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Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 Video Capture Card Review

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The Elgato 4K60 Pro is the oldest card in Elgato’s line of capture cards. However, this card received a significant upgrade in recent months, and that is why new Elgato 4K60 Pro bears the MK.2 label. Since this is a completely new device, there are many things to be said about its new improvements.

Compared to the older 4K60 Pro, the new MK.2 supports HDR and 240 Hz pass-through. Packaging also changed, as the new MK.2 comes in a smaller box, and with an additional PC case mounting bracket. In terms of its dimensions, new card is somewhat smaller, but it will still occupy only one PCI-E slot. Under the hood, the new MK.2 is remarkably different compared to the original 4K60 Pro. Having that in mind, it is worth to say that this is a completely new device.

InputHDMI (unencrypted)
OutputHDMI (lag-free pass-through)
Supported ResolutionsUp to 3840 x 2160 60p HDR
HDR 10-bitPass-through and recording
EncodingHEVC/H.265 HDR, AVC/H.264
Perfect ForPS4 Pro, Xbox One X, PC

Using this capture card is super easy, as it’s plug-and-play, and it doesn’t require installation of additional drivers. Windows 10 automatically recognizes it as a capture device, so you can start using it right out of the box.

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The way you connect other devices to the capture card depends on the scenario of your upcoming recording work. Basically, there are two schemes.

The first scenario, which is probably the most common, consists of capturing a video signal from a third-party source. This may include game consoles, video cameras, computers, or any other media device. What you basically do is that you connect an HDMI cable from the device whose signal you want to capture, to the input connector of the Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 card.

With monitors, on the other hand, situation is a little bit more complicated. If there is a need to see a direct signal coming from the source, the monitor can be connected to the output of the capture device, but at the same time only this signal will be present on the monitor. The main monitor must be connected to the input of the video card for obvious reasons.

The second scenario involves the capture of a video signal from its own source, that is, the video card of the computer in which the capture card is installed. Here, you have to connect the output of your video card to the input of Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2, while your display monitor can be connected to the output of the capture card. Other monitors can also be connected to the output connectors of the capture card. In this scenario, the capture card will be recognized as an additional monitor.

Second scenario basically resembles to what you do with Nvidia GeForce Experience, AMD Radeon ReLive or OBS Studio in order to capture video content of your graphics card. However, these solutions require a lot of machine resources, as everything goes through a software framework. With Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 this problem is gone, as the capture card has its own hardware to capture your video signal, which in turn puts almost no stress on CPU or your graphics card.

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This card especially comes in handy if you want to capture gameplay in 4K resolution. Even extremely powerful computers with Intel Core i9-9900K and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti have a hard time delivering the optimal frame rate on 4K resolutions, let alone when you add video capture software which runs in the background. With Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 you don’t have such problems, and it is a much cheaper solution than to have an extra PC which will capture video signal from your primary gaming system.

Them 4K60 Pro MK.2 works well with the Elgato 4K Capture Utility v1.6.1, however, card doesn’t support macOS, so you can forget about that. Card also doesn’t allow you to select the codec with which the captured video will be saved. By default, card will use AVC (H.264) codec, even in 4K with high frame rate. If you, however, choose to record 4K HDR signal, then the card will switch to HEVC (H.265) codec.

In terms of performance, the Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 works well. In order to start broadcasting, you will need to use third-party software, such as OBS Studio. Quality of your broadcast will depend on your chosen bitrate level and internet connection. Provided you have an optical fiber internet connection, you can easily broadcast your gameplay in 4K resolution. The Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 will consume about the third of your GPU resources, but not very much CPU resources. Recording in 4K will consume almost the same amount of system resources like when recording in 1080P, which is great, since you don’t have to worry about extra performance hits.

Overall, the Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 requires small amount of system resources and can easily capture and broadcast undemanding PC games titles in 4K. The quality of its electronic components is superb, and its software capabilities are satisfactory. The card, unfortunately, doesn’t support macOS, and it has no options to manually choose video codec in which recorded videos will be made. This is partly due to the lack of hardware encoding features, which this card doesn’t implement. Great thing about this card is that any application which uses Windows Driver Foundation (WDF) framework will work perfectly with it. In short, Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 is a great capture card, however, like any other piece of hardware, it isn’t perfect, as it has its own flaws.

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Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2

8.0
Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 is a state of the art video capture card which supports recording in 4K 60p resolution with HDR10. Although near perfect, this card has some minor flaws.
9.0

Performance

8.0

Features

7.0

Price

Pros

  • +great performance
  • +low system resource usage
  • +high quality components

Cons

  • -doesn't support macOS
  • -no hardware encoding
  • -no option to manually change video codec
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