Ultra high resolution display options for gamers
Samsung on Monday announced a couple of new 4K (UHD) monitors with AMD FreeSync support. They include the 23.6-inch U24E590D and 28-inch U28E590D. Though they both boast a 4K resolution and AMD FreeSync capabilities, there are some key differences other than just display size.
The main difference is panel type — the smaller display uses a PLS panel while the larger model wields a cheaper TN panel. That gives the U24E590D greater viewing angles at 178 degrees for both horizontal and vertical compared to the U28E590D’s 170-degree horizontal and 160-degree vertical. However, the U28E590D has a higher brightness (370 cd/m2 versus 300 cd/m2) and lower response time (1ms versus 4ms).
Ratings and size aside, both sport HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, Picture-in-Picture support, and a Game Mode that Samsung claims intensifies the visual experience by rapid response to changing colors and brightness. We’ll have to reserve judgment until we see it for ourselves, though typically we find that it’s best to use a monitor’s normal/standard setting and tweak the visuals as appropriate.
What’s of most interest here is pairing AMD’s FreeSync technology with 4K resolution panels. FreeSync is AMD’s open version of Nvidia’s proprietary G-Sync technology, both of which purport to eliminate screen tearing and reduce things like input lag for an overall smoother gaming experience.
The U28E590D is available today for $600 MSRP and the U24E590D will be available July 26 for $400 MSRP. FreeSync is AMD’s open version of Nvidia’s proprietary G-Sync technology, both of which purport to eliminate screen tearing and reduce unwanted things like input lag for an overall smoother gaming experience.
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