Samsung C27JG50 Review: 27″ 1440p 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

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Introduction

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.

Update: There are now newer models of the Samsung CJG50 series including the Samsung C27JG56 and the Samsung C32JG56. The CJG56 models feature AMD FreeSync and we highly recommend them over the CJG50 variants if you can afford them. More information below.

Image Quality

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 MAG271CQ 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.

Performance

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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 1ms TN panel or with a 1080p 240Hz 1ms display.

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.

Features

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

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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.

For $400, you can get the MSI MAG271CQR which offers both FreeSync and the 1ms MPRT backlight strobing technology for less ghosting. It also has a better design and a wider color gamut.

Now, the Samsung C27JG50 is often available under $300 which actually makes it one of the cheapest 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors. So, if the Viotek GN27DB isn’t available and you can’t afford the $400 models, the Samsung C27JG50 does actually offer good value for the price.

Update: The Samsung CJG50/52 monitors are now available as the CJG56 series which includes the same monitors but with added FreeSync support. They are slightly more expensive though, but worth it.

The prices of these monitors are often fluctuating, so if you’re not sure which monitor to choose, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment, we’ll gladly help.

As far as the 32″ Samsung CJG50/52/56 models are concerned, we recommend the following equally priced (or even cheaper) alternatives: AOC CQ32G1 (curved, FreeSync, and MBR), AOPEN 32HC1QUR (curved and FreeSync), and LG 32GK650F (flat screen, FreeSync, and MBR).

Conclusion

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

Screen Size27-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (75x75mm)

The Pros

  • Cheap
  • High contrast ratio
  • High pixel density
  • Low input lag

The Cons

  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Tilt-only design
  • Visible ghosting in fast-paced games
  • No backlight strobing ability
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  • 8.6/10
    Design - 8.6/10
  • 9.1/10
    Display - 9.1/10
  • 7.2/10
    Performance - 7.2/10
  • 8/10
    Price/Value - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

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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