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Gigabyte AORUS FI32Q-X 270Hz WQHD IPS with HDMI 2.1

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Some will find the combination of 32″ screen size and 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) attractive, as it delivers a comfortable but not extreme pixel density. It offers decent ‘desktop real estate’ and an immersive experience. The Gigabyte AORUS FI32Q-X provides this, with a focus on high refresh rate gaming. The monitor adopts the familiar styling associated with the sub-brand, with a coated metal stand and somewhat aggressive-looking sharp-lined design. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick which faces down in the central region of the bottom bezel.

Aggressive styling

A 32″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is employed, an AUO AHVA panel more specifically. A very light matte anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast, true 8-bit colour and 178°/178° viewing angles are specified. The monitor supports a 270Hz refresh rate (240Hz + internal factory overclock), whilst Adaptive-Sync is supported allowing AMD FreeSync and ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ to be used. A 48 – 270Hz VRR range including LFC is assumed. HDMI 2.1 VRR is also supported through the HDMI 2.1 ports. This allows 120Hz to be used at up to ‘4K’ (via downsampling) for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. A flicker-free Quantum Dot LED backlight provides a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance (600 cd/m²+ HDR peak) and 95% DCI-P3 (157% sRGB, 99% Adobe RGB) colour gamut. The monitor supports HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) whilst also responding to HDR10 content via VESA DisplayHDR 600. This allows 10-bit colour processing to be used and the generous colour gamut plus decent peak brightness to be put to work. It also requires local dimming to enhance the contrast – 16 dimming zones are likely available in this case.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (caution advised), with the Aim Stabilizer Sync strobe backlight setting available. This can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync (hence the ‘Sync’ component) if you wish. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to provide a more relaxing viewing experience. RGB Fusion 2.0 LED lighting strips are included at the rear, customisable in the OSD or using RGB Fusion software. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. Full ergonomic flexibility is provided, including 130mm (5.12 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. An alternative C-Clamp mount is included, allowing direct attachment of the monitor to the edge of the desk. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 with HBR3, USB-C (18W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), a 3.5mm microphone jack, 3.5mm headphone jack with ‘ESS Sabre HiFi’ and 3.5mm audio out. KVM is also supported, allowing easy sharing of USB peripherals between multiple systems. 2-device PiP/PbP support is included, too.

RGB LED plus good ergonomics

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Information on price and availability still to come.

Note, any current listings for the model on Amazon refer to the original (less capable) variant.

Gigabyte FI32Q-X