Samsung is a recent entrant to the gaming peripheral market, having made their debut with the 24-inch cfg70 144hz gaming monitor only in 2016. Although Samsung and displays are a natural fit and their gaming monitor lineup did pretty well with Samsung diversifying their offerings through the years. Come 2020 they will go guns blazing and release two new lineups at CES.
The G7 Line-Up (32” and 27”)
The G7 has been completely redesigned with a sleek, matte black exterior and color-changing rear core lighting that can remain static or dim during gameplay, as well as change colors based on gamers’ preferences. In addition, the G7 has added dynamic shapes and lighting to the monitor`s front bezel.
Right off the bat both of these monitors are 240Hz at 1440p (QHD), which obviously is insane. There are also 1440p 240Hz monitors from other manufacturers, namely Lenevo and Hp, but both of their monitors are based on TN panels.
These monitors are however based on an HDR600 VA panel so you get better colors albeit with a small hit on response times. Talking about response times, these monitors will both be G-Sync and FreeSync 2 compatible.
As with most Samsung gaming monitors, these are also curved, but at a very aggressive 1000R curvature. Samsung mostly offers a 1800R curvature in its standard gaming monitors, but they are reducing it with consecutive models. This will mostly come down to personal taste as there are pros and cons to both these approaches.
The G9 Line-Up (49”)
This will be the World’s first QHD monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate. I didn’t expect to see the words QHD and 240Hz in a single paragraph for a long time, let alone in 2020, but here it is. Although this does make me worry about bandwidth limitations as Display port 1.4 maxes out at 4K 144Hz using DSC. The G9 is probably using the Display port 2.0 standard or Samsung has some custom solution in place.
Yes! both G-Sync and Freesync 2 are supported.
With a 32:9 aspect ratio, it mimics Samsung’s CHG90 in form factor, although the G9 seems to be vastly superior, at least on paper. The G9 has more pixels compared to the CHG90, it also maxes out at 240Hz compared to the CHG90’s 144Hz. The G9 also has a more aggressive 1000R curve and unlike the smaller monitors, this will be noticeable due to its size.
This monitor also has a very peculiar resolution of 5120 × 1440, which is a form of 5K but you can better describe it as two 1440p monitors glued together. Again, you get to see a QLED VA panel here but with HDR1000 support (Meaning a Peak Brightness of 1000 nits).
Pricing and Availability
The G7 lineup is really enticing, the other few monitors at 1440p 240Hz run TN panels, but if someone wants to go for a similar configuration they wouldn’t have compromise on color accuracy now. 1440p is not an easy resolution to drive and very few games will even cross the 144hz mark (apart from a few E-Sports titles). If you are someone who wants a monitor for media consumption and a mix of esports and AAA titles, then this monitor can be an excellent pick given its versatility. But I wouldn’t comment on the value proposition given Samsung is yet to price these monitors.
Coming to the G9 lineup, it’s unlike anything we have seen before. 5K at 240Hz is unfathomable and you would have to drop resolution in most games to even hit those frames. Samsung’s CHG90 always remains a good option at $1000 USD but for someone looking to buy the latest and greatest in tech, the G9 is where it is at.
There’s no release date yet but if you happen to be at CES, you can check them out at the Central Hall (Booth #15006).