While the Samsung RU7100 offers a solid base and the essential features of a 4K TV at a budget-friendly price, the RU8000 is simply better. If we go before the 55 inch version, the RU8000 has both a 120 HzHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. panel and VRRVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card with FreeSyncVariable Refresh Rate with AMD graphics cards or consoles, which should be a worthwhile investment not least for gamers. That’s why the surcharge also pays off.
This is by no means to say that the RU7100 is a bad gaming TV – not at all. For the occasional gamer it’s a rock solid choice. But the RU8000 supports some features that more demanding gamers will appreciate.
In all other respects, both TVs are on the same level. The contrast is comparable and both have no local dimming, so HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content is very similar. But the RU8000 gets a little brighter. Both have a VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel, so that the viewing angle is equally limited.
If you like the gaming features, you should go for the RU8000. Those who don’t need 120 Hz and VRR will find everything they need in the RU7100.