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Captures at 30fps 1080p max with included USB 2.0 cable
Reviewed in Canada on June 5, 2021
I bought this knowing that it was misleading to say 4k 60fps support. It's clear that the passthrough works as advertised, but the capture part does not. While capable of up to the promised 1080p capture, the device simply DOES NOT capture higher than 30fps no matter the capture computer or software.
For now I only recommend this device if you are okay with 1080@30hz or 720@60 or lower.
Edit: upon further inspection, it appears the the included cable is USB 2.0 spec. It now makes more sense as to why I’m not achieving advertised specs. I’ve attached a labeled picture showing standard USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. It’s clear from the comparison that the included cable is not sufficient. I’ve checked and the connector in the capture card itself appears to be a USB 3.0 interface.
With USB 2.0 speeds this card can do 1080@30hz, 720p@60. There are a small number of minor artifacts on the import but this is to be expected from the compression of the feed for such a affordable device. I’d say that it’s cleaner than I expected. It is mostly only noticeable when capturing something like a desktop with fine details and text (not it’s attended purpose nor to expect). It isn’t much noticeable with gameplay.
I will update this review once I get my hands on an appropriate USB 3.0 cable and report actual achievable specs.
Edit 2: There must be some sort of proprietary design that this port and cable have. With all my cables, dongles and combinations I could come up with a I was unable to even deliver power to the capture card let alone have it run. It's clearly non standard so only the provided cable seems to work. I've put too much effort into it at this point so I'll just enjoy it at it's reduced and true level of operation since it seems to be stable at 1080@30 and 720@60.