Several companies released 4K high refresh rate monitors during CES 2022. Acer, for example, debuted the world’s first 4K monitor with a refresh rate of 165 Hz. But then Samsung showed up and the company clearly wasn’t happy with the ending CES 2022 quiet.

Amid the announcements of the “world’s first” 4K gaming technology, Samsung blew it all away with a 4K monitor that can run at 240 Hz: Odyssey Neo G8. It’s impractical in early 2022, but it’s the new benchmark that high-end gaming displays must meet.

The fastest 4K monitor in the world

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The Odyssey Neo G8 is the world’s first 4K monitor that runs at 240 Hz. Higher frame rates show diminishing returns, but the Odyssey Neo G8 still looked as sleek as it can be on the display floor. If 144 Hz is the sweet spot for gaming monitors, 240 Hz is even better.

But I hear you: for most games, you can’t even use a 240Hz refresh rate at 4K. That’s correct. Even the Gigant RTX 3090 doesn’t manage 240 frames per second (fps) in most games, but there are still esports titles like Counter-Stike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege where 4K at 240Hz is a possibility.

If 4K at 240 Hz is ridiculous, so is 4K at 144 Hz. There are few games that can take advantage of that high refresh rate right now, but with new graphics cards and features like those from Nvidia Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), 4K gaming at 240 Hz isn’t all that far away.

It’s also future proof. A gaming PC cannot really be made future-proof, but a monitor can. Display technology isn’t changing nearly as fast, and Samsung is cutting edge. Even in a few years, I can’t imagine there will be many displays that will top the Odyssey Neo G8.

Breathtaking brightness

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 gaming monitor.
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The Odyssey Neo G8 achieves a peak brightness of 2,000 nits in HDR mode. Monitors with this brightness don’t really exist, apart from portable field monitors for video production and Samsung’s own Odyssey Neo G9.

The Neo G8 has other similarities to its super ultrawide brother. It uses a QLED panel and has a static contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1. Even under the glowing showlights at CES, the colors were vivid and the contrast was deep. This is for sure one of the best looking gaming monitors I’ve seen.

It’s like Samsung took the Odyssey Neo G9 and cut off the sides. You get one of best gaming monitors on the market just without the extra bulk. Even at 144Hz the Odyssey Neo G8 would be a killer.

I couldn’t fully test the noise and heat, but I put my hand around the back to see what the monitor was outputting. And I’m happy to report that there was no heat. High-end, top-of-the-line monitors can fall apart from noise and thermals, but the Odyssey Neo G8 doesn’t seem to fit into that shape.

A new benchmark

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 gaming monitor.

No matter how expensive the Odyssey Neo G8 gets – and make no mistake, it gets very expensive – it’s a new benchmark for gaming monitors. Put simply, 240Hz is way above anything we’ve seen on other 4K displays, and when paired with some of the best HDR on the market, there’s no competition.

However, it’s still a trend-setting display. There are some games that can reach 4K at 240 Hz, but most cannot. The benefits of having such a high refresh rate on a 4K monitor will be apparent for at least a couple of years and probably a lot more.

But when that time comes, the Odyssey Neo G8 will still be able to hold its own.

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