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Computer monitors may outlive other parts of a PC, but gamers that want to stay competitive need a responsive panel. That brings us to take a closer look at LG curved gaming monitors vs. Samsung monitors to see which provides the best value for the price. Whether you’re a gamer with a tight budget or in the Pros, LG and Samsung have an option for you.

LG Curved Gaming Monitors vs. Samsung: Side-by-Side Comparison

FoundedJanuary 5, 1947March 1, 1938
HeadquartersSeoul, South KoreaSeoul, South Korea
Premium SeriesLG UltraGearSamsung Odyssey
Highest Resolution Display3,840 x 16005,120 x 1,440
Size Range45 to 32 inches55 to 24 inches

Curved Gaming Displays 101

A curved gaming monitor provides more immersion and can help with eye comfort during long gaming sessions. While all have a unique design with a curved screen, there are actually several curvature ratings to consider.

Consumers that want a slightly curved display should consider one with a 4000R curvature. These monitors have a maximum viewing distance of 4 meters compared to 3000R monitors at 3 meters. If you see a monitor rated 2300R, it will have a notable curve and a shorter viewing distance of 2.3 meters.  

For maximum effect, look for a 1800R monitor. You can find other curvatures listed like 1000R, but we found 1800R as the most popular choice with gamers.

LG Curved Gaming Monitors vs. Samsung: What’s the Difference?

LG and Samsung recently introduced new monitors designed for gamers. While both have produced a variety of responsive displays in the past, Samsung’s Odyssey lineup and LG UltraGear gaming monitors are at the top of many gamers’ wish lists. That’s where you’ll find the best-curved gaming monitors from both companies, along with an array of midrange and budget-friendly curved displays.

Samsung Odyssey Gaming Monitors

Samsung’s lineup of Odyssey gaming monitors is their premium series with a range of 55 to 24 inches. There’s a size and price point for everyone, including those that want something large and unique, like the Samsung Odyssey Ark.

SAMSUNG Odyssey Ark 55-Inch Curved Gaming Screen, 4K UHD 165Hz 1ms (GTG) Quantum Mini-LED Gamer Monitor w/Cockpit Mode, Sound Dome Technology, Multi View, HDR10+ (S55BG970NN) 2022
  • 55” LARGE 1000R CURVED SCREEN: The display that overwhelms your senses with its 1000R curvature that wraps around your field of vision for maximum immersion. There’s no better monitor to upgrade...
  • INCREDIBLE 4K GAMING REFRESH RATES: Ark’s 165Hz refresh rate virtually eliminates lag for ultra-smooth action; Identify enemies with the help of a 1ms response time, precise mouse movements, and...
  • COCKPIT MODE & ECLIPSE LIGHTING: Rotate the screen to Cockpit Mode with HAS, tilt and pivot functionality for an optimal screen environment; This customizable positioning creates a new sense of...
  • SOUND DOME TECHNOLOGY: 4 corner speakers and 2 central woofers produce a 60w 2.2.2 channel with the lowest 45Hz notes of any gaming screen or soundbar; AI Sound Booster and Dolby Atmos Sound Dome...
  • MULTI VIEW: Ark’s Multi View feature allows users to utilize up to 4 screens at once, all on the 55” wide screen; Plus, built-in apps like YouTube and Samsung TV Plus offer a Smart TV experience...
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Is it a TV or a gaming monitor? That’s the question you may ask yourself when you see the 55-inch Samsung Odyssey Ark 4K. This massive monitor has a 1000R curve but is responsive at 1 ms and has a 165Hz refresh rate.

That’s impressive, and so are the built-in speakers and array of apps on this smart PC monitor. You can swivel the screen into “cockpit” or portrait mode and the 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio results in a beautiful picture when combined with HDR10+.

