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Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v2.0
Reviewed Jun 17, 2024 at 12:10 pm
Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 Picture
9.2
PC Gaming
9.1
Console Gaming
7.8
Office
9.0
Editing
7.0
Brightness
9.9
Response Time
9.5
HDR Picture
10
SDR Picture
9.2
Color Accuracy

The Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 is a high-end QD-OLED gaming monitor with a 1440p resolution and 360Hz refresh rate. Part of the AORUS gaming lineup, it's one of a few that have a QD-OLED panel, as it sits alongside other models like the 1440p FO27Q2 and the 4k Gigabyte AORUS FO32U2P, which both have a lower 240Hz refresh rate. This monitor also competes with other displays that use the same panel, like the Dell Alienware AW2725DF and the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED. It's feature-packed with gaming perks like AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and different crosshairs and vision modes, including a Resolution Switch feature. It also has a USB-C port and a KVM switch, making it easy to multitask with different computers. Lastly, it has a few settings to prevent the risk of burn-in, and Gigabyte also offers a three-year warranty for the OLED panel, but this can change between countries.

Our Verdict

9.2 PC Gaming

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 is outstanding for PC gaming. It has a high 360Hz refresh rate for a smooth gaming feel and supports all common VRR formats to reduce screen tearing. It also has a near-instantaneous response time for extremely sharp motion and low input lag for a responsive feel. Lastly, it delivers outstanding picture quality with deep and inky blacks and vivid colors with bright highlights for an immersive gaming experience.

Pros
  • Near-instantaneous response time for sharp motion.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Bright and vivid colors.
  • Low input lag.
  • 360Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
Cons
  • Noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates.
  • Ambient light causes blacks to look purple.
9.1 Console Gaming

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 is fantastic for console gaming. Although it's limited to a 1440p resolution, it still takes full advantage of the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. This means it supports any signal from either console. It even provides a life-like and immersive gaming experience thanks to its perfect blacks, vivid colors, and bright highlights. Motion is also sharp as it has a near-instantaneous response time, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel.

Pros
  • Near-instantaneous response time for sharp motion.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Bright and vivid colors.
  • Low input lag.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
Cons
  • Ambient light causes blacks to look purple.
7.8 Office

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 is good for office use, but there are some limitations. It has useful office features, like a USB-C port and a KVM switch that makes it easy to change between different devices and use the same keyboard and mouse. It also has remarkable reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare from really bright sources, and ambient light causes blacks to look purple. The biggest downsides are that it has worse text clarity than LED-backlit 27-inch, 1440p monitors due to its subpixel layout, and it has the risk of burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time.

Pros
  • Bright enough for most moderately-lit rooms.
  • Incredible ergonomics.
  • KVM switch.
  • Remarkable reflection handling.
Cons
  • Can't fight intense glare.
  • Ambient light causes blacks to look purple.
  • USB-C limited to 18W of power delivery.
  • Risk of burn-in.
9.0 Editing

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 is incredible for content creation, with some limitations. It displays a wide range of accurate colors both in SDR and HDR, and it also makes them look vivid for realistic images. It even displays deep and inky blacks, ideal for editing content in dark rooms, but blacks look purple in bright rooms. It has worse text and image clarity than other 1440p, 27-inch monitors due to its subpixel layout too. On top of that, it risks permanent burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time, which is problematic if you constantly have your editing program on the screen.

Pros
  • Bright enough for most moderately-lit rooms.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Bright and vivid colors.
  • Very accurate sRGB mode.
  • KVM switch.
Cons
  • Can't fight intense glare.
  • Ambient light causes blacks to look purple.
  • USB-C limited to 18W of power delivery.
  • Risk of burn-in.
7.0 Brightness

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has decent brightness. It's bright enough to fight glare in most rooms with a few lights around, and highlights also pop in HDR, but it struggles to fight glare in really bright rooms.

Pros
  • Bright enough for most moderately-lit rooms.
  • Small highlights pop in HDR.
Cons
  • Can't fight intense glare.
9.9 Response Time

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has a near-instantaneous response time, resulting in exceptionally sharp motion.

Pros
  • Near-instantaneous response time for sharp motion.
  • Outstanding refresh rate compliance.
Cons
9.5 HDR Picture

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 is outstanding for HDR. It displays deep and inky blacks without any blooming around bright objects thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It also displays a wide range of colors and makes them look vivid.

Pros
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Bright and vivid colors.
Cons
10 SDR Picture

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has outstanding SDR picture quality, displaying deep and inky blacks and a wide range of colors.

Pros
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Bright and vivid colors.
Cons
9.2 Color Accuracy

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has fantastic color accuracy. Its dedicated sRGB mode is remarkably accurate before calibration, and the main benefit of calibrating it is that you can access settings that are locked out in the sRGB mode.

