AVerMedia has introduced a new external capture box, the Live Gamer BOLT (GC555), which is not only visually impressive with its integrated RGB lighting.
The Live Gamer BOLT is connected via Thunderbolt 3, which isn’t USB compatible, so an actual Thunderbolt 3 connection is required. The power supply is also done via this.
For the video signal, the capture box is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 connections as input and output. The signal should be passed through here almost latency-free, the preview latency is less than 50 milliseconds. There is also a 3.5 millimeter jack input for an additional audio signal.
High resolutions require a lot of computing power
Almost all current resolutions are supported. 2160p content can be passed and recorded at 60 FPS in HDR10. 1440p are possible in 144 FPS, 1080p even in 240 FPS. H.264 or H.265 is used as codec.
To support the maximum resolution, AVerMedia recommends a PC with at least Intel Core i5-6xxx or AMD Ryzen 3 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 and 8 Gigabytes of memory. For mobile use on a notebook, it should be equipped with at least an Intel i7-7700HQ and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. For 1080p with 60 FPS, an Intel Core i5-3330 with a GeForce GTX 660 or an AMD Radeon R7 250X as well as 4 GB RAM is already sufficient.
The AVerMedia Live Gamer BOLT comes with an HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 and audio cable. The video programs RECentral and Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 are also included. So you can start right away. OBS & Co are of course also supported.
The UVP of the AVerMedia Live Gamer BOLT is 449 Euro. This makes it more expensive than the Elgato 4K60 PRO Mk.2 or the Elgato Game Capture 4K60 S+, which provide similar performance. So it remains to be seen how the market price of the new capture box will settle down.