The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is an excellent gaming monitor with a 27 inch 1440p screen and a high 240Hz refresh rate. Gamers should appreciate its FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility, and extremely quick response times for smooth motion. It has an IPS panel that offers wide viewing angles, but that comes at the cost of its low contrast ratio, so blacks look closer to gray. The panel uses a BGR sub-pixel layout, which is rare on monitors and more common on TVs. This doesn't affect picture quality, but not all programs can render text in the BGR format, so text may appear blurry. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people, especially if you use Windows ClearType to make text more legible.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is great overall. It's excellent for gaming because it has a 240Hz panel with an incredible response time, low input lag, and VRR support. It's good for office use or content creators thanks to its large screen, wide viewing angles, and good ergonomics. Sadly, it's not the best choice for use in dark rooms as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is great for office use. It has a large 27 inch screen with a 1440p resolution to deliver clear text. The stand offers good ergonomics, allowing you to adjust it easily. It's a good choice for well-lit office spaces as it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. Sadly, its BGR sub-pixel layout might cause blurry text in some programs.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is excellent for gaming. It has a high 240Hz refresh rate that results in an incredible response time for smooth motion. It has native FreeSync support with G-SYNC compatibility, and the input lag is very low. Sadly, it's not the best for dark room gaming because its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is great for consuming multimedia. It has a large screen with a 1440p resolution to deliver an immersive viewing experience. It has wide viewing angles, great if you want to view content with a few friends. Sadly, its low contrast ratio results in blacks that look gray when viewed in the dark.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is great for content creators. It has wide viewing angles and good ergonomics, making it easy to share your screen with a coworker or client. The 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution offer enough space to multitask, but the BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all editing programs. On the plus side, it has perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is decent for HDR gaming. It has an extremely quick response time, low input lag, and VRR support. However, even though it displays a very wide color gamut, it's not the best at displaying HDR content because of its just okay HDR brightness and low contrast ratio. Also, the refresh rate is limited to 200Hz in 10 bit HDR.
The Gigabyte FI27Q-X looks exactly like its predecessor, the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q. It has an all-black body with a gamer-oriented design. The stand is bulky and may stand out in an office environment but should look good in a gaming setup.
The metal stand has two wide-set feet that are far enough apart that you can place stuff in the front, like your mouse and keyboard. It holds the screen really well, and there's minimal wobble.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has good ergonomics. It offers any type of adjustment, but some may find the swivel range a bit narrow.
The back of the Gigabyte FI27Q-X is a mix of matte plastic with glossy accents, giving it a gamer-oriented design. There's RGB on the back panel and the stand. The cutout in the stand serves as cable management.
The panel itself is thin, but the stand takes up more space and requires a deep desk to put it on.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has great build quality. The plastic on the monitor feels very solid, and there's minimal flex throughout. The stand is metal and supports the screen well. The bottom bezel isn't attached uniformly across the screen, but it's hard to tell and shouldn't be a problem for most people.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has a mediocre native contrast, which is expected from an IPS panel. Blacks look gray when viewed in the dark, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it. It's slightly above the advertised 1000:1 contrast, but this could vary between units.
There's no local dimming feature on the Gigabyte FI27Q-X. The above video is for reference only.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X's SDR brightness is great. It easily gets bright enough to combat glare, and it's very consistent across different content.
We tested the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode with Brightness at max.
The Gigabyte FI27Q-X has okay peak brightness in HDR, and it's a slight improvement over the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q. It meets the brightness requirement of its DisplayHDR 400 certification, but it still may not be bright enough to truly bright out highlights in HDR content.
When you enable HDR On you can't change any picture settings.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has very wide horizontal viewing angles, which is expected from an IPS panel. It's a great choice for co-op gaming, but you may notice a bit of color washout at very wide viewing angles.
Once again, the vertical viewing angles are excellent. The image remains accurate if you mount it above eye level, but you may still see some color washout.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has excellent gray uniformity. The edges are a bit darker, but there's no dirty screen effect in the center. Uniformity is improved in near-dark scenes, but some backlight bleed is noticeable at the top right corner. Keep in mind that uniformity can vary between units.
