Gigabyte AORUS FI32Q 170Hz WQHD IPS model

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Update: Price and availability updated. News piece below initially published 6th February 2021.


For those wanting an immersive experience without a huge number of pixels to push, ~32″ models with a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution can be attractive. The Gigabyte AORUS FI32Q bolsters the company’s premium line-up of gaming monitors with this combination in mind. The monitor includes the signature powder-coated metal broad-footed stand design, giving a solid base to the screen. The bottom bezel is matte black and dark grey, whilst the top and side bezels are dual-stage. These include a slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen, plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick which faces downwards beneath the central region of the bottom bezel.

AORUS styling elements

A 31.5″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is employed. An Innolux AAS panel, more specifically. A matte anti-glare screen surface is included, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast, true 8-bit colour and 178°/178° viewing angles are specified. A 170Hz refresh rate is supported using a mild internal factory overclock (165Hz without), alongside support for Adaptive-Sync including AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’. A VRR range of 48 – 170Hz (plus LFC) is supported. A flicker-free WLED backlight is included which offers a 94% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. This boosts up to 400 cd/m²+ for HDR purposes, with the monitor offering basic HDR10 processing via VESA DisplayHDR 400. This allows 10-bit colour processing to be used with the help of GPU dithering and allows the colour gamut to be put to good use, but doesn’t necessitate contrast-enhancing local dimming or particularly high luminance levels. An edge-lit arrangement of 8 dimming zones have been confirmed on this model by Korean publication Quasar Zone for a slight situational contrast boost under HDR, however. The HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) HDR standard is also supported. The monitor is certified as ‘Eyesafe’ by TÜV Rheinland, which means as well as being flicker-free the backlight has its blue light peak shifted to less energetic wavelengths.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, as well as a 1ms MPRT response time using the included Aim Stabilizer Sync strobe backlight setting. This can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync (hence the ‘Sync’ component). The rear of the monitor includes RGB Fusion 2.0 LEDs, customisable in the OSD or using software bearing the same name. The included stand is fully adjustable, attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), USB-C (~10W-15W PD assumed, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), a 3.5mm microphone jack, 3.5mm headphone jack with ‘ESS Sabre HiFi’ and 3.5mm audio out. KVM is also listed as a feature, allowing USB devices connected to the monitor to be shared between multiple systems. PiP/PbP functionality is included, too.

Pretty LEDs (for your wall to enjoy)

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$800 USD.

Gigabyte FI32Q