The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 is a premium 49-inch QD-OLED monitor. It's a newer model than the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, which uses Mini LED backlighting, and it's the second QD-OLED monitor from Samsung, alongside the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85. It has a 5120x1440 resolution and super ultrawide 32:9 aspect ratio with a 1800R curve, so while it has a very wide screen, the edges of the screen are brought closer to your field of view. It's designed as a gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, and thanks to its DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 inputs, you can take full advantage of its max refresh rate with any graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression. It supports all common variable refresh rate (VRR) formats, like HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync, and G-SYNC compatibility. Like other Samsung monitors released in 2023, it features their proprietary Tizen smart platform, so you have access to a ton of apps without the need for a PC.
Note: We originally purchased a unit of this monitor whose inputs stopped working after one day of testing. We bought a second unit, with which we completed testing without the same issue with the inputs.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is amazing for most uses, and its large screen offers a ton of space to view your content. It's incredible for gaming as it has a 240Hz refresh rate and VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It also has a near-instantaneous response time that makes motion look smooth and has low input lag for a responsive feel. It's even outstanding for media consumption, whether in SDR or HDR, as it has a near-infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, and it displays bright and vivid colors thanks to its remarkable color volume. Its large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio also make it great for content creation and office use, and it has incredible reflection handling if you want to use it in well-lit rooms, but it has text clarity issues and a risk of permanent burn-in.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is great for office use, but there are some limitations. Its large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio provide plenty of screen space for multitasking. It also has incredible reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room, but its SDR brightness is limited because a firmware update disabled the Peak Brightness setting in SDR to boost the brightness. Fortunately, it has wide viewing angles, so the edges of the screen don't look washed out if you sit close. However, there are some text clarity issues due to its triangular RGB subpixel layout, and OLEDs are prone to burn-in when exposed to the same static elements over time.
The Samsung G95SC is incredible for gaming, combining a 240Hz refresh rate and outstanding picture quality. It has a near-instantaneous response time that leads to minimal motion blur and low input lag for a responsive feel. It also has VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can use it with any HDMI 2.1 graphics card, but it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz from consoles. On the plus side, its 32:9 aspect ratio lets you view more of your game at once as long as the game supports this aspect ratio, and blacks are deep and inky in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is outstanding for media consumption. Its near-infinite contrast ratio helps it display deep and inky blacks, and there isn't any blooming around bright objects either. It also gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR and has remarkable color volume to make colors look vivid. Its 32:9 aspect ratio helps when you want to watch ultrawide movies, but there still will be bars on the sides. Lastly, it has a built-in smart platform, so you won't need to use your computer to stream your favorite shows and movies.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is fantastic for media creation. It displays a wide range of colors and has impressive accuracy before calibration, so images look life-like. It also provides enough space to multitask or view your entire video timeline at once, but there are text clarity issues, so text and images don't look sharp. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it has incredible reflection handling, but its SDR brightness is just okay. On the downside, OLEDs are prone to burn-in when exposed to the same static elements over time, like if you always leave your editing program open on the screen.
The Samsung G95SC is outstanding in HDR. Its QD-OLED panel allows it to display bright and vivid colors, and it also gets bright enough in HDR to make small highlights stand out against the rest of the image. It displays perfect blacks in dark rooms, and there isn't any blooming around bright objects. Lastly, it also has fantastic gradient handling, so you won't see much banding in scenes with shades of similar colors, like a sunset.
We tested the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey OLED G9, which is different from both the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85, as you can see their differences below. The results are only valid for this monitor.
|Model||Size||Curvature||Type||Resolution||Max Refresh Rate|
|Neo G9||49"||1000R||Mini LED||5120x1440||240Hz|
Our unit was manufactured in April 2023; you can see the label here. This was actually the second unit that we bought, as the inputs on our first unit completely stopped working after a day of testing. We returned that unit and purchased this one, which had no issues with the inputs. The first unit was also manufactured in April 2023; you can see the label here.
