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Samsung’s QD-OLED TV exceeds expectations with hidden 4K 144Hz capabilities

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Last updated: May 16th, 2022 at 16:30 UTC+02:00

Samsung took the TV world (and LG) by surprise a few weeks ago with the launch of its first QD-OLED TV, the S95B, which delivers fantastic picture quality and brightness levels. But the S95B has another ace up its sleeve, and surprisingly, it turns out that this TV model does indeed support a 144Hz refresh rate at 4K resolutions, even though Samsung doesn’t advertise it as such. Of course, there’s a catch.

For a bit more context, a high refresh rate means that more frames can be rendered in one second, which is why this characteristic is very important for gamers. Consoles like the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X support 4K resolutions and a 120Hz refresh rate, meaning they are capable of rendering 120 frames per second.

Of course, Samsung’s first QD-OLED TV does support 120Hz for these consoles, but surprisingly, it turns out that the TV can also render 4K at 144Hz — unofficially.

You need a powerful PC to achieve 4K at 144Hz on the Samsung S95B

Although Samsung’s first QD-OLED TV doesn’t officially support 144Hz at 4K, the TV can still achieve these figures, as discovered by YouTuber HDTVTest. (via NotebookCheck)

The latter found out that the Samsung S95B QD-OLED TV can render images at a 144Hz refresh rate and 4K resolution without skipping any frames. The catch, however, is that to achieve 144Hz and 4K, the TV had to be connected to a powerful PC equipped with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. The latter isn’t cheap.

Furthermore, although the Samsung S95B doesn’t skip any frames and works flawlessly with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, running 144Hz mode at 4K does limit the color depth output to 8-bit.

Whether or not this 8-bit downgrade has a significant impact on the visuals is debatable. You can check the video below for a closer look at the Samsung S95B QD-OLED TV running 4K resolution at 144Hz and decide for yourself.

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