Pros
  • Very accurate sRGB mode.
Cons
  • Some settings locked out in sRGB mode.
  • 9.2 PC Gaming
  • 9.1 Console Gaming
  • 7.8 Office
  • 9.0 Editing

Performance Usages

  • 7.0 Brightness
  • 9.9 Response Time
  • 9.5 HDR Picture
  • 10 SDR Picture
  • 9.2 Color Accuracy
  1. Updated Jun 17, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 11, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 07, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 28, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 22, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27-inch Gigabyte FO27Q3, which is the only size available, and the results are only valid for this monitor. Gigabyte also has the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q2 available, which is another QD-OLED monitor, but it has a lower refresh rate. You can see the differences between the two monitors below.

Model Size Resolution Panel Type Refresh Rate
FO27Q3 27" 1440p QD-OLED 360Hz
FO27Q2 27" 1440p QD-OLED 240Hz

Our unit was manufactured in March 2024; you can see the label here. We tested it with firmware F03.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 is an outstanding PC gaming monitor that combines its remarkable gaming performance with a fast response time for sharp motion and a high 360Hz refresh rate. It's ideal for almost any type of gamer and competes alongside the Dell Alienware AW2725DF as one of the best gaming monitors available unless you want a 4k resolution. In that case, the Gigabyte AORUS FO32U2P can be a better choice for you, but it's more expensive. Otherwise, the cheaper FO27Q3 is a fantastic choice for any gamer.

Make sure to also check out our recommendations for the best 27-inch gaming monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors.

Dell Alienware AW2725DF

The Dell Alienware AW2725DF and the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 are similar monitors that use the same QD-OLED panel. The Gigabyte has a few extra features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which is great for taking advantage of consoles and HDMI 2.1 graphics cards. It also has productivity perks like a KVM switch and DisplayPort Alt Mode. Choosing one over the other really comes down to knowing if you want those features or not, and depending on which monitor you can find for cheaper.

Dell Alienware AW3225QF

The Dell Alienware AW3225QF and the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 are different types of QD-OLED monitors. The Dell delivers a more detailed image thanks to its 4k resolution, while the Gigabyte is the better choice for competitive gaming as it has a higher refresh rate. They have features that can benefit different types of users, as the Dolby Vision and eARC support on the Dell is great for watching content, while the KVM switch and DisplayPort Alt Mode on the Gigabyte help for productivity.

MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED

The MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED and the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 are similar monitors that have the same panel and many of the same features. The biggest difference is that the Gigabyte has lower input lag with 120Hz and 60Hz signals, leading to a more responsive feel, especially with console gaming. On the other hand, the MSI delivers more power over USB-C, which is great if you want to connect a laptop.

Gigabyte AORUS FO32U2P

The Gigabyte AORUS FO32U2P and the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 are both QD-OLED monitors in the AORUS gaming lineup. There are a few differences between them, though, as the FO32U2P has a larger screen with a higher resolution for a more immersive experience, while the FO27Q3's higher refresh rate is great for PC gaming. The FO32U2P has a few extra features, like DisplayPort 2.1 bandwidth, so compatible graphics cards don't need to use compression for demanding signals. The FO32U2P also has a DisplayPort output, which is great if you want to daisy chain a second display.

Test Results

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

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has a simple design with a mainly gray body and some black accents throughout. It also features RGB lightning on the back.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is fantastic. There aren't any obvious issues, and the plastic stand, which features a metal base, holds the screen well. The circular piece that goes around where the monitor clips to the stand feels a bit loose, but it doesn't impact the user experience. Adjusting its height up and down feels smooth, and there isn't any noticeable noise from fans either.

9.0
Design
Ergonomics
Min Height To Top Of Panel
15.5" (39.4 cm)
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 7.5
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range
-20° to 20°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The ergonomics are incredible as you can easily adjust it in many different ways. As you can only rotate it in one direction, the inputs always face to the left if you want to use the monitor in a vertical orientation. The stand also features a removable clip for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
21.3" (54.2 cm)
Base Depth
9.7" (24.6 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.1" (18.0 cm)
Weight (With Display)
15.8 lbs (7.2 kg)

The thickness measurement is with the screen at the minimum height adjustment, but because it's on an angle, the thickness with the screen at the max height adjustment is 6.7 inches (17.0 cm).

Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
24.0" (61.0 cm)
Housing Height
14.0" (35.6 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.4" (6.0 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
11.0 lbs (5.0 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.5" (1.2 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a joystick and two buttons to control the on-screen display and power the monitor on and off.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • 3x power cables (Type I, Type J, Type B)
  • Power brick
  • Cable clip
  • User manuals, including calibration report

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
Inf : 1

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has a near-infinite contrast ratio thanks to its QD-OLED panel that can turn individual pixels on and off. This means it displays deep blacks next to bright highlights in dark rooms. However, like any other QD-OLED, ambient light causes blacks to look purple, so it doesn't display the same deep blacks in bright rooms.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 doesn't have a backlight, so it doesn't require a local dimming feature. However, with a near-infinite contrast ratio, there isn't any blooming around bright objects, and it's the equivalent of a perfect local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a monitor that has local dimming.

