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Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Jul 29, 2019 at 08:14 am
Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office
8.0
Gaming
7.7
Multimedia
7.8
Media Creation
7.2
HDR Gaming
Size 49"
Resolution 5120x1440
Max Refresh Rate
120 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Samsung CRG9 is a good ultrawide monitor with an impressive amount of screen real estate, great for multitasking. It has outstanding peak brightness, even with HDR content, and it has great reflection handling, making it a good choice for a bright room. The CRG9 is also a great choice for PC gaming, as it has outstanding motion handling, excellent low input lag, and it supports FreeSync. Unfortunately, like most VA monitors, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and due to the size of the monitor, it has somewhat limited ergonomics.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

Overall, the Samsung CRG9 is a good monitor for most uses. It delivers a great gaming experience, even in HDR, with excellent low input lag and outstanding motion handling. For office use or media creation, the large, high-resolution screen is excellent for multitasking. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, and due to the large size of the display, it has limited ergonomics.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.5 Office

Overall, the Samsung CRG90 is a decent office monitor. The wide, high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, and it supports picture-by-picture. It also has excellent peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and due to the large display, it has limited ergonomics.

See our Office recommendations
8.0 Gaming

This is a great monitor for gaming. It has outstanding motion handling with an impressive response time, resulting in very clear motion. It also has excellent low input lag at its native refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync, but only over DisplayPort. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, so it isn't as good for co-op gaming.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.7 Multimedia

Good monitor for multimedia. The huge screen delivers an impressive movie experience, but it has only a decent contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, so it isn't great in a dark room. It has great reflection handling, though, and excellent peak brightness, so glare isn't an issue in a bright room. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, so it isn't as well-suited for watching with a group of friends.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.8 Media Creation

The Samsung CRG90 is a good monitor for media creation. It has a huge amount of screen real estate, so you can spend more time creating, and less time scrolling and zooming. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, and due to the large size it has limited ergonomics, so it isn't a good choice for sharing the screen with clients or coworkers.

See our Media Creation recommendations
7.2 HDR Gaming

Decent monitor for HDR gaming. It has excellent low input lag, great peak brightness in HDR, and the impressive resolution and size deliver a more immersive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it has only decent contrast, an ineffective local dimming feature, and bad black uniformity, so it doesn't look great in a dark room.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office
  • 8.0 Gaming
  • 7.7 Multimedia
  • 7.8 Media Creation
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Excellent peak brightness.
  • Outstanding screen real estate for multitasking.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Limited ergonomics due to the monitor's size.
  1. Update 5/15/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1800R
Weight (without stand)
26.0 lbs (11.8 kg)
Weight (with stand)
32.6 lbs (14.8 kg)
Design
Stand
Width
24.2" (61.5 cm)
Depth
12.4" (31.5 cm)

The stand is quite a bit smaller than the CHG90. It supports the monitor well but doesn't completely prevent it from wobbling.

5.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range -15° to 15°
Tilt Range -15° to 2.5°

Update 08/09/2019: There was a mistake in our swivel range scoring. The ergonomics score has increased slightly.

The stand has a decent height adjustment range, but a very limited swivel range and disappointing tilt range. Given the size of this monitor, it obviously can't rotate to portrait orientation.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is quite plain but looks good. There is a ring around the back of the stand mount that can light up, as shown here. Cable management is handled by a hole in the stand, and there's a headphone hook that can fold down from the back of the stand, which is a nice touch that is fairly uncommon.

There is no quick release on the stand, but it can be VESA mounted. VESA mounting requires a special adapter (included).

Design
Borders
Borders
0.5" (1.3 cm)

The borders are thin on three sides, and look good.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
13.8" (35.1 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
7.6" (19.3 cm)

Due to the curvature of the screen and the extreme width of this monitor, it's quite thick, even when VESA mounted.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The overall build quality is great. Not much has changed from the CHG90; it's still a solid, well-built monitor that should last for years.

