Pros: 32" inch screen 1ms (GTG) 2560x1440 (2K) 144Hz
Super Smooth just like G-Sync, and NO tearing or stuttering, or flashes
HDR looks awesome as well in BF1, BF5, and FarCry 5
Played FarCry 5 looks so amazing and this monitor got up to 400-500 HDR I can not imagine the 4K monitors that goes to 1000 will burn your eyes out.
Cons: Bought this monitor 10-13-2017 NO HDR support or FREESYNC 2 even with my new AMD Radeon RX VEGA 64 card did not work tell most resent update as of 12-1-2018 so this monitor sat in my closet thinking I was going to sell it. (Paid early with no support)
Overall Review: Works on AMD and now NVIDIA GPU's with this monitor after Firmware update and the newest NVIDIA Driver 2-17-19
I could NOT tell the difference between G-Sync vs FreeSync and I have owned most G-sync monitors starting with the very first Asus 24" that I had to install the module myself by taking apart the monitor back in the day.
I have owned Acer 34" G-Sync and Asus 24,27" and 34"
I also tried my other FREESYNC 1 monitor the Acer XR382CQK 38" UltraWide 21:9 IPS 3840x1600 FREESYNC but I was getting tearing and some flickering with it I am not sure if I was within the FREESYNC 1 range but I had troubles with it using my NVIDIA TITAN XP pascal gpu.
I can confirm this Samsung CHG70 32" inch version will work and you will be able to get FREESYNC 2 and HDR working
Nvidia Titan XP Pascal, Evga RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra both cards work flawlessly with Firmware Update to monitor
AMD Radeon RX VEGA 64, and AMD new Radeon VII work as well. Sear YOUTUBE and make sure you FOLLOW these STEPS
1. FIRMWARE UPDATE is a must when you go SAMSUNG site under this monitor go all the way down the very bottom and there is a section very small highlighted explaining how to do a FW Update. (Samsung why did you hide this?)
2. Get the most recent GRAPHIC DRIVERS from 2-1-2019 and you will be set there.
3. When the above is all updated TYPE in Windows 10 ONLY "HDR" it will say "Turn on HDR wide color gamut ->ENABLE<-
4. Go to a PC Game that supports HDR and FREESYNC 1 or 2 and turn on settings that will say HDR 10 SAVE
5.NVIDIA Cards go to settings and after drivers and monitor updated there will be a G-SYNC tap select and see the monitor and ENABLE in this section and go back to manage 3d setting global setting and monitor technology and select G-sync Compatible.
This will allow you to use a NIVIDIA GPU with a FREE SYNC 1 or 2 monitor. Also this monitor was not on NVIDIA list of being approved I honestly think they are doing this so people will not run out and buy all FREESYNC monitors and not use there Technology G-SYNC.
Pros: It's a decent monitor, has great image quality, and is super bright.
Cons: Until Samsung fixes their quality control issues in the manufacturing of their curved displays, this monitor will not be worth the price they ask of it. The first monitor I received had severe dark spots all over it. So, I sent it to Samsung for them to fix the problem. Their support service was the least customer friendly service I've had to deal with in a long time. It ended up taking them a month to fix the issue. This is because they couldn't fix it at the repair station within the time frame they had to repair it. Well, Samsung decided to send me a new monitor as a replacement to fix this issue. Took them two weeks just to ship out the new one. If Their repair center acknowledges that they received the product with the problem, most companies would then send out the replacement, if that is needed, but no, not Samsung. They then have to send off the damaged/unrepairable item, to Samsung so that they can then verify it yet again before sending the replacement. So, you have to wait for that.
Long story short, it took Samsung one month to get me my replacement display. Well, guess what issue the new display had.... the exact same as the first. Meaning, this is an extremely common issue with these monitors. Some people may not notice the dark spots as they don't know what to look for. Just open up Photoshop, or a medium grey image. If it's not a solid color, and has dark spots, congratulations, you bought a Samsung.
