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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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
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
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.
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
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.