Our unit of the Gigabyte FI27Q-X has bad black uniformity, but this can change from unit to unit. Due to its low contrast ratio, the entire screen looks blueish/gray. There's also noticeable backlight bleed and clouding throughout, which is distracting in dark scenes.
The out-of-the-box accuracy is great. Most colors are only slightly inaccurate, but not enough to notice, and the same can be said about the white balance. However, color temperature is on the cold side, resulting in a blue tint. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve at all, resulting in all scenes being brighter than they should. Keep in mind that out-of-the-box accuracy can vary between units.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X's accuracy after calibration is remarkable. Any remaining color and white balance inaccuracies can't be spotted by the human eye, and the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target. Gamma is improved, but you still may notice that really dark and really bright scenes are slightly over-brightened.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit, even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has an exceptional SDR color gamut, better than any monitor we've tested. It has perfect coverage of both the sRGB color gamut used in most content and the Adobe RGB color space used in photo or video editing.
This isn't the first time we've tested a monitor with such full coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Monitors like the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, Acer Predator X27 bmiphzx, and the Gigabyte M27Q have at least 97% coverage. All of these monitors, including the FI27Q-X, achieve this by over-saturating the colors, which makes them look inaccurate.
Thanks to the perfect color gamut, the SDR color volume is also incredible. It displays bright colors really well but struggles with dark colors due to the low contrast ratio.
The Gigabyte FI27Q-X has an excellent HDR color gamut. Unlike most monitors, its DCI P3 color space matches exactly the advertised 93% coverage, which is great for watching most HDR content. Its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is also good, so it displays most colors needed for HDR content.
Note: The DCI P3 coverage may be a bit lower than other reviewers. This is due to the way we measure DCI P3. We measure it by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has an okay HDR color volume, but it's lower than expected considering its excellent HDR color gamut. This is because of the way we test for it and how the monitor responds to the testing. In our HDR color gamut tests, we use a 50% stimulus, and with this monitor, that results in the wide color gamut measurements because colors appear as they should. However, when using a stronger stimulus, less-saturated colors start to appear white, and at 100% stimulus, only the primaries are visible as colors, with everything else appearing as white. The color volume is lower than expected because of how most colors appear white at the 100% stimulus. This means that really bright content in HDR content can lose fine details as colors may appear closer to white.
You can see the Rec. 2020 gamut measurements at different stimuli below:
The Gigabyte FI27Q-X has no signs of temporary image retention, even after displaying a high-contrast static image. Keep in mind this can vary between units.
The Gigabyte FI27Q-X uses an 8-bit panel + FRC to simulate 10-bit color depth. It has remarkable gradient handling, and there's no visible sign of banding in most shades.
There's no visible sign of color bleed on the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X.
The matte finish has decent reflection handling, similar to the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q. It handles a moderate amount of light well but struggles with a ton of light on it. We suggest avoiding placing it opposite a window with direct sunlight.
Unlike most monitors, the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X uses a BGR sub-pixel layout instead of RGB. Text clarity is still good if you enable Windows ClearType (top photo). The BGR sub-pixel layout doesn't affect image quality, but it can hurt text clarity in certain programs that don't use Windows ClearType. It shouldn't be an issue for most people, but if you notice that text still looks blurry, you can turn the monitor upside down, which results in a proper RGB format. However, this could come at the cost of increasing the input lag or having VRR issues.
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The response time at the max refresh rate of 240Hz is simply incredible. Motion looks buttery smooth, and there's isn't any obvious motion blur. The recommended Overdrive setting is 'Balance' because it's quicker than 'Picture Quality' and has a lot less overshoot than 'Speed'. However, there's some overshoot in the 0-20% transition, so if you tend to game with dark scenes and notice it, use 'Picture Quality' instead.
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The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X's response time at 60Hz is also fantastic. The total response time with the recommended Overdrive setting of 'Picture Quality' is just a bit slow, so you may notice some motion blur, but there's no overshoot. This also means you would have to change the setting if the frame rate of your game drops.
The Gigabyte FI27Q-X has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has a Black Frame Insertion feature to try to improve the appearance of motion. It flickers within a narrow range and can't be used with VRR enabled. Keep in mind that the BFI score is based on the flicker range and not the actual performance.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has native FreeSync support and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. Although both AMD and NVIDIA certify the VRR to work over DisplayPort from 48Hz and above, we verified that it works at an even lower refresh rate. Over HDMI, the VRR range is from 20 to 144Hz, and only FreeSync works.
