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QN90A vs. X95J: Which is the Better Gaming TV?

The QN90A and X95J are both 2021 4K television sets. So, which of these TVs is better at displaying videogames running on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S as well as other systems?

You can find out in this comparison guide between these Samsung and Sony televisions.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Sony X95J, the Samsung QN90A offers a much better HDR gaming experience as it features better contrast and higher HDR brightness output.

Furthermore, the QN90A is the only one out of these two televisions to support 120 fps at 1440p, FreeSync, GSYNC, Variable Refresh Rate and wide color gamut.

On the other hand, the X95J is the only one out of these two to support Dolby Vision. It also comes with one more HDMI 2.1 port than the QN90A.

You can see how the X95J compares to the A90J with this guide.

QN90A vs. X95J Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the QN90A and X95J TVs below.

 Samsung QN90ASony X95J
Screen Sizes50" (QN50QN90AAFXZA)

55" (QN55QN90AAFXZA)

65" (QN65QN90AAFXZA)

75" (QN75QN90AAFXZA)

85" (QN85QN90AAFXZA)
65" (XR-65X95J)

75" (XR-75X95J)

85" (XR-85X95J)
HDMI PortsHDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
Legacy Consoles SupportAntenna/cable inputAntenna/cable input

Composite input via adapter (sold separately)
HDR FeaturesHDR10

HDR10+

HLG

Wide Color Gamut

Local Dimming
Dolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Local Dimming
Contrast RatioNative: 3,510 to 1

Local Dimming: 26,534 to 1
Native: 2,290 to 1

Local Dimming: 4,049 to 1
HDR Real Scene Highlight1,862 nits1,236 nits
HDR Peak 2% Window709 nits869 nits
HDR Peak 10% Window1,614 nits992 nits
HDR Peak 25% Window1,655 nits1,120 nits
HDR Peak 50% Window1,110 nits685 nits
HDR Peak 100% Window757 nits621 nits
HDR Sustained 2% Window486 nits838 nits
HDR Sustained 10% Window1,062 nits955 nits
HDR Sustained 25% Window1,639 nits1,099 nits
HDR Sustained 50% Window1,106 nits683 nits
HDR Sustained 100% Window755 nits618 nits
HDR ABL0.0510.031
Native Refresh Rate120 Hz120 Hz
Adaptive Sync SupportFreeSync

GSYNC

Variable Refresh Rate
Variable Refresh Rate via firmware update
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)10.1 ms17.9 ms
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)5.7 ms9.8 ms
Input Lag at 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)10.0 ms17.7 ms
Input Lag at 1440p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)5.9 msN/A
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)9.8 ms17.8 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)9.7 ms17.8 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:49.8 ms17.9 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)5.3 ms9.6 ms
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)76.8 ms161.1 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)76.6 ms144.4 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate With Interpolation20.8 ms137.0 ms
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Screen Sizes

You can check out the available screen sizes, along with the associated model numbers, for both televisions below:

QN90A:

  • 50″ (QN50QN90AAFXZA)
  • 55″ (QN55QN90AAFXZA)
  • 65″ (QN65QN90AAFXZA)
  • 75″ (QN75QN90AAFXZA)
  • 85″ (QN85QN90AAFXZA)

X95J:

  • 65″ (XR-65X95J)
  • 75″ (XR-75X95J)
  • 85″ (XR-85X95J)

HDMI Ports

The QN90A comes with three HDMI 2.0 ports in addition to one HDMI 2.1 port while the X95J comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports as well as two HDMI 2.1 ports.

You can find a breakdown of HDMI port versions below:

QN90A:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1

X95J:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1

Legacy Consoles Support

The QN90A and X95J both come with a cable/antenna tuner, which you should be able to use to connect the NES, Super NES, Master System, Genesis and other similar systems.

The X95J is the only one of these TVs that also include composite input although you will need a Video AV Component Adapter Cable in order to connect the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Saturn, Dreamcast, Xbox and other similar system.

HDR Features

When it comes to HDR features, both of these televisions support HDR10, a format used by the PS4, PS4 Pro, PS5, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles.

The X95J is the only one to support Dolby Vision, which is used by the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

The QN90A does feature a wide color gamut while the X95J doesn’t.

