Samsung Odyssey Neo 57 G9 Gaming Monitor Review: Extreme Size and Resolution

57-inch 32:9 gaming monitor with a 1000R curve, Dual Ultra HD resolution and 240 Hz.

Samsung Neo 57 G9
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The goal of any gaming monitor should be to deliver the most realistic experience possible. That means excellent image fidelity, excellent video processing and the right shape and size. There are plenty of screens that deliver the first two, even among value-oriented products. But the shape-and-size factor is more elusive. The environment certainly makes a difference. What works in an office might not be as effective in a driving simulator rig. And that’s where Samsung has clearly focused on the 57G9. It’s the most immersive monitor I’ve seen to date.

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With every piece of premium LCD tech rolled into a single display, the 57G9 has superb image quality. The 1,000-nit Mini LED ensures high brightness and a lot of dimming zones, 2,392 to be exact. Quantum Dots deliver wide gamut color, 90% of DCI-P3. HDR looks amazing thanks to these things and some very effective dimming options. And dynamic tone mapping is something you won’t find in most HDR screens.

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Video processing is as good as it gets as long as you can meet the 57G9’s challenging system requirements. That is its one weakness. To run full resolution at 240 Hz, you need DisplayPort 2.1. Which isn’t available on the fastest video card currently for sale, Nvidia’s GeForce RX4090. To be clear, I played for hours at 5120x1440 and was firmly addicted to the experience. But I wasn’t able to explore the 57G9’s full capability because an AMD RX 7900 XTX couldn’t hit 240fps.

But I would buy this monitor anyway. It’s that good. There is nothing like the experience its giant curved screen offers. I wish I had a driving rig to mount it in because it would turn me into Lewis Hamilton for sure.

If you’re looking for the most immersive and addictive gaming monitor currently available, the Samsung Odyssey Neo 57 G9 is it.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • Icepilot
    Very nice, but overkill.
    How about 6K at 1800R in OLED.
  • Pipsi
    Hello. Great review as always Christian. But there is no information on the brightness level of the monitor when it is set to strobing mode (extreme MBR option in response time tab). And most of your reviews on other monitors have that info. I ask this because I would like to buy this monitor, but the brightness in strobing mode has to be decent for me to consider it. In RTINGS review about it, they said that, while there is still extreme MBR option in the menu, it doesn't do anything when selected, and the monitor doesn't strobe at all. So naturally the brightness stays the same as in non-MBR modes. But they concluded that maybe with future upgrades to firmware the strobbing option will be available. So can you, please, measure the brightness level with the strobing (extreme MBR) option enabled to check if your particular unit has that option functional? That would mean very much to me to decide on the eventual purchase of this monitor.

    Kind regards,