Samsung Announces FreeSync 2 HDR Displays, includes C49HG90 49-in UltraWide!

Subject: Displays | June 9, 2017 - 11:24 AM |
Tagged: Samsung, hdr, freesync 2, freesync, CHG90, CHG70, amd

Samsung made a surprise announcement this morning, taking the wraps off of the first FreeSync 2 monitors to grace our pages, officially. These gaming displays come in three difference sizes, one of them incredibly unique, and all with HDR support and Quantum Dot Technology to go along with the variable refresh rate technology of FreeSync. 

All three displays utilize the QLED Quantum Dot tech first showcased in the QLED TV lineup launched just this past January at CES. It uses a new metal core and has some impressive color quality capabilities, going to 125% of the sRGB color space and 95% of the DCI-PE color space! I don't yet know what the peak luminance is, or how many backlight zones there might be for HDR support, but I have asked Samsung for clarification and will update here when I get feedback. All three displays use VA panels.

All three displays also become the first to pass certification with AMD for FreeSync 2, which we initially detailed WAY BACK in January of this year. FreeSync 2 should tell us that this display meets some minimum standards for latency, color quality, and low frame rate compensation. These are all great on paper, though I am still looking for details from AMD on what exactly the minimum standards have been set to. At the time, AMD would only tell me that FreeSync 2 displays "will require a doubling of the perceivable brightness and doubling of the viewable color volume based on the sRGB standards."

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The bad boy of the group, the Samsung CHG90 (part number C49HG90), is easily the most interesting. It comes in with a staggering screen size of 49-inches and a brand new 32:9 aspect ratio with an 1800R curvature. With a 3840x1080 resolution, I am eager to see this display in person and judge how the ultra-wide design impacts our gaming and our productivity capability. (They call this resolution DFHD, for double full HD.) The refresh rate peaks at 144 Hz and a four-channel scanner is in place to minimize any motion blur or ghosting. A 1ms rated response time also makes this monitor incredibly impressive, on paper. Price for the C49HG90 is set at $1499 with preorders starting today on (Amazon lists a June 30th release date, but I am looking to clarify.)

Also on the docket is the CHG70, available in two sizes, a 32-in (C32HG70) and a 27-in (C27HG70) model. Both are 2560x1440 resolution screens with 16:9 aspect ratios, 1ms response times and FreeSync 2 integrations. That means the same 125% sRGB and 95% DCI-P3 color space support along with the Samsung Quantum Dot technology. Both will sport a 144 Hz refresh rate and an 1800R curvature. The specifications are essentially identical between all three models, making the selection process an easier choice based on price segment and screen real estate. The C27HG70 will be on preorder from exclusively for $599 while the C32HG70 will be on preorder at for $699, just $100 more.

All three displays will feature a Game Mode to optimize image settings for...gaming.

Samsung’s CHG90 extends the playing field for virtual competitors, with its 49-inch design representing the widest gaming monitor available. The monitor delivers a dramatic 1,800R curvature and an ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensuring that content is clearly visible from nearly any location within a given space. As a result, gamers no longer need to worry about the logistics, expenses, and bezel interference that occur when combining multiple smaller monitors together for an expanded view.

The new CHG90 monitor includes a height adjustable stand (HAS), allowing flexible height adjustment for improved viewing comfort. Designed for the most demanding games, the CHG70 monitor goes a step further with a dual-hinge stand that provides users more precise control over how the display panel is positioned.

In addition to Game Mode, a feature that optimizes image setting for playing games when connected to a PC or a game console, each of the new monitors include a game OSD dashboard, designed to blend seamlessly into game interfaces.

A full table of specifications is below and trust me on this one guys, I am already up in Samsung's and AMD's face to get these monitors in here for review!

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Now all we are missing is the power of a Radeon RX Vega card to push this high resolution, high refresh rate HDR goodness!!

Source: Samsung

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June 9, 2017 | 11:36 AM - Posted by Isaac Johnson

They really should have just called this a double-wide. Because people are going to anyway. Anyway I can't wait to see these various 'ultra-wide' displays at 2160 high.

June 9, 2017 | 12:03 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout


June 9, 2017 | 12:21 PM - Posted by Fubar

Why the effing curve. Probably have to bite the bullet despite of the curve because of the specs. Though don't know yet 27 or 31,5...

