Monday, April 12th 2021

Samsung Updating Odyssey G9 Premium Gaming Monitor - MiniLED Technology, First DisplayHDR 2000 Certification?

A listing has surfaced on Chinese website Taobao featuring what is being described as the 2021 update for the ultra-premium Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor. It keeps the DNA of the Odyssey G9 - that means the 49" VA panel, 5120×1440 resolution and 1000R curvature remain. The devil, as always, is in the details; the new monitor is expected to feature a MiniLED backlight solution featuring 2048 dimming zones, which should enable a contrast ratio of 4,000:1 and an eventual, first-of-its-kind DisplayHDR 2000 certification by VESA. The current maximum under the standard stands at DisplayHDR 1400, so it's quite the jump for maximum HDR quality.
Other specs include a refresh rate as fast as 240 Hz with 1 ms response times, and support for NVIDIA's G-Sync Compatible badge as well as AMD's FreeSync Pro. 10-bit color depth and 95% of DCI-P3 color coverage are also part of the feature list. The original, 2020 G9 is available for an already expensive $1,799; however, its face-lifted 2021 cousin is now being listed at an egregious 29,999 RMB (around $4,599). It could be just a pre-order placeholder while the official announcement from Samsung isn't done.
Sources: Taobao, via Videocardz
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21 Comments on Samsung Updating Odyssey G9 Premium Gaming Monitor - MiniLED Technology, First DisplayHDR 2000 Certification?

#1
TheLostSwede
That's going to a huge volume product... :p
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#2
Raevenlord
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TheLostSwedeThat's going to a huge volume product... :p
Yep, must ship in a ginormous box :laugh:
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#3
Raptor_Jesus
2000 NITS PEAK!!!! You better pray nobody throws a flashbang
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#4
watzupken
Its gonna cost a bomb. Previous G9 is already very costly, so I can imagine a mini LED version will may be double the price tag.
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#5
sepheronx
finally, a monitor I need.

The problem is getting the funding. So who wants to be my alibi when I go rob a bank?
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#6
Eroticus
If it would cost same price like now, i think i would get it :O, pretty cool upgrade, i always wanted to go back to UltraWide but with HDR now.
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#7
1d10t
Yay, new monitor for non existent GPU.
sepheronxfinally, a monitor I need.

The problem is getting the funding. So who wants to be my alibi when I go rob a bank?
It's also a good idea to target federal reserve too, unless you already have a GPU that can power half 8K at 240Hz :D
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#8
windwhirl
Raptor_Jesus2000 NITS PEAK!!!! You better pray nobody throws a flashbang
That's my problem with all this HDR stuff. Excessive peak brightness. Like, why would someone want 2000 nits on a screen that's usually less than 4 feet away?

On the other hand, I do like the tight maximum black level luminance that they're enforcing.
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#10
Mindweaver
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I just bought an Odyssey G5 32" and love it. I wanted the G9 but I doubt my RTX 2070 will push it. It does a really good job with the G5, but I feel like you would need a 3090 or better to push the G9.
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#11
junglist724
Yeah the original G9 was displayhdr 1000 certified but it had a measly 2500:1 contrast ratio that got worse when you enabled local dimming. Really good hdr lcd displays have higher than 10000:1 contrast ratio.

This is an enormous upgrade from the 12 dimming zones of the original. With 2048 dimming zones I have to think the 4000:1 contrast ratio is just native contrast with FALD off.
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#12
Chomiq
windwhirlThat's my problem with all this HDR stuff. Excessive peak brightness. Like, why would someone want 2000 nits on a screen that's usually less than 4 feet away?

On the other hand, I do like the tight maximum black level luminance that they're enforcing.
2000 nits is peak when running HDR content. On top of that that content has to be mastered so that it is able to display those 2000 nits.

Take Matrix as example:
840 nits for a scene with white background.

HDR should be fine but only if you're running proper number of dimming zones and that dimming algo is fast enough to avoid any halo effect.
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#13
Chrispy_
How long until MicroLED becomes viable and affordable in a regular 27-32" desktop monitor size?
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#14
dir_d
Chrispy_How long until MicroLED becomes viable and affordable in a regular 27-32" desktop monitor size?
The problem has been with resolution, they are just now able to get 4k at 80+ inches. If you look up Vincent Teoh videos at HDTVTest he goes into detail about this and explains it.
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#15
Caring1
stimpy88Curved? FFS!
Don't worry, it will be flat by the time the delivery guy drops it off.
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#16
BorisDG
The price will be redicilous... my guess is 4-5K EUR...
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#17
voltage
Caring1Don't worry, it will be flat by the time the delivery guy drops it off.
HA! :laugh:
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#18
DuxCro
Couldn't vote bacause even the lowest value in the pool is much more than I'm willing to pay for a monitor.
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#19
Krzych
Not very useful in this form but hopefully this will push LG to do the same with their flagship 34" and 38" ultrawides. About damn time for advancements in desktop display space, the stagnation in picture quality is so deep that monitors only differ in size, resolution, form factor and extra features and there is no difference in raw picture quality between budget and high-end models.
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#20
simlife
why??? my secondary monitor (hoping to throw out this year) is a cheap 2007 monitor with 250 nits ... myabe because i havent seen one but this seems like buying a 36inch or less 8 k monitor you are just wasting money
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#21
lexluthermiester
To answer the poll " How much would you pay for a monitor with these specs? "

I wouldn't buy one of these as I'm not a fan of curved displays, nor the ultra wide aspect ratio...
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