As both Nvidia and AMD have – at least somewhat – released their higher-end new generation GPUs, now is a great time to invest in an equally high-end gaming monitor that can display the full graphical processing power these GPUs are capable of.
One such option, that has been gaining more and more popularity as of late, is the 49-inch ultrawide monitor. Buying a screen of this size and shape, is like purchasing two 24-to-27-inch monitors (depending on the screen ultrawide monitor’s curvature), but without having to worry about the bezels interfering with the display, or the extra monitor stands and accompanying cables. With a single ultrawide monitor setup, you also won’t have to worry about synchronizing features between two separate monitors; not to mention that certain gaming-titles allow for a single monitor to display their game in a 32 to 9 aspect ratio, providing the user with a huge viewing angle to enjoy the game’s graphics, and also be more aware of their in-game surroundings. Lest we forget, these monitors are incredibly stylish, elevating the status of any PC gaming setup.
But, when it comes specifically to gaming, the type of panel featured by a monitor may be a benefit, or an encumbrance. Most of these curved ultrawide monitors feature a Vertically Aligned (VA) panel type, which means better black uniformity, better static contrast ratios, and better picture quality in dark rooms (in comparison to the now standard IPS monitor panels), but it also means they suffer in terms of the range of their viewing angles. To combat this drawback, monitor manufacturers developed and released VA panels with wider viewing angles – like Sony with the Z9F in 2018, and Samsung with the Q900RB in 2019 – though these panels are still not quite as good as true IPS panels. Samsung would later move on to develop Super Vertical Alignment (SVA) panels, by shaping liquid crystal cell structure in a manner which divides each sub-pixel into two different sections that are oppositely aligned. Because of this exclusive panel, and their overall focus on creating and innovating in the field of ultrawide monitors, specifically for gaming, this monitor submarket is dominated by Samsung.
Another field which VA panels have typically struggled is response times, as they were the slowest panels in the field, losing to both IPS and TN panels; despite their high refresh rates. As technology has progressed, response times and input lag have become less of an issue for VA panels, with 1 millisecond response times having been developed, and currently available, for SVA panels. Of course, playing highly competitive games that require strict timings are usually best suited for TN, or fast-IPS, panels; but certain exceptions can be made, even for ultrawide gaming monitors.
If you feel that a 49-inch ultrawide monitor best suits your needs and style, then there are several options to choose from depending on your intended use and available hardware. Without further ado, here are the best available 49-inch ultrawide gaming monitors; depending on price, resolution, framerate, and overall quality & features.
Best 49-inch Super Ultrawide Monitors – Our Recommendations
|Best Budget 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor||Samsung C49HG90||1080p||144Hz||SVA|
|Best 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor for Console Gaming||Viotek SUW49DA||1440p||120Hz||VA|
|Best Gaming 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor||Samsung C49RG90||1440p||120Hz||SVA|
|Best Overall 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor||Samsung Odyssey G9||1440p||240Hz||SVA|
Best Budget 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor
If you are content with 1080p gaming at high framerates, you can save a considerable amount of money from opting out of a 1440p resolution. Not only do you avoid the extra costs associated with a PC build that can process gaming applications at such a high resolution, but you also save money from the monitor purchase itself; as a 1080p will cost, on average, $200 less than its 1440p equivalent.
For 3840 x 1080p at 144 Hz, the best 49-inch ultrawide screen is undoubtedly Samsung’s C49HG90. This monitor features an SVA panel – which is much like a VA panel type but has better viewing angles; similar to an IPS panel – that uses Frame Rate Control (FRC) to simulated a bit depth of 10 bits, despite it actually having 8. FRC allows pixels to display more color tones by switching between them in a manner that creates an illusion of intermediate color tones being generated. The monitor can therefore display 1.07 billion colors; covering 125% of the sRGB color space, 92% of the Adobe RGB color space, 88% of the NTSC color space, and 95% of the DCI P3 color space (30 bits). In its 3.556:1 aspect ratio, the screen of the C49HG90 has a 1800R curvature, a 178-degree viewing angle (both horizontally and vertically), a 3,000 to one static contrast ratio, a peak brightness of 600 nits, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) 600 compatibility. What’s impressive about the C49HG90, is the fact that it has an incredibly low response time: Just 1 ms Grey-to-Grey (G2G) and Motion Picture Response Times (MPRT), while generating an inherent input lag of only 5 milliseconds.
