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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.
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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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
Picture Quality
Color Banding
Black Uniformity
Motion Blur Reduction


Contrast Overview


Optimal OSD Settings (on this unit)


Comparison Charts


Maximum Brightness

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus PG258Q
Samsung CHG70
Dell S2716DG
Acer XB271HUA
Asus PG278QR
Asus PG279Q
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
Samsung CFG70
Samsung CFG73
Eizo Foris FS2735


Maximum Contrast

Maximum contrast x:1
Samsung CFG70
Samsung CFG73
Samsung CHG70
Asus PG279Q
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
Eizo Foris FS2735
Asus PG258Q
Asus PG278QR
Acer XB271HUA
Dell S2716DG


Black point on 120 cd/m2

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
Samsung CFG73
Samsung CFG70
Samsung CHG70
Eizo Foris FS2735
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
Asus PG279Q
Asus PG278QR
Asus PG258Q
Acer XB271HUA
Dell S2716DG


Brightness ULMB (Backlight Scanning)

Maximum brightness in cd/m2 with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Asus PG258Q
Samsung CHG70
Samsung CFG73
Samsung CFG70
Eizo Foris FS2735
Dell S2716DG
Acer XB271HUA
Asus PG278QR
Viewsonic XG2703-GS
Asus PG279Q


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
Build Quality9.2
Picture Quality7.3
SDR Brightness PeakNot available
HDR Brightness PeakNot available
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
Pre CalibrationNot available
Post CalibrationNot available
Color Gamut CoverageNot available
Color Gamut Volume9.3
3DNot available
Color Banding8.9
Grey Scale8.5
Black Uniformity7.1
Panel Frame Construction6.3
Backlight Bleed9
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
Input Lag9


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
You can find more of them in the Samsung CFG70 Review.

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!)


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?

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.

5    Vikram    May 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Hi Lim. In those pictures of the CFG70 what % grey picture did you use? I took a picture of my C27FG70 at 5% grey and it looks far worse than your picture especially along the edges: https://i.imgur.com/VgcvSDZ.jpg. I’m wondering if I should return the monitor.
Answer from Lim's Cave - May 26, 2018 2:40 am



The grey uniformity can and always will differ within each unit, unfortunately. As long as this is ONLY visible at this specific "test screens" and not in the regular content, I would not see this as an issue. But when you can see this in camera movements when watching a movie or playing a game I would exchange. My 27" unit, for example, had much more issues (and many ppl reporting banding / DSE issues on the CHG70 in 27") while the 32 and 24" models both are mostly good. However: The edges on your picture are pretty obvious, not sure if it looks the same in person but I would not care if this is not visible in regular content while current (especially gaming and lower budget monitors) always will have a "bad" homogeneity compared to graphics monitors for example

6    Vikram    May 27, 2018 12:16 pm
Well the homogeneity on the edges does seem worse than most units and is visible on evenly colored backgrounds, however it isn't visible in the large majority of games. In some games (like Metal Gear Solid V) it is somewhat visible due to the raised black level in dark scenes, but it seems easy to get used to. Since the monitor is free from far more serious issues like purple ghosting and dead/bright pixels, I've decided to keep the monitor.
Answer from Lim's Cave - June 5, 2018 9:38 pm

As long as you can get used to and it does not disturb you that much I would keep the unit as well. Gaming monitors mostly are never flawless within all topics without having huge amount of luck (:

7    Chaiechan    June 1, 2018 7:32 pm
Which one do you suggest?:

AOC Agon AG241QX - Samsung C24FG73
23.8 inch 23.5 inch
1440p TN panel 1080p VA panel
No Quantum Dot Quantum Dot
No Curve 1800R Curved
144Hz and 1 Ms 144Hz and 1 Ms
Cheaper More expensive
Answer from Lim's Cave - June 5, 2018 9:40 pm

