Gigabyte AORUS FI32U Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Aug 10, 2021 at 10:20 am
Gigabyte AORUS FI32U Picture
8.2
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
8.5
Gaming
8.0
Multimedia
8.2
Media Creation
7.4
HDR Gaming
Size 32"
Resolution 3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is a great monitor with a 144Hz 4k IPS screen. Designed for next-gen console gamers, it's one of the first monitors on the market to support HDMI 2.1. PC gamers don't have to compromise, as it also supports VESA's Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology, so as long as your card supports DSC, you can take full advantage of it even if you haven't upgraded to a graphics card with HDMI 2.1 yet. This monitor delivers an excellent gaming experience with a fast refresh rate, low input lag, and a fantastic response time. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. When you're not gaming, it's also a great monitor for most other uses. The high pixel density results in outstanding text clarity, and it has wide viewing angles, great gray uniformity, and good accuracy out of the box. Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it has low contrast, and although there's a local dimming feature, it's pretty bad, and most people will probably want to leave it off.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

The Gigabyte FI32U is an impressive monitor overall. The large, high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, it's great for atmospheric games like RPGs, and it makes it easier for media creators to see more of their work at once. It's an excellent gaming monitor but also a great monitor for most other uses. Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it can't deliver a truly impactful HDR experience, as it has low peak brightness in HDR and a low contrast ratio.

Pros
  • High-resolution screen and high pixel density.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Higher input lag than comparable monitors.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
8.1 Office

The Gigabyte FI32U is a great office monitor. The large, high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, and it has outstanding text clarity. The stand has a good range of ergonomic adjustments, and the image remains accurate at an angle, so you can comfortably share your screen with someone else. It's also a great choice if your work requires accurate colors, as it has a superb SDR color gamut. Unfortunately, it only has decent reflection handling, so glare can still be an issue in some cases.

Pros
  • High-resolution screen and high pixel density.
  • Outstanding text clarity.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
8.5 Gaming

The Gigabyte FI32U is an excellent gaming monitor. It has a fast refresh rate, a fantastic response time, with very little motion blur, and it supports HDMI 2.1, making it a great choice for next-gen console gamers. The large, high-resolution screen delivers a more immersive gaming experience. It has wide viewing angles and good ergonomics, so you should have no issues with co-op gaming. On the other hand, it has slightly higher than usual input lag, especially when gaming at 60Hz.

Pros
  • HDMI 2.1 for PS5 and Xbox Series X gaming.
  • Fantastic response time.
  • Fast refresh rate.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Higher input lag than comparable monitors.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
8.0 Multimedia

The Gigabyte FI32U is great for watching videos. It has very good peak brightness but only decent reflection handling, so glare can still be an issue. The large, high-resolution screen delivers an immersive viewing experience and, combined with the wide viewing angles, it's great for sharing the screen with a few people. Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it has a low contrast ratio, and although there's a local dimming feature, it's pretty bad overall.

Pros
  • High-resolution screen and high pixel density.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
8.2 Media Creation

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is an impressive monitor for media creation. The large, high-resolution screen makes it very easy to see more of your work at once. It has wide viewing angles and good ergonomics, so you can comfortably share your screen with someone else and not worry about the image degrading. It also has great gray uniformity, fantastic gradient handling, and a superb SDR color gamut. Adobe RGB coverage is great but might be a bit on the low side for some users. Unfortunately, it has low contrast, so blacks appear gray in a dark room.

Pros
  • High-resolution screen and high pixel density.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
7.4 HDR Gaming

The Gigabyte FI32U delivers a decent HDR gaming experience, but mainly due to its excellent gaming performance. It has low input lag, a fast refresh rate, and a fantastic response time. HDR doesn't add much though, as it can't get very bright in HDR, it has low contrast, and although there's a local dimming feature, it's bad, with a small number of dimming zones. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor; it just can't deliver a very impactful HDR experience.

Pros
  • HDMI 2.1 for PS5 and Xbox Series X gaming.
  • Fantastic response time.
  • Fast refresh rate.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Higher input lag than comparable monitors.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Bad local dimming feature.
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Office
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 8.0 Multimedia
  • 8.2 Media Creation
  • 7.4 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Aug 17, 2021: We confirmed that the HDMI 2.1 ports are limited to 24Gbps.
  2. Updated Aug 10, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 06, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
17.2 lbs (7.8 kg)
Weight (with stand)
24.5 lbs (11.1 kg)

The Gigabyte FI32U has a gamer-oriented design, with a very fancy stand with lots of sharp angles and an RGB backlight for bias lighting. The bezels are thin on three sides, and even the bottom bezel with the AORUS logo isn't very distracting.

