Specs: 5120×1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and both FreeSync 2 and G-Sync compatibility
Amazingly wide gaming screens spreading over 49 inches are not actually old cap, yet it has been done previously, on various occasions. With an end goal to shake things up, Samsung’s next 49-inch beast, the Odyssey G9, is similarly as wide as past models yet significantly more awe-inspiring.
The Odyssey G9 isn’t the first curved gaming display from Samsung, nor is it the first 49-inch one, or even the first at such a high resolution (that honor goes to last year’s CRG9). But the Odyssey ups the specs in nearly every way: while the 5120×1440 resolution and HDR1000 rating are the same, the new screen offers twice the refresh rate, at up to 240Hz, a even quicker 1ms response time, and support for both AMD’s FreeSync 2 along with newly added Nvidia G-Sync compatibility.
The display is also Samsung’s first consumer display with an 1000R curve, filling roughly the same field of view as the human eye (monitor curvature tends to range from 4000R to 1800R, with a greater curvature the lower the number.) In other words, the 49-inch G9 curves more than most other displays, including the CRG9 (which had a less severe 1800R curve) for a more immersive experience that feels like the screen is wrapped around your head.
Of course, given that it’s a gaming monitor, the back also features a giant glowing blue light that makes the display look like it’s powered by one of Tony Stark’s leftover Iron Man arc reactors.
Alongside the Odyssey G9, Samsung also announced the Odyssey G7, a smaller 16:9 2560×1440 monitor that comes in both 32-inch and 27-inch sizes. Like the larger Odyssey G9 panels, the G7 models also offer a 1000R curvature, rely on Samsung’s QLED technology, feature a 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and FreeSync 2 and G-Sync. The only real difference — aside from size — is the level of HDR supported. The G7 models only are rated for HDR600 (for a minimum peak luminance of 600 cd/m2), compared to the HDR1000 rating on the G9.
Samsung has yet to announce a price or release date for either display, and for sure the new displays won’t likely be cheap.
Samsung Odyssey Monitor Specs
|G9 49-Inch||G7 32-Inch||G7 27-Inch|
|Resolution||5120 x 1440||2560 x 1440||2560 x 1440|
|Panel Type||QLED VA||QLED VA||QLED VA|
|Peak Brightness||1,000 cd/m2||600 cd/m2||600 cd/m2|
|HDR Support||DisplayHDR 1000||DisplayHDR 600||HDR 600|