Gigabyte AORUS FI32U 144Hz 4K IPS

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Update: New information on price and availability based on recent manufacturer livestream. News piece below initially published 19th May 2021.

 

The screen space and generous pixel density offered by ~32″ ‘4K’ models makes them very attractive for a multitude of uses. The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is one such offering, focusing on a high refresh rate gaming experience for both PCs and games consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The monitor has the signature sharp-lined styling of the series, with a weighty powder-coated metal stand providing firm footing. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen. And a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick facing downwards beneath the central logo on the bottom bezel.

Sharp-lined design

A 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is used, most likely the Innolux M315DCA-K7B AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) panel. Other aspects of note include a light or very light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The monitor can run at up to 144Hz, with Adaptive-Sync supported including AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. With a 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC. 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour is supported, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight provides a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut. The monitor is ‘Eyesafe’ certified by TÜV Rheinland, so includes technology which shifts the blue peak to a less energetic wavelength and reduces the magnitude of the peak to aid viewing comfort. VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included. Allowing the monitor to respond to HDR10 content with its fairly generous gamut, 10-bit colour processing and a peak luminance of 400 cd/m²+. This is a basic HDR level that doesn’t necessitate local dimming or particularly high luminance by HDR standards. This model includes an edge-lit 16 dimming zone solution for HDR, providing a slight situational edge in contrast.

A 1ms grey to grey is specified alongside a 1ms MPRT response time – approach with caution. The latter measurement uses the included Aim Stabilizer Sync strobe backlight mode. This can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync, if you wish. Customisable ‘RGB Fusion 2.0’ LED lighting elements are included at the rear – including the brand’s Falcon logo, some stripes at the sides of the stand plus ‘wings’ either side of the stand. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including 130mm (5.12 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. A quick-release mechanism allows easy removal of the stand, revealing 100 x 100m VESA holes. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 with DSC, USB-C (18W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), a 3.5mm microphone jack and 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm audio output. Integrated ‘ESS Sabre HiFi’ sound processing is included. HDMI 2.1 allows support for ‘4K’ UHD @120Hz and 1080p @120Hz on the Xbox Series X and PS5, alongside VRR support. 1440p @120Hz is also supported on the Xbox Series X. The monitor includes KVM functionality, allowing USB devices connected to the monitor to be shared between multiple systems. PiP/PbP functionality is included, too.

RGB elements at the rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$1000 USD.

Gigabyte AORUS FI32U