(C32HG70) 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor
by Lim, August 7, 2017 10:00 pm
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Samsung CHG70 Review Introduction
Pretty much a big part of the gaming community will have been waiting for the Samsung CHG70. This is the first gaming monitor of a 144Hz high refresh rate LED LCD panel, a WQHD (2560×1440) resolution, quantum dot technology, Freesync 2, and High Dynamic Range (HDR). The best gaming monitor? At least a great hope, and finally I was able to review the Samsung CHG70 full of anticipation. HDR sounds quite tempting, but I was never convinced that HDR will work properly on a display with a brightness of 500 cd / m2 and a contrast ratio of around 2500:1. But maybe this looks different in monitors? No matter what, with 144 Hz you have a flawlessly smooth gaming experience. Most of the people probably will miss a G-Sync feature on this pc monitor but for those who prefer a backlight strobing feature (equal to ULMB) let me tell you something: On the Samsung CHG70, this works pretty well. The curve of the Samsung works great to avoid color shift limitations on a VA panel. Otherwise, it also generates a bit more issues within the overall homogeneity.
The first HDR gaming monitor was born: Samsung CHG70
You shouldn’t expect too much from the Samsung CHG70s HDR feature simply because of two reasons. First, we cannot compare a VA TV with a VA monitor, simply because you have harsher viewing angles on a pc monitor compared to a tv display. The result out from this is, that the perception of the contrast will decrease the harsher the viewing angles and combined with this the VA glow because blacks, in this case, brighten up and measurements do not include the VA glow in viewing angles. Second, for a really good HDR image on your screen, not only the contrast and brightness is important. As soon as your monitor receives an HDR signal, your blacks usually also brighten up and this only can be compensated with a well-working build in local dimming technology (a direct LED solution would work best for a VA panel type gaming monitor). The Samsung CHG70 unfortunately only does support 8 local dimming zones, which are by far not enough for a gaming monitor with more VA glow than on a TV. I own a Sony XE9305 where HDR works by FAR better (but still not perfect with blooming effects) than on the Samsung CHG70 and when I disable its local dimming feature (64 dimming zones) the HDR image quality instantly drops to around 10 times worse.
Check the Price for the Samsung C32HG70 or the C27HG70 here: Buy 27″ or 31.5″ on Amazon
In-depth details and measurements like the OSD, black equalizer etc, you will find in the video and in the article. Is the Samsung CHG70 really worth it? It depends on your personal needs and the games you play — Let’s find out and take a closer look. #
The Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor now supports a Freesync range of (48-144 Hz). All other updates and new information can be found on the forum (click here).
|Backlight||EDGE LED / W-LED|
|Display size and format||31.5″ and 27″ Inch|
|Maximum Resolution||2560×1440 (Full HD)|
|Pixel density||93,25 (Pixels per inch)|
|Refresh rate||144 Hz native|
|Native color depth and color space||8-bit + FRC, 125% sRGB|
|Response time (MPRT)||1 ms|
|Video inputs||2x HDMI 2. 0, 1x DP 1.4|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone (In and out)|
|USB Hub||Yes 2x|
|power consumption||not specified|
|Frame width||12 mm|
|Ergonomics||Tilt, Height, Pivot, Swivel|
|Free-Sync Range||48-144 Hz (80-140 with CRU)|
|Vesa||Yes 100mm adapter|
Difference between the CHG70 in 27 Inch (C27HG70) and 32 Inch (31.5) (C32HG70) Version
The first difference is of course that the C27HG70 compared to the C32HG70 has a higher PPI (pixels per inch) and combined with this a sharper overall image while the C32HG70 has nearly the same sharpness as a 24″ monitor with a Full HD (1080p) resolution. But there are two minor differences between both models.
