Samsung SyncMaster 172X 12ms "Gaming LCD"

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Samsung SyncMaster 172X 12ms "Gaming LCD"
LCD Testing and Performance

Product: Samsung SyncMaster 172X Silver LCD
Provided By: Samsung Canada
Price: ~$550USD Pricewatch | $774CDN NCIX

After reading the last review I posted of the Samsung 192MP, Samsung got a hold of me and said they'd sent me an LCD that would silence my complaints of "Ghosting" in Games. The model that arrived at my door less than a week later was the 172X "Narrow & Slim Color TFT LCD Display". This unit boasts a smokin' 12ms response time, and does this without lowering the image quality that other LCD manufacturers seem to have to. I've had this on the bench as my primary display for a few weeks now and was even able to take it to a small local LAN party. This review is written with the experience of well over 60 hours of usage. I've become very familiar with it, and am sad to see it leave. So lets get to it. . .

The LCD comes with both DVI and VGA cables as well as an AC/DC converter and cord, VESA mounting hardware and a driver disk. Not a tonne of stuff, but it's a monitor. I'm rather pleased with the inclusion of the VESA mounting hardware as most newer LCD's have the holes to mount them on a wall, but no hardware to get this accomplished. Kudos to Samsung for this inclusion on the 172X. Let's see that on more on them.

Specs & Info:

The following list of specs was pulled off of Samsung's web site.


  • Viewable Image Size: 17"
  • Brightness (Typical): 270 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 500:1
  • Viewing Angle (H/V): 160/140 (degrees)
  • Interface: Analog/Digital
  • Horiz. Frequency: 30-80 (kHz)
  • Vertical Frequency: 56-75 Hz
  • Bandwidth: 135 Mhz
  • Max/Native Resolution: 1280x1024
  • Available Color(s): Silver
  • Special Features: Ultra Narrow Bezel, dual CPU input, dual hinge, fast response time, MagicTuneTM, MagicBrightTM
  • Color Supported: 16.2 million
  • Response Time: 12 ms


Display Up Close:
Samsung labels this LCD as "Slim & Narrow" and here is why. This monitor is very thin and the front bezel is less than 1cm wide. Very sleek and attractive.


This LCD supports both DVI and standard VGA cables which both work well. Interesting thing to note is that when using DVI, you cannot adjust monitor settings with the "Auto" button or color balance on the monitor. Being that the signal is digital, it is accurate as far as displaying goes. If you need to adjust it, you'll have to do this through your graphics card drivers. When using the VGA connection, you have function of the traditional color controls found on LCD's.

I found the monitor menu controls quite awkward. They are located on the bottom side of the front of the LCD, and it's quite hard to see what they are labeled, and a little clunky to use. I understand that placing them there allows for a cleaner look, but they are not very convenient. In all reality, once you have your monitor set up, you won't be touching the controls very often at all, especially if you run it through the DVI cable.
Enough of the chit-chat, let's head on over and see how this display performs through daily testing.