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Does a game capture card affect performance?

Alright so this question is gonna be kind of short. Does a game capture card degrade performance like a recording software? If so, is there a difference?

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1 minute ago, Flaxe said:

Does a game capture card degrade performance like a recording software?

what are trying to do here? you don't need a capture card if you're gaming and streaming/recording from 1 PC.

 

I don't think a capture card can help encode a recording/stream, it only captures as a video input (like a webcam)

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Are you using it to capture the stream from one PC/console and do the recording job in another PC? If so, then no, there's no impact other than some unnoticeable delay.

 

If you're planning on using it to capture the output of a single PC and try to record that same PC, then that capture card is useless since the PC will still need to do all the work of encoding that media. 

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28 minutes ago, Moonzy said:

what are trying to do here? you don't need a capture card if you're gaming and streaming/recording from 1 PC.

 

I don't think a capture card can help encode a recording/stream, it only captures as a video input (like a webcam)

Alright thanks for the reply. And yes I was trying to game and record from 1 pc, sorry if this was a dumb question, I'm new to recording and stuff so😅

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1 minute ago, Flaxe said:

Alright thanks for the reply. And yes I was trying to game and record from 1 pc, sorry if this was a dumb question, I'm new to recording and stuff so😅

all good, there's no dumb question

 

do you need help with setting it up and such? :)

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29 minutes ago, igormp said:

Are you using it to capture the stream from one PC/console and do the recording job in another PC? If so, then no, there's no impact other than some unnoticeable delay.

 

If you're planning on using it to capture the output of a single PC and try to record that same PC, then that capture card is useless since the PC will still need to do all the work of encoding that media. 

Ooohh ok I understand now, so there is virtually no difference between a recording software and a capture card when only 1 pc is involved (basically)

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1 minute ago, Moonzy said:

all good, there's no dumb question

 

do you need help with setting it up and such? :)

Thanks for asking but nope. I only needed to know if capture cards were better performance wise, and I needed an answer but there was none online so I asked here. :D

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5 minutes ago, Flaxe said:

there is virtually no difference between a recording software and a capture card

a capture card is more like a webcam, it is an input device.

a recording software is something that can take inputs (like a capture card, webcam, or software input like display and audio) and process it into a file and what not.

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I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general

 

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Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite

 

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Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares

 

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be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend

 

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Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)

 

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Acer: shit tier quality products, shit tier customer service thus far, they "tried" to solve my issue but they arent really doing anything but delaying and delaying. (on-going case since July)

Gigabyte: horrible customer service (gigabyte had literally 0 customer service, asked me to go to retailer with NO WAY to email them about a question) but at least they fixed my shit in ONE MONTH (would probably take me 1 hour to fix if they let me email them)

XiaoMi Phones: built like a tank but the software is buggy as all hell

Seagate HDD: had too many dead seagate drives

Kingston SSD: 300V controller swap thingy

Razer (except their mouse)

 

Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Moonzy said:

a capture card is more like a webcam, it is an input device.

a recording software is something that can take inputs (like a capture card, webcam, or software input like display and audio) and process it into a file and what not.

Ooh alright, that makes sense. So is there even a point of having a capture card if you already need/have a recording software (using just 1 pc)

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Just now, Flaxe said:

So is there even a point of having a capture card if you already need/have a recording software (using just 1 pc)

nope, only if you want to capture output from other device (other PC, or console)

you can use Display capture or Game capture in OBS to record locally run applications.

Things I need help with:

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I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general

 

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Products I like:

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Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite

 

Products I hate:

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Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares

 

Companies I absolutely adore: (and hope it stays that way)

Spoiler

be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend

 

Companies I hate:

Spoiler

Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)

 

Personal Blacklisted Companies:

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Acer: shit tier quality products, shit tier customer service thus far, they "tried" to solve my issue but they arent really doing anything but delaying and delaying. (on-going case since July)

Gigabyte: horrible customer service (gigabyte had literally 0 customer service, asked me to go to retailer with NO WAY to email them about a question) but at least they fixed my shit in ONE MONTH (would probably take me 1 hour to fix if they let me email them)

XiaoMi Phones: built like a tank but the software is buggy as all hell

Seagate HDD: had too many dead seagate drives

Kingston SSD: 300V controller swap thingy

Razer (except their mouse)

 

Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.

 

 

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Alright, I know all I need to know for now 😄. I hope this post was helpful to someone else.

 

 

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If you're worried about performance, most GPUs (even integrated ones) have built in encoders that can offload that process from your CPU, making it pretty much 0 cost. The downside is that quality is usually noticeably worse than software encoding with your CPU (unless you have a nvidia Turing card or newer, the encoder in those is really good).

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