Gigabyte AORUS CV27Q 165Hz WQHD VA model

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For users after a strong all-round gaming monitor, with emphasis on strong contrast and vibrant colour output, 27” WQHD VA models like the AOC AG273QCX and Samsung C27HG70 are desirable choices. Continuing to expand their line-up, Gigabyte AORUS introduces their own model in this category in the form of the CV27Q. The model carries over the visual touches of other models in the series. An angular look with powder-coated metal stand, matte black (or dark grey) bottom bezel and a slender top and side bezel design. With a slim panel border flush with the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer component. As usual, the OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled using a small joystick located beneath the ‘AORUS’ logo at the front. Control via the PC is possible using the ‘OSD Sidekick’ software, which also unlocks some extra functionality such as customisable on-screen crosshairs and facilitates firmware updates.

An angular front design

A 27” 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) VA panel is used, likely Samsung SVA (‘Super’ Vertical Alignment) panel. This adopts a 1500R curve, steeper than the 1800R curve found on current competing models such as those mentioned in the first paragraph. This is designed to draw the user in slightly, without feeling unnatural and potentially enhancing viewing comfort. The monitor uses a (likely light) matte anti-glare screen surface, has a specified 3000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° vertical/horizontal viewing angles. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported, alongside Adaptive-Sync. This includes support for AMD FreeSync 2 (48 – 165Hz variable refresh rate range with LFC likely), to combat tearing and stuttering from frame and refresh rate mismatches. A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed, with enhanced phosphors providing 90% DCI-P3 colour space coverage and a specified maximum luminance of 400 cd/m². The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, which is the lowest level of certification. It doesn’t mandate local dimming or overly high luminance peaks, but the monitors brightness and colour gamut still ticks the boxes. The monitor supports 8-bit colour; the GPU will use an additional 2-bit dithering stage for HDR, which in our experience can work – although the monitor’s HDR implementation still has to be decent in other areas. Which wasn’t the case with the AD27QD we tested.

Additional aspects to note include a 1ms specified response time. This needs to be taken with a large dose of salt, especially given the panel type used. It’s likely an MPRT response time measurement using the ‘Aim Stabilizer’ strobe backlight setting, so can’t be directly compared to grey to grey response times often specified. The monitor will also feature ‘Blue Light Reduction’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings and has a gamma enhancement feature designed to lighten up dark regions for a competitive edge – ‘Black Equalizer 2.0’. The rear of the monitor is mainly matte black plastic, with some brushed-textured areas towards the bottom. There are also two customisable RGB LED ‘wings’ around the stand attachment point. The stand attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The included stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment. The ports are down-firing and include; DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature-set), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The rear

Further information can be found on Gigabyte’s website. The monitor is available for ~$430.

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