Picture Quality
7.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2262 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
2359 : 1

The Samsung CRG9 has a decent contrast ratio. It's quite a bit lower than last year's model, which is a bit disappointing. The local dimming feature improves the contrast a bit, but not enough to make a noticeable difference.

2.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

The local dimming feature is very similar to the CHG90 and CHG70. It's edge-lit, with only 10 dimming zones, so it doesn't have very tight control over the dimming areas. In some HDR scenes, though, it does help to boost the peak brightness of the display. There is an automatic mode for the local dimming, and it automatically engages local dimming with HDR content and disengages in it SDR.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
622 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
904 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
953 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
932 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
890 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
891 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
899 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
947 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
892 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
708 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
590 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.004

The Samsung CRG90 has excellent peak brightness and is one of the brightest monitors we've tested. It's significantly brighter than the CHG90 and the Dell U4919DW. There is some variation in brightness with different content, which may be distracting in some cases. With local dimming disabled, the peak brightness in SDR is limited to about 620 cd/m².

8.2
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
649 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
981 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
1023 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
951 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
753 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
698 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
967 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
1009 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
941 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
744 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
614 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.028

Great HDR peak brightness; again, one of the brightest on the market, and significantly brighter than the CHG90. Small specular highlights in some scenes are extremely bright. With local dimming disabled, the CRG90 isn't able to boost the backlight as high, and the peak brightness is 640 cd/m² with any content.

5.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
30 °
Color Washout From Right
30 °
Color Shift From Left
47 °
Color Shift From Right
52 °
Brightness Loss From Left
33 °
Brightness Loss From Right
34 °
Black Level Raise From Left
18 °
Black Level Raise From Right
19 °
Gamma Shift From Left
17 °
Gamma Shift From Right
16 °

Like most displays with VA panels, the CRG9 has bad horizontal viewing angles. The CRG9 performs almost identically to the C49HG90. Viewing off-axis, the black levels raise and the brightness decreases, causing the image to appear washed out, and colors lose accuracy.

5.6
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
30 °
Color Washout From Above
31 °
Color Shift From Below
58 °
Color Shift From Above
57 °
Brightness Loss From Below
31 °
Brightness Loss From Above
31 °
Black Level Raise From Below
14 °
Black Level Raise From Above
13 °
Gamma Shift From Below
12 °
Gamma Shift From Above
9 °

The vertical viewing angle of the CRG9 is disappointing, but this is expected from a VA panel. When viewing from either above or below, the black levels increase rapidly and brightness drops off, causing the image to wash out. At wider angles, colors lose accuracy and shift.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.939 %
50% DSE
0.099 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.590 %
5% DSE
0.048 %

Outstanding gray uniformity. There is some minor vignetting, but this isn't very noticeable with most content.

4.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.552 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
8.187 %

The CRG9 has bad black uniformity. There is noticeable clouding across the entire image. With local dimming enabled, the areas far from the test cross are dimmed and look good, but due to the limited number of dimming zones the area around the cross remains lit.

7.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
RTS
Luminance
566 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
90
RGB Controls
Normal (37-41-50)
Gamma Setting
Mode 3
Color Temperature
6360 K
White Balance dE
2.93
Color dE
3.55
Gamma
1.98

Out of the box, the CRG9 has decent accuracy. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve at all. The strange dip at the top of the curve is unusual, but isn't unheard of, as we saw something similar with the Acer XF251Q. The color temperature is a bit warm, and there are noticeable inaccuracies in almost all colors.