Depending on your games you play I would say. I have tested the AOC but I have also decided not to make a review cause it was not worth it to spend the time. The AOC has the same color banding issues as the Dell S2716DG so I would prefer the Samsung personally

8    Stefan    July 19, 2018 4:10 pm
Hi there! Fantastic review!
I had a question for you. I'm considering this monitor (either the CFG70 or CFG73) for Gaming and for Photography editing. Do you think given some of the issues you've described, that it would be good for photo editing? Or do you think that an IPS panel would be better (but then it begs the question of whether there are any good IPS panels within this price range that are good for gaming too - i.e have good response time, 144hz, etc.)?

The other question I have is about the Black Equalizer. I have color calibration software and a monitor that has this feature (first time seeing it, until now with this samsung), but I'm not sure how this feature is supposed to be applied. Is it simply a matter of measuring a desired Black point and then leaving it alone?
Answer from Lim's Cave - July 22, 2018 10:02 pm

I do not really think that VA or even TN is "good" for photo editing. For photo editing viewing angles are pretty important (because of no gamma / color shift). However, you can set the Samsung to sRGB mode but you still will have different colors/blacks/gamma in the center than in the rest of the screen. It is possible but not perfect.


There are NO IPS panels with 144Hz and Full HD. You could only check the Acer XF270HUA (very different price tags in different countries). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VElc2lvDN-U


With the Black-Equalizer you simply brighten your shadows in games (brighter blacks - it is like changing gamma from 2.2 to 1.8 - just that only blacks will brighten and not the brigher area of the screen)


9    Abir Ahamed    July 21, 2018 5:50 pm
Very nice review. I just have a few questions. Here you have mentioned the response time to be "1 ms mprt not grey to grey". What is the difference between 1 ms moving picture response time and 1ms grey to grey response? Please explain. Also, when the response time is set to fastest, is their flickering perceived by the human eye? Or is it only noticeable when viewed with a camera?
Answer from Lim's Cave - July 22, 2018 9:58 pm

Some people somehow can perceive the flicker (as they have told me within commentaries). But I am sure that 90% will not see the flicker (with the human eye). The Samsung has 1 ms mprt. The best way to understand this is to visit the blurbusters ufo-test: https://www.testufo.com/mprt



10    Igor    July 28, 2018 7:28 pm
Can You tell me yours RGB settings? Did you change something there or it's default? Also, what's your picture mode? Is it true that sRGB gives you best quality?
Answer from Lim's Cave - July 30, 2018 12:09 am

RGB settings are mentioned in the review, BUT: You cannot simply use my settings because EACH unit has a different native color temperature. You should try to find your preferred settings, and that is literally all.



11    Lawrence    July 31, 2018 7:06 pm
Hello, Lim
Your reviews are awesome and helped me alot with my decisions . I have a question regarding something that not many reviewers have talked about but is present in some panels. Im talking about the spacing between pixels. I just got myself the 27 inch HG70 and the distance between pixels is so large on a vertical plane compared to horizontal, that they create dark horizontal lines between them . This effect is similar on old arcade systems except much less obvious and only happends on light and dim colors like a light blue/ grey /brown/yellow. The most obvious example is the desktop background picture in windows 10. Because of this issue, aliasing is increased in games and it feels like i have a much sharper image on my old TN Samsung S23A750D, no matter the viewing distance. Also anything non-native looks very blurry . Overall the image is not sharp at all .
My question is, does the 1080P FG73 suffer from the same uneven pixel spacing? This can also be the main issue for bad text .
Answer from Lim's Cave - August 13, 2018 9:26 pm

Hey mate. Yes, the CFG series also suffers from text inversion, unfortunately :/

This is a well-known downside on these Samsung panels and you have to decide if you can get used to for yourself.

12    Bruno    August 15, 2018 5:57 pm
Hey Lim! First of all I am so gratefull to have found your site and youtube, you are a fantastic reviewer.

