– Case in point the LG27GN950, a 144 Hertz variable refreshrate monitor for gamers, that’s also a color accurate4K monitor for creatives. But can it compete withSamsung’s 240 Hertz, G7? And can you compete with thisslippery segway to our sponsor private internet access, PIA features fast multi-gigabit VPN tunnel gateways worldwide. If you’re looking for a VPN, learn more about PIAthrough the link below. My first impression of the27GN950 was that it was basically just a 4Kversion of 2019’s immensely popular 27GL850. That monitor was the first IPSto advertise one millisecond pixel response time,but it was only 1440P. But is that the whole story? Just decide if the higherresolution is worth an extra 300 bucks to you and call it a day. Not quite.


 As the 950 addressesa couple of our gripes from last time around namelyupping the brightness to achieve a VESA DisplayHDR600 certification, and most importantly, adding RGB. Another upgrade comes withdisplay stream compression, a feature of display port 1.4that allows this monitor to run a 3840 by 2160 resolutionat 144 Hertz with 10 bit color and no Chroma sub sampling, something that was not possibleon even the best monitors, just a short while ago. The catch you need either a 20series in video graphics card or an AMD one from 2019 onward or else it’s just not gonna work. And as far as we can tell, you’ll be relegated to 95Hertz, big buyer beware there. Companies should just be more direct. LTTstore.com. But assuming you’re usingit to its full potential, gaming on the 950 is a great experience. It’s snappy, clear and offersa great deal of flexibility with GCN compatible and freezingpremium pro designations. And the high resolution givesyou the freedom to crank the details in sightseeing gamesor drop down to 1440P or even 1080, if you absolutely needas many frames as possible. 


And hey, if you’re hoping in Nvidia’s upcoming 30 series graphicscards are gonna let you run 4K at 120 FPS and beyond, thenthis monitor will have you covered for a fair fewyears in that respect too. Also, get subscribed soyou don’t miss our coverage of those GPUs when they arrive, heh. But what about LGS claimabout one millisecond pixel response time? Can this IPS panel reallygame at a 144 Hertz without turning into a smeary mess? To find out we set up a pursuit camera to photograph thedisplay’s inherent motion blur, that’s motion blur, that’snot due to the persistence of vision in your brain. On the default fast setting, it looks pretty goodwith very little smearing on the trailing edge. And while the pictures don’tlook materially different with the slower, normal andoffsetting selected, in real life, you canactually see a difference. LG has made this easy to testsince the settings change in real time without the screengoing black between toggles.


 Nice. It’s also nice that LG letsyou choose whatever overdrive setting you want, even whenadaptive sync is turned on. Something we did notsee in our recent review of the Samsung Odyssey G9. Back to the LG. In order for them to get that one millisecond sticker on the box though, they definitely use the fastersetting where aggressive pixel overdrive introducesgarish, inverse ghosting, or coronas that are reallydistracting in game with no real benefit, in my humble opinion. I will definitely be keeping it on fast. So yes, the 27GN950 is great for gaming, but this monitor is 4K. It probably makes the mostsense for gamers who also are creators and it delivers there too. Out of the box, the coloraccuracy on our unit was squarely in professionalterritory with deviations below what’s detectable by the human eye. It covered over 97% ofthe DCI-P3 color gamut and a respectable 74% of REC 2020. It also offers hardware calibration. As long as you have LG’sCalibration Studio Software installed, which should be available soon for free from their website. 

Okay, so the 27GN950 is a worthy upgrade to last year’s 850, but alot has changed in that year. What about compared to arguablythe hottest displays of 2020 Samsung’s Odyssey lineup? The G7 is $50 cheaper, five inches bigger and runsat 240 Hertz instead of 144. It too has great coloraccuracy thanks to quantum dot enhancement film, butit’s only 1440P, not 4K. If you lean more gamerthan creator though, the G7’s higher refresh rate definitely contributes to better motion clarity, but with more smearing and darkscenes due to the VA panel’s poor handling of dark to dark transitions. Additionally though the G7has a motion blur reduction strobing mode, but thatintroduces image doubling due to crosstalk. You’re also going to have tobe okay with narrower viewing angles and a tight 1000 R curve. So it’s definitely a more gamer focused, less versatile display than the LG 950, which above all has more RGB. It does, but you know, just kidding, but I do really like how it’simplemented in addition to the regular LG nipple stickfor controlling the SSD.


 There’s also a click wheelthat lets you adjust the brightness and select effectswithout installing any extra software, very convenient and intuitive. The bezels have been improvedon this monitor since last time around with anarrower branded chin bar. There’s no logo here and it’s sharp, but not too in your face stand, offers 16 centimeters ofheight adjust 20 degrees of tilt and 90 degrees of rotation. Still no swivel though. Which brings us to themonitor’s shortcomings, HDR. While the 27G950 does have an appreciated and noticeable VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification, the difference between HDRand SDR, isn’t that crazy. And there’s a lot of daylightbetween what this monitor can do versus one that shinesat a thousand nits. Overall, it’s a nice to have, just don’t buy this monitor for HDR. Similarly, the backlight is a bit weird. I’m not miffed that thismonitor doesn’t have full array, local dimming with hundredsof zones because I’m generally not even into fog really, but this monitor doesn’t nothave local dimming either. It’s somewhere in the middle,what LG calls active dimming. 

The defacto result isn’t as bad as it looks on this test pattern, but I’m still a littleon the fence about it. I mean, I guess it’smaking some scenes darker, but if you’re looking for it it can be noticeable sometimes. So ah, probably not that big of a deal. So should you buy this monitor? Only maybe. If you don’t I don’t have enough GPU power to game in 4K at high refresh rates, maybe save some money and gowith the 1440P 27GL850 instead. Or save a little less money and check out the 240 Hertz Samsung G7. But if you’re a gamer who alsodabbles or even a works in photo editing or video editing, or if you have a multi-monitorsetup or if you just really prefer 4K displays, then this is a fantasticmonitor that almost does it all. 

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