Design
Stand
Width
22.1" (56.1 cm)
Depth
11.5" (29.1 cm)

The stand on the Gigabyte FI32U has a wide footprint, but each leg is thin, so it doesn't prevent you from placing objects in front of the display. The stand supports the monitor well, with just a bit of wobble when adjusted close to the maximum height.

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 FI32U has good ergonomics. It has a great height and tilt adjustment, so you shouldn't have any difficulties adjusting it to the ideal viewing position. It also rotates to portrait orientation, but only on one side, so the inputs will always be on the left side of the screen.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the Gigabyte FI32U has two chevron-shaped RGB backlights (seen here off). There's a separate RGB backlight on the back of the stand as well. Cable management is pretty basic, but you can route cables through a hole in the stand to help keep your desk somewhat tidy.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
9.1" (23.1 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.8" (7.1 cm)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Gigabyte FI32U has great overall build quality. The stand is metal and feels very sturdy. There's a bit of wobble when the stand is close to its maximum height, but it's not too bad. The display portion is almost entirely plastic but feels solid. There's a bit of flex in some of the panels, but nothing that seems likely to cause any problems.

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,095 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
1,088 : 1

The Gigabyte FI32U has mediocre contrast, resulting in blacks that look gray in a dark room. Contrast can vary between models, but these results are about what we expect from an IPS monitor. Unfortunately, the local dimming feature is ineffective at boosting contrast with our checkerboard pattern, likely due to the limited zone count.

Note: The contrast measurements with local dimming were taken at the maximum brightness, as local dimming locks the brightness setting at max.

2.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

The Gigabyte FI32U has a local dimming feature, but it's bad. It seems to have about 16 dimming zones, in a single row lit from the top and bottom at the same time. Due to the large size of each zone, there's considerable blooming but no black crush. Zone transitions can be noticeable in dark scenes, but in most content, there's simply not enough difference between lit and dimmed zones for it to be very noticeable. Subtitles on a dark background can be very distracting due to the blooming, but in bright content, every zone is usually lit anyway, so there's no blooming.

The local dimming feature is available in every Picture Mode, except for the sRGB mode. In HDR, it's enabled by default and can't be disabled in 'HDR400'.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
319 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
328 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
335 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
337 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
328 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
336 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
337 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
337 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.002

The Gigabyte FI32U has very good peak brightness in SDR. There's no noticeable difference in brightness with different content, but small highlights are dimmed slightly by the local dimming feature.

These measurements were taken after calibration, in the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max and local dimming enabled. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
419 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
418 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
425 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
426 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
427 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
427 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
416 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
423 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
425 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
426 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
426 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

The Gigabyte FI32U has just okay peak brightness in HDR. There's very little variation in peak brightness, but like with SDR, small highlights are dimmed slightly by the local dimming system, but this is hardly noticeable. It meets the requirements for VESA DisplayHDR 400, which is the most common DisplayHDR certification for monitors, but it offers the least impactful HDR experience.

These measurements are taken before calibration, in the 'HDR400' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max and local dimming on. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.

6.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
37°
Color Washout From Right
37°
Color Shift From Left
48°
Color Shift From Right
52°
Brightness Loss From Left
43°
Brightness Loss From Right
43°
Black Level Raise From Left
25°
Black Level Raise From Right
33°
Gamma Shift From Left
37°
Gamma Shift From Right
36°

The Gigabyte FI32U has a reasonable horizontal viewing angle. Colors remain mostly accurate even at a wide angle, but reds shift as you move further off-center. Gamma remains accurate up to a moderate angle, but black levels rise at a small angle. Most people shouldn't have any issues sharing the screen with a few other people. This is expected for a monitor with an IPS panel, and much better than similar monitors with VA panels.

7.6
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
30°
Color Washout From Above
33°
Color Shift From Below
43°
Color Shift From Above
60°
Brightness Loss From Below
34°
Brightness Loss From Above
36°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
45°
Gamma Shift From Above
54°

The Gigabyte FI32U has a good vertical viewing angle. The behavior is pretty much the same as the horizontal viewing angle. This is good if you often share your screen with someone standing next to you, or if you plan on mounting your monitor above eye level.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.136%
50% DSE
0.107%
5% Std. Dev.
0.493%
5% DSE
0.046%

The Gigabyte FI32U we bought has great gray uniformity, but it's a bit worse than most similar displays on the market. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, but there's little dirty screen effect. Gray uniformity can vary between units, but it's rarely an issue on recent monitors.