These results were obtained with the default settings of the 'RTS' Picture Mode, but with the gamma set to 'Mode 3', which was the most accurate setting out of the box.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
RTS
Luminance
98 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
13
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
35-42-49
Gamma Setting
Mode 3
Color Temperature
6420 K
White Balance dE
0.94
Color dE
0.77
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the Samsung CRG90 has excellent accuracy. Gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly, and most color and white balance errors are corrected. The only remaining inaccuracy that some people might notice is with bright blues.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.0
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.0 %
Adobe RGB xy
82.8 %
sRGB Picture Mode
RTS
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
RTS

sRGB Picture Mode: RTS (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: RTS

Excellent SDR color gamut, with essentially perfect coverage of the sRGB color space and great coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.7 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
88.8 %
sRGB Picture Mode
RTS
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
RTS

sRGB Picture Mode: RTS
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: RTS

Excellent SDR color volume. It can't produce dark, saturated colors as well as the CHG90, due to the lower contrast ratio.

7.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
82.0 %
Rec. 2020 xy
63.4 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
RTS
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
RTS

DCI P3 Picture Mode: RTS
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: RTS

Decent HDR color gamut. It has great coverage of the DCI P3 color space, which is used by most HDR movies, but it's slightly worse than the CHG90.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
77.4 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
60.8 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
RTS
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
RTS

DCI P3 Picture Mode: RTS
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: RTS

Decent HDR color volume. It's mostly limited by the monitor's color gamut, but it also can't produce dark saturated colors as well, due to the lower contrast ratio.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on this monitor, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

9.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Excellent gradient handling. There is very little banding in areas of similar color, but some banding is still noticeable in darker shades of gray and green.

9.9
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.007 %
Pixel Column Error
0.012 %

There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on the CRG9, which is great.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.7 %
Indirect Reflections
3.1 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.6 %

This monitor has great reflection handling, slightly better than the CHG90, but not quite as good as the Dell U4919DW. There shouldn't be any issues using it in a bright room.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
8.1
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Fastest
Rise / Fall Time
5.3 ms
Total Response Time
14.2 ms
Overshoot Error
3.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
10.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
20.3 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Standard Chart Photo
Faster Chart Photo
Fastest Chart Photo

The Samsung C49RG9 has an outstanding response time, much better than the Dell U4919DW and the CHG90. With the recommended 'Faster' overdrive setting, there is almost no noticeable overshoot in any transition. The 'Fastest' setting has a slightly faster 80% transition time, but there is more overshoot, resulting in a slower overall transition time.

7.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Fastest
Rise / Fall Time
6.2 ms
Total Response Time
15.4 ms
Overshoot Error
2.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
12.0 ms
Dark Total Response Time
23.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great. The flicker seen in the 0% measurement is noise and is not actually visible. This is a welcome change over the CHG90, which had noticeable flicker at all brightness levels. Unfortunately, there is no optional black frame insertion feature.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A
8.7
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
120 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
120 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

The Samsung CRG90 has an excellent 120Hz refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync 2. There are two FreeSync modes, and we recommend the 'Ultimate Engine' mode, which has the widest FreeSync range and supports low framerate compensation (LFC). This might not work with all games, though, in which case the 'Standard Engine' should work, but it has a worse FreeSync range of 70 to 120 fps. Unfortunately, this monitor only supports FreeSync over DisplayPort.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
21.6 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
5.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
14.0 ms
10 Bit HDR
19.2 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The Samsung CRG90 has excellent low input lag at the native refresh rate, or in FreeSync mode. Unfortunately, when it isn't at 120Hz the input lag is noticeably higher, including in HDR, which was tested at 100Hz, as we were only able to send HDR at 100Hz. Due to the bandwidth limitations of DisplayPort 1.4, with the high native resolution it isn't possible to send 10-bit colors at 120Hz, so HDR is only supported at 100Hz or a lower resolution.

