If you happen to thought Samsung’s CRG9 gaming monitor was one of the vital ridiculous gaming screens you’ve got ever seen, assume once more. Enter Samsung’s Odyssey G9, the newest monitor in Samsung’s tremendous ultrawide sequence. You continue to get the identical 49in display screen dimension, 32:9 facet ratio and a whopping decision of 5120×1440 with the Odyssey G9 – the equal of two 27in, 2560×1440 displays in a single – however now you additionally get the good thing about an enormous 240Hz refresh fee (up from the CRG9’s 120Hz), full Nvidia G-Sync Compatibility and a fair curvier VA show. It is a mad factor to behold, however is it a greater gaming monitor?
On the face of it, the spec bump brings some very welcome additions. Whereas I am undecided there is a graphics card in existence that may run the best ultrawide PC games at 5120×1440 at 240fps, no less than you are getting a monitor with loads of room to develop as newer graphics playing cards get launched within the years to return. Equally, its new standing as an official G-Sync Compatible monitor lastly signifies that Nvidia GPU homeowners now have peace of thoughts in relation to benefiting from the monitor’s variable refresh fee tech for clean, tear-free gaming in addition to AMD homeowners – even when the CRG9 additionally labored completely high quality with Nvidia playing cards with out being an enormous C Suitable display screen.
The curve, nonetheless, could also be extra divisive. Just like the CRG9 earlier than it, the sheer dimension and size of the Odyssey G9 means it instantly fills my peripheral imaginative and prescient after I’m sat up at my desk. Nonetheless, whereas the CRG9 had a relatively gentle curvature radius of 1800R, the Odyssey G9 deepens this to 1000R, which Samsung says matches the contour of the human eye, apparently. It is great for video games, because it actually feels such as you’re in the midst of no matter you are enjoying. As an on a regular basis monitor, nonetheless, it is much more impractical than the CRG9 – no less than when it is sat on my most likely too small desk and its deep stand means its panel is barely ever round a foot away from my face.
Certainly, turning my head backward and forward to look on the edges of the display screen already felt like a little bit of a trouble on the CRG9, however with the Odyssey G9, it was virtually like I used to be having to show my head a full 90 levels to look left and proper. That is likely to be a barely exaggeration, however as somebody who usually positions their displays so I can see every thing at a look, this further head motion felt much more grating than ordinary.
Nonetheless, there is not any denying it is a fantastic-looking display screen, as my X-Ceremony DisplayPro i1 calibrator confirmed its VA panel was displaying a virtually good 99.7% of the sRGB color gamut straight out of the field on its default Customized image mode settings. This was complemented by a peak brightness degree of round 420cd/m2, providing you with loads of leeway for a wide range of completely different lighting situations, a low black degree of 0.20cd/m2 (the nearer to 0.00cd/m2, the higher) and a very good distinction ratio of 1988:1, guaranteeing that there was loads of element in darkish shadow areas, and that blacks have been deep and inky slightly than a worrying shade of gray.
Its varied image modes have been equally correct, too, which is nice information contemplating a whole lot of these modes are mounted and do not provide a lot flexibility aside from tweaking the brightness a bit, or enabling its Eye Saver setting. There are a few genre-specific ones together with FPS, RTS and RPG (in addition to an ultra-specific AOS or Aeon Of Strife mode in the event you’re into Starcraft), in addition to the standard sRGB and Cinema modes for different forms of media, however you may most likely need to stick to its default Customized mode for on a regular basis use, if solely so you’ve got received extra choices obtainable to you.
Just like the CRG9 earlier than it, the Odyssey G9 has additionally been licensed as a VESA DisplayHDR 1000 display screen, which suggests it may hit a peak brightness of no less than 1000cd/m2 when HDR is enabled. Nonetheless, whereas the CRG9’s HDR assist simply type of labored with out a lot faff in any respect, I bumped into a number of points with the Odyssey G9’s HDR efficiency that ended up making me really feel very cool towards it by the point I might completed testing it.
For starters, my ordinary in-game HDR assessments in Murderer’s Creed Odyssey and Last Fantasy XV solely ever managed a peak brightness of round 680cd/m2, and that was after I positioned my calibrator over fairly small sections of the display screen the place the solar was shining very brightly. I noticed a full 1000cd/m2 on the CRG9 again after I examined it on the finish of 2019, however the Odyssey G9’s brightness ranges by no means rose above 700cd/m2 at any level throughout my testing.
That is nonetheless excessive sufficient to make an honest visible influence in relation to HDR brightness, however the worst factor concerning the Odyssey G9’s HDR was that this 680cd/m2 determine usually solely reared its head as soon as I turned every recreation’s HDR assist again off once more, as switching it on made every thing look very dismal and washed out. It was virtually like switching it off kicked its HDR again into existence once more, however I merely wasn’t in a position to replicate that have after I turned its HDR again on once more.
I additionally needed to choose the monitor’s Excessive Brilliant mode to get this determine, as its default Customized mode solely ever peaked at round 650cd/m2. Annoyingly, you possibly can’t change image mode as soon as HDR has been switched on, so you must undergo the laborious technique of switching it off once more if you wish to tweak the monitor’s menu settings. All in all, it was a really irritating HDR expertise, and I might actively suggest you keep away from this specific monitor if HDR is your main focus in shopping for a brand new show.