6.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.913%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
2.380%

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has passable black uniformity, but this varies between units. There's a bit of noticeable cloudiness throughout the screen, especially along the top and bottom where the backlights are. The local dimming feature helps to reduce the overall cloudiness, but due to the limited number of dimming zones, it lights up a large section of the screen around the cross.

7.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
139 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
30
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
7,062 K
White Balance dE
3.45
Color dE
2.57
Gamma
2.05

The Gigabyte FI32U we bought has good accuracy out of the box, but this can vary between units. Gamma follows close to the sRGB target curve in near-dark scenes but undershoots it most of the way, so all scenes are brighter than they should be. The sRGB mode effectively clamps the color space to the sRGB primaries, and there are no significant issues with colors out of the box. White balance is a bit off, and the color temperature is a bit cool, giving everything a bluish tint.

Out of the box, the most accurate picture mode is the sRGB mode. Unfortunately, this mode brings some limitations; all settings except for the brightness are locked and can't be changed, including the color temperature.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
18
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
100-99-92
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6,540 K
White Balance dE
0.62
Color dE
0.42
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has nearly perfect accuracy. The issues with the white balance are gone, the color temperature is nearly perfect, and gamma follows the sRGB target curve almost perfectly.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. It's provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.

9.0
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.4%
Adobe RGB xy
81.3%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Gigabyte FI32U has a superb SDR color gamut. It can display the entire sRGB color space used by most web and desktop content. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is great but might be a bit too low for some professional users. Strangely, it significantly oversaturates pure reds in the Adobe RGB color space, but can't display the full range of yellow, cyan, or green.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
99.6%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
90.6%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has fantastic color volume in SDR. It can't display saturated colors at low luminance levels due to the low contrast ratio but otherwise fills out the sRGB gamut completely. In Adobe RGB, it's limited by its incomplete coverage of the color space, but it's still excellent.

7.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
86.2%
Rec. 2020 xy
63.8%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

The Gigabyte FI32U has a good HDR color gamut, and it can display a wide color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content, but can't display the full range of green, yellow, or cyan. Coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is mediocre, so it's not very future-proof.

Note: The DCI P3 coverage is a bit lower than the advertised 90% coverage. This is normal and is due to the way we measure DCI P3. We measure DCI P3 by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors we're sending to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.

7.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
83.6%
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
63.2%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

The Gigabyte FI32U has decent color volume in HDR. It's mainly limited by the incomplete coverage of each gamut, and like with SDR content, it can't display saturated colors at low luminance levels.

9.9
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.01%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.05%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

There are minor signs of temporary image retention on the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U we bought, but it's not at all noticeable with real content. This can vary between units. Note that some minor retention was detected after 6 minutes, but this is just a flaw in the algorithms used.

9.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has fantastic gradient handling. Other than a tiny bit of banding in dark greens, everything else looks great, with no noticeable banding.

This model accepts a 10-bit signal and displays it well. It's advertised to use dithering to approximate a 10-bit panel, which is also known as 8-bit + FRC, but we can't test for that.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000%
Pixel Column Error
0.006%

There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on our Gigabyte FI32U. This can vary between units, but is rarely noticeable.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.9%
Indirect Reflections
2.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.1%

The Gigabyte FI32U has decent reflection handling. The matte finish partially diffuses direct lights, but glare might still be distracting in some cases.

9.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The Gigabyte FI32U has outstanding text clarity thanks to the high-resolution screen and high pixel density. While running Windows ClearType can help improve text clarity a bit (top photo), it's not necessary, as text looks good even without it (bottom photo).

Motion
9.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
4.3 ms
Total Response Time
7.8 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
8.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
Smart ODChartTablePhoto
Picture QualityChartTablePhoto
BalanceChartTablePhoto
SpeedChartTablePhoto

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has a fantastic response time at the maximum refresh rate, resulting in very clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. We recommend the 'Off' Overdrive setting, as the other modes all have significant overshoot. If blur bothers you, the 'Picture Quality' mode has much less blur behind fast-moving objects, but there's a noticeable inverse ghosting trail instead. The response time is fairly consistent across transitions.

The FI32U features a 'Smart OD' mode that's advertised to work similarly to a variable overdrive feature by automatically selecting the best mode, depending on the refresh rate. This saves you from having to adjust the Overdrive if you switch to a lower refresh rate. At both 144Hz and 60Hz, it appears to be in the 'Balance' mode, so we're not sure if it's doing anything.

9.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
10.1 ms
Overshoot Error
0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
10.2 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
Smart ODChartTablePhoto
Picture QualityChartTablePhoto
BalanceChartTablePhoto
SpeedChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is excellent, very similar to the max refresh rate. We still recommend the 'Off' Overdrive setting, as all other modes have noticeable overshoot, even 'Picture Quality'.

