samsung odyssey g7 monitor

Bottom Line

The Samsung C32G75T offers a responsive gaming experience thanks to its 240Hz refresh rate and rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed which previously wasn't achievable by VA panels. It also delivers an excellent image quality thanks to its high contrast ratio, wide color gamut, and high peak brightness. There are plenty of useful features available too including an ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options. Alas, some units of the monitor have brightness flickering with variable refresh rates.

Design:
(5)
Display:
(4.9)
Performance:
(4.4)
Price/Value:
(4.5)
4.7

Introduction

The Samsung C32G75T is the first VA panel gaming monitor with a 1ms GtG response time speed thus combining a high contrast ratio with fast pixel transition, something which many gamers have been waiting for.

It’s also the first gaming model to feature an aggressive 1000R screen curvature for extra immersion.

Other specifications are impressive as well including DisplayHDR 600 support, certified G-SYNC compatibility, 1440p resolution, and 240Hz.

Image Quality

The monitor is based on Samsung’s VA panel and features a QDEF (quantum dot enhanced film) layer (also referred to as ‘QLED’) for improved colors and stronger brightness.

It supports 95% DCI-P3 wide color gamut (equivalent to ~125% sRGB) which results in more lifelike and vibrant colors.

Other panel-related specs include 178° wide viewing angles, a 350-nit peak brightness which gets a boost up to 600-nits for HDR content, and a static contrast ratio of 2,500:1 for deep and vivid blacks.

The monitor has an edge-lit backlight with 8 dimming zones which can further push the contrast ratio by dimming parts of the screen according to the displayed content.

However, as there are only 8 zones on the monitor’s big 32″ sized screen, local dimming is not particularly effective.

For the true HDR viewing experience, a 32″ LED-backlit monitor would preferably need over 1,000 dimming zones, but this would also significantly increase the monitor’s price.

Regardless, thanks to the monitor’s wide color gamut, high contrast ratio, and strong peak brightness, it delivers a good HDR picture quality overall with notable improvement over SDR.

For the best HDR image quality, be sure to increase the monitor’s brightness as it’s set to only 30% out of the box.

For non-HDR content, the monitor’s wide color gamut can make colors appear over-saturated, particularly reds and greens. In this case, you can limit the color output to ~100% sRGB using the sRGB color profile in the monitor’s menu.

Moving on, the Samsung C32G75T has the same pixel density as a 24″ 1080p monitor, which is ~93 PPI (pixels per inch). So, you aren’t getting the sharpest detail clarity, but it’s very good nonetheless.

In fact, at just ~3 ft/1 meter away from the screen, you won’t be able to distinguish the individual pixels.

The Odyssey G7 series also includes a 27″ sized variant, the Samsung C27G75T with the same specifications. It offers a higher pixel density whereas the 32″ model offers a more immersive gaming experience due to the bigger screen.

Performance

Thanks to the monitor’s rapid 240Hz refresh rate, you get buttery-smooth motion clarity while the input lag of only ~2ms makes for imperceptible delay.

The pixel response time speed is impressive as well. In fact, the Odyssey G7 monitors are the fastest VA displays available at the time of this writing.

While there is still some dark trialing visible behind fast-moving objects, it’s not as noticeable or as bothersome as it is one older VA panel gaming displays.

There are three response time overdrive levels: Standard, Faster, and Fastest as well as the ‘Fastest (MBR)’ mode which enables backlight strobing for even better motion clarity at a cost of picture brightness.

We recommend using either Faster or Fastest options. ‘Fastest’ results in less ghosting, but a bit more pixel overshoot (inverse ghosting), so you’ll have to choose what looks best to you.

The Fastest (MBR) mode is also very useful as even though it sacrifices picture brightness, the screen is more than bright enough under normal lighting conditions. However, you can’t use MBR and FreeSync at the same time.

Features

freesync and gsync

The Samsung Odyssey 32G7 supports variable refresh rate (VRR) and has both AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible certifications.

With NVIDIA cards, the VRR range is 80-240Hz while with AMD cards, it’s 60-240Hz over DisplayPort. Over HDMI, the VRR range is limited to 48-144Hz.

As long as your FPS rate is within the VRR range, there will be no screen tearing or stuttering as the monitor can change its refresh rate dynamically – according to the FPS rate.

