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Samsung C27HG70 Review: 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor With FreeSync 2 and HDR

By January 30, 2018 No Comments

Samsung C27HG70Introduction

Samsung’s CHG70 series consists of the 27-inch Samsung C27HG70 and the 32-inch Samsung C32HG70. Both monitors are based on VA panels with quantum-dot technology and edge-lit local dimming which together make the image quality significantly better in comparison to the standard gaming monitors.

Additionally, the Samsung CHG70 32-inch and 27-inch monitors offer a plethora of exclusive features including AMD FreeSync 2 and Motion Blur Reduction technology, a versatile design, and the state-of-the-art connectivity.

Image Quality

The Samsung C27HG70 is based on a VA panel with 10-bit color support (8-bit + FRC) which along with the quantum dots provide an extended color gamut with 125% sRGB color space coverage or 92% AdobeRGB and 95% DCI-P3.

When it comes to SDR content, the brightness peaks at 350-nit and contrast ratio at around 2,400:1. However, enabling HDR (High Dynamic Range) while watching HDR 10 compatible content allows the display to produce a brighter image with 600-nit peak brightness and a superior active contrast ratio of 20,000:1.

On the 27″ CHG70 gaming monitor with quantum dots, the Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels results in a high pixel density of 110 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) allowing you to enjoy plenty of screen real estate as well as vivid and sharp details.

Overall, thanks to their QLED display with the quantum dot technology, HDR support, and local dimming, the Samsung CHG70 monitors offer an immersive and eye-catching image quality that is far better than that of similar 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors.

Performance

Considering the image quality, the Samsung C27HG70 delivers an unprecedented gaming performance at 1440p and 144Hz due to its quick 1ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) speed. Sure, you would still encounter less motion blur on a 1440p 144Hz 1ms (GtG) gaming monitor with a TN panel, but at cost of washed out colors and narrow viewing angles.

So, if you want the best performance in competitive fast-paced FPS games at 1440p, you should consider a gaming monitor with a faster response time such as the Acer XG270HU with FreeSync or the Acer Predator XB271HU with G-SYNC – both of which are currently cheaper than the Samsung C27HG70.

In case you want the best picture possible, plenty of cool features, and a top-notch performance (excluding professional FPS) at 1440p/144Hz, the Samsung CHG70 is the way to go.

When it comes to the input lag performance, the Samsung C27HG70 is excellent with less than 6ms delay once you enable ‘Low Input Lag’ mode in the OSD (On-Screen Display). Selecting any of the pre-calibrated gaming picture presets (FPS, RTS, RPG, AOS) also automatically turns the Low Input Lag mode on.

Additionally, the monitor is factory-calibrated and comes with a calibration report so you won’t have to fiddle with the settings. We found no dead pixels and backlight bleeding was minimal and barely visible in the corners with entirely black backgrounds, as is normal for the panel type.

Backlight Strobing & FreeSync 2

Surprisingly, there’s no overdrive setting in the OSD menu. Instead, the ‘Response Time’ setting offers Standard, Faster, and Fastest options. Both Faster and Fastest modes enable backlight strobing which delivers the specified 1ms response time speed.

There is no noticeable difference between the Faster and Fastest modes, so pick the one you prefer. Note that the backlight strobing works only at fixed refresh rates which you can also set in the OSD to 144Hz, 120Hz, or 100Hz; at 60Hz you can only select Standard response time speed. This also means that you cannot use FreeSync at the same time as the motion blur reduction technology.

Furthermore, selecting either Faster or Fastest modes decreases the monitor brightness and disallows you to manually adjust it. Luckily, the picture is bright enough even with the blur reduction mode turned on.

Alas, ghosting and black smearing is still visible in fast-paced games though it’s acceptable unless you mainly play competitive FPS games. In other genres, the motion blur isn’t bothersome which allows you to focus on the otherworldly visuals and enjoy the vibrant colors and true black shades.

AMD’s FreeSync 2 brings support for LFC (Low Framerate Compensation), however, the dynamic refresh rate range is still inferior to G-Sync gaming monitors. After installing the latest firmware update from Samsung’s website, the Samsung CHG70 FreeSync range amounts to 48-144Hz over both the DisplayPort and HDMI ports.

In case your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate drops below 48, LFC kicks in and inserts extra frame rates in order to maintain smooth performance.

Naturally, in order to enable FreeSync 2, you will need an AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card, preferably the RX Vega 56 at least. The monitor works with Nvidia cards as well, but without the dynamic refresh rate capability.

Features

Pressing the OSD joystick placed at the back of the monitor opens up the menu with adjustable parameters. Next to the joystick, you can find three additional buttons which can be used to quickly apply the customizable gaming presets. Moving the joystick up and down adjusts the brightness while moving it to the left and right alters the volume.

Navigation through the menu is easy and intuitive with plenty of useful features available including ‘Black Equalizer’ which alters the gamma curve for better visibility in dark parts of games and ‘Eye Saver’ mode for a more comfortable viewing experience at night.

You can also manually enable/disable the local dimming depending on which option you prefer. The monitor, however, lacks PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture) modes.

Lastly, the Samsung CHG70 monitors feature the ‘Arena Lighting’ technology with LEDs placed at the back of the monitor in order to add atmospheric glow by casting colors on the wall behind the screen.

Design and Connectivity

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The Samsung C27HG70 HDR monitor offer premium design quality with matte plastics, full ergonomic support (tilt, height adjustment, swivel, rotate, VESA), and light matte anti-glare screen coating while the 1800R curvature adds more immersion to the viewing experience.

When it comes to the connectivity, display connectors are cuttinge-edge and include two HDMI 2.0b ports, a DisplayPort 1.4, a dual-USB 3.0 hub (one of which has the fast charging capacity once enabled in the OSD), the headphones jack, and a microphone-in/out port.

The main difference between the Samsung C27HG70 and the Samsung C32HG70 is that the 27-inch version has an external power supply whereas the 32-inch model has an interal power supply.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Samsung C27HG70 price amounts to $550 at the moment (January 2018) while the C32HG70 is priced at $700.

Due to the stunning image quality of the Samsung CHG70 monitors, we recommend them over the similarly priced 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors with IPS panels.

In case you’re after a gaming monitor mainly for competitive FPS games, we recommend a 1440p 144Hz with a TN panel instead (one of the two mentioned above) or even a 1080p 144Hz 1ms display if you don’t have a high-end GPU.

Conclusion

The Samsung C27HG70 is definitely worth every penny as it offers premium design, connectivity, features, image quality, and performance that many equally priced displays lack. At the moment, it’s the only 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with HDR 10 support which may alone determine your decision. Overall, unless you’re FPS fanatic, you will definitely love the Samsung CHG70 displays.

Samsung C27HG70 Specifications
Screen Size27-inch
Resolution2560x1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync 2 (48Hz-144Hz)
LFC Supported (HDMI & DP)
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0b
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack
Brightness600 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
Samsung C32HG70 Specifications
Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution2560x1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync 2 (48Hz-144Hz)
LFC Supported (HDMI & DP)
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0b
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack
Brightness600 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

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