SAMSUNG 49" Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA Gaming Monitor, 4K UHD Mini LED Display, Curved Screen, 240Hz, 1ms, G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro, LS49AG952NNXZA, White & Black
  • Get Your Head in the Game: The Samsung 49 inch Odyssey Neo G9 gaming computer monitor matches the curve of the human eye for maximum immersion and minimal eye strain; With the screen space of dual...
  • Viewing Angle is 178° (H) / 178° (V); Brightness(typ) is 420 cd/㎡; Aspect Ratio is 32:9
  • NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro Support: Dropping frames means dropping chances to top the leaderboards; Match every frame from your graphics card, so you’re never caught short
  • Next-Level Performance: With its rapid 240hz refresh rate, you have up to 4x as many frames displayed on screen every second compared to a traditional screen; 1ms response time assures that you’re...
  • Pixel Perfect Visuals: Samsung Mini LED Quantum Matrix technology provides a huge increase in screen dimming zones, from 10 to 2,048, and up to 4x the luminance compared to a traditional panel, giving...
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It’s the company’s flagship monitor of 2022, but the Odyssey G9 Neo isn’t too far behind with its 49-inch 5,120 x 1,440 resolution display. Samsung’s Mini LED Quantum Matrix tech provides 2,048 dimming zones and it has a refresh rate of 240Hz along with a 1000R curve. It’s G-SYNC and FreeSync Premium Pro compatible like the regular version of the Odyssey G9.

SAMSUNG 49” Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor, 1000R Curved Screen, QLED, Dual QHD Display, 240Hz, NVIDIA G-SYNC and FreeSync Premium Pro, LC49G95TSSNXZA, Black
  • HANDPICKED BY AMAZON: They did the research so you don’t have to.
  • SAMSUNG'S LARGEST 1000R GAMING MONITOR: Get your head in the game with the 49 inch Odyssey G9, which matches the curve of the human eye, for maximum immersion and minimal eye strain, and the screen...
  • CUTTING EDGE QLED TECHNOLOGY: From deepest blacks to vivid colors, Samsung QLED ensures pixel perfect picture quality with every frame; Utilizing Quantum Dot technology, it creates more vivid colors...
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC & AMD FREESYNC: With G-SYNC and FreeSync Premium Pro support, Odyssey matches every frame from your graphics card, so you’re never caught short from moment to moment
  • DUAL QHD DISPLAY: The gaming world of your imagination made real; QHD resolution brings you a display as wide as two QHD monitors sitting side by side with incredibly detailed, pin-sharp images
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This model has the same resolution and is still 49 inches with a 1000R curvature. It’s not as bright as the newer Neo, although the Samsung Odyssey G9 is considerably cheaper. The curves aren’t as severe with smaller panels from Samsung’s Odyssey line which consists of four 32-inch models and a few 27-inch displays.

The next step down would be the Samsung Odyssey G7, which currently comes in two configurations with a 32-inch and 27-inch model. The smaller 27-inch Faker Edition of the Samsung Odyssey G7 has a QHD panel with 1000R curvature and a 240Hz refresh rate.  

The 32-inch model has the same refresh rate and a 1ms response time. The Odyssey G7 LC32G75 also has the Infinity Core lighting system from the G9 series and FreeSync Premium Pro.

SAMSUNG Odyssey G3 Series 27-Inch FHD 1080p Gaming Monitor, 144Hz, 1ms, 3-Sided Border-Less, VESA Compatible, Height Adjustable Stand, FreeSync Premium (LF27G35TFWNXZA)
  • SMOOTH TRANSITION 144Hz refresh rate ensures flawlessly smooth action.
  • BLAZING FAST SPEED 1MS refresh rate eliminates lag and motion blur
  • SMOOTHER GAMEPLAY A fluid, tear-free gameplay experience at peak performance.
  • SEE YOUR GAME YOUR WAY borderless screen stretches from edge to edge
  • REDUCED EYE PAIN Longer playtime with less eye fatigue thanks to Samsung’s Flicker Free technology.
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Not interested in QHD panels? The Samsung Odyssey G3 series may be better suited to your needs. It’s just as nimble as the larger panels from the company, but much more affordable.

More Samsung Curved Gaming Monitors

While the Odyssey collection is the company’s premium line, there are plenty of other options from Samsung. These monitors may not have the style or features of the flagship models, but they still provide a lot of bang for your buck.

SAMSUNG 24-Inch CRG5 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor (LC24RG50FQNXZA) – Computer Monitor, 1920 x 1080p Resolution, 4ms Response, FreeSync, Game Mode, HDMI
  • GET FULLY IMMERSED with 24-inch curved gaming monitor with an industry-leading 1800R curvature
  • 144HZ REFRESH RATE puts you ahead, even in the most demanding games
  • NO MORE CHOPPY GAME PLAY as AMD Radeon FreeSync virtually eliminates image tears for exceptionally smooth, fast-action gaming
  • WHOPPING 3000:1 CONTRAST RATIO with advanced VA panel lets you see enemies, even in darker scenes with greater accuracy
  • EASIER ON EYES with Eye Saver Mode to reduce blue light emissions. Product Dimensions Without Stand-21.5 x 12.8 x 3.5 inches
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The Samsung CRG5 is one such option and a monitor that certainly won’t break the bank. It has a curved 1080p panel with a 144Hz refresh rate. Response time is 4ms and the contrast ratio provides deep blacks at 3000:1. The Samsung LC24F3 is a bit cheaper, but with a lower refresh rate at 60Hz although it has FreeSync.

