Samsung’s new Odyssey G9 super-ultrawide monitor has such high specs that even the most powerful gaming PCs won’t be able to keep up with it.
Yeah, this one is too sexy to look at. Samsung’s new 49-inch monster, the Odyssey G9 UltraWide VA screen has a refresh rate of 240 Hz, a resolution of 5120×1440 pixels and a 1000R curvature. The Odyssey G9, will become available along with 32-inch and 27-inch Odyssey G7 models.
You’re going to have an impossible challenge trying to find a rig that can push the latest PC games at 240Hz. But if you’re a competitive e-sports player who specializes in older titles, this display could be a dream. Those not running it at 240Hz can still take advantage of its sharp resolution and that immersive 1000R curvature that pretty much envelops your whole field of vision.
It has the ability to play games incredibly smoothly at up to 240 frames per second (fps), but PC gamers will likely have to dial down their games’ graphics settings to achieve anything close to 240 fps, even with the most powerful PC hardware you can buy.
The back is very sci-fi, with a clear cutout in the center that reveals a round LED that shifts colors. It looks like Iron Man’s arc reactor. Does anyone need that in a monitor? Nope. Does it look cool, especially for the crowd the G9 is marketed toward? Oh, most definitely.
Listening to the crowd of onlookers here in Las Vegas, I heard some confess that the Odyssey G9 is too much monitor for them and that they’d have a hard time following along with everything happening on-screen in Fortnite. To me, there’s really no such thing as too much monitor. Give me two of these things side by side. Surround me with like five or six of them, even.
With a 1ms response time and support for both AMD FreeSync 2 and Nvidia’s G-Sync, the G9 is likely to come with a very hefty price tag when it ships later this year. It’s easy to quibble over whether it’s worth the cost compared to other ultrawide or 1440p monitors on the market.