There are three key features that make up a modern gaming monitor these days, outside the usual high refresh rates and response times; that’s ultrawide resolutions, adaptive refresh, and HDR support. Today’s announcement from Samsung is all about pushing these new features for AMD graphics cards, with its first generation of FreeSync 2 enabled displays.
With the increasing availability and industry push for HDR content, graphics card manufacturers have been updating their respective display ports to take advantage of the 10-bit+ color profiles that are slowly making the rounds. With graphics cards either getting software updates or as users buy more modern graphics cards, attention turns to the display manufacturers to support these new features.
With this push for HDR content, FreeSync was in need of an update to not only support a larger color profile, but to also make sure that this profile doesn’t impede the response time. As such, FreeSync 2’s adaptive refresh system offloads the HDR color profile calculations to the GPU, rather than leaving it to the monitor, significantly improving the performance and thus preventing HDR content from introducing delays while gaming.
Samsung was keen to roll out support for FreeSync 2 in its latest gaming displays, including the 49-inch ultrawide CHG90, as well as 27 and 32-inch CHG70 displays. All of these monitors will support HDR content, with additional help in color reproduction and accuracy with Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology.
The CHG90 is not a normal ultrawide though, as it isn’t a 21:9 aspect ratio that sports a 3440×1440 resolution. This new Samsung display is what’s called a DFHD display, or double full HD, and is the equivalent of two full 1080p displays combined to create a 32:9 aspect ratio with a final resolution of 3840×1080. If that isn’t enough, the refresh rate of 144Hz should keep gamers happy, too. The 1800R curve will also make for a more immersive experience (double the curvature of the first generation displays that were typically 3200R).
These new generation ultrawide displays means it’s possible to have something like a multi-monitor setup, without being distracted by the bezels. The two CHG70 displays are not ultrawides, but more common 1440p displays, just with the FreeSync 2 update, HDR, curved, 144Hz refresh, and of course QLED.
What’s surprising though, is the price. Normally, if we were to see these features listed, we’d expect to see $2000+ for the 49-inch display, but not so in this case. The CHG90 will be available for pre-order for $1499, and the 32 and 27-inch displays are going for $699 and $599, respectively.
Folks in the US can pop on over to Amazon to pre-order the 49-inch beast with our affiliate link below. Other locations and monitors are not available to pre-order just yet.