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Samsung C49RG9 Review: 49″ 5120×1440 FreeSync 2 HDR Curved Gaming Monitor

Samsung C49rg9 Review 2019

Introduction

The Samsung C49RG9 is the first 32:9 ‘super’ ultra-wide display to offer 5120×1440 resolution in combination with the rapid 120Hz refresh rate.

In addition to the high resolution and wide aspect ratio, it boasts VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 certification and the QLED technology for an outstanding viewing experience.

The Samsung CRG9 is a step up from the previous Samsung CHG90 model which has a lower 3840×1080 resolution and DisplayHDR 600, but a higher 144Hz refresh rate.

Image Quality

This gigantic 49″ 5120×1440 curved monitor is basically two 27″ 2560×1440 displays put side by side, just without the bezels in-between them.

You get the same rich pixel density as well which amounts to 108 pixels per inch. With such high pixel density, you get plenty of screen space as well as vivid details without any scaling necessary.

Further, the backlight of the Samsung C49RG9 monitor features a quantum dot enhanced film (QDEF) layer which improves its color gamut to 95% DCI-P3 (equal to 125% sRGB) for more vibrant and lifelike colors.

The display’s brightness peaks at 1000-nits for HDR (High Dynamic Range) content while the typical luminance sits at 600-nits which is still impressive.

Moreover, the VA panel of the monitor delivers an excellent static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 which can be further improved via local dimming.

This edge-lit display has around twelve dimming zones which dim parts of the screen that need to be darker without affecting the areas that need to remain bright like it’s the case with monitors with global dimming. The result is deeper black shades and a better contrast ratio performance.

Overall, the image quality is stunning and while the colors and contrast aren’t as good as they are on the 27″ 4K 144Hz HDR displays with 384-zone FALD (full-array local dimming) such as the ASUS PG27UQ, the 32:9 aspect ratio and the significantly lower price tag make up for it.

Performance

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The Samsung C49RG9 input lag performance is top-notch with ~7ms of delay at 120Hz with the Low Input Lag option enabled. You won’t notice any delays even if you’re a hardcore gamer.

Further, the response time speed of 4ms (GtG) is sufficient to eliminate most of trailing of fast-moving objects in video games. Some ghosting is visible, mostly in darker scenes but it’s totally tolerable.

Note that in order to get 120Hz at 5120×1440, you will need to limit the color depth to 8-bit. At 10-bit, the refresh rate is limited to 100Hz which is still plenty considering 5120×1440 is almost as demanding to drive as 4K UHD; for high/maxed out settings in the latest games and ~100FPS, you’ll need an RTX 2080 Ti card.

AMD FreeSync 2 is supported only over DisplayPort (doesn’t work over HDMI) with a 48-120Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) range.

Although not certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible, VRR works with compatible NVIDIA cards without any issues on the Samsung C49RG9 HDR gaming monitor. You can also simultaneously use FreeSync/G-SYNC and HDR.

Keep in mind that content that doesn’t support the 32:9 aspect ratio will have black borders at the sides; luckily, most modern games support it.

Features

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Apart from AMD FreeSync and Low Input Lag, the Samsung C49RG9 display offers additional gaming features including Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in dark scenes), Virtual Aim Point (custom crosshairs), and pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOS genres.

Other presets include Cinema, Dynamic Contrast, High-Brightness, Custom, and sRGB as well as three customizable Game Setting profiles.

There’s also the Eye Saver mode which filters out the harmful low-blue lights which in addition to the flicker-free backlight of the Samsung C49RG9 ensures a comfortable viewing experience even after prolonged use.

The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is compact and user-friendly, and you can easily navigate through it using the joystick which is placed beneath the screen at the right side. There are three additional hotkeys which you can use to quickly access the customized picture profiles.

Standard picture adjustments such as contrast, brightness, sharpness, color temperature, gamma (three profiles) are available as well. You can also turn the local dimming on/off; it will automatically turn on when HDR content is detected.

PBP (Picture by Picture) is supported as well. However, when you enable PBP, you won’t be able to use HDR, FreeSync, and local dimming, among other things.

Design & Connectivity

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While the Samsung CRG9 is quite big, it’s rather slim and not as heavy as it looks thanks to its edge-lit backlight. You can tilt the screen by -4°/19°, swivel by +/- 15°, height-adjust it up to 120mm, VESA mount it via the 100x100mm pattern, and slightly rotate it by +/- 4° in case you need to level the screen.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, HDMI 2.0, a headphones jack, microphone line-in and line-out ports, two downstream USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports in addition to the upstream USB-B port, and an aux port for service.

Note that the HDMI port is limited to 5120×1440 at 60Hz or 120Hz at 3840×1080. Both DP and HDMI support HDR. 

Price & Similar Monitors

The price of the Samsung C49RG9 amounts to ~$1,350-$1,500 which is exceptionally good considering its image quality, features, and performance.

In fact, there are three more 49″ 5120×1440 currently available: The Dell U4919DW, the LG 49WL95C, and the Philips 499P9H. All three of these models cost around the same price (~$1,300) as the CRG9 yet they are limited to 60Hz and don’t offer as good HDR picture quality.

The previous model of the Samsung C49RG90, the Samsung C49HG90 with 3840×1080 resolution, goes for ~$1,000 and the CRG9 is certainly worth the extra money.

In case you got a bit lower budget, consider the LG 34GK950F which is an excellent 3440×1440 144Hz ultrawide gaming monitor. It offers smoother performance, but not as good image quality.

At this price range, you also might want to check out the Acer XB273K which is a 4K 144Hz G-SYNC gaming monitor with HDR – albeit HDR400.

Conclusion

All in all, the Samsung C49RG9 offers an amazing image quality and performance. Although it’s expensive, it’s worth every penny, especially if you have a powerful PC rig that will do it justice.

Samsung C49RG9 Specifications

Screen Size

49-inch

Screen Curvature

1800R

Resolution

5120×1440 (Dual QHD)

Panel Type

VA

Aspect Ratio

32:9

Refresh Rate

120Hz (8-bit)
100Hz (10-bit)

Response Time

4ms (GtG)

Adaptive Sync

FreeSync (48Hz-120Hz)

Ports

2x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0

Other Ports

2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack,
Microphone: Line-In & Line-Out

Brightness

600 cd/m2

Brightness (HDR)

1000 cd/m2

Contrast Ratio

3000:1 (static)

Colors

1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)

VESA

Yes (100x100mm)

HDR

VESA DisplayHDR 1000

Backlight

QLED with edge-lit local dimming

The Pros

  • Exceptional image quality
  • Smooth performance
  • Versatile design
  • Rich connectivity options

The Cons

  • Moderate ghosting in darker scenes in fast-paced games
Samsung C49RG9 Review
  • 9.9/10
    Design - 9.9/10
  • 9.9/10
    Display - 9.9/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Price/Value - 9/10
9.5/10

Summary

The Samsung C49RG9 delivers an outstanding image quality thanks to its HDR1000, quantum dots, edge-lit localized dimming, 5120×1440 resolution, and 32:9 ultrawide curved screen while the performance fluidity is ensured by AMD FreeSync up to 120Hz. The design quality is superb, connectivity options are abundant, and there’s a ton of other useful features.

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