SAMSUNG 23.5” CF396 Curved Computer Monitor, AMD FreeSync for Advanced Gaming, 4ms Response Time, Wide Viewing Angle, Ultra Slim Design, LC24F396FHNXZA, Black
  • IMMERSIVE VIEWING EXPERIENCE: The 1800R curvature of the screen lets you enjoy big, bold and stunning panoramic views while you work or play at home or the office
  • SUPER SLIM DESIGN: Make a stylish statement with its ultra-slim and sleek profile; Monitor measures less than 0.5 inch thick and the simple circular stand adds a modern look to your space
  • ADVANCED GAMING w/ AMD FREESYNC: This technology allows users to enjoy smooth images, even during the fastest moving scenes; It minimizes input latency, dramatically reduces image tearing and stutter
  • FAST 4ms RESPONSE TIME: With its 4ms response rate, you'll see the fastest on-screen motion clearly and smoothly with less blur, judder, and ghosting, allowing players to experience their games at the...
  • EYE SAVER MODE: Optimize your viewing comfort by reducing blue light emissions and flickers at the touch of a button; Read documents, play games, watch movies and edit photos for longer periods...
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On the Samsung CF396, you’ll find a similar design with the 1800R curve and the same contrast ratio as the CRG5. It’s just a little smaller but dwarfed by the 34-inch panel on the Samsung J791 UltraWide monitor. This display has Thunderbolt 3 support, a 100Hz refresh rate, and a higher resolution than other models in this range at 3,440 x 1,440.

LG UltraGear Gaming Monitors

LG’s UltraGear line is the answer to Samsung’s Odyssey displays. They have a completely different design, however, and you won’t find anything over 38 inches with a curved display except for the LG UltraGear 45GR95QE-B, which is currently up for preorder.  

It’s the company’s first 240Hz UltraGear monitor along with the smaller 27-inch variant – both of which have a .03ms response time. These OLED monitors will go head-to-head with Samsung’s premium displays, but you don’t have to wait to pick up the 38-inch model of the LG UltraGear.

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The LG UltraGear 38GN95B-B has a QHD monitor with a resolution of 3,840 x 1600. You can overclock the 144Hz monitor to 160Hz and it has a 3-side borderless panel.

The curve isn’t as severe as you’ll find on Samsung’s displays, but it is G-Sync compatible with a 1ms response time. The rest of the UltraGear monitors are 34 inches, and there are currently 3 models to choose from.

LG 34GN850-B 34 Inch 21: 9 UltraGear Curved QHD (3440 x 1440) 1ms Nano IPS Gaming Monitor with 144Hz and G-SYNC Compatibility - Black
  • 34” ultrawide QHD (3440 X 1440) Nano IPS display
  • Viewing Angle (L/R) (CR>=10) is 178°/178°; Brightness(Typ) is 400cd/m² ; Aspect Ratio is 21:9
  • IPS 1ms response time - 144Hz refresh rate
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
  • DCI-P3 98% color gamut with VESA display HDR 400
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Gamers on a budget will appreciate the LG 34GN850-B. This UltraGear monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio with a gentle curve and 1 ms response time.

It’s a QHD panel clocked at 144Hz, just like the LG UltraGear 34GP83A-B. It has the same response time and refresh rate, and the resolution is still 3,440 x 1,440.

The biggest difference is that it gets brighter than the 34GN850-B and has a better response time with the maximum refresh rate. Last but not least is the LG 34GN85B-B, another 34-inch curved UltraGear monitor with similar specs and slightly different HDR.

More Curved Gaming Monitors from LG

LG 38WN95C-W Monitor 38" 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD+ (3840 x 1600) Nanio IPS Display, Thunderbolt 3, 1ms Response Time, 144Hz Refresh Rate, NVIDIA G-SYNC, AMD FreeSync -White/Silver
  • 38” Curved UltraWide QHD plus (3840 x 1600)
  • Viewing Angle is 178˚(R/L), 178˚(U/D); Brightness is 450cd/m²; Aspect Ratio is 21:9
  • Nano IPS Display
  • DCI-P3 98% Color Gamut and VESA DisplayHDR 600
  • Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity
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If you’re not concerned about additional features or the UltraGear branding, LG has dozens of new and older curved gaming monitors. That includes a half-dozen or more monitors in the UltraWide class, like the premium LG 32WN95C-W.