Samsung released a firmware update (version 1023) that disables the Peak Brightness setting in SDR, meaning the monitor is dimmer in SDR that on previous firmware. You can read more about this in SDR Brightness.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 combines fantastic gaming performance and outstanding picture quality, and it improves on other QD-OLED monitors, like the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85, by introducing a 240Hz refresh rate. The QD-OLED panel is a nice improvement over the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 as well. However, considering the Neo G9 doesn't have the same risk of burn-in and text clarity issues, it's still the better choice for productivity, and it also gets brighter in SDR. If you need the best of the best and like the super ultrawide format to see more of your game at once, you won't be disappointed with the OLED G9.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 is a newer version of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, and both monitors use different panels. The OLED G9 has a QD-OLED panel that lets it display much deeper blacks in dark rooms with perfect black uniformity, and it also has better motion handling. On the other hand, the Neo G9 uses Mini LED backlighting that gets much brighter, but the OLED G9 still delivers more vivid colors. One difference is that the OLED panel on the OLED G9 risks burn-in and has text clarity issues, so if you need something for productivity use, the Neo G9 is the better choice. However, the OLED G9 is still better for watching multimedia content and gaming.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 are similar monitors, with the main difference being their size. The OLED G9 has a wider screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio compared to 21:9 on the OLED G8, and it also has a higher 240Hz refresh rate. The OLED G9 has a slight advantage regarding HDR brightness, but the difference is hard to tell. Besides that, they're very similar monitors with most of the same features, but the OLED G9 has a USB-C port that supports upstream so you can connect devices to other ports, which the OLED G8 doesn't have.
The Dell Alienware AW3423DW and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 are both QD-OLED monitors with some differences. The Samsung has a large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio, offering more screen space than the Dell. The Samsung has a few extra features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and a built-in smart system, that the Dell doesn't have, and the Samsung has a higher 240Hz refresh rate too.
The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 are both QD-OLED monitors with some differences. The Samsung has a large 49-inch screen and 32:9 aspect ratio, offering more screen space than the Dell. The Samsung has a few extra features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a built-in smart system, which the Dell doesn't have, and the Samsung has a higher 240Hz refresh rate.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 and the LG 49GR85DC-B are different types of super ultrawide gaming monitors. The Samsung is better in most ways because it uses a QD-OLED panel that delivers improved picture quality and superior motion handling than the LG. The Samsung even has wider viewing angles, so the image remains consistent no matter where you view it from. The main advantage the LG has is that it doesn't risk permanent burn-in like on the Samsung, and there's less color fringing.
The Corsair XENEON FLEX 45WQHD240 and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 are different types of ultrawide monitors. While the Samsung has a 49-inch screen and the Corsair has a 45-inch screen, the Samsung has a wider 32:9 aspect ratio compared to the 21:9 aspect ratio of the Corsair. Both have OLED panels, but they're different in a few ways, too, as the Samsung is QD-OLED, which allows it to get brighter and display a wider range of colors that are more vivid. While each has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, the Corsair takes full advantage of gaming consoles with 4k @ 120Hz signals. The Corsair also has a bendable screen, letting you set the curvature to your liking, while the Samsung has a fixed curve of 1800R.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has a premium design with metal plastic and black accents throughout. It also features a ring of RGB lighting on the back, where the stand attaches to the screen. Besides that, it has a rather simplistic look, similar to the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85, but the back has a different shade of silver.
The build quality is excellent. The plastic materials feel good, and the entire monitor is well-put together. The screen wobbles a bit on the stand, but that's normal for a display of this size, and you won't have issues as long as you have a stable table.
It's important to note that we bought a first unit whose inputs died after one day of testing. We couldn't confirm whether the inputs fried or if the internal cables stopped working, but none of the inputs accepted video signals or were outputting power. We bought a second monitor to test, but the issues with the first monitor aren't counted against the build quality score.
The hexagonal stand base takes up minimal space, but because of the large size of the screen, the monitor wobbles easily. The thickness of the monitor is measured from the side of the monitor to the back of the stand, and the thickness from the center to the back of the stand is 5.2" (13.2 cm).