You can find the full list of HDR features for both products below:

QN90A:

  • HDR10
  • HDR10+
  • HLG
  • Wide Color Gamut
  • Local Dimming

X95J:

  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Local Dimming

Contrast Ratios

According to tests done by RTINGS.com, the QN90A has a better native contrast as well as a much better local dimming contrast.

You can check out the contrast ratio test results from RTINGS for the QN90A and X95J below:

Native Contrast Ratio

  • QN90A: 3,510 to 1
  • X95J: 2,290 to 1

Local Dimming Contrast Ratio

  • QN90A: 26,534 to 1
  • X95J: 4,049 to 1

HDR Brightness in Game Mode

When it comes to HDR output when playing videogames using the TV’s game mode setting, the QN90A can get much brighter than the X95J according to RTINGS.com.

With that said, we considered that both of these televisions to be excellent HDR sets as the brightness outputs are far beyond our recommended minimum level of 500 nits.

You can find RTINGS’ HDR brightness test results for the QN90A and X95J below:

HDR Real Scene Highlight

  • QN90A: 1,862 nits
  • X95J: 1,236 nits

HDR Peak 2% Window

  • QN90A: 709 nits
  • X95J: 869 nits

HDR Peak 10% Window

  • QN90A: 1,614 nits
  • X95J: 992 nits

HDR Peak 25% Window

  • QN90A: 1,655 nits
  • X95J: 1,120 nits

HDR Peak 50% Window

  • QN90A: 1,110 nits
  • X95J: 685 nits

HDR Peak 100% Window

  • QN90A: 757 nits
  • X95J: 621 nits

HDR Sustained 2% Window

  • QN90A: 486 nits
  • X95J: 838 nits

HDR Sustained 10% Window

  • QN90A: 1,062 nits
  • X95J: 955 nits

HDR Sustained 25% Window

  • QN90A: 1,639 nits
  • X95J: 1,099 nits

HDR Sustained 50% Window

  • QN90A: 1,106 nits
  • X95J: 683 nits

HDR Sustained 100% Window

  • QN90A: 755 nits
  • X95J: 618 nits

HDR ABL

  • QN90A: 0.051
  • X95J: 0.031

Refresh Rate

The QN90A and X95J both have a native refresh rate of 120 Hz.

With the QN90A, this means that you can play PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games at 120 frames per second in 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions.

With the X95J, you can play PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games at 120 fps at 1080p and 4K (the 1440p resolution of this Sony TV does not support 120 fps).

Adaptive Sync Support

The QN90A supports all three adaptive sync modes:

  • FreeSync (AMD graphics cards for PC)
  • GSYNC (NVIDIA graphics cards for PC)
  • Variable Refresh Rate (PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S)

The X95J currently does not support any adaptive sync modes although it should be getting Variable Refresh Rate via an upcoming firmware update.

For the uninformed, these modes will help games that don’t run at a consistent frame rate get rid of any stutters and screen tearing will be removed.

Input Lag in Game Mode

According to RTINGS.com, the QN90A also offers lower input lag than the X95J when you use the game mode settings. With that said, the X95 is still a pretty responsive set as its input delays are still very much below our recommended upper limit of 30 milliseconds.

You can check out RTINGS’ input test results for the QN90A and X95J below:

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

  • QN90A: 10.1 ms
  • X95J: 17.9 ms

1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • QN90A: 5.7 ms
  • X95J: 9.8 ms

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

  • QN90A: 10.0 ms
  • X95J: 17.7 ms

1440p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • QN90A: 5.9 ms
  • X95J: N/A

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

  • QN90A: 9.8 ms
  • X95J: 17.8 ms

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

  • QN90A: 9.7 ms
  • X95J: 17.8 ms

4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • QN90A: 5.3 ms
  • X95J: 9.6 ms

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

  • QN90A: 9.8 ms
  • X95J: 17.9 ms

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

  • QN90A: 76.8 ms
  • X95J: 161.1 ms

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

  • QN90A: 76.6 ms
  • X95J: 144.4 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate With Interpolation

  • QN90A: 20.8 ms
  • X95J: 137.0 ms