This large 38-inch monitor has a Nano IPS display and is curved with a 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s ready to go with G-SYNC or FreeSync out of the box and is quick thanks to a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate. This monitor has a resolution of 3,840 x 1,600. That’s comparable to the LG 38WP85C-W which is the same size and resolution.

35'' Curved UltraWide QHD HDR Monitor with FreeSync™
  • 35" Curved UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) Display
  • 3-Side Virtually Borderless Design
  • sRGB 99% Color Gamut / HDR10
  • Dual Controller / OnScreen Control
  • AMD FreeSync
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That monitor is slightly newer but with a similar price point, although it only has a 60Hz refresh rate. USB Type-C is a perk on this display or any modern monitor. Some of those features are also found on UltraWide monitors like the 35-inch LG 35WN65C-B. This panel has an attractive price point while keeping the company’s 3-sided borderless design in place.

LG 35” VA HDR QHD UltraWide Curved Monitor, Black (35BN75C-B)
  • VA Display with sRGB 99% (Typ.) & HDR10
  • 100Hz Refresh Rate & 5ms (GTG) Response Time
  • AMD FreeSync, Dynamic Action Sync & Black Stabilizers
  • USB Type-C port, MaxxAudio
  • Flicker Safe & Reader Mode
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It’s an AMD FreeSync monitor in the QHD class and has a gamer-friendly refresh rate of 100Hz. While most of LG’s panels are IPS, the LG 35N75C-B is an exception. It’s a VA monitor with HDR10 and MaxxAudio, but the response lags behind others at 5ms.

Most curved gaming monitors from LG outside the UltraGear series are UltraWide displays with 21:9 aspect ratios. There aren’t many curved models with 34 inches unless you opt for an older or discontinued monitor from the company.

LG Curved Gaming Monitors vs. Samsung: What’s the Same?

Samsung and LG both have premium monitors along with a range of midrange monitors and budget-friendly options. We also found a nice selection of monitors with G-SYNC and FreeSync compatibility from both brands.

Premium monitors from LG have extras like the Sphere Lighting system overclocking. Samsung has a similar array of features like lighting with different names, and you can find monitors with HDR from LG and Samsung as well.

LG Curved Gaming Monitors vs. Samsung: 4 Must-Know Facts

  1. The Samsung Odyssey G9 was the first consumer display from Samsung with a 1000R curve.
  2. LG’s upcoming UltraGear lineup has a response time of .03ms.
  3. The Odyssey G5C24R5 is the smallest Odyssey monitor at 24 inches.
  4. In 2019, LG introduced the world’s first 1ms IPS display through the UltraGear series.

LG Curved Gaming Monitors vs. Samsung: Which One Is Better?

If you plan to purchase a monitor from Samsung or LG, you’re buying one of the best regardless of which brand you choose. Both companies have their own unique advantages, although there are more similarities than differences once you dig into the tech specs.

LG monitors mainly use IPS panels, compared to Samsung and their preference for VA panels. That gives them an edge if you want to game in a dark room, and it’s hard to argue with the contrast ratio on some of Samsung’s high-end panels. LG’s monitors provide better viewing angles and comparable color, however.

Gamers interested in a flagship monitor will want to choose between the Odyssey G9 Neo and the LG UltraGear 38GN95B-B. The larger 55-inch monitor from Samsung received lukewarm reviews, and LG’s large new 45-inch UltraGear panel is still in the preorder phase.

LG Curved Gaming Monitors vs Samsung: 3 Key Differences and the Winner FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Does Samsung or LG make an 8K computer monitor?

Neither company has a consumer option available at the moment, although Samsung is rumored to have an 8K Odyssey in the works.

What’s the largest monitor LG makes?

Most LG monitors are around 49 inches, although some of their larger smart TVs can double as gaming monitors.

Why is refresh rate important with gaming monitors?

For a smoother picture. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother gameplay or video will be on the display.

What’s the best response time for a gaming monitor?

1ms, although LG’s new UltraGear monitors are reported to shave that down to .03 milliseconds.

Is a VA or IPS monitor better for gaming?

You can find fast response times from both styles, so we feel it’s a personal preference that comes down to gaming and viewing habits.

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