EVGA XR1 lite: Affordable 1080p60 HDMI Capture Card For Linux

EVGA released the XR1 lite, a scaled down version of the XR1 that does 1080p60 capture and 4K passthrough for under $70. Let’s find out if it knows how to Linux.

Where to buy:
Amazon US
Amazon CA


Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
00:16 Unboxing
01:01 Deboxing
02:36 Linux drivers
03:16 OBS setup
04:31 HDMI audio
05:26 Webcam test
05:47 Latency test
06:12 3-way comparison NDI / Blackmagic / XR1 lite
07:48 Streaming comparison NDI / Blackmagic / XR1 lite
08:39 4K passthrough
08:54 Passthrough & game capture
10:09 Final thoughts


Driver Install: Plug it in.


OBS setup:

1. Add a Video Capture source.

2. Give it a wholly original name.

3. Configure your resolution, colour, and framerate etc.


Three-way comparison: NDI / Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K / EVGA XR1 lite 1080p 60 DNxHD 440.

OBS settings:


Three-way comparison: NDI / Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K / EVGA XR1 lite 720p 60.

OBS settings:


4K Passthrough: The EVGA XR1 lite shows up like any other monitor with no perceivable lag.


PCB


Verdict:

At the end of the day we have a USB3 encoder that does 1080p60 capture and 4K passthrough for under $70. That’s around $40 less than the Elgato Cam Link 4K. Linux support is plug-and-play and it does everything it claims on the tin.

Where to buy:
Amazon US
Amazon CA

EVGA XR1 lite

10 out of 10
$79.99

EVGA XR1 lite Capture Card, Certified for OBS, USB 3.0, 4K Pass Through.

Works out of the box
10/10
Ease of setup
10/10
Stability
10/10
Features
8/10

Pros

1080p 60 capture.

USB3.

4K Passthrough.

No RGB.

Cons

HDMI audio only.

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