Overall Review: I would not recommend this until they fix their manufacturing process. Unless you like a poor quality, but not poor priced device.
Pros: High contrast and blacks - black level is adjustable.
OSD - nice layout and easy to navigate with the joystick.
Upgradable firmware - gaming monitors should offer this as standard, features can always be improved and tweaked.
Three-button quick select - stores user custom monitor settings. You can easily switch between custom settings for gaming, desktop work, etc.
Curved monitor - enjoyable for 1st/3rd person gaming, the field of view is closer to your actual viewing angle and gives a simulation of depth.
Color - 125% RGB, good brightness, and it's 10-bit (8-bit + FRC).
HDR - it looks great compared to not having any and it isn't overly bright, but it is limited compared to some other monitors.
Business monitor looks - rear accent LED can be shut off, no angular styling or large logos.
Cons: Monitor stand - good quality but it's deep, so shallow desks up against walls might have problems.
OSD - shows the monitor's max refresh rate setting, not the current refresh rate with FreeSync enabled.
Curved monitor - at only 27" and 1800R it might make desktop apps that you typically print from seem a little strange.
Viewing angle - if you're used to an IPS it's a step down, but it's better than a TN.
MBR (strobe backlighting) - brightness isn't user adjustable.
Backlight bleed - this monitor does have some blacklight bleed, mostly around the edges. But it's a lot better than IPS monitor glow. Blacks still look black.
AG coating - this monitor has a light AG coating, see below.
Ghosting w FreeSync - Some, but also depends upon gaming options selected. I leave mine fixed at 144 Hz. See comments below.
Overall Review: The overall build quality of this monitor is great. No bright/stuck/dead pixels that I have identified. No color issues, banding, or horizontal lines. To make sure I had the best experience with this monitor I made sure I had the latest monitor firmware and installed Samsung's monitor drivers as opposed to using the generic Windows drivers. My graphics card identified this monitor as having 10-bit color. The monitor is factory calibrated but still benefits from tweaking.
The primary reason I purchased a VA-panel monitor is because of the contrast and blacks. Some people report "black crush" issues with VA panels, but I haven't noticed any or very little. Make sure to adjust your black levels correctly though and not bottom them out - use online web tools for black level adjustment. Bottoming out your black levels makes a lot of darker colors appear black, and makes all other colors unnecessarily dark, which exacerbates the issue. This monitor does have a light AG coating. But like 3rd party reviews comment, the LCD seems to have an underlying rough texture to it. So lighter colors on static backgrounds will appear grainier than they should. It's not bad though, and I've seen worse compared to other monitors specified with light AG coatings.
Nearly all FreeSync monitors do not implement variable, or even stepped overdrive that changes with the monitor's refresh rate. (Samsung, firmware upgrade?) Because VA panels have the slowest pixel response times, their optimized overdrive frequency has limited range and you will notice ghosting/artifacts to a greater extreme than IPS/TN panels. Once I start dropping below 100 Hz I can notice ghosting/artifacts around certain color transitions and it gets worse the lower I go. However, if for 1st/3rd person gaming you have motion blur or depth-of-field enabled this will probably blend in and won't be noticeable (I don't use these options). I have the best visual/gaming experience leaving my monitor locked at 144 Hz. When I run my monitor at 144 Hz and specifically LOOK for ghosting/artifacts I still notice a little bit around darker colors, but when actually gaming I don't notice anything. I also haven't noticed any v-sync stutter or input lag at 144 Hz without using FreeSync. I didn't encounter any FreeSync flicker (nVidia card) when engaged, but I averaged +70 Hz and didn't drop into LFC. One disadvantage of this monitor is that the overdrive isn't user adjustable (Samsung, firmware upgrade?), but it is dialed in at +120 Hz.
If you want a 144 Hz gaming monitor with great contrast, blacks, and 10-bit/wider color gamut I'd highly recommend this monitor for the price, especially when it's on sale/promo. If it had user adjustable and variable/stepped overdrive it would be an ideal VA FreeSync package. Most 27" 1440p VA-panels are made by Samsung, so with different monitor brands you get different panel specs, OSD options, and backlight/overdrive differences. I have no regrets switching from an IPS monitor to a VA for gaming, they have their disadvantages but the vivid color and contrast more than make up for it in my opinion.
