by Lim, January 21, 2018 8:00 pm
 

 

Samsung CFG73 Introduction

The Samsung CFG73 and the Samsung CF70 are two very popular gaming monitors. The CFG73 is simply the newer version with a revised foot stand and a software (Purple Artifact) fix. Both are 144Hz monitors with a response time of 1ms (MPRT - not GtG), a Full HD resolution, Freesync with a range of 70-144Hz and a curved Quantum Dot VA panel with solid blacks. This monitor, of course, doesn't offer an HDR (High-Dynamic-Range) feature. At my Samsung CFG73 Review, the purple artifacts where fixed and even my Samsung CFG70 doesn't have purple artifacts since the package was already opened. So I assume that I got a unit which was sent back from another customer, probably because of purple artifacts, and fixed by Samsung. Strangely the Samsung CFG70 has less motion blur than the Samsung CFG73.
 
Note:
Currently, the rating will vary between the YouTube video review and the written review. This is because in the written review two more topics (smearing and overall color impression) will be added soon.
 

Samsung CFG73 Gallery

 

Is it the best gaming monitor for you?

May you ask if its the best gaming monitor with a Full-HD resolution you can buy right now? It strongly depends on your personal needs. In my opinion, you should compare the disadvantages of another gaming monitor with 144Hz in another category, for example, the Viewsonic XG2401 which currently is the best gaming monitor in the Full HD high refresh rate Freesync "area" with a TN Panel. Only if you can live with a monitor's cons you can be satisfied with a gaming monitor for a longer time. However, if you are someone who is looking for a monitor for CS GO, Overwatch or PUBG, then I still would pick a TN panel. If you are someone who is playing mostly (single-player) games like Witcher 3 and especially Sci-Fi Games, then the CFG73 is probably something for you. With its Quantum Dot colors, it has crazy intense colors, which does not look necessarily better than colors on a current 1440p 144Hz IPS panel - They simply look "different", sometimes better, sometimes wors.
 

So how to describe the Samsungs CFG73 Quantum Dot colors?

There are two major differences compared to an IPS panel:
1. Current IPS panels from AU-Optronics which are used in 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors have a green tint, whereas the Samsung has a bit more reddish tint and a more transparency look. Btw, you can add this green tint to the Samsung CFG73 to reach an overall warmer color temperature.
2. Imagine a "red" color vs "neon reds", a "green" color vs "neon greens"... Overall colors are cooler but clearly visible more intense and saturated.
 
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Specifications

Panel Type VA Quantum Dot
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and format 23.5 and 27" Inch
Maximum Resolution 1920x1080p (Full-HD)
Pixel density 87.9 (Pixel per inch)
Refresh rate 144Hz native
Native color depth and color space 8-bit, 131% sRGB
Response time (GtG) 1 ms MPRT
Brightness 350cd/m2
Integrated speakers No
Video inputs 2x HDMI 1.4, 1x DP 1.2
Audio 2x 3.5mm In/Out (out)
USB Hub No
power consumption ~ 55 watt (class C)
Frame width 12 mm (left, top, right), 19 mm bottom
Warranty period 2 years
Ergonomics Tilt, Height, Swivel, Pivot
Adaptive Sync Freesync
Freesync Range 70-144 Hz
Contrast (Native) 3000:1 stated
Vesa Yes 100mm adapter
Curved Yes 1800R
 
 

 

Alternative Full HD 144Hz Gaming Monitors with VA

Alternative 144 Full-HD (1920x1080p) VA gaming monitors to the Samsung CFG73:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the Samsung CFG73 here:

Samsung C24FG73 (23.5")

or Samsung CF27G73 (27")

 

Full HD 144Hz Gaming Monitors with VA and G-Sync:

Acer Predator Z271 Check Price
Acer Predator Z271T Check Price
Lenovo Y27g Check Price
Lenovo Y27G Razer Edition Check Price

Full HD 144Hz Gaming Monitors with VA and Freesync:

Samsung CFG70 (old version) in 23.5" Check Price or 27" Check Price
Asus XG27VQ Check Price
Aoc AG272FCX Check Price
MSI Optix G27C Check Price

MSI MAG24C Check Price

Lenovo Y27f Check Price
Medion X57425 Check Price

 

- 32" Inch

Medion X58426 Check Price

BenQ EX3200R Check Price
Viewsonic XG3202-C Check Price

 

In-depth review

(Click on a topic for example "motion" to enlarge)

 

Processing & Design
8.9
OSD
9.6
Picture Quality
7.5
Colors
9.3
Color Banding
8.9
Black Uniformity
7.1
Motion
8.8
Motion Blur Reduction
6.9
Input
8.8

 
 

Contrast Overview

 Samsung-CFG73-Contrast
 
  

Optimal OSD Settings (on this unit)

Samsung-CFG73-best-settings
 
   

Comparison Charts

 

