The Ultimate Portable Capture card? Meet AVerMedia’s Ultra Gamer (HDMI) 2.1

AVerMedia launches their first external HDMI 2.1 capture card, the Live Gamer Ultra 2.1

The HDMI 2.1 capture card revolution is upon us. AVerMedia have launched their first HDMI 2.1 capture card, the Live Gamer Ultra 2.1. This external capture device offers users support for up to 4K 144Hz HDR pass-through with 4K 60 FPS capture support. Now, streamers will no longer need to rely on the limited capabilities of HDMI 2.0 capture devices, something that previously restricted them to 4K 60 FPS pass-through. Back at

With HDMI 2.1 consoles being available for almost three years now, and 4K 120Hz compatible TVs and monitors are now readily available at lower prices than ever before. The consumer capture card market has lagged behind the capabilities of modern gaming systems. Thanks to AverMedia, streamers now have access to a capture card that supports up to 4K 144Hz passthrough. This capture card also supports variable refresh rates (VRR).

In the UK, AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Ultra 2.1 external HDMI 2.1 capture card is now available for £279.99.

Back at Computex 2023, AVerMedia revealed their Live Gamer Ultra 2.1 HDMI 2.1 (GC553G2) external capture card alongside a new HDMI 2.1 internal capture card called the Live Gamer 4K 2.1 (GC575). Sadly, the Live Gamer 4K 2.1 still lacks an official release date.

AverMedia Gamer ULTRA 2.1 Specifications

  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10Gbps)
  • Input & Output (Pass-through): HDMI 2.1
  • Max Pass-Through Resolution: 2160p144 HDR/VRR, 1440p144 HDR/VRR, 1080p240 HDR/VRR*1440p240 pass-through will be available via firmware upgrade on Oct 19th.
    *3440x1440p100hz and other ultrawide resolutions will be available via firmware upgrade on Nov 16th.
    *Support for other additional resolutions will be added gradually.
  • Max Capture Resolution: 2160p60
  • Supported Resolution: 2160p, 1440p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i
  • Video Format: YUY2, NV12, RGB24, P010(HDR)
  • Headset Audio Input & Output : 4-Pole 3.5mm Jack
  • Gamepad Audio Input & Output: 4-Pole 3.5mm Jack
  • Dimension (W x D x H): 120 x 70 x 27.6 mm (4.72 x 2.76 x 1.09 in.)
  • Weight: 115 g (4.06 oz.)
System Requirements
  • Windows® 10 x64 / 11 x64 or later
    *macOS support coming by the end of 2023.
  • Desktop: Intel® Core™ i5-6XXX + NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or above
  • Laptop: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ + NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti or above
  • 8 GB RAM recommended (Dual-channel)
  • Ensure the Type-C port on your streaming PC or laptop supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 or above
  • Check that both your display and console (PS5, Xbox Series X/S) support HDMI 2.1 connection
  • We suggest using displays without DSC (Display Stream Compression) technology
What’s in the box
  • LIVE GAMER ULTRA 2.1 (GC553G2)
  • HDMI 2.1 Cable
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Cable
  • 4-Pole 3.5mm Audio Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

*We recommend using the included cables for your connection
*According to the latest USB-IF standard: the included USB cable is USB 3.2 Gen 2 = USB 3.1 Gen 2 = USB 10Gbps.

AVermedia’s is now available in the UK for £279.99. This capture card is available in the US for $299.99.

You can join the discussion on AVerMedia’s Gamer ULTRA 2.1 HDMI Capture Card on the OC3D Forums.

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