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AVerMedia Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages C985 PCI-Express x1 Interface

  • Capture 1080p@60 HD Gameplay
  • Super Low CPU Consumption
  • Record Live Voice Commentary
  • Direct Connection to Streaming Platforms
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Video Capture & Editing
PCI-Express x1


Capture 1080p@60 HD Gameplay

Super Low CPU Consumption

Graphics Card Resolution Support

Dedicated Record Button Included

Record Commentary with Gameplay

Stream Your Live Gameplay on TwitchTV



Ports In
HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
Ports Out
HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
Input Signal:
- 3.5mm Audio

Output Signal:
- 3.5mm Audio

*The maximum recording quality is 1080p at 30fps.

System Requirements

Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core 2.8GHz
Graphics Card
VGA card with support for DirectX 9.0c or above (Standalone graphics card is recommended for HD video capturing.)
512 MB RAM
Available Slot
PCI-E Slot
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7/ Vista SP2 (32/64-Bit)
Sound Card


Package Contents
Live Gamer HD (Weight: 102.5g)
Installation CD
Quick Installation Guide
Hot Button
DVI to HDMI Adapter
HDMI Cable
HDMI to DVI Cable
3.5mm Audio Cable

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the AVerMedia C985

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  • Gerardo J.
  • 3/15/2014 11:39:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgood while it lasted...

Pros: when it worked recording and sound was great.

Cons: costumer support none, lack of driver updates. and when there is one watch out ! there latest drives and frimware brakes the produce i can no longer record any videos at all. example hitting the record button crashes the application.

Other Thoughts: its hard to believe how low this company has gone in terms of costumer support. there drivers were release without testing as you can see from there facebook website people are in rage. stay away from this tell this is patch out or look ales where

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  • Kyle M.
  • 3/12/2014 6:08:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks like a charm

Pros: -Low CPU usage
-Firmware update was painless
-Even on max settings, (highest bitrate, audio quality etc) it only takes 5Gb for a 10 min video (1080p)
-A glowing red button

Cons: -audio has a bit of static when playing games in full screen. Recording or not.
*This doesn't happen when listening to music with the pass through set up*
-Doesn't support 5.1 audio
*no digital optical nor full analog 5.1/ 7.1* This will work for headphones that are setup for virtual surround sound, but the output video will remain stereo.

-Won't go up further than 1080P resolution. ( even though i don't own anything with a higher resolution than 1080p)
*As more and more people start having more powerful systems and higher res monitors and televisions are coming out, i would at least expected a firmware update to go farther than 1080p

Other Thoughts: I don't know what the firmware issue is about but maybe im just the lucky few who had the update work properly. I won't deduct a egg for that but this is something that some owners about the card are noting. this should be brought into consideration when purchasing this card. Take every precaution to do the firmware update correctly.

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  • Shane S.
  • 3/10/2014 3:52:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice Box, but aside from that I cant give any pro's because the stupid thing doesnt even work.

Cons: I have several problems with this, it didn't come with an actual cd that had the drivers on it, it had a small piece of paper telling me where to download the firmware update. So I go and download the firmware update and it keeps telling me that its unable to find a supported card. I re-seat it in all of my PCi-E slots, same thing. (My pcie slots work fine btw) So guess what? Its DEAD ON ARRIVAL. Avermedia customer support is some of the worst out there, I mean its practically non existent. If and when you finally find the correct website to go to, it lets you submit a trouble ticket that could take upward of 2 weeks before you get a reply.

Other Thoughts: Ive heard a lot of people say these are great cards but they need to put the dang firmware update in the box.

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  • Scott M.
  • 3/9/2014 6:27:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReally.

Pros: worked when it worked

Cons: had this card since 2/07/14. Now it wont pass video to my monitor. bypassed capture card and i get a picture. maybe a defect or something.idk. cant rem outside 30 days.

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  • Joshua M.
  • 3/7/2014 5:01:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBricked from firmware update!

Pros: Box was pretty.

Cons: The HDMI cable it comes with is short, but that's whatever you can always get a different one.

The real problem here is the fact that Avermedia is AWARE that their firmware update is bricking cards, like, A LOT of cards even if it is completely done correctly like mine, yet they have refused to take down the firmware from their website. The card installed easy enough was working okay, I seen that there was a firmware update... I did it exactly as they said too and it completed perfectly and now the card will not start (code 10) in device manager and is effectively bricked... Now I get to wait weeks while I work with their support to try and get this one sent back and another one sent out and that is if they will even honor that, which since it's there neglect and terrible service that made it happen to begin with I am hoping they will!

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  • Brion A.
  • 2/22/2014 8:21:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Streaming Device

Pros: Amazing capture card does exactly what it says it does. Haven't had any lag while streaming and no one complaining about the quality of the stream. I suggest this device anytime anyone is looking for a device to stream pretty much anything that isn't the PS3. That is due to the HDCP encryption on the HDMI, so not really its fault but Sony's.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Douglas C.
  • 2/5/2014 7:50:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRereviewed after recieving replacement for a DOA

Pros: Screen capture without bogging your cpu down while doing graphically intensive related tasks gaming or otherwise. This card allows me to record voice from a microphone and integrate it into the video in addition to capturing sound generated by the sound card. Overall I am pleased with the product.

Cons: The first one was DOA I was disappointed in the quality control of at least the card I had originally received. I do not appreciate having to pay to ship a defective product back in order to get a one that wasn't defective.

Other Thoughts: I will never buy an Averimedia card from a online retailer again. This manufacturer has gained a spot on my DOA order blacklist. I expect to not get DOA products when I order a product online. If I do however I expect not to have to pay to ship a defective unit back to the manufacturer or retailer to avoid such blacklists.

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  • Aaron R.
  • 1/17/2014 8:26:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat capture device

Pros: Encoding is amazing, I dont see any dropped frames or any performance hit at all. Setup took a little legwork, as i had to update firmware before i could use it, which is pretty easy and should be easy enough for you to work out.

After the firmware update the program had a small amount of setup but everything was easy to find. I love how i dont even need a mic pass-through, and it can record the microphone on its separate track if needed.

Cons: The only con was the extra bit of work with firmware but only cost me ~5 minutes in extra set up time. Not worth taking an egg off.

Other Thoughts: Really happy with the purchase even though i got it when it was nearly $200. So easy to use and is much better than fraps. Has nice features for both live-streaming and recording.

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  • Steven R.
  • 1/13/2014 1:51:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWould recommend

Pros: Streams 1080p 60fps perfectly. Got the card on sale so at the time it was the best bang for your buck. Came with 3 months license for Xsplit.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Overall super happy with the card. I was disappointed that OBS does not utilize the card to encode a stream as of yet, but this is not a fault of this card. Have only used it for streaming, so not sure about other features.

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  • Brad B.
  • 1/9/2014 12:21:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Worth It

Pros: Recorded fine, very configurable
Worked as described - reduced GPU/CPU loads for encoding

Cons: Audio buzzing! Interference in the card introduced a constant static even with no audio playing.
GPU/CPU load change not appreciable on high end systems.

Other Thoughts: Benchmarking and monitoring loads when using OBS didn't show much of a change. With X-Split this card may be necessary since it is less optimized than OBS however.

I used it for about 8 hours total of streaming before I got annoyed with the buzzing and decided to return it. Even with the minimal difference I might have kept it just so I could stream from a game system if not for that terrible audio!

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