With CES right around the corner, Samsung has taken the lid off one of the most impressive monitors we’ve ever seen. The new CRG9 is an updated version of the 3440×1080 displays the company unveiled in mid-2017, with significantly improved specs. The new display is a 49-inch panel in a 32:9 aspect ratio. Samsung is calling this a 2x QHD display because the resolution is exactly double 2560×1440 (5120×1440). The aspect ratio is identical to what you’d have if you put two 16:9 panels next to each other, minus the bezel running down the center of the screen.
The CRG9 likely conforms to VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 standard, given that Samsung is talking up its 1000 nits of brightness in press copy. DisplayHDR 1000 is the current top-end defined VESA standard for HDR gaming content, so the overall image quality should be excellent, particularly when combined with AMD’s FreeSync 2 HDR support. FreeSync 2 HDR includes features like direct tone mapping to reduce latency and improve color fidelity, alongside the smoother frame display that’s a hallmark of FreeSync panels. The DisplayHDR specification levels and standard requirements are below:
The maximum refresh rate of 120Hz is a touch lower than the 144Hz target Samsung used for its earlier 2017 3440×1080 displays, but the better HDR specs and higher resolution are more than adequate compensation. It uses LEDs with quantum dots and local dimming support with a 4ms response time and may offer full DCI-P3 gamut support (the older C49HG90 supported 95 percent of DCI-P3, but no specific percentage has been released for the CRG9). Total screen curvature across the 49 inches of display is 1800mm and it supports PBP (Picture-By-Picture), allowing two video sources to be shown simultaneously on the same panel. One HDMI port and two DisplayPort connections are provided.
Samsung hasn’t unveiled the monitor’s price yet, but displays like this could challenge the high-end G-Sync enabled displays that Nvidia has been talking up as solutions for ultra-well-heeled gamers. Despite the size of the horizontal resolution, 5120×1440 actually isn’t quite as many pixels as 4K. That means you won’t need quite as heavy-duty a GPU to drive it at acceptable frame rates, though this kind of panel still requires a fairly hefty GPU to run at native resolution.
As always, we recommend waiting for reviews before pulling the trigger on any purchase, but as a matter of technical specs, it’s going to be hard to find much better than this in an ultra-wide (or super-ultra-wide) format. DisplayHDR 1000 is the top-end HDR spec from VESA, FreeSync 2 HDR is the latest FreeSync standard from AMD (though we still don’t know for certain if existing FreeSync displays will be compatible with Intel’s Adaptive Sync implementation, they should be). 5120×1440 is a significant step upwards from 3440×1080 in 2017, and the 120Hz refresh rate and DCI-P3 support make this a gorgeous display from just about every angle.
- Samsung’s Stunning 49-inch Gaming Monitor First to be DisplayHDR-Certified
- AMD unveils Radeon FreeSync 2 initiative with lower latency, HDR support
- Intel Confirms It Intends to Support VESA Adaptive Sync in Future GPUs