9.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 5120x1440
Aspect Ratio 32:9
Megapixels 7.4 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 48.8 inches
Screen Area 623 sq inches

The ultrawide 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120x1440 resolution deliver an outstanding amount of screen real estate to work with. This is an outstanding monitor for multitasking or a more immersive gaming experience. The higher resolution of the CRG9 makes a noticeable difference compared to the CHG90.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 2 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (USB 3.0), 2 (USB 2.0)
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm 1
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

Unlike the CHG90, there is no Mini DisplayPort connection. Instead, there is an additional DisplayPort 1.4 port. There is a 3.5mm Microphone In port, which acts as a passthrough, and the Microphone Out port must be connected to a PC for it to work. There is also a headphone jack, and the volume can be controlled through the monitor's OSD.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
Fixed (On/Off)
Speakers
No
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
PBP

There are very few additional features on this monitor. It doesn't have internal speakers, but it does support HDR10. It supports Picture-by-Picture (PBP), allowing you to work with two sources on the screen at once, but unlike the Dell U4919DW, there is only one upstream USB connection, so you'll have to either buy a separate keyboard and mouse switch or have two sets (see our recommendations for the best gaming mice and the best wireless mice). For gaming, there is an option to add a virtual crosshair to any game.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls are identical to those found on the CHG90. There is a joystick control that is used to navigate the OSD, and it works very well. There are also three buttons that allow you to switch between different settings presets.

Features
In The Box

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Power Cable
  • USB-B Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • VESA Mount Adapter

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 49" CRG9, model code LC49RG90SSNXZA, which is the only size available.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their CRG9 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
C49RG9 49" 5120x1440 120Hz  

The C49RG9 we reviewed was manufactured in May 2019.

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: Dell U4919DW. Middle: Samsung C49RG9. Right: Samsung CHG90.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Samsung CRG9 is an impressive ultrawide monitor, but unless you're specifically looking for a monitor with this aspect ratio, there are better options out there. See our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors, the best gaming monitor size, the best curved gaming monitors, and the best large monitors. See also our recommendations for the best mice and the best keyboards.

Samsung C49HG90/CHG90
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The Samsung CRG9 is a bit better than the Samsung C49HG90/CHG90. The CRG9 has a higher resolution screen, flicker-free backlight, and a faster response time. The CHG90 has a slightly higher refresh rate, but this doesn't add much.

Dell U4919DW
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The Samsung CRG9 is a bit better than the Dell U4919DW, depending on your needs. The CRG9 has much better gaming performance, with a faster refresh rate, better response time, and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate, and the CRG9 supports HDR. The U4919DW has better viewing angles and might be a bit better for office use for some people, as it can connect to two displays at once with a single keyboard and mouse.

LG 49WL95C-W
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Although they use different panel technologies, the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 is slightly better than the LG 49WL95C-W for most uses, and is much better for gaming. The LG has better viewing angles, which might be better in some cases, but the Samsung is significantly brighter, especially in HDR, and it has a better contrast ratio. The CRG9 is also much better than the LG for gaming, as it has a faster refresh rate, much faster response time, lower input lag, and it supports FreeSync.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ
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The Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 and the ASUS TUF VG27AQ are very different monitors. The Samsung has a 32:9 aspect ratio, which is twice the size of the ASUS. The ASUS performs better overall, as it has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, and it has better ergonomics as well as a faster response time. Also, the ASUS has a 165Hz refresh rate compared to Samsung's 120Hz,  but the Samsung's VA panel has a higher native contrast ratio and better reflection handling.

Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
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The Samsung CRG9 is better than the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. The CRG9 has better ergonomics, better gray uniformity, and better reflection handling. The CRG9 is also much better for gaming, as it has a faster refresh rate, lower input lag, and slightly better motion handling. Although both monitors use VA panels, the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB looks better in a dark room, as it has much better contrast and better black uniformity.

Dell U3818DW
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The Dell U3818DW and the Samsung CRG9 are similar, but due to the differences in panel technology, they each have their advantages and disadvantages. The U3818DW uses an IPS panel, which delivers wider viewing angles, and the Dell has better ergonomics. The CRG9 has a much larger, higher resolution screen, and is a much better gaming monitor. The CRG9 supports HDR, has a faster refresh rate, and much better motion handling.

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