I am very interested in getting this monitor but I have some issues and I was looking for some insight.

I have the Asus VX238H and I really dislike it for my daily pc usage, the colors aren't anything extraordinary (except while gaming with PS4/Switch) but what bothers me the most is this little grid-like effect that shows up whenever I scroll or there is some sort of motion, i can see like every pixel, it's so hard for me to explain what exactly is.

I have tested the VG248QE and I like the speed of it except I also find the colors kind of average, very washed out. Would not be my first option.

I am struggling a lot to find the perfect balance of speed and "image quality" considering I do a lot of reading, writing and programming, but I admit I am an extremely picky person and that I need to compromise one or the other when it comes to purchasing a monitor.

My questions for you:
1) How do you feel about the curve in such a small monitor? This is probably one of my major concerns
2) What do you mean by text inversion?
3) What are your thoughts on AOC G2590PX ? I was actually considering it.

Best regards!

Answer from Lim's Cave - August 29, 2018 2:29 pm

The "grid" effect you are talking about are vertical scanlines in moving objects. Each unit will differ in terms of this "issue".  Mostly visible on 144Hz monitors. For some reason, the older models suffer more from this than newer models. 


For reading, writing and programming the Samsung tbh is not the perfect choice because of 2 reasons. Text-Inversion (unsharp, buggy text) and the higher contrast (lower contrast is mostly better for reading - for your eyes).


1) The curve is only slightly visible, but I personally like it.

2) Text inversion explained above :) The text is fuzzy and unsharper than on other monitors

3) G2590PX: I did not test the AOC but I read some measurement results according to the contrast (which is a bit weaker than usual TN panels have). In addition, colors will be probably as same as on the VG248QE (where the contrast also is a bit weaker)

13    Alfredo    August 31, 2018 6:19 am
Im looking to buy the CF391 or CF397 because they are 32inch semi glossy. How is the coating on both cfg73 and cfg70 ? similar to the cf391??
Answer from Lim's Cave - October 2, 2018 8:45 pm

Yes (:

14    Alfredo    August 31, 2018 6:41 am
I have another question. i want to buy a new monitor for my ps4 pro. I cant decide between 4k or 1080p. I read that is best to use the ps4 pro at 1080p with the supersampling and frame rate boost instead of 4k 30hz. I would really like to have hdr but not so many games support it . Right now i have the Dell s2418NX (Ips, 1080p, Almost glossy low haze coating, 60hz). I want to get a bigger monitor for better immersion. I am leaning to the samsung c32f391/397 i prefer glossy display and 32 inch seems the sweet spot( i know i would see the pixels thats why i am also thinking in a 4k display). These samsung cfg70/73 seems to be pretty good. the only problem i find is the size 27 inch. i also got interested in the new chg but there 1440p resolution dont get very well with ps4. Conclusion. any recommendation for the best display for ps4 pro would be great.
Answer from Lim's Cave - October 2, 2018 8:44 pm

The c32f391 is not glossy. Glossy displays are very very rare in today's monitors. Personally, I would probably go with Full HD (I prefer more fps over a higher resolution, but this is up to you) If you want 4k on the PS4 and enjoy HDR, you need to go with a TV (but here the input lag is higher) currently only the Acer X27 and the Asus PG27UQ are offering "true" HDR gaming in a monitor. All other monitors have just more like a "nice to have" feature which works, but the difference is not like "wow"... if you know what I mean :)


The CFG70/73 is not really needed since the PS4Pro is capped to 60Hz - so a 60Hz panel already is good enough and I doubt that you will find something much better than your s2418NX (just the contrast on the Dell is poor). If you want 4k, then I would go with IPS (without HDR) since colors and viewing angles (which are very important within a monitor) are just better for now.

