Samsung Launches Two FreeSync Capable UltraHD Monitorsby Brandon Chester on June 22, 2015 5:27 PM EST
Today Samsung launched two new UltraHD monitors with support for AMD's Freesync technology. AMD actually announced these monitors at their Future of Compute event last year, but there wasn't much information about them beyond the fact that they would be UHD panels and ship with Freesync support. As you may know, Freesync is AMD's alternative to NVIDIA's G-Sync technology to enable variable refresh rates on displays. We've talked about how this works and the implications it has, but the most significant benefit is that it can reduce stuttering and tearing when a game's frame rate isn't synchronized with the native maximum refresh rate of the display.
As far as these two displays go, they're two different sizes of UHD panels. However, while the 23.6" model is a PLS panel, the 28" model is a TN panel like the existing U28D590D which does not have Freesync. I've organized the most relevant specifications of both new displays below.
|Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Response Time (GtG)||4ms||1ms|
|Viewing Angle (H/V)||178° / 178°||170° / 160°|
|Inputs / Outputs||1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
|Number of colors||16.7 million||1.07 billion|
|Color Gamut||100% sRGB|
Samsung's U28D590D was really the first affordable 60Hz UltraHD monitor, and aside from the addition of Freesync support the U28E590D is essentially unchanged. To me, the U24E590D is the more interesting display. At 23.6" it's a fairly high density UltraHD monitor, and it's a PLS panel which will definitely outperform the 28" display when it comes to viewing angles and color shift. Samsung advertises 16.7 million color support but it's not clear if that's achieved through temporal dithering or if the panel actually has an 8bit color depth for each color channel. At $399 it's also extremely affordable, and undercuts Dell's P2415Q which has been one of the most affordable non-TN 60Hz UltraHD dsplays up until this point.
The 28" U28E590D is available now for $599, and the smaller 23.6" U24E590D will be available for $399 on July 26th.
Source: Samsung via TechPowerUp
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fokka - Monday, June 22, 2015 - linkso what is the refresh rate range? and why are we talking about the 16M colors of the PLS model, but not the 1B colors of the TN model?
Frenetic Pony - Monday, June 22, 2015 - linkThe real question is, why's there a 10bit panel (1 billion colors) that only covers SRGB color gamut? That's not really useful.
eanazag - Monday, June 22, 2015 - linkAre these Ganesh approved 4K future proof monitor designs? I'm thinking that the PLS may not be because of the lesser color support.
Brandon Chester - Monday, June 22, 2015 - linkThey're limited to sRGB so no.
Cellar Door - Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - linkYes dude, what is the point releasing a short announcement like this but advertising.
You need to address key topics of a a freesync panel like the refresh range - because otherwise @RyanSmithAT looks like he hired the wrong person.
TristanSDX - Monday, June 22, 2015 - link24 inch is also available now. Waiting for review, to determine if blur still exist.
Sanidin - Monday, June 22, 2015 - linkI wish you would call it VESA adaptive sync and not AMD freesync, to call out nvidia for not supporting this.
testbug00 - Monday, June 22, 2015 - linkwhen someone shows a part that isn't an AMD "freesync" supported part connecting to it via A-sync they should. Until that point, it is essentially an exclusive technology.
I expect Intel to move on that fast :)
jjj - Monday, June 22, 2015 - link"At $399 it's also extremely affordable"
You guys at AT are getting payed way too much (or getting old) and don't value money at all.It's scary how far it got.
In the US you can find 24 inch 1080p IPS as low as 100$, almost all 24 inchers are bellow 200$. At the same time 4k panel costs are just slightly higher than 1080p panel costs and the only nice thing about a 400$ 24 inch monitor are Samsung's margins.
The Seiki 39 inch 4k TV or a 28 inch 4k Dell (poor one) reached 300$ at times and a few days ago in China there was a deal for a 40 inch 4k Philips smart TV at 208$.
This thing is not in any way form or shape affordable, it's a product with a high premium, aimed at buyers that are willing to pay such premiums for w/e reason.
feeblegoat - Monday, June 22, 2015 - link*extremely affordable compared to other 4k monitors. If you are looking for a high DPI display, usually that means $500+.
So no, this is still not for the budget gamer.