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REVIEW: Samsung 275T Part 9


Responsiveness

We tested the Samsung 275T’s suitability for gaming using the action games Half Life 2 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. The virtual world in Half Life 2 is very rich in contrast and has numerous dark-light passages which can lead to clearly visible blurring effects, even if these are not comparable with true streaking as seen with old LCDs with no overdrive technology.

The streaks appear more often with strong colours such as black, white and full tones and can disturb the user in some circumstances. Obviously, the overdrive on the Samsung 275T is a bit too weak. However, we feel that this is still more pleasant than the corona effects that arise when overdrive is too strong (such as with the NEC LCD2470WNX).

Picture from Half Life 2 (1.920 x 1.200)

In S.T.A.L.K.E.R., where the images generally lie in the middle of the bright/dark spectrum, we see almost no streaks in the test, but the textures are a little more blurred than the usual measure of motion blur when movements are portrayed.

Thus, the SyncMaster 275T is only conditionally suitable for users who play a lot of games. In our tests, the recall ratio did not suffer and generally, all important games elements remain clearly visible and reachable even with critical colour conditions. Occasional gamers will also concentrate more on the fantastic image quality than on the blurring effects which depend on the environment.

Picture from S.T.A.L.K.E.R (1.920 x 1.200)

The monitor also demonstrates a lag of around two frames (33 ms). This value is also acceptable for fast games and is less than the acceptable threshold for the average user, as long as additional lags (e.g. from a wireless mouse) are not added to it.

At resolutions interpolated via the monitor, the lag is around three frames (50 ms), so sensitive gamers would be better advised to resort to the interpolation function of their graphics card drivers, which normally causes no lags. In order to ensure fluent gaming in the high resolution with many details, we recommend at least a graphics card in the same category as the Nvidia 8800GTS 320 MB.

Interpolation

The Interpolation of the Samsung SyncMaster 275T is very good when displaying non-native resolutions, which should please occasional gamers who possibly have no high-end graphics cards and can thus display a smaller resolution than 1.920 x 1.200 without serious disadvantages.

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