Avermedia live gaming bolt capture card
(credit: AVerMedia)

If you’ve ever felt like you could do better with your recording quality but the available equipment just wasn’t up to par, AVerMedia may have the solution for you. The company has launched the Live Gamer Bolt capture card, bringing 4K HDR and 240 frames per second (fps) to consumers for the first time.

Running at a cost of $449.99, this new capture card features full 4K60 HDR 10 video recording and passthrough. At 1440p, users can capture up to 144fps while 240fps is only achievable at 1080p recording.

High quality comes with high requirements

While all the features for the Live Gamer Bolt sound great, there are some high-level requirements in order to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

First, you need to have a PC with Thunderbolt 3 available, which isn’t yet commonplace on most motherboards or laptops. If your machine can support it, Thunderbolt 3 expansion cards are available and will work with the card. In addition to Thunderbolt 3, the Live Gamer Bolt requires higher specs than most capture devices. Laptops require at least an i7-7700HQ or higher processor, an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and 8GB of DDR4 2400 RAM. Desktop users require at least an i5-6000 series CPU with a GTX 1060/AMD 5500XT GPU and 8GB of RAM.

It also requires you to have Windows 10 x64 as the operating system, meaning that MacOS users are left out at launch.

Full details of the latest hardware from AVerMedia can be found below:

• Interface: Thunderbolt 3 (Not compatible with USB 3.0, 3.1, 3.2)
• Video Input & Output (Pass-Through): HDMI 2.0
• Audio Input: HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Line In jack
• Max. Pass-Through Resolution: 2160p60 HDR /1440p144/ 1080p240
• Max. Recording Resolution: 2160p60 HDR* /1440p144/ 1080p240
• Supported Resolution: 2160p, 1440p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 480p
• Record Format: MPEG 4
• Dimensions (W x D x H): 120 x 120 x 29.3 mm (4.72 x 4.72 x 1.15 in)
• Weight: 348 g (12.27 oz)
• Bundled Software: RECentral streaming software, Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 – 4K video editing software

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