How much fps do you gain when using a capture card?

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Hello people of Tom's Hardware. I am looking into buying a capture card to get better stream quality and I was wondering how much fps do you gain when using one. This is the one I am considering http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007UXJ6LE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A37VHTD60S0G3C. Also is it worth it,? I have a msi gtx 660ti as my gpu and a 15 3570k oc'd @ 4.0 ghz. THANK YOU!
 

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That's a great capture card you're looking at. Though I don't think you'd GAIN fps from it. More like keep a stable fps rate or not lose any frames while recording and such (since I heard the recording and compression is done from the card itself and not the computer)
 

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That's a great capture card you're looking at. Though I don't think you'd GAIN fps from it. More like keep a stable fps rate or not lose any frames while recording and such (since I heard the recording and compression is done from the card itself and not the computer)
 

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Do how much load do you think it will take out form the cpu and the gpu?
 

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So what is a capture card used for then. Also what should I use it for capture or encoding when streaming?
 

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A capture card is used of course to capture what's happening on the screen (mostly games) without needing the cpu to do the encoding and recording since it's already done by the card itself. That capture card is put into a pci slot and needs you to connect it to the graphics card and the computer for it to work. As for your other question, you use it to do both capturing and encoding the video on the fly. That's why it's really good. A capture card is good for some systems that can't handle running games and recording at the same time, but if you have a good cpu (fx-8350 or i7 for example) and a good gpu, a screen recorder software will be enough.
 
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