In terms of ergonomics, the Samsung C49HG90 can be mounted via the Video Electronics Standards Association’s (VESA) mounting interface standard, and the stand itself can be removed. If you against mounting the screen, the stand allows for a height adjustment of up to 120 mm, a left and right swivel of up to 15 degrees, and a forward and backward tilt of up to 5 and 15 degrees respectively.
Plenty of connectivity is also included with this monitor, as it has three USB 3.0 slots (2x downstream, 1x upstream), two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 slots (1x DP, 1x DP mini), and three 3.5 mm audio jacks (1x audio in, 2x audio out).
Finally, in terms of features, the C49HG90 comes equipped with AMD’s FreeSync 2 technology, a Black Equalizer, an Eye Saver Mode, Flicker-free technology, Quantum Dot Color, Samsung MagicBright, and Samsing MagicUpscale. Currently on sale, the Samsung C49HG90 can be found for just $749 – down from its original $1,099 MSRP: An excellent price for 1080p gaming builds featuring new generation Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series or AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series GPUs.
Best 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor for Console Gaming
Going up to a 1440p resolution, there are two popular refresh rates available: 120 Hz and 144 Hz. Console owners should prefer the former framerate, as new-generation consoles, like the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, can only support up to 120 FPS at 1440p. Because of this lower refresh rate, 5,120 x 1440p 49-inch ultrawide monitors can be found at great prices – one of which is the Viotek SUW49DA.
This monitor features a standard VA panel with a bit depth of 8 bits (no FRC) that can display up to 1.68 million colors at 24 bits. It has a standard 32:9 aspect ratio with an 1800R curvature, and the W-LED backlight is capable of displaying 121% of the sRGB color space, 90% of the Adobe RGB color space, 87% of the NTSC color space, and 92% of the DCI P3 color space. The brightness level of the SUW49DA sits at 400 nits, while it has a static contrast ratio of 3,000 to one. Despite having a regular VA panel, the monitor still offers 178-degree viewing angles for both horizontal and vertical orientations, and is HDR compatible. In terms of response times and input lag, the SUW49DA’s pixels change from one color to another at a minimum of 4 milliseconds, and an average of 8 milliseconds.
Like the aforementioned Samsung CHG90, the SUW49DA is VESA compatible (75 x 75 mm), has a removable stand, can be adjusted in height, and can tilt forwards by 5 degrees and backwards by 15 degrees. It does, however, lack the ability to swivel in either direction.
A great plus for console gaming, the Viotek monitor comes equipped with two 3 W speakers, as well as a USB 2.0 port, two HDMI 2.0, two DisplayPort 1.4 slots, and a 3.5 mm audio out jack. Other included features are AMD’s FreeSync, Nvidia’s G-Sync, GamePlus crosshairs, FPS/RTS display modes, and a remote control. The Viotek SUW49DA is also currently on sale, priced at $899 – down from its $979 MSRP. It is also important to mention that with the purchase, you also receive Viotek’s three-year warranty, and a best-in-market zero dead pixel guarantee.
Best Gaming 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor
For PC gamers looking to maximize the graphical processing capabilities of one of AMD or Nvidia’s new generation GPUs, a 49-inch ultrawide monitor with a 1440p resolution and 120 Hz refresh is still an ideal choice.
Once again, Samsung leads its competition, though this time with the Samsung C49RG90. Like the CHG90, this monitor also features an SVA panel; though the CHG90 requires FRC to reach its panel depth of 10 bits, whereas the C49RG90 does not. It can display upwards of 1.07 billion colors at 30 bits, and includes a 3.556:1 aspect ratio, 1800R curvature, and 5120 x 1440 resolution. The screen itself has a 91.12% display area, with a W-LED backlight that can reproduce 125% of the sRGB color space, 95% of the Adobe RGB colors space, and 95% of the DCI P3 color space. The C49RG90 features an impressive peak brightness level of 1,000 nits, a static contrast ratio of 3,000 to one, and high-end DisplayHDR 1000 compatibility. The minimum G2G response time for the Samsung C49RG90 sits at just 4 ms, while the display’s input lag (not end-to-end) has been measured to be around 10 milliseconds.