When your FPS rate drops below the VRR range, the refresh rate will be multiplied for smoother performance (79FPS -> 237Hz, etc). AMD calls this LFC or Low Framerate Compensation.

Once you enable FreeSync, you won’t be able to adjust the response time overdrive, but as there’s no big difference between the modes anyway, the performance is consistent across the entire variable refresh rate range.

Unfortunately, despite official certifications, some units of the Odyssey G7 monitors have the infamous FreeSync brightness flickering issue which is common for monitors based on Samsung’s VA panels.

It doesn’t affect all units, and the brightness flickering is not equally pronounced on all affected units. There can be:

  • no flickering at all
  • some flickering while at loading screens/in-game menus;
  • and/or some flickering with FPS fluctuations

Flickering can also vary across different games. So, if you do get a bad unit, you might want to consider returning it and trying your luck with another model unless you prefer gaming with V-Sync/MBR, and without VRR.

Hopefully, the affected units will be addressed via firmware/driver updates.

The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor is user-friendly and offers a bunch of useful features. Navigation through the menu is quick and easy thanks to the joystick placed beneath the bottom bezel of the screen.

For gaming, you get Black Equalizer which improves visibility in darker games by altering the gamma curvature, Virtual Aim Point (cheat crosshairs), and various picture modes (FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOS as well as PiP/PbP).

The Samsung G7 has a flicker-free backlight and an integrated low-blue light filter. In the OSD menu, it’s also possible to disable local dimming.

Design & Connectivity

32 inch samsung odyssey g7 monitor

The monitor’s 1000R curvature is supposed to match the curvature of the human eye. Whether this is a good thing or not, depends on personal preference. Some absolutely love it, some despise it, and some don’t really care that much.

It does add extra depth to the picture, and it may seem a bit weird in the beginning, but you get used to it.

The stand of the Samsung C32G75T monitor is robust and versatile with up to 120mm height adjustment, -9°/13° tilt, 90° pivot, +/- 15° swivel, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs with DSC (Display Stream Compression), HDMI 2.0 (max 144Hz), a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

In order to get 240Hz at 2560×1440 with 10-bit color depth and no visual compression, you’ll need a graphics card that supports DSC which includes AMD’s RX 5xxx series or NVIDIA’s GTX 16-series and RTX 20-series (or newer).

Otherwise, you’ll be limited to 1440p 240Hz with 8-bit color depth or to 1440p 144Hz with 10-bit color depth.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Samsung C32G75T goes for ~$800 while the Samsung C27G75T 27″ sized model is ~$700.

Although it’s expensive, it delivers excellent value for the money considering its image quality, performance, and features. After all, it’s intended for those who have high-end gaming setups and want to use them to their full potential.

Keep in mind that 1440p 240Hz IPS models are on the horizon too. They’ll most likely have better pixel response time speed, but not as an immersive image quality due to lower contrast and IPS glow – and they’ll be more expensive.

Conclusion

While the jump to 240Hz from 144Hz may not be worth the extra cost alone, especially after considering how many games you’ll be able to push at such high frame rates, the Samsung C32G75T offers much more than just that.

First and foremost, you’re getting a boost in pixel responsiveness which is something VA panels needed for a while.

You’re also getting a rather future-proof display that will last you at least a few GPU upgrades.

Finally, the monitor offers a stunning viewing experience with decent HDR picture quality.

Unless you’re looking for a monitor for competitive gaming and nothing else – or a display for professional color-critical work, the Samsung Odyssey is the perfect monitor for gaming, watching movies/videos, and other everyday use.

The only thing we really hold against it is the risk of getting a unit with bad brightness flickering.

Samsung C32G75T Specifications

Screen Size31.5-inch
Screen Curvature1000R
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate240Hz
Response Time (GtG)1ms (GtG)
Response Time (MPRT)1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync Premium Pro (60Hz-240Hz)
G-SYNC Compatible (80-240Hz)
Ports2x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Brightness (HDR)600 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio2500:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
95% DCI-P3
HDRVESA DisplayHDR 600
Local DimmingEdge-lit 8 zones
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and strong peak brightness
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz; G-SYNC Compatible
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Some units are affected with VRR brightness flickering with FPS fluctuations and/or at LFC threshold

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