Streaming devices review: 10 capture cards tested

The best way to stream or record


Avermedia Live Gamer Portable / Extreme

We've got two products from Avermedia in this test: the Live Gamer Portable and the Live Gamer Extreme. The names are fairly self-explanatory: the Portable is a smaller device, whereas the Extreme should have more features. However, the Live Gamer Portable has a feature that the Extreme lacks: it can record independently to an SD card. It it limited to a frame rate of 30 fps however, whereas the Extreme can handle 60 fps. The maximum bit rate is 60 Mbps for both devices, however if you use the Portable to record independently, this bit rate is reduced to 16 Mbps. The Extreme has two audio inputs, the Portable has to make do with only one. The Extreme also features a Component input, while the Portable has an AV port for the Playstation 3.

AverMedia Live Gamer Extreme LGX (GC550)
The Avermedia Live Gamer Extreme is capable of streaming and recording at 60 fps.

Both devices include a software package from Avermedia, named Recentral. The Live Gamer Portable comes with version 1, whereas the Extreme comes with version 2. The program has a simple interface, however it does offer all basic functionality you need to stream and record. It also has a time-shift feature, which allows you to save video files even if you didn't explicitly give the program any instructions to do so. In addition to Recentral both devices also comes with a free 3-month license for the premium version of XSplit.

The image quality of both the Extreme and the Portable is a bit worse compared to most other capture cards, although the difference is rather small. There is no quality difference between the recordings of the Extreme and Portable itself, despite the fact that the Portable has access to much less CPU power compared to the Extreme.

On average you pay about 125 pounds for the Extreme and 115 pounds for the Portable, a relatively low difference in pricing. The Extreme is the cheapest card capable of streaming at 60 fps, while the Portable is the cheapest on average of the devices in our test.

AverMedia Live Gamer Portable
The Avermedia Live Gamer Portable has a built-in encoder and can record independently from a PC.

The interface of the first version of ReCentral.

The settings in Avermedia ReCentral.

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