Now right here’s a product I’ve been very excited to check out ever since I reviewed the Samsung C49J89. We’re speaking in regards to the Samsung C49RG90 (CRG90), the successor to my beloved ultrawide of yesteryear. And if the generic identify alone doesn’t whip you up into an impassioned frenzy, then possibly its 49-inch, 5120 x 1440, 120Hz ultrawide panel will.
While the C49J89 of final yr was enterprise within the entrance and get together within the again, the CRG90 is all get together, on a regular basis. It’s a gaming monitor from the bottom up, which suggests it comes at a premium to a comparable enterprise mannequin. This monitor will set you again £1,200 (it’s at present upwards of $1,890 within the US, and never but obtainable immediately), which isn’t an insignificant sum of cash to drop on a display screen. But there’s loads of flexibility and performance within the general package deal to dig your tooth into.
For one, the vertical decision bump from 1080p on final yr’s mannequin to 1440p on the CRG90. Last yr’s mannequin typically felt like a novel product – nonetheless a improbable one – but the expanded actual property on supply with the CRG90 makes it really feel extra like a productiveness and gaming necessity than a unusual contraption.
The display screen can function in a few modes, and fortunately you’re not restricted to merely its 32:9 side ratio. Rather, should you utilise twin cables between your GPU and any one of many CRG90’s inputs, you may decide to run the panel as two unbiased displays in Picture-By-Picture mode. This will restrict the refresh price to 100Hz and disable FreeSync, but for productiveness duties – most of my work day – that is an absolute life-saver, and permits me to completely utilise window snapping to my coronary heart’s content material. Once you’re completed with work, it’s solely a few button presses on the entrance monitor earlier than you’re again gaming in 32:9 glory.
The rig essential to energy this little bit of equipment in game needn’t be fairly as ludicrous as your common 4K fare, both. The 5120 x 1440 decision is a contact much less complete pixels than a direct 4K panel – 7,372,800 to eight,294,400 complete – and that eases each the monetary stress on mandatory graphics card equipment and means that you can make extra of the 120Hz refresh price on supply in-game. Still, to get probably the most out of this monitor a comparatively high-powered rig is required.
And don’t neglect not each game will assist an ultrawide side ratio. Destiny 2 does, nonetheless, and is beautiful in full 32:9.
|Native decision||5120 x 1440|
|Screen know-how||VA (QLED)|
|Peak luminance||1,000 nits|
|Frame synchronisation||FreeSync 2 HDR|
Refresh price is definitely one of many few specs on this monitor to be lowered for the newest mannequin. The new panel is able to 120Hz, down from 144Hz. But with FreeSync 2 HDR serving to alongside, there’s little to complain about.
We received this panel up and working with Nvidia G-Sync, too. But it’s price noting this isn’t formally on Nvidia’s listing of authorized FreeSync screens, and due to this fact has not been formally validated by the inexperienced staff to work with its variable refresh price tech – so your mileage might differ.
And we’ve touched on one other key characteristic briefly: HDR. In truth, the VA QLED (quantum dot) inside is able to the Vesa DisplayHDR 1000 normal, with a peak brightness matching the required 1,000 nits. While PC HDR stays a hard beast in Windows, as soon as HDR was utilized from throughout the game the outcomes have been beautiful, and the CRG90 completely avoids the pitfalls of insufficient HDR implementation that befouls some gaming panels. A number of games nonetheless wrestle to keep away from blowing black ranges to all hell, however that is one gaming monitor the place it doesn’t really feel such as you’re sacrificing distinction, saturation, or accuracy within the identify of excessive dynamic vary.
This surfboard of a monitor is plonked onto a sturdy stand with good mobility, a built-in headphone stand, and an built-in cable tidy answer. It additionally has an LED mild across the VESA mount location – so all in all it’s oddly elegant for a gaming monitor. Bravo, Samsung. Ports clever, we’re speaking two DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and 4 USB 3.Zero ports.
If you are taking a quick panel, equipment it out with quantum dot, stretch it out like Mike Teavee, and embody some sensible options behind the scenes, you get the Samsung C49RG90. It’s a monitor that’s simply as beautiful switched off as it’s turned on, and the Samsung staff have solely improved on what got here earlier than with a panel that’s as suited to skilled work as it’s immersive, all-encompassing gaming. If you’ve received the cash, and the urge to ditch the litter of a number of displays, the Samsung C49RG90 ticks all the same old bins and extra. And as soon as it’s planted in your desk, it’s exhausting to think about a world during which you would really feel monitor envy ever once more.