June 9, 2017 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I think I am with you on the curve - seems unncessary on the 27 and 32-in models. I see the need for it on the 49-in though...

June 9, 2017 | 12:46 PM - Posted by kenjo

I'm still waiting on lg 32ud99-w. Not a fan of this particular form factor.

June 9, 2017 | 01:26 PM - Posted by Fubar

That is a 60 Hz display. And it is the same form factor 16:9. Or did you meant something else ?

June 10, 2017 | 04:44 AM - Posted by kenjo

Yes I was thinking about the one in the picture it't 32:9. The 31 inch one is to few pixels for my taste.

June 9, 2017 | 02:25 PM - Posted by pdjblum

finally a freesync monitor to drool over and i hope be able to buy

June 9, 2017 | 06:56 PM - Posted by pdjblum

having never seen any of the wide curved screens in person, i am curious as to whether any of you who might have come from a 1440 monitor think 1080 vertical is sufficient for the 49" model?

the 32" is 1440 vertical together with the same awesome specs, but i am concerned about the curve, which ryan feels is unnecessary for that size monitor

my question on that is whether it goes beyond being unnecessary, like rgb lighting for me, and actually makes it a bothersome feature?

June 9, 2017 | 08:58 PM - Posted by pdjblum

preordered the 32" to get it just in time for mmy son's bday

we have been holding out so long for a freesync monitor with these specs

June 9, 2017 | 11:02 PM - Posted by Coupe

Hey Ryan,

So no indication on the Freesync range of these displays? 30-144hz would be amazing!

June 10, 2017 | 05:00 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I'm not 100% sure on that but I think that's correct. Part of the FreeSync 2 classification is that it neesd to support LFC - low frame rate compensation.

June 9, 2017 | 11:56 PM - Posted by skline00

You are going to need a BIG Vega to run it!~

June 9, 2017 | 11:56 PM - Posted by skline00

Perhaps 2!

June 10, 2017 | 12:56 AM - Posted by Exascale

*DCI-P3 color space.

I am not really tempted by these ultra wide Samsungs, but their new QLED 4k monitors, especially the 28" one, are EXTREMELY tempting.

They really need to adopt Rec.2020 compliant color before i definitely want a new monitor though.

June 10, 2017 | 05:00 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Rec.2020 is definitely better...but DCI-P3, even at 95%, is going to be so much better than what the vast majority of people are used, its going to be stunning.

June 10, 2017 | 11:18 PM - Posted by Exascale

But what content can they actually view in DCI-P3? I know its used in digital movie theatres but can you actually get anything in P3 at home to watch?

If you were watching Rec.709 or sRGB stuff, which is basically everything on TV or the internet(until Rec.2020 replaces them) then itd just oversaturate the colors like vivid mode on TVs or monitors.

June 10, 2017 | 03:17 AM - Posted by pdjblum

probably the price difference between this and an equivalently spec'd 32 ", or so, g-sync version, if it exists, would pay for a new 580

June 10, 2017 | 11:06 PM - Posted by Godrilla

New 580? Lol probably a new Vega everything I heard with HDR gsync is $2000 maybe even dual Vegas based on cost savings if not 3 Vegas if you also add the graphics hardware for gsync.

June 11, 2017 | 02:46 PM - Posted by pdjblum

truly disruptive tech

thanks amd and samsung

June 10, 2017 | 11:02 PM - Posted by Godrilla

Gsync has nothing to combat the $699
32 inch 144hz HDR 2560 x 1440 freesync 2.0 monitor by Samsung in terms of value. This is probably going to be the best value monitor for Vega or even dual Vegas vs the competition in the near pipeline.

June 11, 2017 | 07:03 AM - Posted by JohnGR

Nvidia fans should drop at Huang's feet and beg him to support FreeSync.

June 11, 2017 | 07:33 AM - Posted by Godrilla

Or they can just go red and save a ton of money. All Nvidia cares about is profits hardware canucks proved that with HDR scam.

June 12, 2017 | 03:37 PM - Posted by Godrilla

The 27 qled 2560 x 1440 @144hz is even cheaper at $599 freesync 2.0.
For the price of one hdr gsync 4k monitor you can have 3 of these in eyefinity.

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