15    Darkmaniako    November 24, 2018 1:06 pm
Hi Lim
You review of this cfg73 is really tempting me to buy it, but i have a few question:
1- For FPS gaming (not pro but 95% of my time at PC) would you take the 24"CFG73 or the 27"CFG70 (not 24" 'cause it's around 400€ here)?
2- Would you recommend me another monitor for that price? I use photoshop sometimes for my travel photos and i'm afraid of the bad TN panels around 250-300€ (E.S. Zowie/AOC/MSI), i'm not a designer but i have to tweak my photos sometimes.

Best regards.
Answer from Lim's Cave - November 30, 2018 11:33 pm

Hey mate.


1) I would pick TN as a pure FPS gaming monitor

2) Viewsonic XG2703-GS is a good one for example which I would recommend (depending on the price in your region). For photos, TN and VA both are not really good (depending on witch which color space you want to work with - The Samsung offers a sRGB mode, I am not sure yet how much of the Adobe RGB color space is covered in this mode). For photo editing (as well as video) IPS is always the best because TN and VA have gamma/color shift in viewing angles - and those are really important within monitors due to the harsher viewing angles and the distance to a monitor (compared to a TV for example).


The CFG73/70 are pretty the same - Differences CFG73:

a different foot stand

purple artifact lottery is smaller (while the grey to black response time can be worse / aka smearing)

the cfg73s blue LED is not working anymore (they have removed the option within the OSD


Hope it helps


16    João Martins    December 5, 2018 12:33 am

Someone with the Samsung monitor who's having a problem.

It was purchased on November 23rd on black friday!

When I turn off the PC, I always leave the monitor in standby mode blinking, however when I call it the next day, I never see the image, always having to take it off and put it back on and it starts giving.

This has to be with some problem, will it be from the display port?
Answer from Lim's Cave - December 9, 2018 1:36 pm

I am not sure what this can be (as mentioned on YouTube) but you could also try another DP Cable (maybe?). Heard some other ppl having this issue on the Samsung. My unit does not really have this issue but my Viewsonic sometimes just turns off and I have to disconnect the power cable for around 10 seconds... :X

17    Alphacentor    January 9, 2019 2:05 pm
thank you for your incredible description of this screen that convinced me to buy it at Christmas. I have a question, my graphics card (an RX480) is just dead, I would like replace it with a RX580 but ... There was the announcement of nvidia compatibility with some certified screens (so the one it does not belong). Do you think it would be wise to buy an nvidia anyway? Some have been able to test freesync with an nvidia? (sorry for my poor English I'm French)
Answer from Lim's Cave - January 12, 2019 6:35 pm



we can't say for now how well it will work as long as it is not released :) But maybe it is worth to wait a while :O

18    Alphacentor    January 16, 2019 11:41 am
hello, indeed the freesync nvidia maj went out yesterday ... Has anyone tested now :)?
Answer from Lim's Cave - January 27, 2019 10:52 am

I didnt tested it yet. My Nvidia card is broken and I will get soon a new one (probably the RTX 2080). 

19    Diogo Pinão    February 2, 2019 1:39 pm
Hello Lims, thanks for the review.

I'd like you to give me an opinion. Sorry about my weak English.

I have an Xbox One S and play on a Samsung TV 32" 720p but do not like the image quality of it, in recent times I have been thinking of buying a monitor with good colors and quality of images, and that is not too expensive and found this Samsung cfg73.
I play, for example, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Far Cry 5.
I do not know if it is worth buying the monitor, I would like you to give me an opinion, if I should or do not buy this monitor, if I buy it will be satisfied?

I appreciate it if you can answer me, and again I'm sorry for my bad English.
Answer from Lim's Cave - February 2, 2019 2:24 pm

Hey. First of all, you do not really need a 144Hz panel for consoles while they don't support everything past 60fps/Hz. The pros of the Samsung is, it has the Quantum dot panel, while those cheaper 60Hz panels don't have Quantum Dots.


However, you also can go with a cheaper 60hz panel (for example IPS with a faster pixel responsiveness)