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NZXT Signal 4K30 Capture Card Review

How Much Does it Cost?

The NZXT Signal 4K30 Capture Card is available from today, and since this is the more premium version of the device, it’s priced at around $199.99. That’s pretty good value for money, costing a little more than the Elgato DH60 S+ and the AVerMedia Live Gamer Ultra, but offering a few extra features too, easily justifying the extra investment. Furthermore, if you only want to record at Full HD 60 FPS, the NZXT Signal HD60 is just $149.99.

Overview

The latest capture cards to hit the market are certainly interesting, and while competition is pretty strong in the market, with AverMedia, Elgato, Razer, and a few others all having solid products, NZXT has done enough to ensure they can either match or beat the best of the best. For starters, the 4K30 offers 144Hz and 240Hz passthrough, Ultrawide support, and HDR recording/passthrough, and I think it’s the only one out there to do all of those things, not just some of them.

I think for most people, the 4K30 is overkill, and the HD60 will likely prove the more popular device. That being said, the 4K30 does also allow for Full HD 60 FPS capture too, and while it’s a little more expensive than the HD60 device, spending that extra and having a wired range of recording and passthrough resolutions and framerates certainly makes it more appealing. When it comes to something like this, it’s better to have the option and not need it, than need it and not have it.

The ease of use is most welcome too and given I rarely do anything related to streaming, I can’t say I ran into any serious issues with this. Just plug in the HDMI cables, and hook up the USB Type C cable to your computer, and you’re good to go. Plus, while NZXT doesn’t have their own dedicated software, you don’t need it either, as this will work with any popular recording, streaming, or editing software, making it very versatile.

Having the device pass through your high refresh rate, HDR and high-resolution singles is nice though, even if you choose to record at lower resolutions, you can still enjoy the full capabilities of your high-end display or TV.

Should I Buy One?

If you’re eager to create high-quality 4K content for your streaming fans, YouTube channel, and much more, the 4K30 is a pretty potent tool. It’s very nicely made, extremely easy to set up, and doesn’t compromise your gaming performance regardless of which resolution you are recording. If you want to take your streaming to the next level, it’s a pretty solid investment.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's, I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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