The Samsung C27JG50 is an affordable 1440p 144Hz curved gaming monitor, however, it’s missing one important feature: AMD FreeSync. So, is it worth the money? Let’s see.
Note that the CJG5 (Samsung C27JG50, Samsung C32JG50) series is identical to the CJG52 line (Samsung C27JG52, Samsung C32JG52). The model names are determined according to the region they’re sold in.
There are also the Samsung CJG51 and CJG53 series which only consist of 32″ variants (Samsung C32JG51 and Samsung C32JG53). These are the same monitors as the C32JG50 and C32JG52 models except that they have 1080p resolution instead of 1440p. The C32JG53 is also the only model to support AMD FreeSync.
Based on a VA panel with a 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, a 300-nit peak luminance, and true 8-bit color depth (16.7 million colors, 100% sRGB color space coverage), the Samsung CJG5 delivers an immersive viewing experience with vivid black tones and vibrant colors.
In addition, 1440p provides the perfect pixel-per-inch ratio of 108 PPI on the 27″ screen of this curved gaming monitor which results in sharp details and plenty of screen real estate without any scaling necessary whatsoever.
VA panels also have wide 178-degree viewing angles, so there will be no big shifts in contrast, brightness, or color when you look at the screen from skewed angles.
In comparison to other panel technologies (IPS and TN), you get the best contrast ratio, but also the slowest response time which will result in visible trailing of fast-moving objects.
The same panel is used in the more popular MSI Optix MAG27CQ/MPG27CQ and the Viotek GN27DB/GN27DW 1440p 144Hz FreeSync models which we’ll cover later in the review. In fact, the CJG5 monitors are basically the CHG70 (Samsung C27HG70, Samsung C32HG70) displays, but without FreeSync, HDR, or the quantum dot technology.
The main downside of the Samsung C27JG50 monitor is that it has no FreeSync support which is weird considering FreeSync is royalty-free and that its implementation wouldn’t have increased the monitor’s price.
Understandably, this will be a big deal-breaker for most people, especially now that FreeSync works with compatible NVIDIA cards as well.
FreeSync synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate to the GPU’s frame rate which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering within the variable refresh rate (VRR) range which usually amounts to around 48-144Hz.
Now, at higher frame rates, screen tearing is not that noticeable, so if you’re just playing undemanding eSports titles with uncapped FPS, you might not care for FreeSync. However, in this case, you’d be better off with a cheaper 27″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with a TN panel and 1ms response time for less ghosting.
Screen tearing is also one of those things that becomes more apparent only after you’d gotten used to variable refresh rate. So, if you have never used FreeSync/G-SYNC, you may not notice tearing or be sensitive to it whereas if you’re used to VRR, screen tearing will be even more bothersome to you.
The bottom line is that you should definitely have FreeSync at least as an option. You may not need it right now, depending on your PC rig and the games you play, but sooner or later, new and more demanding games will get released and you’ll wish you had invested in a gaming monitor with VRR.
Other than that, the performance of the Samsung C27JG50 is very good with only ~5ms of input lag. Ghosting is visible, especially when dark pixels are involved, but that’s expected from VA panels and on this monitor, the amount of trailing and motion blur in fast-paced games is tolerable unless you’re a hardcore competitive FPS gamer.
Available gaming features include the Game Mode pre-calibrated picture presets such as FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOS, Low Input Lag Mode, Eye Saver Mode, and Black Equalizer which increases visibility in darker video games.
You will also find all the standard adjustments such as brightness/contrast, three gamma presets, color temperature settings, image sharpness, etc.
Design & Connectivity
The Samsung C27JG50 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor has a tilt-only stand (-3°/17°), but it’s VESA mount compatible with a 75x75mm pattern. Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and a headphones jack.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Samsung C27JG50 price is around $330. For the same amount of money, you can get the Viotek GN27DB which is based on the same panel and offers AMD FreeSync.
We also recommend checking out the Nixeus EDG27S v2, a 27″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with FreeSync and an IPS panel. It has considerably less ghosting as well as more precise and consistent colors. It’s not curved, but screen curvature on a 27″ display is not very noticeable or necessary anyway.
As far as the Samsung C32JG50/52 is concerned, we recommend the following equally priced alternatives with FreeSync: AOC CQ32G1 (curved, FreeSync, and MBR), AOPEN 32HC1QUR (curved and FreeSync), and LG 32GK650F (flat screen, FreeSync, and MBR).
Overall, due to the lack of AMD FreeSync and the availability of similarly priced models with FreeSync which are based on the same Samsung VA panel, we don’t recommend the CJG50/52 displays unless you find them on a huge sale.
Samsung C27JG50 Specifications
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||4ms (GtG)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||3000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
What We Loved
- High contrast ratio
- High pixel density
- Low input lag
What We Didn’t Like
- No AMD FreeSync
- Tilt-only design
- Visible ghosting in fast-paced games
- No backlight strobing ability
Samsung C27JG50 Review
- Design - 8.6/108.6/10
- Display - 9.1/109.1/10
- Performance - 7.2/107.2/10
- Price/Value - 8/108/10
The Samsung C27JG50 is missing one of the most important (and free) gaming features. Given that there are equally priced FreeSync models based on the same panel, we recommend avoiding the CJG5 displays unless you happen to stumble upon a huge discount.
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