What You Need To Know About It

DisplayNinja staff

 

Introduction

The Samsung CFG73 monitors (Samsung C24FG73 and Samsung C27FG73) are the modified Samsung CFG70 series (Samsung C24FG70 and Samsung C27FG70 series) models.

Essentially, all of these are almost similar 1080p 144Hz 1ms (MPRT) curved VA-panel gaming monitors.

The CFG73 series fixed (some) issues with flickering and purple artifacts associated with the CFG70 models.

Moreover, the CFG73 monitors have an upgraded stand, but no RGB lighting technology.

Image Quality

The Samsung C24FG73 display is based on a quantity dot VA panel that makes an extended color gamut covering more than 125% of the color space of the sRGB.

The monitor delivers an immersive image quality with vibrant and bright colors with prominent black shades, in addition to the superior 3,000:1 static contrast ratio and decent 350-nit peak brightness.

While the 1080p screen resolution may be too low for some users, it does provide a decent amount of pixel density on the 23.5″ screen of the monitor.

So, there’s a reasonable amount of screen space available, details are sharp, and more importantly, it’s not very demanding on your PC system.

In fact , when it comes to the quality of the display, the Samsung C24FG73 is the best available monitor 24′′ 1920,1080.

There is limited leakage of the backlight and no dead pixels while the large viewing angles of 178 degrees cause only small changes in contrast when the image is viewed at extreme angles (far from the sides or far from below / above).

Performance

The C24FG73 Samsung quantum-dot monitor has an impressively low input lag performance of around 4ms which makes the results on the screen imperceptible delay between your behavior.

In addition, once you set the response time setting to ‘Faster’ or ‘Fastest’ in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, the monitor enables the 1ms MPRT technology which via backlight strobing further reduces motion blur and ghosting in fast-paced games.

Alas, in darker scenes where there are a lot of dark pixels involved, some smearing is apparent but to a tolerable degree.

So, if you’re looking for a 144Hz monitor for competitive gaming, you’d still be better off with a TN panel display though then you wouldn’t have nearly as good image quality.

Keep in mind that the motion blur reduction technology also reduces the maximum screen brightness though at ~230-nits, the picture is still quite bright.

If you haven’t seen the refresh rate of 144Hz yet, you’ll be amazed at the extra fluidity and responsiveness that this brings to the fast-paced gameplay.

Notice that many models of CFG73 still suffer from the CFG70 series flickering problem. While AMD FreeSync is active, certain CFG73 units at the bottom of the screen will have horizontal lines / flicker. That’s not noticeable in video games, but for desktop use, it is bothersome forcing you to disable FreeSync when not gaming.

AMD FreeSync

AMD FreeSync is also supported by the CFG73, but with a dynamic range of 70-144Hz very restricted.

There will be no screen tearing or stuttering as long as your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate remains within that range.

In case your FPS rate drops below 70, the AMD LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) technology kicks in and makes the display’s refresh rate double or triple the frame rate which in turn maintains the gameplay fluidity by eliminating most of screen tearing and stuttering.

Note that you cannot use AMD FreeSync and the 1ms MPRT technology at the same time.

You’ll need a compatible AMD graphics card or Xbox One / S / X console to get FreeSync to work. You can also use the monitor with NVIDIA cards and PS4 / Pro but the dynamic refresh rate won’t benefit.

Update: When using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card, FreeSync now also works with no problems. On certain panels however, some tearing and (black) flickering may occur when using FreeSync with NVIDIA cards. To remove it, you will need to power cycle the screen.

Features

In addition to FreeSync and the motion blur reduction technology, the Samsung C24FG73 23.5′′ monitor is fitted with a variety of gaming features.

You will find pre-calibrated image presets for the FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOS gaming genres in the user-friendly OSD menu. You can also save three Game Setting profiles to your own settings.

Next, by enabling the Black Equalizer feature, you can increase the visibility in dark games as the dark areas of the image get brighter.

There is also Low Input Lag mode which further reduces the input lag by bypassing certain image processing.

The monitor is factory-calibrated, has an integrated harmful-blue light filter, and is flicker-free when not using the strobing technology for backlight.

Design & Connectivity

The Arena Lighting RGB system on the CFG73 models is not available but the new stand is much better.

Full ergonomic support including height adjustment up to 135 mm, -/+ 15 ° swivel, -35-0/20 ° tilt, 90 ° pivot, and mount compatibility with VESA 75 x 75 mm.

Connectivity includes two 1.4 HDMI ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a jack for the headphones.

Price & Similar Monitors

The price of the Samsung C24FG73 is around $300 which makes it one of the most expensive 24′′ 1080p 144Hz monitors, but is also one of the best because of the quantum dot technology.

You will also find the 27′′ CFG73 model on Amazon, but we recommend the 24′′ version, as it has a higher pixel density and hence a crisper image quality.

Considering that there are no 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS monitors, the Samsung C24FG73, the AOC C24G1, and the MSI Optix MAG241C are your best picks if you want both an immersive image quality and a smooth 144Hz performance at 1080p.

Both the AOC C24G1 and the MAG241C are considerably cheaper than the CFG73, but they don’t offer quantum dots. However, the MSI MAG241C does offer saturated colors (115% sRGB) while the AOC C24G1 has a basic 100% sRGB color gamut.

In addition, both AOC and MSI models also feature a motion blur reduction technology as well as a wider FreeSync range, and are not prone to flickering issues like the CFG73.

If you are searching for cheaper 24′′ 1080p 144Hz curved VA gaming monitors, check out the Acer ED242QR and the Sceptre C248B-144RN. These are available for less than $200, but have no reduction in motion blur.

Conclusion

If you want both a smooth gameplay and a vibrant image quality, the Samsung C24FG73 is the best 24′′ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor.

However, a 144Hz TN-panel gaming monitor is still a better choice for mainly competitive gaming purposes, because it has less ghosting.

Alternatively, you should check out the MSI MAG241C and the AOC C24G1 which may not have as a wide color gamut, but offer overall better value for the money.

Samsung C24FG73 Specifications

Screen Size 23.5-inch
Screen Curvature 1800R
Resolution 1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel Type VA
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Response Time 1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive Sync FreeSync (70Hz-144Hz with LFC)
Ports DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 1.4
Other Ports Headphone Jack
Brightness 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 3000:1 (static)
Colors 16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESA Yes (75x75mm)

What We Loved

  • Exceptional image quality
  • Low input lag, 144Hz, and 1ms MPRT for smooth gameplay
  • Fully ergonomic design
  • Plenty of gaming features
  • Narrow FreeSync range
  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games, particularly where dark pixels are involved
  • There are many defective units which have flickering at the bottom of the screen while FreeSync is enabled

Samsung C24FG73 Review

  • Design – 9.9/10
  • Display – 9.5/10
  • Performance – 8.3/10
  • Price/Value – 8/10
  • 8.9/10

Summary

The Samsung C24FG73 is one of the best gaming monitors with 24′′ 1080p 144Hz. Thanks to the quantum-dot technology and a smooth quick-paced performance thanks to the 1ms MPRT, it offers vibrant colours. It also has a great design with versatile ergonomics and a plethora of features. The range of FreeSync is very narrow and some gamers may be put off.

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