Samsung CFG70 curved gaming displays come with quantum dots


— 9:05 AM on October 17, 2016

Folks who are into high-performance gaming monitors are always looking for the holy grail—that perfect combination of clear motion, bright colors, high resolution, and a high refresh rate. Well, how about three out of four? Samsung is announcing the global launch of the CFG70 curved gaming monitor series, comprising two models called C24FG70 and C27FG70. The CFG70s tick a lot of boxes on gamers' wishlists: high contrast, a 144 Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync support, and a low-persistence strobe mode, among others.

There isn't a lot of info available about the 27" C27FG70, but the product page for its 24" cousin is up and the specs are tantalizing. The monitor uses a 8-bit VA panel with an 1800R curvature and 3000:1 typical contrast. Samsung uses a quantum-dot backlight on the CFG70, and claims that the display can reproduce "125% of the sRGB gamut," whatever that actually means. Like most of Samsung's recent monitors, the new model has AMD FreeSync support for refresh rates up to 144Hz. Uniquely, Samsung emphasizes the monitor's low-persistence "impulsive scanning" mode and says that the CFG70 has a Moving Picture Response Time (MPRT) of 1ms.

That term isn't fabricated by Samsung. Researchers were aware of the problem of LCD persistence as early as 2001. The nature of LCDs makes them prone to sample-and-hold blurring, which is why many hardcore FPS gamers clung to their massive CRT displays so long. MPRT is an academic measure of a display's tendency to blur a moving picture, and the 1-ms rating Samsung quotes for the CFG70 is more or less as good as it gets. Unfortunately, most of the articles on MPRT are behind paywalls, so you'll have to take our word for it. You can test your own display's MPRT at the BlurBusters' TestUFO site.

Of course, with any amazing new product there's always a trade-off, and in this case it's the monitor's relatively low 1920x1080 resolution. The lower resolution does mean that more gamers will be able to make use of the high framerates required to enjoy the low-persistence impulsive scanning mode, though. The CFG70 will include two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort connection, and like the CF791 before it, it'll support FreeSync over HDMI. Samsung didn't provide pricing or availability on the new monitor.

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