The C27HG70 (CHG70 in 27″) Inch version doesn’t suffer from flickering issues while the C32HG70 (CHG70 in 31.5″) has built-in PWM. This means, that on lower brightness settings the CHG70 in 32″ Inch has flickering issues (as you can see in the video review)
The C27HG70 has a much higher lottery in terms of DSE (Dirty Screen Effect) issues and «banding». This means (depending on your individual unit — while you can also get one without or only with a tiny bit banding/DSE issues) that you will observe banding strips on a uniform and mostly darker backgrounds (grey, dark blue, dark green etc.). The bigger problem, however, is, that you will be able to notice something like «shadow strips» or rather called «dirty screen» in moving content. Depending on how much DSE issues your unit has, you can even notice these banding strips on mostly all kind of image content/games when moving in a game or even when watching a movie. However, it’s mostly visible in uniform colors or image content without many structures like skies for example. There are several videos according to the DSE, banding, and homogeneity issues on YouTube.
How does it look like? While I don’t have tested the 27″ Inch version of the Samsung CHG70 you can find photos on the CFG70 in 27″ (Full HD 144Hz version) Inch of my review, which also has a bigger lottery in terms of DSE and homogeneity. You should consider that the amount can vary and from what I saw currently in the C27HG70 it has even more issues than the CFG70 in 27″.
Photos: Samsung CFG70″ Banding Strips, DSE, Homogeneity Issues
(You also can find all photos in the Samsung CFG70 Review)
You should note that this is most visible in moving content and especially in content with low contrast filters like Vikings (where blacks are highlighted to reach a higher dynamic range)
Homogeneity Series Vikings
Homogeneity Series Vikings
Samsung CHG70 Alternatives
Alternative 144Hz WQHD (2560×1440) VA monitor to the Samsung CHG70:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)
Find the Samsung C32HG70 or the C27HG70 here: Buy 27″ or 31.5″ on Amazon
AOC Agon AG322QCX Review / Buy on Amazon
Philips 328m6fjmb (31.5″) Not released yet
Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ (31.5″) No Review yet / Buy
LG 32GK850G (32″) Review / Buy
YouTube Video Unboxing
HDR vs SDR: YouTube CFG70 HDR video update
【4 xbox game monitors One S and X】 🎮 MyXbox
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Review of four low latency gaming monitors with FreeSync for Xbox One from Samsung, LG and Asus. Console games are evolving for the better with the introduction of new technologies. HDR screens capture people’s imagination and provide an extraordinary experience for gamers. This is one of the main reasons why the new Xbox One X also supports this technology. Products with «High Dynamic Range» provide better color reproduction and contrast, resulting in a more immersive and realistic gaming experience. At the time of writing, the choice of 4K monitors with HDR is very limited. Many companies announced the release in the first and second quarters of 2018.
Samsung C32HG70 (32” / QLED / HDR / 1ms / 144Hz).
Samsung C32HG70 Gaming Monitor Exterior
This is a great choice for your Xbox One X. It features quantum dot technology that delivers up to 1 billion accurate colors on the display. 2560×1440 QHD resolution on a 31.5″ curved VA panel. This monitor supports «AMD Free Sync» with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a response time of 1ms. The maximum brightness level is 350cd/m2, but when using the HDR function, it can reach 600cd/m2. There are two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort. Two USB 3.0 ports with fast charging are also available.
- Large display.
- HDR and AMD FreeSync 2 is a great combo for Xbox One S.
- Very easy setup, no color calibration needed out of the box.
- 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate.
- Good viewing angles.
- Convenient screen position adjustment: tilt, height, swivel.
- USB hub and 3.5 mm headphone port.
- Resolution is not up to 4K Ultra HD.
- Short cords included.
- Massive stand.
ASUS VP28UQG (28” / TN / 4K / 1ms / 60Hz).
ASUS Gaming Monitor Features VP28UQG
This UHD panel features 3840 x 2160 resolution, 157PPI resolution and stunning graphics. The maximum brightness level can reach 350 cd/m². Since a TN matrix is used, there are restrictions on viewing angles. However, it should be noted that the viewing angles are not as bad as in some other monitors. The visuals look crisp, so there are no complaints about performance. Luckily, the display supports AMD Free Sync technology and has a 1ms response time. It really helps with issues like motion blur and screen tearing. There is a 5-way joystick on the back that gives you easy access to screen settings and GamePlus menus. Thanks to this, gamers can practice and improve their gaming skills. It has features like crosshairs, timer, FPS counter and display alignment. The product includes 8 preset modes. Asus eye care technology plays an important role in reducing blue light and screen flicker. In terms of connectivity, the ASUS VP28UQG is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort. The stand is a bit wobbly and only provides tilt. There is also support for VESA mounting. The VP28UQG is definitely a very good choice for Xbox One X. While it lacks HDR10 support, it does support 4K, has a 1ms response time, and FreeSync over HDMI or DisplayPort. So if the dynamic range feature is not that important, then this is a great choice for you.