Maximum Brightness

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus PG258Q
488
Samsung CHG70
473
AOC AG271QG
471
Dell S2716DG
424
Acer XB271HUA
419
Asus PG278QR
399
Asus PG279Q
369
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
367
Samsung CFG70
361
Samsung CFG73
352
Eizo Foris FS2735
333

 

Maximum Contrast

Maximum contrast x:1
Samsung CFG70
2654
Samsung CFG73
2502
Samsung CHG70
2102
AOC AG271QG
1371
Asus PG279Q
1181
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
1174
Eizo Foris FS2735
1084
Asus PG258Q
995
Asus PG278QR
964
Acer XB271HUA
784
Dell S2716DG
686

 

Black point on 120 cd/m2

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
Samsung CFG73
0,05
Samsung CFG70
0,05
Samsung CHG70
0,06
AOC AG271QG
0,09
Eizo Foris FS2735
0,1
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
0,1
Asus PG279Q
0,12
Asus PG278QR
0,13
Asus PG258Q
0,13
Acer XB271HUA
0,16
Dell S2716DG
0,17

 

Brightness ULMB (Backlight Scanning)

Maximum brightness in cd/m2 with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Asus PG258Q
275
Samsung CHG70
237
Samsung CFG73
235
Samsung CFG70
212
Eizo Foris FS2735
197
Dell S2716DG
153
Acer XB271HUA
148
Asus PG278QR
147
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
140
Asus PG279Q
129
AOC AG271QG
120

 
 

Overall Rating Overview

Here you can take a look at the Overall-Rating for each topic of the Samsung CFG73 Review.

Note: In future, you also will be able to create & configure your individual rating for your individual needs. Here you will be able to distribute "100%" to each topic with an individual amount of percent.

Example: The response time is very important for you? Then you can put 20% of your 100% to the topic "Motion Blur & Response Time". After distributing the whole 100% you will become a score and find which monitor from all reviewed monitors is best suited for your individual needs and preferences.
 
Rating Samsung CFG73
Processing & Design8.4
Foot Stand7.5
Ergonomics9.5
Build Quality9.2
OSD9.6
Navigation10
Menu9.1
Picture Quality7.3
Contrast8.5
SDR Brightness PeakNot available
HDR Brightness PeakNot available
Gamma10
Local DimmingNot available
Homogeneity (brightness distribution)7.7
Homogeneity (color purity)5.7
Grey Uniformity8.3
Viewing Angles (bright)7.5
Viewing Angles (dark)3
Panel Coating7.5
Colors9.3
Pre CalibrationNot available
Post CalibrationNot available
Color Gamut CoverageNot available
Color Gamut Volume9.3
3DNot available
Color Banding8.9
Grey Scale8.5
Gradients9.3
Black Uniformity7.1
Panel Frame Construction6.3
Clouding8.5
Backlight Bleed9
Glow4.5
Motion9.2
Refresh Rate10
Adaptive Sync6.3
Response Time / Motion Blur7.8
Pixel Inversion & Artifacts9.5
24p PlaybackNot available
Frame Skipping10
Color Temperature Artifacts9.4
Motion Blur Reduction6.9
Backlight Scanning6.9
Black Frame InsertionNot available
BrightnessNot available
Inputs8.8
Input Lag9
Inputs8.5
 
 

Conclusion

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.

Samsung-CFG-70-Arena-Lighting
 
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
You can find more of them in the Samsung CFG70 Review.

Samsung-CFG-73-Photo-1
 
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.
 
Samsung-CFG-73-Foot-Stand
 
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

 

First

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.
 

Second

Try to sit at a perfect Viewing Angle, so you will have the best image quality, best colors and less VA Glow.
 

Third

Do not sit too close to the monitor, this will increase the VA Glow drastically.
 

Fourth

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.
 

Fifth

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

 

Pro:

- 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

 

Neutral:

- 3x Preset macro buttons
- Headphone holder
- Freesync-Range = 70-144Hz
- No USB Hub
- A bit of a Purple tint in blacks

 

Contra:

- 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 =)

SB
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!)

 

Cheers :)

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?

Thanks
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"

3    Nviron    March 8, 2018 1:35 am
Where's teh UFO test photo like in your other articles? I don't want to use a screenshot of your yourtube video.
Answer from Lim's Cave - March 8, 2018 9:07 am

In the section "motion". You can just click on the different categories :)

4    cenk    April 6, 2018 4:47 am
Hi Lim,
Thank for rewiew.
I bought it after watching the video and I was very pleased.
but I did not pay attention to the fact that the field illumination was in an old version.
why removed the field lighting?
Under the monitor the lighting area is still available.
Answer from Lim's Cave - April 6, 2018 9:21 am

Yes, it is really curious why they did remove the illumination in the OSD when the LED probably is still built in. I really do not know why. But otherwise, the LED only is disturbing while it can only "blink" or "breath" the whole time. We only could write Samsung a mail and ask them.