Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor - Testing Continued

Article Index
Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor
Features and Specifications
Testing Methods and Notes
Color Accuracy Testing
In-Depth Testing Continued
Testing Continued

Performance - Text:

As much as I like to consider myself a gamer, the truth is the most of my computer usage is reading, writing and editing text. I have used the Samsung CFG70 as my primary display for the past couple of weeks and I've been pounding out reviews almost daily. As such, I've spent a lot of time staring at text and I can say that the quality of the display is fantastic for text. My system runs Windows 10 and the font scaling is very well done on this OS. With the resolution of 1920x1080, text doesn't have to be scaled oddly and the resolution and size are perfect for general desktop use.

 

Performance - Video/Photo:

I didn't have much time to watch movies, but I did make sure to watch some movies on this display. The upside to having a full 1080p display and not something higher is that movies look very good on the display and they don't have to upscale. When calibrated correctly, the movies were sharp and looked natural - not like some super vivid TVs that make everything look ultra-realistic to the point of fake. Blu-Ray movies looked great as did every other type of video content. If it looked bad, I could only blame it on the quality of the source - the display performed flawlessly. When it comes to working with photos, once the display is calibrated properly, it is decent and even though the color and luminance uniformity isn't perfect, it is better than my eyes as I didn't notice any issues - unlike with the ViewSonic display.

CFG70 - Profile

 

OSD: 

There are several different settings that can be adjusted on the display and a few presets to match the content you're watching. We'll show off the OSD Menu below and let the images speak for themselves.

OSD - Stock Settings
OSD - Stock Settings

OSD - Speed Settings
OSD - Speed Settings

OSD - Picture Controls
OSD - Picture Controls

     

OSD - OSD Settings
OSD - OSD Settings

OSD - System Settings
OSD - System Settings

OSD - Information
OSD - Information

 

In addition to those settings, there are 3 quick settings for different customizable game modes - as well as different color modes that include Custom, High-Brightness, FPS, RTS, RGP, AOS, sRGB and Cinema.

 

Performance - Gaming:

I've been blessed to have been able to use this for the past few weeks as not only my primary monitor for work, but also as my gaming display. I use a decent ASUS 120Hz LCD already, so it's not like going from the dark ages to the modern era in terms of refresh rate. That being said, the Samsung CFG70 takes the refresh rate up a notch with a full 144Hz refresh as well as support for AMD's FreeSync. I use AMD cards in my system so I was able to take advantage of the FreeSync option and the results are better than I expected. The frame synchronization means that you won't have any kind of tearing at all in your games and when you combine that with 120FPS rendering, you get a buttery-smooth experience that makes me sad that this is just a loaner.

This display has a full 1ms grey-to-grey response time and you can tweak that though the menu if required. Overall, the setup and usage in games is fantastic. I played a wide array of games from a few titles from the Call of Duty series, to Battlefront, Battlefield 4, Diablo III, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm and more and I can't find any fault at all with this display when it comes to gaming. It's pretty near perfect.

CFG70 In Action

 

Conclusion:

The Samsung CFG70 24-inch is a very capable display for desktop use. It will pivot to portrait mode and has a pair of HDMI ports as well as a single full-sized DisplayPort connection. With a standard screen size of 24-inches, it doesn't take up a lot of space on your desk, is easily transported to your favorite LAN event and has a fine dot-pitch and pixel density. Looking at it is a pleasure.

Samsung offers some extra premium features with this display for gamers though. The curved screen, AMD FreeSync support and a crazy-fast 144Hz refresh rate make it stand out. The panel is also capable of 1ms GtG response and the wide viewing angle means that it will enable people to spectate and see all the detail and color that the screen offers. 

Speaking of color, the color and lighting uniformity and reproduction are excellent for a gaming display and even rank up there with more "professional" displays. While this displays isn't inexpensive, nothing about it is "cheap". The fit and finish of the display is fantastic. Even little details such as the stand are incredible. I really like the self-leveling feature, dual-hinge design. It will pivot up and down as well as side-to-side to give you the perfect viewing experience.

With such a high-speed display, you won't have any ghosting issues or tearing if you enable FreeSync and you have a compatible system. It's just plain fantastic. The price is the only thing that keeps it from being a perfect 10/10. It is quite expensive, but in all fairness you are getting a lot for the price. Quality. Performance. Aesthetics. It's so, so nice.

 

Pros:

  • Super sleek and beautiful design
  • Three inputs
  • FreeSync support
  • Fast refresh rate/response time
  • Pivot and height adjustable
  • Excellent contrast, brightness and uniformity

 

Cons:

  • Price. It's not a cheap display (but so worth it)
  • Curved screen on a 24-inch display seems a bit unnecessary

While I do list price as a "Con", it's not that expensive for what you get in terms of performance and quality. In short, if you have the budget, buy the Samsung CFG70 Series 24-Inch Gaming Monitor (C24FG70). You'll be glad you did!

PDF of all test results.

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