Built-in speakers are not included with the C49RG90, but it is VESA compatible (100 x 100 mm) with a removable stand, and it does have an adjustable height of up to 120 mm, it can swivel left and right by 15 degrees, and it can tilt backwards by 15 degrees and forwards by 2 degrees.
Like all Samsung 49-inch monitors, the C49RG90 features adequate display connectivity, and a plethora of included features. Five USB 3.0 slots are included, four of which are downstream and one upstream, as well as an HDMI 2.0 port, two DisplayPort 1.4 slots, and a audio-out 3.5 mm jack. Feature wise, we have AMD’s FreeSync 2, Eco Saving Plus, Eye Saver Mode, Flicker-free technology, Low Framerate Compensation, Picture-by-Picture, Picture-in-Picture, Quantum Dot Color, Refresh rate Optimizor, Samsung MagicBright and Samsung MagicUpscale.
The Samsung C49RG90 is also on sale, likely due to the current holiday season, and it can currently be purchased for just $1,099 – down $400 from its original $1,499 MSRP – but it does only include a 1-year warranty.
Best Overall 49 Inch Ultrawide Monitor
Last, yet opposite of least, is the most powerful 49-inch ultrawide the market has to offer: The Samsung Odyssey G9. It must be noted that this monitor requires an equally powerful gaming PC in order to reach its full potential, as it has a 5120 x 1440 resolution, and an incredibly high refresh rate of 240 Hz. We recommend this monitor for PC builds that feature high end CPUs, like one of AMD’s new Zen 3 Ryzen 9 processors, and equally high-end GPUs, like AMD’s Radeon RX 6800/6900 XT or Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080/3090.
Everything about the Samsung Odyssey G9 is top of the line. Its SVA panel has a bit depth of 10 bits (no FRC), it can reproduce 1.07 billion colors at 30 bits, it has a 96.03% display area, a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, a 2,300 to one static contrast ratio, and a 1000R curvature – all specifications that are some of the best the industry has to offer for any type of monitor. Its W-LED backlight is capable of reproducing 125% of the sRGB color space, 92% of the Adobe RGB color space, 88% of the NTSC color space, and 95% of the DCI P3 color space; with the monitor also being DisplayHDR 1000 compatible. The Samsung Odyssey G9 has a MPRT of just 1 millisecond, and an average response time of just 8 milliseconds. If you pair its 240 Hz refresh rate with a new generation GPU that includes either Nvidia’s Reflex, or AMD’s Anti-Lag features, the overall end-to-end input lag can be kept at an absolute minimum.
The external appearance of the Odyssey G9 is amazingly stylish, with a glossy white bezel coating and a black anti-glare matte stand. It also includes lighting where the stand connects to the monitor, which is customizable via Samsung’s Infinity Core Lighting. In terms of ergonomics, the stand can be removed and mounted via a VESA 100 mm interface, while, if left on the stand, the height can be adjusted by up to 120 mm, the screen can swivel left and right by 15 degrees, and can tilt forwards and backwards by 3 and 13 degrees respectively.
The connectivity is somewhat limited in comparison to other Samsung 49-inch monitors, as it has two USB 3.0 (Type-A, both downstream), two DisplayPort 1.4, and just one HDMI 2.0 slot. It does, however, have plenty of included features, like Adaptive Sync, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, Black Equalizer, Flicker-free technology, Game Mode, Eco Saving Plus, Low Blue Light, Low Input Lag Mode, Mega Dynamic Contrast, Nvidia G-Sync, Off Time Plus, Picture-by/in-Picture, Quantum Dot Color, and Super Arena Gaming UX.
The ultimate 49-inch ultrawide gaming monitor, the Samsung Odyssey G9, can currently be found for $1,479: Not cheap, but definitely worth the cost for the best ultrawide monitor that money can buy.