The FI32U features a 'Smart OD' mode that's advertised to work similarly to a variable overdrive feature by automatically selecting the best mode, depending on the refresh rate. This saves you from having to adjust the Overdrive if you switch to a lower refresh rate. At both 144Hz and 60Hz, it appears to be in the 'Balance' mode, so we're not sure if it's doing anything.

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

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has a completely flicker-free backlight, which is great as it can help reduce eye-strain.

8.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
80 Hz

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has an optional backlight strobing feature, which is commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). It's available over a great range of refresh rates, but it doesn't work at 60Hz, which is disappointing. There's a bit of strobe crosstalk, causing an offset duplicated image that can be distracting. Note that our scoring is based only on the refresh rates that support BFI, not on how well the feature actually works.

Unlike most monitors on the market, the BFI feature can be enabled at the same time as the variable refresh rate feature, but only if the refresh rate is set to at least 120Hz. BFI remains active even if your frame decreases as low as 80fps, but if decreases below that BFI stops working.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The high refresh rate of the Gigabyte FI32U is great for gaming. It's certified to work with AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which works over both HDMI and DisplayPort, great for PC and console gamers alike. We also found it to work well with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode, but it's not officially certified, so results may vary. Note that G-SYNC Compatible Mode only works over DisplayPort.

Like the Gigabyte M28U, the maximum refresh rate supported varies depending on the source. You can read more about what to expect and what's supported in our additional review notes.

Inputs
8.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
10.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
21.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
13.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
24.7 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
10.9 ms

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has objectively low input lag at the native refresh rate, but it's a bit higher than most comparable monitors on the market. Similar to the Gigabyte M28U, the 60Hz input lag is substantially higher but still decent. Enabling the variable refresh rate feature increases the input lag a bit, but most people won't notice the difference. If low input lag is important to you, check out the Gigabyte M32U instead.

These results were measured over HDMI 2.1 with an RTX 3070, but we also measured the input lag over DisplayPort 1.4. At the max refresh rate we measured an average of 11.5ms of input lag, an increase of about 0.8ms over HDMI 2.1. Display Stream Compression (DSC) is used for both HDMI 2.1 and Displayport 1.4 at the max refresh rate, so this difference appears to be a difference between the ports themselves, and isn't caused by DSC. At 60Hz without DSC, we measured an average of 21.9ms, an increase of about 0.2ms over HDMI 2.1.

Unfortunately, we can't test the HDR input lag at the maximum refresh rate, as we can only test HDR over HDMI, and the maximum refresh rate of this monitor over HDMI requires an HDMI 2.1 port. Our test equipment is limited to HDMI 2.0, so we can't test HDMI 2.1 input lag at the moment. We don't expect HDR to make any difference to the input lag.

9.2
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 8.3 MP
Pixel Density
140 PPI
Screen Diagonal 31.5"
Screen Area 423 in²

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has a 4k, 32 inch screen, which is incredible for multitasking. It delivers a great amount of screen space to work with, and it has outstanding text clarity.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.1)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C 1 (USB, USB PD, DP Alt Mode)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 2
Microphone In 3.5mm 1
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

Update 08/17/2021: We were able to confirm that although the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U supports HDMI 2.1, it's limited to 24Gbps, and relies on Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a for anything that requires higher bandwidth. This introduces some limits on the supported resolutions, depending on the source device. You can read more about the supported resolutions here. That page is for the Gigabyte M28U, but the supported resolutions are the same for this monitor, as both displays have the same limitations.

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is one of the few monitors on the market to feature two HDMI 2.1 ports, but they're limited to 24Gbps instead of the maximum of 48Gbps.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Speakers
No
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
PIP + PBP

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U has a ton of additional features available, most of them gaming-oriented. It also supports Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture, allowing you to display two sources at once. Some of the other features include:

  • Virtual Crosshair: There are four virtual crosshairs to choose from. Unlike software virtual crosshairs, these can't be detected by your games.
  • Frame Counter: Displays the current number of frames per second received from the source.
  • Black Equalizer: Adjusts gamma to make it easier to spot other players/enemies in shadows.
  • ANC: One of the main features of the AORUS lineup. Unlike ANC on headphones, this feature works by connecting a microphone to the back of the monitor. The AORUS can eliminate ambient noise from your mic.
  • KVM: Like Gigabyte's M Series monitors, the AORUS lineup also features a built-in keyboard, video, and mouse switch, but there's no dedicated button at the back. This feature allows you to switch between two sources, and work on both of them with a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor. You can assign it to one of the joystick shortcuts though.
  • Dashboard: This feature allows you to display vital statistics from your computer, including CPU and GPU temps, fan speeds, memory usage, etc...

