Samsung’s groundbreaking Odyssey Neo G8 gaming monitor will be released in the U.S. in June priced at $1,499. With a 240Hz refresh rate, the monitor is well above the usual 144Hz standard. Samsung announced the Odyssey Neo G8 at CES 2022, revealing that the gaming monitor would offer 4K picture quality on a 31.5-inch Quantum Mini LED panel arced at a 1000R curve. New details have emerged for the DisplayHDR 1000 certified monitor, including 1,196 individual backlight zones resulting in a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and 4,096 steps for brightness control.
And gamers will be intrigued to learn the Odyssey Neo G8 scales to a peak 2,000 nits, well beyond the typical 350 nits of most gaming monitors. Interested buyers can reserve the monitor, earning a $50 coupon, that drops the price to $1,449 when the monitor is available for purchase June 6.
The Odyssey Neo G8 “checks plenty of boxes that are sure to make any gamer drool,” writes CNN, noting that it supports Quantum HDR 2000, “which should allow it to really show off details in darker areas of gameplay scenes or movies.” The “aggressive” curve of the monitor “means that when you’re sitting roughly a meter away from the screen, it should feel like you’re fully immersed in whatever’s on the screen — be it a game or a Word document,” CNN says.
With support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, the new monitor packs an MPRT response time of 1ms. “You’re going to need a sufficiently beastly graphics card to hit the 165 fps mark at 4K,” suggests Tom’s Hardware, explaining that “the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, which is among the best graphics cards for gaming, should be up to the task. As for hitting the 240 fps mark with Odyssey Neo G8, perhaps we’ll have to wait to see what Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40 Series offers on the performance front at 4K resolutions.”
It also has plenty of connectivity, touting two HDMI 2.1 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4, and two for USB 3.0 (Type-A). Ergonomically, the Odyssey Neo G8 offers tilt, swivel, pivot, and adjustable height. “And given that this is a gaming-centric monitor, RGB lighting effects adorn the exterior to sync with your other peripherals,” writes Tom’s Hardware.
Tom’s mentions a “sister model in the form of the Odyssey Neo G7” that has many of the same features, “but the refresh rate ‘only’ tops out at 165Hz (which is still impressive for a 4K panel). Typical brightness is the same 350 nits as the Odyssey Neo G8, but maximum brightness is cut in half to 1,000 nits.”
LG Turned Its 48-Inch OLED TV into a Huge 4K Gaming Monitor, The Verge, 5/25/22
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