Samsung has globally launched the CFG70 quantum dot monitor today. Samsung claims that the CFG70 is industry’s first quantum dot monitor capable of a 1ms refresh rate. It was announced at IFA 2016 this year, along with CG791 – also a curved quantum dot monitor.
The CFG70 comes in two sizes – 24-inch and 27-inch – but they both share the same specifications, so there’s not much difference between them.
Of course, sharing specifications among screen sizes can also be a curse – the CFG70 is a 1080p monitor, which means that the 27-inch monitor has a lower PPI compared to the 24-inch – 10 PPI less, to be exact. It might not seem like much, but it is worth mentioning.
The quantum dot display is capable of outputting “accurate colors across a 125% sRGB spectrum” at 3000:1 contrast ratio. Since it is a gaming display; it has a 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate.
Samsung also added AMD’s FreeSync support instead of NVidia’s GSync – which seems to be losing ground anyway.
Samsung says its putting every single monitor that it ships under rigorous factory calibration to make sure each panel has consistent and impeccable color accuracy.
Samsung is calling the design “Super Arena” – it features a dual-hinged arm supporting a display with a curvature radius of 1800 and a 178-degree viewing angle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support a VESA mount, which is probably a deal breaker for a lot of gamers.
The monitor also comes with “sound-interactive” LED lighting on the bottom and back. The lighting sure looks fancy, but Samsung calling it “sound-interactive” leaves us curious, to say the least.
Samsung has also built something it’s calling “Gaming UX OSD” that is just a flashy UI for gamers – it looks Sci-Fi and stuff. You can navigate this UI with the 5-way jog dial that Samsung has built on the back and side of the monitor.
The monitor features one DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 1.4 ports, and that’s all it supports.
While HDMI 1.4 would be able to power this display up to a theoretical 120Hz – it can’t do much above that. On the other hand, the DisplayPort should be able to handle 1080p@144Hz.
HDMI 1.4 dated specification – Samsung’s own CG791 that was revealed along with CFG70 uses HDMI 2.0; therefore, DisplayPort is the obvious choice for high-performance gaming monitors such as this.