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Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Apr 23, 2021 at 09:53 am
Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X Picture
8.0
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.5
Media Consumption
8.2
Media Creation
6.2
HDR
Size
27"
Resolution
2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
240Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

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.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed Usage

The Gigabyte 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.

Pros
  • 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution.
  • Stand offers good ergonomic adjustments.
  • 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • Very fast response time results in smooth motion.
  • Displays very wide color gamut.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • IPS panel has a low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • HDR brightness is just okay.
8.1 Office

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.

Pros
  • 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Stand offers good ergonomic adjustments.
  • Displays very wide color gamut.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • HDR brightness is just okay.
8.6 Gaming

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.

Pros
  • Stand offers good ergonomic adjustments.
  • 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • Very fast response time results in smooth motion.
  • Very low input lag.
  • Displays very wide color gamut.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • IPS panel has a low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • HDR brightness is just okay.
7.5 Media Consumption

The Gigabyte 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.

Pros
  • 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Stand offers good ergonomic adjustments.
  • Displays very wide color gamut.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • IPS panel has a low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • HDR brightness is just okay.
8.2 Media Creation

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.

Pros
  • 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
  • Displays very wide color gamut.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • HDR brightness is just okay.
6.2 HDR

Pros
  • Displays very wide color gamut.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • HDR brightness is just okay.
  • 8.0 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Office
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.5 Media Consumption
  • 8.2 Media Creation
  • 6.2 HDR
  1. Updated Sep 15, 2022: We tested the monitor to confirm that it works with the PS5's new 1440p support.
  2. Updated Jul 12, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Apr 23, 2021: We indicated that the refresh rate at 10 bit over DP is 144Hz, which is wrong. It's 200Hz.
  4. Updated Apr 23, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Apr 21, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

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.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

8.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range
-20° to 20°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

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 monitor 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.

Design
Stand
Base Width
17.9" (45.5 cm)
Base Depth
10.0" (25.5 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
8.4" (21.4 cm)
Weight (With Display)
17.6 lbs (8.0 kg)

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.

Design
Display
Housing Width
24.2" (61.4 cm)
Housing Height
14.6" (37.1 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (0.9 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a single joystick underneath the center of the monitor to control the on-screen display.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • 3x power cables (for NA, EU, and AUS)
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-B to USB-A upstream cable
  • User guides

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,028 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature on the Gigabyte FI27Q-X. The above video is for reference only.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
367 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
399 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
399 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
399 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
399 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
399 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
399 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
398 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
399 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
398 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
398 cd/m²
ABL
0.000
Minimum Brightness
38 cd/m²

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.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 400
Real Scene
412 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
440 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
441 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
441 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
440 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
440 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
440 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
440 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
440 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
439 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
438 cd/m²
ABL
0.000

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.

8.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
47°
Color Washout From Right
47°
Color Shift From Left
70°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
53°
Brightness Loss From Right
53°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
46°
Gamma Shift From Right
45°

The Gigabyte 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.

8.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
39°
Color Washout From Above
40°
Color Shift From Below
70°
Color Shift From Above
70°
Brightness Loss From Below
39°
Brightness Loss From Above
40°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
61°
Gamma Shift From Above
62°

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.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.404%
50% DSE
0.167%

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.

4.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.731%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
101.6%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
5.40
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,468 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.09
Color dE (Avg.)
3.46
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Brightness Setting
22
Measured Brightness
135 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

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.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.9%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.49
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,501 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.31
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
100-88-84
Gamma Setting
Mode 3
Brightness Setting
17
Measured Brightness
103 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The Gigabyte 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.

10
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
100.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

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.

9.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.2%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
96.8%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

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.

8.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
90.8%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
74.5%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

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.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
62.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
61.4%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

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:

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.4%
Indirect Reflections
2.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.8%

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.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Subpixel Layout
BGR

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.

If you want to learn more about the BGR layout, we tested it with different scaling options, and on a MacBook in various programs with the Gigabyte M27Q, which you can read about here.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

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.

Motion
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
200 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
60 Hz
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
240 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

The Gigabyte 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.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Balance
Rise / Fall Time
3.6 ms
Total Response Time
7.3 ms
Overshoot Error
0.6%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
9.7 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
6.2%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
picture-qualityChartTablePhoto
balanceChartTablePhoto
speedChartTablePhoto

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.

8.5
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Balance
Rise / Fall Time
3.5 ms
Total Response Time
8.2 ms
Overshoot Error
4.6%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.2 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
14.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
30.7%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
picture-qualityChartTablePhoto
balanceChartTablePhoto
speedChartTablePhoto

8.1
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Picture Quality
Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Total Response Time
11.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
7.3 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
17.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
picture-qualityChartTablePhoto
balanceChartTablePhoto
speedChartTablePhoto

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.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
240 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
162 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
162 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has a backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, to try to improve the appearance of motion. It flickers within a narrow range and can't be used with VRR enabled.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Gigabyte FI27Q-X has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
2.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.2 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
3.0 ms

The input lag of the Gigabyte FI27Q-X is extremely low, and it stays low with VRR enabled.

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
27.0"
Screen Area
310 in²

The Gigabyte 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.

7.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
No
9.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes
Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
1

The USB inputs are advertised to supply 5V/1.5A of power if you have the USB-B upstream cable connected to a PC.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
2
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No
Inputs
macOS Compatibility

This monitor works well with recent MacBooks. The variable refresh rate feature works well both in-game and on the desktop. Windows return to their original place when you wake the computer from sleep, but not if you close the lid. HDR works, but the mapping is a little weird, so it doesn't look very good.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Multiple Input Display
PIP + PBP
KVM Switch
No

The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has a bunch of extra features, including:

  • ANC: Active noise cancelling to reduce background noise when you speak into the microphone, but we didn't test this.
  • Black Equalizer 2.0: Raises the gamma so that you can see objects in dark games.
  • Crosshair: Adds a crosshair for FPS games.
  • Dashboard: On-screen display to show your computer's status, like the temperature.
  • Display Alignment: Displays a grid to help you align the monitor for multi-monitor setups.
  • Frame Rate Counter: Displays the current frame rate.
  • OSD Sidekick: Allows you to change the monitor's settings using your mouse and keyboard instead of the monitor's physical button. The USB-B upstream cable needs to be connected to your computer for it to work.
  • PiP/PbP: Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes so that you can display an image from two sources at once.
  • RGB Bias Lighting: RGB lighting on the back of the monitor, which can be controlled with the RGB Fusion 2.0 software.
  • Timer: Displays a timer on the screen.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Gigabyte 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.

Also see our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best monitors for photo and video editing.

Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q

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.

MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

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.

Gigabyte M27Q

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.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

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.

Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx

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.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM

The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a bit better than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. The Gigabyte has a much wider vertical viewing angle, ensuring the top and bottom of the screen remain uniform if you're sitting up-close. The Gigabyte has a wider range of extra gaming features, and it has a faster response time. There's also a difference in supported variable refresh rates, as the PG279QM natively supports G-SYNC, resulting in a more visually consistent gaming experience if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

Dell Alienware AW2721D

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.

HP OMEN X 27

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.

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