Samsung launches new 49-inch, curved, wide-screen monitor built for gaming

Jos

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Samsung is updating its curved gaming monitor lineup with new 27, 31.5 and 49-inch versions. All three monitors come equipped with HDR (high dynamic range) for increased light range, quantum dot LEDs that cover 125% of the sRGB color space and 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, as well as AMD FreeSync 2 technology for smooth frame rates and avoiding screen tearing.

Samsung says quantum dot LED technology showcases games exactly as developers intended, dramatically improving picture quality and gameplay with crisper colors and sharper contrast. While it doesn't have the same perfect contrast of OLED pixels that produce their own light, it has other advantages like better brightness and a TN-panel-level 1-millisecond pixel response time. The monitors also have 144Hz refresh but with IPS-quality color gamut and viewing angles.

All three monitors have stands with adjustable height, pivot and angle, along with a similar array of connectivity options — including DisplayPort, two HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 27- and 32-inch models are Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440), while the 49-inch model features an unusual widescreen UHD (3,840 x 1,080) display and has an extra mini-Display Port.

The massive CHG90 is built for gaming and since its actually two traditional 1920 x 1080, 16:9 displays mashed together, it shouldn't require a super computer to game on it. That said, keep in mind not all games may actually support its wild 32:9 aspect ratio.

On the productivity front it essentially eliminates the need for a dual monitor setup. Samsung has some proprietary software designed to help better take advantage of the screen real estate, by splitting the screen in a number of different layouts allowing users to configure up to six windows at once.

All three displays are available to preorder today, and expected to ship later this summer. The 49-inch CHG90 will set you back $1,499, while the 32-inch model costs $699 and the 27-inch variant is $599.

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Skidmarksdeluxe

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They're nice. Samsung's panels tend to be the best panels in the business but that's a heck of a lot of dough to fork out for simple monitors. Prices will drop as time goes by, it's just a matter of playing the waiting game.
 

amstech

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It's nice but too thin for a gaming monitor, this thing would drive me nuts.
Saw a 32:9 a few weeks ago, needs to be 32:10.
 

mantissteam

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Why is it freesync though
does that mean it will only work with AMD gpus?

thats a no go for me I will probably always get an nvidia card anyway
 

insect

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Why is it freesync though
does that mean it will only work with AMD gpus?

thats a no go for me I will probably always get an nvidia card anyway

Just means you can't use the free-sync technology and instead rely on the monitor refresh rate, but you can use with nVidia cards (or any other brand). Also means you paid a premium for something you can't use. Same goes for G-sync.

Mostly, these are gimmicks that only help lower-end GPUs. If you can pull greater than ~100 FPS in the games you play at the settings you like, you're not going to see any improvement from G-Sync or Free-Sync. They typically only work in the 60-100 FPS range. Less than 60 - the GPU says "Well, your monitor is going to keep up just fine - so push frames like normal". At over 100 FPS, the technology can't keep up anyway - and again the GPU just says "push frames as fast as you can - don't smooth them out - you can't see that many FPS anyway - dedicate more GPU to just rendering".

in that 60 - 100 FPS range, G-Sync/FreeSync kick in and smooth out your FPS.

Read more: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2974...rate-displays-make-pc-games-super-smooth.html
 

ikesmasher

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Why is it freesync though
does that mean it will only work with AMD gpus?

thats a no go for me I will probably always get an nvidia card anyway
you can use any video card with any freesync/g-sync monitor regardless of brand (as long as you have the right outputs for that monitor obviously).

Theres just one specific feature that you wont be able to use that isnt present in regular monitors anyway - and that feature only helps if your frame rate fluctuates alot below max of your monitor.

(to everyone else - yes I know its more involved than that but im trying to keep it simple for people to understand mkay)
 

Xtreme gamer

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I game on 3 monitors at 120hz for years.
3 is too wide before the side screens start the image stretching.
2 wide is perfect before stretching occurs.
Playing on one screen for me now isnt wide enough.
 

Darth Shiv

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Why is it freesync though
does that mean it will only work with AMD gpus?

thats a no go for me I will probably always get an nvidia card anyway
you can use any video card with any freesync/g-sync monitor regardless of brand (as long as you have the right outputs for that monitor obviously).

Theres just one specific feature that you wont be able to use that isnt present in regular monitors anyway - and that feature only helps if your frame rate fluctuates alot below max of your monitor.

(to everyone else - yes I know its more involved than that but im trying to keep it simple for people to understand mkay)
It's a pretty significant feature.
 

Mugsy

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Companies seem obsessed with making their displays wider & wider, yet they continue to insist on the x:9 perspective (16:9, 32:9). Wide as a Montana sky and tall as an index card. :(

I paid extra for a 16:10 (2560x1600) monitor. The extra screen real estate is a real blessing.

Until monitor-makers realize monitor sizes need to grow in more than just 1 Dimension, they can make them a mile wide and I won't be upgrading till this 30' darling dies after a very long life.