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AU8000 vs. TU8000: Which is the Better Entry Level Gaming TV?

The AU8000 is a new entry level television released by Samsung in 2021. So, how does it compare to the Samsung’s 2020 budget friendly TU8000 when it comes to playing videogames on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and other systems?

You can find out in this comparison guide between the AU8000 and TU8000.

Quick Summary

Although the new Samsung Crystal AU8000 has slightly better HDR brightness output, the Samsung Crystal TU8000 has a better contrast ratio and slightly lower input lag. The TU8000 is also the only one of the two TVs to come with a composite input.

Neither of these two entry level televisions are suitable for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X due to the lack of support of HDMI 2.1, 120 frames per second and Variable Refresh Rate. The HDR capabilities of both the AU8000 and TU8000 are also quite poor overall as well.

You might also want to check out wall mount guide for the AU8000 with this article and the TU8000 with this page.

AU8000 vs. TU8000 Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the AU8000 and TU8000 below.

 Samsung Crystal AU8000 Series 4K UHD HDR Smart TVSamsung Crystal TU8000 Series 4K UHD HDR Smart TV
Screen Sizes43" (UN43AU8000FXZA)

50" (UN50AU8000FXZA)

55" (UN55AU8000FXZA)

60" (UN60AU8000FXZA)

65" (UN65AU8000FXZA)

70" (UN70AU8000FXZA)

75" (UN75AU8000FXZA)

85" (UN85AU8000FXZA)
43" (UN43TU8000FXZA)

50" (UN50TU8000FXZA)

55" (UN55TU8000FXZA)

65" (UN65TU8000FXZA)

75" (UN75TU8000FXZA)

85" (UN85TU8000FXZA)
HDMI PortsHDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0
HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0
Legacy Console InputsAntenna inputAntenna input

Composite input
Native Contrast Ratio3,811 to 16,421 to 1
HDR FeaturesHDR10

HDR10+

HLG
HDR10

HDR10+

HLG
HDR Real Scene Highlight304 nits276 nits
HDR Peak 2% Window149 nits137 nits
HDR Peak 10% Window326 nits310 nits
HDR Peak 25% Window325 nits309 nits
HDR Peak 50% Window324 nits308 nits
HDR Peak 100% Window324 nits308 nits
HDR Sustained 2% Window147 nits135 nits
HDR Sustained 10% Window325 nits309 nits
HDR Sustained 25% Window324 nits308 nits
HDR Sustained 50% Window324 nits308 nits
HDR Sustained 100% Window324 nits307 nits
HDR ABL0.0540.057
Native Refresh Rate60 Hz60 Hz
Adaptive Sync SupportNoneNone
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)10.9 ms9.7 ms
Input Lag at 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)N/A9.9 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)11.1 ms9.5 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)10.9 ms9.7 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:411.0 ms9.6 ms
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)18.0 ms78.0 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)18.1 ms67.9 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate with Interpolation34.8 ms25.3 ms
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Screen Sizes

You can take a look at the screen sizes, as well as the associated model numbers, for both entry level Samsung television sets below:

AU8000:

  • 43″ (UN43AU8000FXZA)
  • 50″ (UN50AU8000FXZA)
  • 55″ (UN55AU8000FXZA)
  • 60″ (UN60AU8000FXZA)
  • 65″ (UN65AU8000FXZA)
  • 70″ (UN70AU8000FXZA)
  • 75″ (UN75AU8000FXZA)
  • 85″ (UN85AU8000FXZA)

TU8000:

  • 43″ (UN43TU8000FXZA)
  • 50″ (UN50TU8000FXZA)
  • 55″ (UN55TU8000FXZA)
  • 65″ (UN65TU8000FXZA)
  • 75″ (UN75TU8000FXZA)
  • 85″ (UN85TU8000FXZA)

HDMI Ports

The AU8000 and TU8000 both only come with HDMI 2.0 ports.

