|SDR Brightness Peak||Not available|
|HDR Brightness Peak||Not available|
|Local Dimming||Not available|
|Homogeneity (brightness distribution)||7.7|
|Homogeneity (color purity)||5.7|
|Viewing Angles (bright)||7.5|
|Viewing Angles (dark)||3|
|Pre Calibration||Not available|
|Post Calibration||Not available|
|Color Gamut Coverage||Not available|
|Color Gamut Volume||9.3|
|Panel Frame Construction||6.3|
|Response Time / Motion Blur||7.8|
|Pixel Inversion & Artifacts||9.5|
|24p Playback||Not available|
|Color Temperature Artifacts||9.4|
|Motion Blur Reduction||6.9|
|Black Frame Insertion||Not available|
The Samsung CFG73 gaming monitor is a very good gaming monitor, especially for its price. You should consider, that the price can vary in each region. I've paid only 250€ for the CFG70 and 300€ for the CFG73. I don't think that it is worth to pay 50€ extra. The problem is that many CFG70 units without a firmware fix will still suffer from purple artifacts. You may ask Samsung if they can fix your unit before you go with the CFG70, so you can save some money to invest in other hardware components. At least in Germany, they are offing a firmware fix for CFG70 units with purple artifacts.
The Samsung CFG70s Arena Lighting which has been removed in the OSD of the Samsung CFG70.
So in the end, the Samsung CFG series is currently probably the best choice when it comes to a 144Hz VA panel with Full HD. You may consider, that the uniformity and homogeneity, pixel responsiveness, clouding etc can differ within each individual unit, but since I had now 5 times the CFG70 series, I can tell you that all of them will suffer in text inversion and homogeneity issues near the bezels on the left and right. The "yellowish" banding strip on the left can also vary within each individual unit. What very important to consider is, that the 27" Inch version, no matter if it's from the CFG or the CHG series with 1440p can have much more issues with banding and DSE.
Here is how it looks on the CFG70 on 27" Inch:
Samsung CFG / CHG - Banding / DSE 2
The Samsung CFG70's backside with the baby-blue circle and Samsung Logo.
I will keep the CFG70 because of less motion blur compared to the CFG73. In this case, I just had some luck that I got a unit which already had the firmware update installed. High-Resolution Sci-Fi or Space videos & games combined with these "neon" Quantum Dot colors really look awesome. Stellaris, Dead Space, Star Wars are suited for the CFG and CHG series. The biggest disadvantage for me personally (and I think also for the most people) is the VA glow. It gives the monitor the typical "VA look" with this shiny, gleaming, and glittering effect and especially in low contrast content where filters were used to highlight black details like in Vikings or the game No Mans Sky this monitor has its issues. The Glow is much more / mostly visible in very dark color tones (dark grey, dark green, dark blue...) than in blacks.
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Even in brighter image content, the glow is easily visible, as we have seen in the Samsung CFG73 Review on YouTube. The middle screen area has more intense colors than everything around this "iris". This is why Viewing Angles in a monitor are very important. At the Samsung, you have to sit perfectly straight in front, and the more far away, the better and less visible the glow. People mostly think that they don't think need good Viewing Angles for the "perfect" image quality when just sitting in front, but this is not really the truth.
The new foot stand of the Samsung CFG73 is a good improvement to the older one from the Samsung CFG70.
Tipps & Tricks For the Samsung CFG73
Use lamps in your room to increase the subjective black level and lower the perception of the VA Glow. Even small desk-lamps can help. Check out the Atmospheric Gaming and Home Cinema Lamp Reviews on Lim's Cave.
Try to sit at a perfect Viewing Angle, so you will have the best image quality, best colors and less VA Glow.
Do not sit too close to the monitor, this will increase the VA Glow drastically.
You also can increase the Black Equalizer in the OSD (for example to around 10), this also will help a bit to lower the VA Glow.
Try to get used to a lower max. brightness. Many people are using their monitor in very extreme brightness settings. After you will get used to the lower brightness (around 1-2 days, depending on how long you sit at the gaming pc) you will have an overall better image quality and your eyes also will be thankful.
Pro & Contra
- Crazy (different) "pop" neon-colors
But because of the VA Glow, less stability in colors. Depending on content it
can look better / worse than an IPS panel.
- Still a good response time for a VA panel type (better than most other VA panels)
- Very good image quality (settings) out of the box
Note: VA Gamma 2.2 looks totally different to IPS Gamma 2.2
- Build Quality & Design
- Very good ergonomics and an improvement for the foot stand
- Deep blacks but not the stated contrast ratio (on all 5 units)
- Very low input lag
- A very useful black equalizer
- OSD Sharpness settings
- An excellent Sci-Fi monitor
- 3x Preset macro buttons
- Headphone holder
- Freesync-Range = 70-144Hz
- No USB Hub
- A bit of a Purple tint in blacks
- Homogeneity on the left + right near the bezels
- Yellow "banding" Strip on both (CFG70 + CFG73) on the left side
- After the purple fix, worse response time + more smearing
- Pixel Inversion (Issues with text/fonts)
- Fixed brightness settings for backlight strobing and more Ghosting
and Crosstalk than before the purple artifact fix
- Black uniformity (Clouding) depending on your brightness settings
- Possibility of much more Banding (DSE) issues on the 27" Inch version (CHG and CFG Series)
VA Typical contra:
- VA Glow: Still better than the HP Omen X35 and worse than the Samsung CHG70
- Viewing Angles (you have to sit at the perfect angle) to avoid as much VA Glow
and loss of saturation as possible. (Don't trust data sheets from manufacturers).
Viewing angles especially are bad for dark image content
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1 SB February 3, 2018 2:19 am
Awesome review Lim, thanks!
I ordered this monitor a few days ago. I really liked that you acknowledged the weaknesses, but also gave "tips and tricks" to help make up for them. I wondered if you could provide a little bit more info for each tip / trick:
1). What is the optimal room lighting set up for gaming? Gaming in the dark? Having a dim roof light on?
2). What is the optimal viewing angle? Top of monitor at eye level? Top of monitor at hair level?
3). How far back from the monitor should I sit?
4). How high would you recommend setting the black equalizer?
5). How low would you recommend setting the brightness settings?
Also, how would I use the optimal OSD settings table? How do I know which column is relevant to me?
Thanks again for your effort / time =)
Answer from Lim's Cave - February 4, 2018 12:43 am
Hey mate, sorry for the late response, I just miss it.
1) There is no optimum, in general, = the brighter the better while the contrast to your environment increased.
2) The optimal viewing angles on a VA panel is to place your eyes at the center of the screen (you can see this when you just open a full black image and try to sit in the angle where the most blacks are visible without glow)
3) The same as 2) open a full black image and you will see the center is black (iris) and everything around this iris has the VA glow (greyish) The further away from the monitor the bigger the iris. To "open" the iris in its max, you probably would sit around 3 meters away, but this, of course, is too much
4) around 10 (in dark image content) but you should figure it out where you notice fewer VA Glow
5) 6500k = neutral white, everything above is warmer. But you should watch my "best monitor settings for gaming" monitor video (I really suggest!)
2 Andi February 4, 2018 12:19 am
Hello Lim, thanks for the in-depth review.
Whats your preference for the reaction time/Reaktionszeit setting? Is it worth changing to the fastest setting?
Answer from Lim's Cave - February 4, 2018 12:45 am
After the fix, for me personally no longer (because of more ghosting/crosstalk issues). I would set it to standard (you cannot use Freesync with set to "faster" or "fastest"