You can't see raw files - they have to be converted to view them. That doesn't mean your point about camera settings is incorrect, but it could be worth using another program such as PS to convert the raw files for comparison.
I look at RAW data all the time. It's not pretty in its RAWest state, where it is a B&W image with no gamma, a possible positive black offset, and a checkerboard texture due to different responses in the interleaved color channels. You can still leave it in the RAW colorspace represented by direct translation to sRGB and interpolate away the checkerboard pattern, and even the original data, on a display with a fine enough pixel pitch would display as a smooth B&W image due to the checkerboard pattern being too fine to see.