If you're a streamer, or even want to stream, one of your most important tools is your capture card and a quick look into the market shows Elgato at the forefront. Well, Razer is now aiming to take over said market by upgrading their previous Ripsaw capture card to the Ripsaw HD.
The Ripsaw HD capture card looks to challenge Elgato’s own entry-level HD60 S with a lower price and 4K video passthrough. Where the Elgato can support up to 1080p2 passthrough, the Ripsaw HD enables 4K passthrough which is impressive. Though the irony is that in order to actually stream in 4K, users will still need an extra graphics card, like the Elgato’s 4K60 Pro.
Even so, Razer’s goal with the Ripsaw HD is to make setting up a stream as simple as possible. Basically everything is built right into the Ripsaw HD, including a microphone and headphone jack for audio mixing. Just plug in your console or gaming PC on one end of the HDMI input, a monitor for playing the game to the HDMI output, and your streaming PC through a USB-C port for passing along data to send to your viewers.
It's important to note that the Ripsaw HD still does need a PC to send captured gameplay to, though it can’t record to an external storage device like the AVerMedia 2 Plus.
With a price of US$159.99 (around MYR 655), Razer actually managed to undercut Elgato’s price for the entry-level side of the market, while offering more features than the HD60 S. This is great, as more competition to make streaming and capturing easier can only benefit gamers looking to give it a shot.