Finally gave in after my usual usb recording stick choked itself hard (20 bucks variant and usually just used to debug failing system boots where the error message would only flash for a second) and ordered an EVGA XR1 Lite:

It comes with a “free” perceived value weight 😁

Updated: So.. the XR1 works quite decent. The most trouble I had was on the HDMI side until I found the proper output to send application sound _also_ to the device (I’m using headphones usually).

Apparently there is a bug with the audio sync though, because the audio driver of the XR1 does not account for dropped frames. This may result in a noticeable sound (or frame) lag after some time of recording.

A firmware patch exists and I could download a HEX and a BIN file. Alas the flashing tool next to it is a graphical (!) Windows only EXE. So basically same 💩 as with the Crucial SSD recently. Some Arch user asked how to flash this on Linux on the EVGA Discord before. Response from staff: Just use Windows 😩.

Sure. It’s not like we don’t have a shiton of software to flash some firmware too. Native. On our fingertips. The question is probably just how to run some and where to point it. The chips inside are known so I have hope that I may find this out eventually so I’ll keep it anyway. It does work at least.

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