Samsung will release Quantum Dot GSync and 4K gaming monitors in 2017

Samsung CF791 release date

For a good many gamers their next monitor purchase needs to be rocking Nvidia’s GSync technology, but so far Samsung’s new Quantum Dot range has opted for AMD’s FreeSync instead. That will soon change.

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Samsung’s presence at the IFA electronics show in Berlin is massive. They don’t have a stand, they have a whole arena, and while Korean rival, LG, fill their own hall with OLED panels as far as the eye can see Samsung are going full tilt with Quantum Dot. And not just in their TVs either, they’ve made a push into the gaming monitor market with the curviest monitors around sporting their latest wide colour gamut display technology.

But so far all their new VA panels sporting the Quantum Dot filter are only capable of using AMD’s FreeSync technology. I spoke to a Samsung representative at the show, however, who explained that GSync versions of their gaming monitors would be following soon next year, with 4K versions too.

Samsung have opted for the FreeSync tech because it costs nothing to add into the setup, while GSync requires additional silicon and licensing costs which Samsung didn’t want to have to pass onto the consumer. That means when they do finally release GSync Quantum Dot screens next year they will only be putting out a few select models.

Samsung Quantum Dot 

Samsung’s Quantum Dot filters allow the backlighting of an LCD screen to produce a brighter image and one with greater colour depth. Because of that Samsung’s new gaming monitors are able to display a range of colours which works out at 125% the sRGB colour space. 

That also enables them to offset the cost of the Quantum Dot filter by utilising cheaper VA panels instead of their PLS technology (which is directly analogous to IPS). The colour accuracy of a VA display is greatly enhanced by the use of this advanced new filter.

I had the chance to play with the new Samsung Quantum Dot monitors and the mighty ultrawide CF971, with its tight 1500R curve and 100Hz refresh rate, is a glorious thing. Racing around in Need For Speed’s night-time streets was an impressive experience, with sharp colours, detail even in the darkness and excellent contrast.

Samsung CFG70 release date

The 16:9 curved Quantum Dot screens though I was not so impressed with, despite their 144Hz refresh and 1ms response. The 1080p VA panels in the CFG70 series don’t seem to have the quality of the higher resolution display and side-by-side the images weren’t as crisp and the viewing angles not so hot either.

The new range of Samsung Quantum Dot monitors will be here before the end of this year, with those GSync-capable screens following in 2017.

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Techtree101 Avatar
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11 Months ago

Hello,

What is the size and aspect ratio of the CF971 you were demoing? It sounds from your experience that it was of the higher quality then the 16:9 screens.

Thanks!

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Dave James Avatar
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11 Months ago

The CF791 I played with was the 34-inch 21:9 panel with the 100Hz refresh and a 4ms response time. And yeah, it definitely seemed like a superior panel compared with the 16:9 models - not just because of the higher res either.

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Thercon Jair Avatar
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11 Months ago

All other sites report the CFG70 as featuring a TN panel, which is supported by your visual experience. Also I haven't heard about VA panels with 144Hz either.

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Dave James Avatar
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11 Months ago

That was my initial reaction too - 1ms and ropey viewing angles? Must be TN. But I was assured by Samsung on the show floor that both were VA panels and the Samsung press site says its vertical alignment too.

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vpacalypse Avatar
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11 Months ago

Hi, was there no word on whether these upcoming monitors would feature HDR?

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koneydong Avatar
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8 Months ago

Yes, 125% sRGB is HDR, or atleast more HDR than the typical 99% sRGB found in typical IPS.

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RichG Avatar
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8 Months ago

Any word on how soon or late in 2017 the Gsync monitors will be released? Also, does that include an equivalent Gsync version of the CF791. Thanks!

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mms Avatar
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6 Months ago

Any news about upcoming samsung gaming monitors with 4k G-sync and Quantum Dot ?

I don't see any sites talk about it .

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