for a consumer-grade unit. 

In our testing, we tested the 4K60 Pro MK.2 using Elgato's 4K Capture Utility, XSplit and OBS. Note that the bitrate limits that Corsair lists in this unit's specs only apply to Corsair's 4K capture utility. Higher limits are possible with tools like OBS. 
  

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Elgato 4K Capture Tool

We will start by saying this about Corsair/Elgato's 4K Capture utility; It needs to be merged with the company's standard Game Capture Utility for Windows.

This problem has been seen from within Corsair before with CUE and Link Softwares. Merging them to form iCUE was a necessary move, and the same applies to Elgato's HD and 4K capture tools. Both pieces of software include different features and offer users a different UI. Ideally, we would like to see a single, unified Elgato capture tool for Windows.   

Thankfully, things worked without a hitch for the most part with this tool, though we will note some performance oddities on the next page. Let's just say that CPU rendering is a no-go with 4K 60FPS gameplay and that HDR capture requires a GPU with a capable video encoder. 

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OBS

With OBS, setup was easy. Just start up the software and add a new capture device on the Sources tab. Hit the Plus icon, then "Video Capture Device" and then "Elgato 4K 60 MK.2". Easy. 

This isn't a guide on how to set up OBS, so I think we will leave things here. OBS is a very complex tool for those who enjoy tinkering, but as it stands, the utility is easily one of the best broadcasting softwares on the market.  


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XSplit

With XSplit, things are equally simple. Hit "Add Source", then "Devices (webcam, capture cards...) and then select "Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2 Video". From there you can setup XSplit as needed. 
  

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29-08-2019, 04:39:34

ET3D
Thanks for another good article.

What bothers me about these new RT games is that much of this could be implemented reasonably simply without RT. Reflections from planar surfaces is something which has been done from the dawn of rasterised 3D graphics. Just adding this would remove most of the wow factor that RT has.

What NVIDIA has done is basically to incentivise game devs to cripple their games in order for RT to look more impressive. Unfortunately, it seems to be working.Quote

29-08-2019, 09:39:08

tgrech
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29-08-2019, 09:55:24

WYP
Can we move the Control Raytracing stuff to the proper thread? Raytracing has nothing to do with the Elgato 4K 60 Pro.

https://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=92938Quote

29-08-2019, 17:56:41

Stoly
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Originally Posted by ET3D View Post
Thanks for another good article.

What bothers me about these new RT games is that much of this could be implemented reasonably simply without RT. Reflections from planar surfaces is something which has been done from the dawn of rasterised 3D graphics. Just adding this would remove most of the wow factor that RT has.

What NVIDIA has done is basically to incentivise game devs to cripple their games in order for RT to look more impressive. Unfortunately, it seems to be working.
Screen Space reflexions can only do so much as you can clearly see in the screenshots.Quote

03-09-2019, 12:47:00

Ishimuro
Holy Cow. To be honest the thing wich looks most amazing to me is the Grey... Box? On the table in the first comparison Screenshot. How lifeless it looks without RTX and how the colorcast of the Table helps blend it in the Scene. Guess it's like VFX: The best ones are the ones you don't notice as those.

Maybe in a few years I will shell out the money for a Raytracer.Quote
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