Pros: I took my time testing this monitor before reviewing, and it didn't disappoint. I have a very sensitive feel for monitors, and I require a lot of adjustment to get it where I want and most monitors can't deliver. Viewsonic monitors are usually the best, but this Samsung is right up there also. I can dial down the whites just enough so I don't go blind, and the blacks can be adjusted with this "black equalizer" setting so I can still see the darks really well....amazing. However, I'd still like the ability to dial the whites down some. I don't know what person decided that every website and so many windows and applications needed to be super white, but I'd like to meet that retina destroying dude. (newegg, you are guilty of this also). Its always a challenge to keep from going blind on these things.
Its does have an "eye saver" setting....I hate it. More on that in the cons.
The screen can be dialed down from 144 htz to 120, 100, or 60...great flexibility. I keep it at 120, its high enough for now, with room to grow with better vid cards later.
The 1440p is a great resolution, that happy medium between 1080 and 2160 (4K). 1080 movies and shows still look great on this monitor.
I love that it has freesync as apposed to the proprietary gsync. I only run radeons, and you need at least a radeon 280 to push this monitor. Most people exaggerate the vid card you need to run 1440p, but it also depends on what you are doing. I do light gaming (starcraft 2 etc). A radeon 280 or 285 will push starcraft 2 at 1440p with high settings. Anything less than a 280, and everything just jerks on this thing. 2gb frame buffer proved effective, 4GB is not needed. But for high end modern gaming you will need bigger and better vid cards.
The curve is awesome, love it and probably won't go back to the flats.
The 32" size is about the max i would ever go on a desktop monitor, it seemed almost too big when I fist set it up, but I got used to it and adjusted it until it fit right. The only way I would go bigger is a super wide monitor.
The stand is really durable and flexible. The adjustments are perfect, but it takes up a lot of space.
Cons: I really wish I could dial down the whites a little more on this monitor, but its better than most.
The stand could be better, I had to pull my desk away from the wall a bit, and hang the stand off the edge a little to be able to push the monitor back enough to be able to effectively see everything.
The eyesaver is almost the exact opposite, for my sensitive eyes its an eye killer, as are the whites on this monitor without a lot of adjustments. Again, Viewsonic does better with this, but the Samsung is okay.
I use a KVM with this monitor, and I cant tell if its the KVM or the monitor, but its a little bit twitchy with the KVM. I use the ATEN 4K display port, and it has a hard time locking on sometimes, and the screen gets "bleached" out when going back and forth sometimes, and every once in a while the HDCP fails. I can usually get all of this corrected without reboot or doing anything crazy, but its an annoyance. Samsung should make sure its not a problem on their end, and make sure it works seamless with KVM systems.
Overall Review: Overall, very good. It needs some attention in the areas I addressed. If Samsung fixed the cons, it would be perfect as perfect gets. If I could give it 4.5 eggs, I would. But I can't quite give it the 5 egg because of the slight issues I mentioned.
1440p @ 144Hz
Nvidia graphics cards are supporting Freezync!
I purchased this display back when it went on sale. Navigation and settings are easy to understand and save/program. Everything shipped intact and included a DP and HDMI cable. Switched from a 27in monitor to this 32in window. Thought the transition from flat panel to curved would be weird though you get used to it quickly and eventually don't even notice it though helps emerge you into the action.
Cons: Slight Back-light Bleed though minor when you're transitioning through loading screens where you can see the husk of a person you've become while traversing Skyrim or scavenging the Commonwealth.
Located 3 dead pixels though they are located along the corners of the screen. Only reason I found them was because I went looking. During actual gameplay they are not noticable though really even paying what I did for this monitor you'd think the QA would be better from Samsung.