You can find a breakdown of the HDMI versions for each port of both TVs below:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0

Legacy Consoles Support

When it comes to non-HDMI consoles, both television sets come with an antenna input that can be used to connect to very old systems such as the NES, Super NES, Sega Master System and Sega Genesis.

The TU8000 is the only one out of the two TVs in this comparison to support composite input, which will allow you to connect to old consoles like the PS1, PS2, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast and Xbox.

Native Contrast

According to tests done by RTINGS.com, the older TU8000 has a much better native contrast when compared to the newer AU8000.

You can find the contrast ratios for the AU8000 and TU8000 below (via RTINGS):

  • AU8000: 3,811 to 1
  • TU8000: 6,421 to 1

HDR Features

The AU8000 and TU8000 support the following HDR features:

  • HDR10
  • HDR10+
  • HLG

For the uninformed, the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X use the HDR10 format.

Neither of these TV support Dolby Vision, which is a more advanced HDR format being used by the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. Both also do not feature a wide color gamut.

Game Mode HDR Brightness

To get the most out of HDR, we recommend getting a television that can output 500 nits of brightness at the absolute minimum.

Unfortunately, the AU8000 and TU8000 fall way short of our recommend specifications. According to testing done by RTINGS.com, the AU8000 can output 304 nits of brightness when playing a HDR enabled videogame, which is slightly more than the 276 nits of the TU8000.

You can take a look at the HDR brightness test results for the AU8000 and TU8000 below (via RTINGS):

Real Scene Highlight

  • AU8000: 304 nits
  • TU8000: 276 nits

HDR Peak 2% Window

  • AU8000: 149 nits
  • TU8000: 137 nits

HDR Peak 10% Window

  • AU8000: 326 nits
  • TU8000: 310 nits

HDR Peak 25% Window

  • AU8000: 325 nits
  • TU8000: 309 nits

HDR Peak 50% Window

  • AU8000: 324 nits
  • TU8000: 308 nits

HDR Peak 100% Window

  • AU8000: 324 nits
  • TU8000: 308 nits

HDR Sustained 2% Window

  • AU8000: 147 nits
  • TU8000: 135 nits

HDR Sustained 10% Window

  • AU8000: 325 nits
  • TU8000: 309 nits

HDR Sustained 25% Window

  • AU8000: 324 nits
  • TU8000: 308 nits

HDR Sustained 50% Window

  • AU8000: 324 nits
  • TU8000: 308 nits

HDR Sustained 100% Window

  • AU8000: 324 nits
  • TU8000: 307 nits

HDR ABL

  • AU8000: 0.054
  • TU8000: 0.057

Native Refresh Rate

Both of these budget friendly Samsung TVs have a native refresh rate of 60 Hz, which means that the two televisions can display games at a maximum of 60 frames per second.

Adaptive Sync Support

The AU8000 and TU8000 do not support FreeSync (which is designed for AMD graphics cards), GSYNC (designed for NVIDIA graphics cards) or Variable Refresh Rate (designed for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X).

All three features will get rid of stutters and screen tears in games that don’t run at a stable frame rate.

Input Lag

The older TU8000 does have slightly lower input lag than the newer AU8000 when you compare the same resolution and refresh rate combinations when using the game mode setting.

With that said, the differences are very small and we consider both to be very good, in terms of latency reduction, when it comes to playing games.

You can find the input lag test results, from RTINGS, for the AU8000 and TU8000 below:

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • AU8000: 10.9 ms
  • TU8000: 9.7 ms

1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • AU8000: N/A
  • TU8000: 9.9 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • AU8000: 11.1 ms
  • TU8000: 9.5 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)

  • AU8000: 10.9 ms
  • TU8000: 9.7 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4

  • AU8000: 11.0 ms
  • TU8000: 9.6 ms

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • AU8000: 18.0 ms
  • TU8000: 78.0 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • AU8000: 18.1 ms
  • TU8000: 67.9 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate with Interpolation

  • AU8000: 34.8 ms
  • TU8000: 25.3 ms