The new Samsung 24-inch C24RG50 144Hz gaming monitor is the closest competitor to the CFG70 series with a few notable differences. If anything, Samsung has taken a lot out of the new CR24RG range in order to bring down the price to a more reasonable level. No Quantum Dot Display, a bit of a higher response time, and no more “arm” stand
In a way, the new monitor is pretty much the same copy-and-paste specs with a few tweaks here and there.
Samsung C24RG50 Tech Specs
- 24-inch 1920×1080 Resolution
- 1800R Curved Display
- 144Hz Refresh Rate
- AMD Radeon Freesync
- Game Mode Feature
- Eye Saver Mode
- 3000:1 Contrast Ratio
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio
- 4ms Response Time
- HDMI x 2 (1.4) | Display Port x 1 (1.2a) | 3.5mm headphone jack
- R4,499 – R4,999
Instead of keeping the “arm” design that made the CFG70 range so iconic and versatile, Samsung has now gone with a V-stand design that tilts back and forth. In a way, it is a step backwards as the “arm” stand could move the display up and down at the same time and it took less space than this new model.
The “V-stand” juts out a bit in front of the monitor and the lack of height adjustment is a questionable decision on Samsung’s part. Again, the price point is a big push here so the mechanical arm might have cost them a few pennies.
We have the iconic 1800R curved display which is a standard from Samsung in the gaming market. The screen features a matte cover for great anti-glare. On the back, you will find the three ports including 2 HDMI 1.4 ports and a DisplayPort 1.2a. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack. The C24RG50 does not have speakers built into it and it cannot be mounted.
Performance and Gaming
The Samsung C24RG50 is one of the most versatile monitors on the market. Its feature list may be limited and its design as bland as ever, but the curved design and 144Hz display is its best selling point. Samsung promises a 178-degree viewing angle on both left and right and it delivers. Its contrast ratio of 3000:1 and sRGB colour space combine to output some crisp visuals during work and gaming.
Other display features, which can be used for either gaming, work or even entertainment include a “Black Equalizer” that enhances dark visibility and an “Eye Saver Mode” that dims the display and filters out blue light. This was one of the best features to have enabled while typing long articles out and the reduced eye strain was fantastic.’
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I don’t have an AMD card that I could use for the Freesync feature so I just tested the HDMI and DisplayPort capabilities. The HDMI 1.4 meant that I could benefit from the 144Hz refresh rate without the need to make use of the DisplayPort and it worked perfectly. I prefer using HDMI over DisplayPort as it universal and plugging in another device such as my Switch or PS4 means just unplugging it from my PC into the device.
The C24RG50 has built-in presets for various game genres that tweak the colour levels and brightness to adapt for a better viewing environment. I used these once and turned it off after a few minutes. In a world of HDR, this feature felt like an old-school way to “simulate” natural colour output and was simply unnecessary. No, the C24RG50 does not have HDR support but I personally would rather leave the game to its natural colours.
Samsung has done a great job with its various presets that help reduces eye strain. The Eye Save Mode helps while gaming for long periods of time even if it completely destroys the game developer’s intention to detail. Flicker is reduced and the blue light eliminated. I can see how this helps after raiding in Destiny for 5-6 hours.
Samsung has also included a virtual aim point on the display which is found in settings. This places a crosshair on your screen and can be played anywhere you want it. I am not sure what this feature would do for my gaming, but perhaps someone out there would find a use for it.
The Samsung C24RG50 is as basic as gaming monitors come these days. There is no fancy tech behind it that makes it stand out among the rest. A 144Hz monitor is nothing “wow” as it is slowly becoming industry standard. Samsung’s big selling features are more gimmicks and features you could download third-party software to enable making this a pricey option.
Dell, ASUS and AOC all have non-curved displays on the market for at least R1000 less that pack better refresh rates and low response times. If you are a Samsung fanboy and want a curved display then the C24RG50 is perfect for you, but you could even pick up its discontinued counterpart, the CFG70 for the same price while stocks is available.