Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Apr 23, 2021 at 09:53 am
Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X Picture
8.3
Mixed Usage
8.3
Office
8.7
Gaming
8.1
Multimedia
8.3
Media Creation
7.3
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

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

8.3 Mixed Usage

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.

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.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • IPS panel has a low contrast ratio.
8.3 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.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
8.7 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.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • IPS panel has a low contrast ratio.
8.1 Multimedia

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.

Pros
  • 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Stand offers good ergonomic adjustments.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
  • IPS panel has a low contrast ratio.
8.3 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.
Cons
  • BGR sub-pixel layout may not be used by all programs.
7.3 HDR Gaming

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.

Pros
  • 240Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • Very fast response time results in smooth motion.
  • Displays very wide color gamut.
Cons
  • IPS panel has a low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • HDR brightness is just okay.
  • 8.3 Mixed Usage
  • 8.3 Office
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 8.1 Multimedia
  • 8.3 Media Creation
  • 7.3 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Apr 23, 2021: We indicated that the refresh rate at 10 bit over DP is 144Hz, which is wrong. It's 200Hz.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)
Weight (with stand)
17.6 lbs (8.0 kg)

The Gigabyte AORUS 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.

Design
Stand
Width
17.9" (45.5 cm)
Depth
10.0" (25.5 cm)

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.

7.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range -20° to 20°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X has good ergonomics. It offers any type of adjustment, but some may find the swivel range a bit narrow.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the Gigabyte AORUS 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.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
8.4" (21.4 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.6" (6.7 cm)

The panel itself is thin, but the stand takes up more space and requires a deep desk to put it on.

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.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1028 : 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. It's slightly above the advertised 1000:1 contrast, but this could vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

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

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

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 Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
412 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
440 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
441 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
441 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
440 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
440 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
440 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
440 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
440 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
439 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
438 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

The Gigabyte AORUS 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 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.

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.404 %
50% DSE
0.125 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.398 %
5% DSE
0.072 %

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 AORUS 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.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
134 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
50
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
6939 K
White Balance dE
2.48
Color dE
2.09
Gamma
2.03

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.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
15
Contrast Setting
48
RGB Controls
100-93-89
Gamma Setting
Off
Color Temperature
6515 K
White Balance dE
0.54
Color dE
0.33
Gamma
2.19

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.

10
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
100.0 %
Adobe RGB xy
100.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
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 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
96.8 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
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.

8.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
93.1 %
Rec. 2020 xy
77.7 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

The Gigabyte AORUS 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.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
76.3 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
52.9 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
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:

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

The Gigabyte AORUS 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.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Gigabyte AORUS 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.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.001 %

There's no visible sign of color bleed on the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X.

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
Sub-Pixel 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.

Motion
9.6
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Balance
Rise / Fall Time
3.3 ms
Total Response Time
6.5 ms
Overshoot Error
0.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
6.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.3 %

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.

9.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Picture Quality
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.7 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
8.5 ms
Dark 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.

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

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

6.3
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
240 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

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.

9.6
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
240 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
2.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate