It can be very expensive and requires excellent gaming PC
settings to run, but if you have extra cash, the Samsung CRG9 is definitely
worth it. This larger-than-average 49-inch monitor has thinner bezels than most
gaming monitors, and has a picture-by-picture mode feature that allows you to
use two different inputs to simulate a dual-monitor setup in a single monitor.
Moreover, it goes without saying that Samsung CRG9 produces images outside of
this world out of the box.
Sometimes, we have the opportunity to mess up the most
absolute wild products on the market, and we think Samsung CRG9 meets the
requirements. This is a dumb 49-inch monitor with 5120 x 1,440 resolution and
HDR 1000. Its price is unbelievable, but to have these specifications, it must
So while we think everyone shouldn’t rush to buy this
monitor-it takes up a lot of space and requires some adjustments to actually
use it-it is indeed one of the best gaming monitors we have the opportunity to
use. Of course, we do have the RTX 2080 Ti to take with us, so if your hardware
is weak, the mileage may vary.
Price and availability
If you want to buy the Samsung CRG9, you can buy it now in
the US and the UK, and it will be launched in Australia in October. In other
words, anyone who is willing to give up the required $1,499 (£1,249, AU$2,499)
can use it.
For gaming monitors, this is definitely a lot of
requirements, especially when you can buy the holy grail of gaming monitors –
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ at almost the same price. However, this display is not
QLED, and does not have the wild ultra-high resolution.
Displays like the Samsung CRG9 are in a leading position in
their own alliance, and it is difficult to compare them with other displays.
This is not just a 21:9 monitor like Alienware AW3418DW, it is another matter
entirely. If you are looking for an aspect ratio, this is just the price you
have to pay, which makes this monitor difficult to recommend to anyone but the
most passionate audiophile.
Design Samsung CRG9
The Samsung CRG9 is a large monitor, which is too big for
our desks that are larger than ordinary notebooks. If you want to choose CRG9
for home game settings, you need to break the tape measure. The width of the
display is 47 inches (1,198 mm), which is nearly 4 feet, almost as tall as ours.
However, once you free up enough space on the table, this
monitor is really beautiful. The bezel is thinner than most gaming monitors, so
we keep just losing the ocean of pixels, and we won't have any other way.
Except for the bottom, all the bezels are black, with a
charming bronze finish on the bottom, interrupted only by the Samsung logo and
some simple button labels. By the way, the button itself is at the bottom of
Of course, the power button will power on the device, but
once it is powered on, pushing it in will pop up a small menu where you can
tilt the power button in one of four directions to make a selection. Through
this menu, you can select the signal source, change the picture options or
enable the "picture by picture" mode. The other three buttons will
also display some information.
The picture-by-picture mode is one of the coolest parts of
this display. Once enabled, you can use two different inputs to simulate a dual
monitor display, and there is no border between the two. With this option, we
can run MacBook Pro next to the gaming PC. This can even be used with devices
like PS4 Pro: play games on one side of the screen, while the other side has a
guide or other open device.
Of course, this brings us to the port on the back of the
monitor. Samsung cleverly placed them in this recessed port wall al, which is
covered by a removable protective cover. Even if we insert enough stuff to fill
each port, all cables are guided through a hole in this shield so that the
cables can be cleaned.
If we have a complaint about the Samsung CRG9 design, it is
that there is no hole in the bracket to guide the cable of the accessory. Such
a high quality of life feature is particularly prominent in today's gaming
monitors-we only hope that Samsung can do the same.
Performance Samsung CRG9
A monitor about the size of Rhode Island and priced at
$1,499 (£1,249, AU$2,499) can easily backfire. But, fortunately. Samsung CRG9
produces images outside the world out of the box. We didn't even need to fiddle
with all the settings.
Looking at the spec sheet, this is not surprising. Samsung
CRG9 is shaking the Samsung QLED panel with a peak brightness of 1000 nits.
Moreover, the display is compatible with HDR 1000, and the peak brightness does
help to achieve this rating.
It also supports 125% sRGB coverage, which means that colors
can really be presented vividly. Playing Gears 5 is a rich experience of CRG9:
In addition to being almost completely surrounded by the display, it looks
beautiful. All the colors in the first scene emerge before our eyes.
And, don’t forget that Samsung CRG9 is a
"capital-G" gaming monitor. This means that CRG9 not only has a 120
Hz refresh rate, but also has a 4ms response time, and all content has a very
high response speed. Of course, the response speed that e-sports players desire
is not 1 millisecond, but that no one will play Overwatch on this monitor-it's
not that the game has been supporting it.
However, if you really want to play the latest PC games on
this game, you must be prepared for many of them not doing well. Many games do
not support the 32:9 aspect ratio. When you start a game like "Sekiro:
Shadows Die Twice", the game will be rendered in the middle of the screen
with huge black bars on both sides of the display. However, you can modify most
games to work with this type of display, but the mileage may vary.
You also need to remember the hardware required to play the
game on this game. We used a gaming PC equipped with AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, 16GB
RAM and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to power this monitor and provided a pretty
good experience. However, if you want to shake the mid-range system, you may
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