The thickness is measured from the side of the screen to the back of it, and the thickness from the center to the back is 2.8" (7.0 cm).
The remote that comes with Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 resembles those from their TVs, but it only charges via USB-C, as it doesn't have a solar panel on the back. You can navigate the settings with it and control the Tizen smart platform. It even has a mic you can use for voice control with Bixby and Alexa voice assistants. There's also a joystick on the back for basic controls like navigating the menu and powering the display on and off.
The Samsung G95SC has an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio, meaning it displays perfect blacks next to bright highlights in dark rooms. However, like other QD-OLEDs, the black levels raise in bright rooms, and blacks have a purple/pink tint to them, which you can read more about in Reflections.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has no local dimming feature since it doesn't have a backlight. Regardless, the near-infinite contrast ratio doesn't produce any blooming around bright objects, which is equal to a perfect local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a monitor that has local dimming.
The SDR brightness is alright. While it's fine if you have some lights around, it struggles to fight glare if you place it opposite a bright window. Luckily, it maintains its brightness consistently across different content, so you won't see any distracting changes in brightness in SDR. However, the minimum brightness is a bit high, which can be a problem if you like using your monitor in the dark and you're sensitive to bright lights.
These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode with Color Tone on 'Warm1' and Game Mode enabled. Unfortunately, after firmware update 1023 that Samsung released in Aug. 2023, the Peak Brightness setting isn't available to use in SDR. It was before the update, letting the screen get extremely bright with a Real Scene brightness of 314 cd/m² and some windows hitting 440 cd/m². However, once you update the firmware, you can only enable Peak Brightness in HDR. Although locking this setting results in a less aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL), it's still is disappointing if you want to use the monitor in a bright room in SDR. After the firmware update, the Real Scene brightness is the same whether you use a 32:9 or a 16:9 image.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has okay HDR peak brightness. It gets brightest with small highlights as they pop and stand out against the rest of the image. However, it has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) that makes large areas of bright objects dimmer. While it isn't too distracting, it's still noticeable when minimizing and maximizing windows, for example. The EOTF also follows the target perfectly until there's a sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, so it displays content the way the creator intended, and the sharp roll-off means it doesn't do any tone mapping on its own. These results are in Game Mode in the 'Standard' Picture Mode with Brightness at its max of '50', HDR Tone Mapping set to 'Static', and Game HDR on 'Basic'. As explained in SDR Brightness, the Peak Brightness setting is only available to use in HDR, which we did for our testing.
The Real Scene measurement is done with a Blu-ray with a 32:9 image so that it fills out the entire screen, but it gets brighter with a 16:9 aspect ratio as it reaches 603 cd/m². The other tested windows are displayed from a PC with an NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics card, but we expect the brightness to remain the same even with an AMD graphics card. The brightness may be lower when using Windows HDR, but that's a limitation of Windows HDR and not the monitor itself.
The EOTF performs differently with different settings. We tested it with Game HDR set to 'Basic', but it overbrightens the image with it set to 'Advanced', meaning it doesn't display content the way the creator intended, as you can see here. However, using Game HDR locks the Picture Mode to 'Standard', so you would need to deactivate it to use other modes. We also measured the EOTF with it disabled in other modes, as shown below. However, using Game HDR on 'Basic' results in the best EOTF, and it also results in the highest luminosity.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has a remarkable horizontal viewing angle. While it technically isn't perfect, you won't have any issues when sitting in front of the monitor and looking at the sides as the curve brings the edges more within your field of vision or if someone is looking at the monitor from a wide angle.
The vertical viewing angle is incredible. You won't have any issues with it, even if you stand up and look down on it.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has fantastic gray uniformity. The screen looks uniform throughout, even when you have a solid bright color across the screen. However, like any OLED, it has thin vertical lines in dark scenes, but they're hard to notice unless you really look for them.