With Stand this monitor takes up a lot of room on a desk/table. I have mine mounted to an articulating arm so no worries for me. Your experience may differ.
Pros: - Great colors
- Bright screen
- Curved screen is worthwhile at 32" (though I feel like it wouldn't be quite as nice at 27")
- Steady refresh rate with no visible ghosting
- Plenty of IO for my setup
- Sturdy stand (included VESA mount is good for those who are wanting to wall mount or desk mount, like I did)
- On screen display is simple to navigate and easy to use
- What little HDR I've played looks good on this monitor, both Xbox One X and PC recognized HDR without issue
- No backlight bleed
- No stuck pixels
Cons: - While the stand is sturdy and inspires trust, it is massive and will take a large chunk of your desk
Overall Review: This monitor is great. I'm coming from the Asus 27" 1440p 165Hz GSync IPS monitor (forget model number), which was good, but the colors on this monitor are better and the curve makes the 32" monitor feel like it's not taking up any more space than the 27" but still feels bigger when gaming. The curve is also rather nice in gaming, letting you see the edges of your monitor better in your peripheral vision. In normal desktop tasks besides gaming, the curve distorts things, but I quickly got used to it and now only notice it if I look over to my flat monitor. But that's more noticing the flat monitor doesn't curve towards me, not that the curved monitor does curve towards me.
I haven't found anything defective with this monitor, no backlight bleed or stuck/dead pixels, it seems to be in perfect condition. I wall mounted the monitor after using it for a month or two on the stand. The stand is sturdy, but is possibly the largest stand I've ever seen.
One could complain about the price and while I bought mine on sale for $550, the $600 price point seems decent for what you're getting. It's a great monitor and though not important to performance of the monitor, the packaging for the monitor was sufficient, if not overly sufficient, to protect the monitor and give you a premium feel to opening the monitor. It also has Freesync, though I haven't tried it since I've currently got an NVidia GPU in my main rig. I'd recommend this monitor to anyone wanting a premium monitor of these specs.
Pros: Good color, good refresh rates, easy set up, solid monitor stand that doesn't wiggle or threaten to tip.
Cons: As mentioned, the stands are DEEP. I actually went out and bought a new 36" depth desk just so I'd have room to use my keyboard and write. Would seriously consider a swing arm monitor clamp if new furniture isn't feasible , especially on a 24" depth desk. also you want your face to be at least 24" back from the beast. If you have a glass desk, be aware this is a heavy beast.
Overall Review: I originally matched this with a SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64. Unfortunately the card blitzed out and at the time the cost effective replacement was a MSI GeForce RTX 2070. I was worried about the match up, but Nvidia hooked up fine. The color options are good, and I see no tearing whatsoever whille playing. I have the 32" model and the curve actually makes sense . I will buy a second one of these soon so a dual setup. I love the thing.
Pros: - Insane picture quality
- Compliments from anyone who sees the monitor
- Base/Neck is easy to manipulate and stays in place
Cons: - $600
- Frame border/edge of the monitor, the little black box around the monitor, is rather thick (could hinder duel-monitor setups)
- Weird effect/screen "breaks" if not used for 9 or more hours
(See "Other" box)
Overall Review: I would absolutely recommend this product.
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I have noticed there is an issue it would see that when the monitor doesn't get signal for anywhere of 8+ hours, the screen "breaks". The screen has all sorts of visual and graphical issues which the first time I saw it made me almost <defecated> myself since this was such an expensive purchase for me and I treat my electronics like they are religious artifacts. I can assure everyone I have not treated the monitor negatively and that my cables (high quality Display Cables) are not the issue. I am not sure if others have experienced this kind of behavior, but it is extremely worrying and is also very limiting as I need to give the monitor 5 to sometimes 2 hours of "warm up" time before the picture comes back to normal. I have tried re-seating the cables, turning it off and on again, factory defaults for the monitor settings, etc, you name it, but nothing helps.
It might just be my monitor as a defect, but I would LOVE to know if others experience this or if there is anything NewEgg can do for me.