This Samsung gaming display is your first DisplayHDR compliant monitor
Samsung’s CHG90 ultra-wide gaming display has been given DisplayHDR certification by the Video Electronics Standards Association’s (VESA) and is the first display to be compliant with the DisplayHDR 600 standard.
The DisplayHDR standards which include DisplayHDR 400, DisplayHDR 600 and DisplayHDR 1000, are open standards set by VESA specifically for gauging the high dynamic range (HDR) performance of PC monitors, as opposed to the Dolby Vision and HDR10 certifications found in HDR TVs.
The CHG90 was revealed back in June, showing off its curved 49-inch QLED panel with a resolution of 3840 x 1080 set in a wide 32:9 aspect ratio.
A host of features, such as AMD’s FreeSync 2 tech, a 144Hz refresh rate, and notably HDR support which is still a rarity in gaming monitors, made for an impressive display on paper.
Having received DisplayHDR certification, it would appear that the CHG90 lives up to its specifications and can achieve the luminescence, black levels and colour accuracy needed to hit the demanding DisplayHDR 600 standard.
In our own reviews of the CHG90, we were suitably impressed by the monitor’s HDR capabilities. Only there’s a rather hefty hurdle in the form of a lack of widespread support for HDR on Windows machines and within apps and content on the platform, meaning the benefits HDR can bring aren’t as easily experienced as they are on HDR TVs.
Overall HDR content and support in games, movies and video is still rather flaky, making the feature a nice addition to new display hardware as opposed to a must have at the moment.
That’s likely to change in the near-future as HDR TVs and displays become more prolific and video content and game developers start adding in HDR support into their creations, particularly as the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X both offer solid HDR capabilities.
Related: HDR explained
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