This is just a summary of the features available. AORUS monitors typically come with the same extra features, you can read more about each one here. Those notes are for the Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD, but they're valid for all AORUS monitors.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

You can control the OSD using the joystick button on the bottom of the monitor. Unlike the Gigabyte M Series monitors, like the Gigabyte M28U, there's no dedicated button for the KVM switch.

Features
In The Box

  • User manuals
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B upstream cable
  • USB-C cable
  • 3 different power cables (Type B, I, and J)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 32 inch Gigabyte AORUS FI32U, which is part of Gigabyte's AORUS lineup of gaming monitors, some of which are listed below. Unlike the M Series monitors, which are designed for productivity and gaming, the AORUS lineup is feature-packed to help you get the best gaming experience possible. All AORUS gaming monitors feature a huge selection of additional features, and this one is no different. The FI32U is the first AORUS gaming monitor to feature HDMI 2.1, making it an excellent choice for next-gen console gamers.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh Rate Panel Type
AORUS FI25F 25" 1920 x 1080 240Hz IPS
AORUS FI27Q 27" 2560 x 1440 165Hz IPS
AORUS FI27Q-P 27" 2560 x 1440 165Hz IPS
AORUS FI27Q-X 27" 2560 x 1440 240Hz IPS
AORUS FI32Q 32" 2560 x 1440 170Hz IPS
AORUS FI32U 32" 3840 x 2160 144Hz IPS
M32U 32" 3840 x 2160 144Hz IPS
AORUS FV43U 43" 3840 x 2160 144Hz VA
AORUS FO48U 48" 3840 x 2160 120Hz OLED

If you come across a different type of panel or your Gigabyte FI32U doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in May 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Gigabyte FI32U is an impressive gaming monitor, and it's one of the few monitors available with HDMI 2.1 support, making it a great choice for next-gen console gaming. It has a huge selection of unique additional features available, but some of them seem gimmicky.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best monitors for PS5, the best monitors for Xbox Series X, and the best gaming monitors.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is slightly better than the Gigabyte M27Q overall. The FI32U has better ergonomics, a higher resolution screen, and it supports HDMI 2.1, making it a better choice for next-gen console gamers. The M27Q, on the other hand, has a better horizontal viewing angle and much lower input lag, especially when gaming at 60Hz.

Gigabyte M28U

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is slightly better than the Gigabyte M28U. The FI32U has better ergonomics, and it has a much better response time at 60Hz. The M28U, on the other hand, has better reflection handling and a better horizontal viewing angle.

Gigabyte M32Q

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is slightly better than the Gigabyte M32Q. The FI32U has a higher resolution screen, better ergonomics, and it supports HDMI 2.1, making it a better choice for next-gen console gamers. The M32Q has lower input lag, though, especially when gaming at 60Hz, so some users might prefer that.

Gigabyte M32U

The Gigabyte M32U is a bit better than the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U. The M32U has much lower input lag with the latest firmware, although this could be a bug with the AORUS that will be fixed later. The AORUS, on the other hand, has better ergonomics and more gaming features, including an active noise cancellation feature for your gaming microphone.

LG 27GP950-B

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is slightly better than the LG 27GP950-B overall. The Gigabyte has an optional backlight strobing feature, better ergonomics, better reflection handling, and the unit we bought has better black uniformity. On the other hand, the LG has lower input lag, so it's more responsive when gaming.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung uses a VA panel, and it has much better contrast, a faster refresh rate, and lower input lag, especially when gaming at 60Hz. The Gigabyte, on the other hand, has better viewing angles, a higher resolution screen, and better response time performance in dark scenes. The Gigabyte has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a better choice for next-gen console gamers.

Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx

The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is slightly better than the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U for most users. The Acer has lower input lag for a more responsive gaming experience, and it has better ergonomics. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has a faster response time at 60Hz, better black uniformity, and a more versatile black frame insertion feature.

LG 27GN950-B

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is a bit better than the LG 27GN950-B. The Gigabyte has an optional black frame insertion feature, better black uniformity, better ergonomics, and better reflection handling. The AORUS FI32U has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a better choice for next-gen console gamers, but the LG has slightly lower input lag.

LG 32GP850-B

The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is slightly better overall than the LG 32GP850-B. The Gigabyte has a higher resolution screen, better ergonomics, a more versatile black frame insertion feature, and it supports HDMI 2.1, making it a better choice for next-gen console gamers. The LG, on the other hand, has a slightly faster refresh rate, better reflection handling, and lower input lag.

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