Thanks to its OLED panel, the Samsung G95SC has perfect black uniformity, as there's no blooming around bright objects.
The accuracy before calibration in the sRGB color space is impressive. Setting Color Space to 'Auto' locks colors well to the sRGB color space, although some reds are still oversaturated. However, you still have access to other picture settings, which is convenient, and the 'Native' setting results in a more oversaturated image. Besides that, there are some minor inaccuracies with brighter whites, and gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve well, as most scenes are too dark.
The Samsung G95SC has fantastic accuracy after calibration. We had issues calibrating it with CalMan, which is the program we normally use to calibrate monitors, so instead, we had to use the monitor's two-point calibration system with Color Space set to 'Auto', and we don't suggest people using our ICC profile because of this. The accuracy is far from perfect, but most inaccuracies are minor. It has an internal Smart Calibration feature, but we didn't use it.
The SDR color gamut is fantastic. It has near-perfect coverage in both sRGB and Adobe RGB but oversaturates colors in each color space.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has an outstanding SDR color volume, as it has no issues displaying bright and dark colors.
The HDR color gamut is fantastic. It has near-perfect coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space and tone maps very well with it too, but magentas and greens are oversaturated. It's also great with the wider Rec. 2020 color space but doesn't cover it entirely.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has a remarkable HDR color volume. Thanks to its QD-OLED panel, it displays colors as bright as pure white and doesn't have issues displaying dark colors.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has incredible reflection handling. The glossy screen reduces glare from strong light sources well, but some light is warped across the screen, which can get distracting if you place it opposite a bright window. It has the same purple tint issue in bright rooms as smaller QD-OLEDs like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. You can see it alongside the Dell and a WOLED display, the LG 42 C2 OLED, in a bright room here.
The text clarity is decent. While the pixels have a different shape than smaller QD-OLEDs like the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85, the same issues with color fringing occur. This is because programs aren't designed to render text with the triangular RGB subpixel layout, which causes text to look worse than some LED-backlit monitors like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. Of course, not everyone notices these issues, so it may not even be a problem for you, and you can read about our own subjective impressions of using a QD-OLED monitor here.
These photos are in Windows 10, and you can also see it in Windows 11 with ClearType on and with ClearType off. However, if the text issues bother you, you can try using the free Better ClearType Tuner. With Font Antialiasing set to 'Grayscale' and Contrast on '1000', the text clarity is much better, as you can see here in Windows 11.
Due to the triangular subpixel layout, there's also color fringing around windows. You'll see a thin green line at the top of every window and a thin red line at the bottom of every window. This also happens when you have black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, but not with the black bars on the edges, which is useful as most content won't have black bars at the top and bottom with a 32:9 display anyways.
The gradient handling is fantastic. Besides some minor banding in darker shades, you won't have any issues with banding.
You need to enable Game Mode to use the 240Hz refresh rate; otherwise, it's limited to 120Hz. You also need to make sure your graphics card supports Display Stream Compression (DSC) to reach its max refresh rate, which any NVIDIA 16 Series or AMD RX 5000 Series and newer graphics card supports.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 supports all three common types of VRR formats, including HDMI Forum VRR, and they work over the entire refresh rate range. It supports Low Framerate Compensation (LFC), which allows the VRR to continue working even when the frame rate drops too low. We didn't experience any issues with VRR, and the monitor performed the same even with it off.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The response time at the max refresh rate of 240Hz is near-instantaneous. This means there isn't any motion blur, but there's still some persistence blur caused by the sample-and-hold method that OLEDs use.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has a near-instantaneous response time at 60Hz with most transitions, but there's overshoot in darker transitions. This leads to inverse ghosting with fast-moving objects in dark scenes, but it's only noticeable in dark scenes or with dark objects.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has an optional black frame insertion feature, otherwise known as backlight strobing, but it's limited in its use. You can only use it with 4k @ 60Hz signals with VRR and Game Mode both disabled, and you need to have the input label set to 'Game Console'. You would also need to change the aspect ratio to 16:9 to not have a stretched image.
The backlight isn't technically flicker-free because it has a slight dip in brightness corresponding to the 240Hz refresh rate. However, we don't consider it pulse-width modulation like on LED-backlit monitors because it isn't a full-screen on-and-off flicker, and you won't notice it.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has low input lag for a responsive feel. While it increases a bit more than expected at 60Hz, it's still low enough that you won't notice any delay while gaming. These results are in Game Mode with the input label set to 'PC', except for the BFI input lag, which is with Game Mode disabled and the input label set to 'Game Console'. Disabling Game Mode causes the input lag to increase, but by keeping it on with the input label set to 'Game Console', the input lag remains the same as in 'PC' mode with other signals.
The 49-inch, 5120x1440 display is the equivalent of placing two 27-inch, 1440p displays side by side, which means you get plenty of screen space to use.
The PS5 works well with this monitor, but even though it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it still doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz. However, it supports 4k @ 60Hz by downscaling the resolution to 1440p, which results in a more detailed image than native 1440p. It's also important to know that the console doesn't support ultrawide gaming, so there will be black bars on the sides. The monitor recognizes when you connect a PS5 and changes the input label to 'PlayStation 5'.
The Samsung G95SC works well with the Xbox Series X|S but doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz. You must also enable the console's HDMI override setting for 1440p @ 60Hz to work, which disables VRR. Besides that, the monitor recognizes when you power on the console and automatically changes the input label. However, because the Xbox doesn't support ultrawide gaming, you'll see black bars at the sides.
Both HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, as you can see here.
While the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has three USB-C ports, all are used for data transfer, and none support DisplayPort Alt Mode. The bottom USB-C port can be used as an upstream port, so you need to connect it to your PC if you want to use the other USB-C ports for peripherals like your mouse or keyboard.
The Samsung G95SC works well with macOS using the DisplayPort connection with a USB-C adapter. The resolutions you can display depend on your computer, as the results vary with different MacBooks. With a 14-inch M1 MacBook Pro (2021) and a 15-inch M2 MacBook Air (2023), you get various resolutions up to 5120x1440 @ 120Hz with both VRR and HDR and there aren't any issues. You can only get the max resolution and 240Hz refresh rate with VRR on a 14-inch M2 Pro MacBook Pro (2023), as you can see here, so you need the power of at least the M2 Pro chip to reach the max refresh rate. The resolution and refresh rate over HDMI is also limited to 2560x1440 @ 60Hz without VRR with the M1 MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, windows don't return to their original position if you use a MacBook and close the lid, but they do if the computer goes to sleep.
As explained in Text Clarity, computer programs don't render text well with its triangular RGB subpixel layout, leading to color fringing and text clarity issues. That's the case with macOS, as you can see with font size 11 here and with font size 13 here.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 has a ton of extra features to improve the user experience. It comes with the Tizen smart platform built-in, allowing you to stream content directly from the built-in apps. It's the same smart platform as Samsung TVs, which you can read more about in the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED review here. It also has built-in speakers, and while they sound decent for monitor speakers, it's still best to get a soundbar or external speakers for the best sound possible. While it has multiple USB-C ports, it doesn't have a KVM switch because none of the ports support DisplayPort Alt Mode, so they can't simultaneously do video and data transfer. Lastly, it has a Multi-View feature, and unlike other Samsung monitors, you can view images from two sources simultaneously, making it a Picture-by-Picture mode.
The monitor has other gaming features, including:
As OLEDs are prone to permanent burn-in when exposed to the same static elements over time, this monitor has a few settings to help reduce that. It has Pixel Shift to move pixels slowly over time so that they don't have burn-in, and it has an Adjust Logo Brightness setting that dims static logos. Unlike other OLEDs, it doesn't have a setting to manually run the pixel refresh, but a prompt to start it still appears after every four hours of usage. The warranty regarding burn-in also changes between regions.
The menu uses the same Tizen OS layout as Samsung TVs; you can learn more about the settings here.