- Bright 4K display with clear picture.
- AMD-FreeSync and fast response time (1ms) reduces any lag during gameplay.
- GamePlus is a great tool to improve your skills.
- Headphone connection (3.5 mm).
- Low cost.
- No HDR support.
- The base only allows the screen to be rotated.
- No USB ports.
LG 32UD59-B (32” / VA / 4K / 5ms / 60Hz).
LG 32UD59-B Gaming Monitor
LG’s product has catapulted itself to the pinnacle of success. It is equipped with many attributes to ensure you enjoy movies and games smoothly. The matte finish display shows 95% of the DCI P3 color profile. This is equivalent to the standard that the film industry follows. Compared to sRGB, DCI has a 25% larger color gamut. The monitor’s HDCP 2.2 compatibility ensures that Ultra HD content can be played from Blu-ray, games and streaming services without any hiccups. The presence of AMD FreeSync is the icing on the cake for Xbox One X users. The difference between the frame rate of the graphics card and the refresh rate of the screen causes tearing and blurring, however, the aforementioned technology fixes the problem. The latest technology «black stabilizer» allows you to make the picture brighter in dark scenes. The downside for some is the lack of HDR-10 for console gaming on XOneX. But if you can live without a high dynamic range, then you will definitely enjoy playing this model. Rack 32UD59-B allows height adjustment but does not support tilt or swivel adjustment. Wall mountable thanks to VESA mount. For connections, there are two HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.2 ports. Screen calibration is performed using the black stabilizer, game mode selection and dynamic action buttons on the center panel. Game modes are similar to picture settings that help reduce time lag by 50%. As the time decreases, traces on the screen disappear, which is especially noticeable for fast objects.
- 32-inch 4K resolution is the perfect size for console gaming on Xbox One X.
- HDCP 2.2 works flawlessly on both HDMI and DP ports.
- Split screen provides multitasking and improves productivity.
- The combination of AMDFreeSync and dynamic action synchronization helps reduce input lag and tearing.
- Switchable power LED for nighttime gatherings.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack.
- 5ms response time.
- No HDR support.
- The base does not allow tilt and swivel.
- No USB.
Samsung U28E590D (28” / TN / 4K / 1ms / 60Hz).
Samsung U28E590D Gaming Monitor View
This offering from Samsung delivers crisp 4K graphics. The product has a TN panel with a horizontal viewing angle of 170° and a vertical viewing angle of 160°. The brightness level mentioned in the specifications is 370 cd/m. The display is equipped with an anti-reflective coating. Instead of making a control panel with many buttons, there is only one button on the back of the device for changing settings. The model has a sporty minimalist design with beautifully crafted plastic and steel making the product durable. The screen can be tilted from -2° to +15°. On the rear panel are two HDMI ports (1.4 and 2.0) and one DisplayPort 1. 2. To play 4K content, you must use port version 2.0 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The menu includes brightness, contrast, sharpness and magic angle settings. The latter provides an optimal image based on the viewing angle of the users. If you want to adjust the color, you can use the red, green, and blue saturation controls. In addition, there are 6 gamma options. Equipped with AMD FreeSync and 1ms response time.
- Provides very clear high resolution images.
- AMD FreeSync along with fast response times minimize input lag and eliminate tearing and blurring.
- Intuitive menu for changing settings.
- Small price.
- Headphone output 3.5mm.
- No height and swivel adjustment.
- Only one HDMI supports 60Hz.
- No HDR function.
- No USB hub.
The above list mentions good monitors for Xbox One S and X as a TV replacement. At the moment, the choice of 4K+HDR displays is very limited, and existing models cost a lot of money.