Update 04/23/2021: We previously indicated that the maximum refresh rate at 10 bit over DisplayPort is 144Hz, which is wrong. The maximum is 200Hz at 10 bit.
The input lag of the Gigabyte FI27Q-X is extremely low, and it stays low with VRR enabled. We didn't measure the 10-bit HDR input lag because the max refresh rate in 10-bit HDR over HDMI is 60Hz. You can achieve a maximum of 200Hz over DisplayPort in HDR, but we don't have the tools necessary to measure input lag over a DisplayPort connection. That said, we don't expect the input lag to increase in HDR.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has a great 27 inch screen with a high 1440p resolution. This is ideal for multitasking as you can easily open multiple windows side-by-side.
The USB inputs are advertised to supply 5V/1.5A of power if you have the USB-B upstream cable connected to a PC.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has a bunch of extra features, including:
There's a single joystick underneath the center of the monitor to control the on-screen display.
We tested the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X, which is only available in a 27 inch size. It's the newer version of the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q and the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q-P, which have a 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rate. If you have the FI27Q-X and notice it's different from ours, let us know. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between units.
Our unit was manufactured in December 2020, and you can see the label here.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is an excellent gaming monitor with one of the quickest response times we've tested on an IPS panel. If you're looking for a 240Hz, 1440p monitor and don't think its BGR sub-pixel layout will affect you, this is a good alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G7, but with wider viewing angles.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X and the Gigabyte M27Q are both excellent gaming monitors with similar features. The FI27Q-X has a higher 240Hz refresh rate than the 170Hz on the M27Q, but they each have quick response times. The FI27Q-X has much better ergonomics as you can swivel it and rotate it into portrait mode. On the other hand, the M27Q has a USB-C input, which the FI27Q-X doesn't have, so you can display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time.
The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X are both excellent gaming monitors. They each have a 1440p resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, but they have different panel types. The Samsung's VA panel has a much higher contrast ratio, allowing it to display deep blacks. It also has a local dimming feature, which the Gigabyte doesn't have, but it doesn't add much because it performs terribly. The Gigabyte's IPS panel has much wider viewing angles, making it a better choice for co-op gaming. Other than that, they each have a very quick response time and low input lag for gaming.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a nice upgrade over its predecessor, the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q. The main difference of the FI27Q-X is that it uses a 240Hz panel compared to 165Hz on the FI27Q. This results in much quicker response time for smoother motion. The FI27Q uses an RGB sub-pixel layout, which may render text more clearly than the FI27Q-X in certain programs because not all programs can display content in a BGR sub-pixel layout.
The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X are both excellent gaming monitors. They each have an IPS panel with a 1440p resolution, but the main difference is that the Gigabyte has a 240Hz refresh rate, and the MSI is 165Hz. They have quick response times, native FreeSync support, and low input lag for gaming. The MSI uses a traditional RGB subpixel layout, whereas the Gigabyte uses BGR, which not all programs may use and could result in blurry text. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X and the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx perform very similarly overall. They both have native 240Hz refresh rates, although the Acer can be overclocked to 270Hz. Both have fantastic response times as well. The Acer, however, is better for HDR gaming because it has a slightly wider color gamut and better color volume. It gets a bit brighter in SDR as well.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X and the Dell Alienware AW2721D are both great overall monitors with similar features. They're each 27 inch, 1440p screens with a 240Hz refresh rate. The Gigabyte has native FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and it has a quicker response time. However, the Dell gets much brighter, especially in HDR, and it has native G-SYNC support, but FreeSync also works on it. Choosing one over the other can really depend on which graphics card you have.
The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a better gaming monitor than the HP OMEN X 27, mainly because of their different panel types. The IPS panel on the Gigabyte has much wider viewing angles than the TN panel on the HP. It also gets brighter, so it fights glare easily in brighter rooms. However, the HP does a better job at rendering clear text, mainly because it uses an RGB sub-pixel layout compared to the BGR layout on the Gigabyte, and not all programs can use this layout.