Razer’s first capture card is a great upgrade for streamers (review)

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It’s become easier than ever to share your gaming content on the internet thanks to services like Twitch.TV and Youtube. With very little effort and money you can start your own live stream or even just upload your game footage, this is one market that has really been growing in the last few years, and it’s definitely important to have the right equipment for the job. In the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a variety of capture devices from Diamond (GC500), Hauppauge (1212 HD PVR), Roxio (Game Capture HD Pro), and Elgato (HD60), with each one having it’s ups and down, how does Razer’s new Ripsaw stand out against the competition?

The Ripsaw does exactly what it sets out to do, it’s extremely easy to set up taking just a few minutes to connect to your various consoles including the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the Wii U. It does lack the software that it’s main competitors AverMedia’s editing software and Elgato’s streaming and editing software that is included along with their devices, meaning that it doesn’t require as many resources during use since it’s fully compatible with XSplit and Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).

Another function I only played with a little bit was the built-in audio mix that allows you to plug a microphone directly into the device for live recording, or hook up your phone or audio device to play live music. It’s a nice option to have and something I rarely use personally as I tend to either live stream with my Razer Man-O’ War Headset (review coming soon), or add on a voice track after capturing game footage at an event.

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In terms of size, the Ripsaw is small and easy to carry around. This is great since I usually need to carry around a capture device to capture game footage at different events. Last year, I would go to various events and would have to carry around two different capture devices, my Elgato HD60 and the Roxio HD Pro. The Elgato was great with every console minus the PlayStation 3, since it only captured via HDMI devices, and there was no way to bypass the encryption. Thanks to the Ripsaw, it also includes a port that lets you connect component cables to the device, making one less thing I need to carry around with me. It will be that much more helpful at this year’s E3.

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System Requirements:

Technical specifications

  • Windows 10/8.1/7 (64/32 bit)
  • USB 3.0 powered
  • CPU:
    • Desktop – Intel Core i5-4440 3.10GHz or above
    • Laptop – Intel Core i7-4810MQ or above
  • Graphics card:
    • Desktop – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 and above
    • Laptop – NVIDIA GeForce GTX870M and above
  • Memory: 4GB minimum (8GB recommended)

 

  • Interface: USB 3.0 only
  • Video input: Digital – HDMI / Analog – Component
  • Audio input: Digital – HDMI / Analog – RCA L/R
  • Audio mix-in input: 3.5 mm mic-in / 3.5 mm aux-in
  • Video output: HDMI (pass-through from HDMI and Component input)
  • Max capture resolution: Uncompressed 1080p60
  • Supported resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i

 

The Razer Ripsaw is another great option for anyone looking to start streaming, upgrade to a better device or use game capture footage for various reasons. Being able to stream with near zero latency is a nice bonus, since this was only really possible before with PC cards that were connected directly to your PC, making it easier to get the same quality on a laptop but it also means you need really solid upload speed to take advantage, and at home it really made zero difference to me compared to the office. For me, this is a great device that I can bring everywhere with me and not have to worry about needing the right device since I know it will work.

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Already having a subscription to XSplit made my choice a lot easier, sure the Ripsaw is larger than the Elgato HD60 as you can see above, but it doesn’t really make that much of a difference since you more functionality in the end. Both capture devices run roughly around $180 but being able to use a built-in audio mixer and connect a mic really helps out during live recordings when I can’t exactly plug in a headset. Razer’s first capture device doesn’t really bring anything new to the table that other companies haven’t done already but then again it doesn’t need to because it’s very simple to use and gets the job done.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms             

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.