7.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
265 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
259 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
255 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
257 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
258 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
259 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
258 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
253 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
258 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
258 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001
Minimum Brightness
20 cd/m²

The SDR brightness is decent. While it doesn't get extremely bright, it's still fine if you have a few lights around. It also maintains its brightness consistent across different content, as long as you have APL Stabilize set to 'Low'. These results are from after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture: Custom
  • Static Control: Off
  • APL Stabilize: Low
  • Sub-Logo Dim: Off
  • Corner Dim: Off
  • Brightness: Maximum

Setting APL Stabilize to 'Middle' or 'High' results in a brighter image, but the image is less accurate, particularly with gamma. You can see the results with the different APL Stabilize settings below:

APL StabilizeMiddleHigh
Real Scene329 cd/m²319 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window458 cd/m²1,007 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window458 cd/m²456 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window368 cd/m²363 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window314 cd/m²307 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window267 cd/m²258 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window454 cd/m²1,000 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window456 cd/m²454 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window367 cd/m²360 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window312 cd/m²305 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window265 cd/m²256 cd/m²

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR TRUE BLACK 400
Real Scene
441 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,044 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
472 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
374 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
316 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
266 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,038 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
470 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
314 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
264 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.078

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has okay HDR brightness. It gets brightest with small highlights, so they really pop against the rest of the image, but it can't maintain that high brightness with larger objects. The PQ EOTF tracking is also good, so the image is accurate until there's a gradual roll-off before a sharp cut-off at the peak brightness. These results are with the following settings:

  • Picture: HDR
  • Static Control: Off
  • APL Stabilize: High
  • Sub-Logo Dim: Off
  • Corner Dim: Off

These settings are the brightest and most accurate, as the 'HDR Game' only reaches a Real Scene brightness of 380 cd/m² and has worse PQ EOTF tracking as it overbrightens most scenes. You can also see the brightness for the 'HDR' mode with APL Stabilize on 'Middle':

  • Real Scene 393 cd/m²
  • Peak 2% Window 469 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window 470 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window 379 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window 323 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window 274 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window 467 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window 468 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window 377 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window 320 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window 272 cd/m²
  • PQ EOTF

10
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
70°
Color Washout From Right
70°
Color Shift From Left
70°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
70°
Brightness Loss From Right
70°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
70°
Gamma Shift From Right
70°

The horizontal viewing angle is exceptional. Although it technically isn't perfect, the image remains consistent from any angle without inconsistencies, and you can easily share your screen with someone else.

10
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
70°
Color Washout From Above
70°
Color Shift From Below
70°
Color Shift From Above
70°
Brightness Loss From Below
70°
Brightness Loss From Above
70°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
70°
Gamma Shift From Above
70°

The vertical viewing angle is remarkable. The image looks the same, even if you're standing up and looking down at it.

9.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
0.566%
50% DSE
0.098%

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has fantastic gray uniformity. There aren't any areas of dirty screen effect or noticeable issues. However, like any OLED, there are thin gray vertical lines in dark scenes, but you won't notice them unless you look for them.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.177%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Thanks to its OLED panel, there isn't any blooming around bright objects.

9.0
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
105.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
1.15
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,503 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.26
Color dE (Avg.)
1.06
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Brightness Setting
32
Measured Brightness
98 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The accuracy before calibration in the sRGB mode is fantastic. It locks colors to the sRGB color space, so they aren't oversaturated, and both the white balance and color temperature are incredible, too. However, gamma is a bit high, causing most content to be too dark. These results are with APL Stabilize on 'Low,' as setting it to 'Middle' or 'High' results in much worse gamma tracking and color accuracy. The sRGB mode also locks a few picture settings, but you'll need to use another, less accurate mode if you want access to those settings, as you can see here.

9.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom
sRGB Gamut Area xy
101.1%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.55
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,546 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.36
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
96-98-100
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
35
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic, but calibrating it doesn't fix the gamma issues with APL Stabilize on 'Middle' or 'High,' so it's better to leave it on 'Low' if you want the best accuracy.

9.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
95.2%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

The SDR color gamut is fantastic. It displays all colors needed for the common sRGB color space, and it also displays a wide range of colors in Adobe RGB, but it oversaturates some colors in that space.

9.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
99.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
80.1%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR

The HDR color gamut is remarkable. It displays nearly all colors in the common DCI-P3 and wider Rec. 2020 color space, but it undersaturates them in Rec. 2020. Unlike in SDR, the color accuracy is the same no matter what you set APL Stabilize to.

8.9
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI-P3 Coverage ICtCp
96.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR
10,000 cd/m² Rec. 2020 Coverage ICtCp
48.3%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has an amazing HDR color volume. Thanks to its QD-OLED panel, it displays bright and vivid colors without any issues, and dark colors look fantastic, too.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
QD-OLED
Subpixel Layout
Triangular RGB

The text clarity is decent, though it's not as good as some other 27-inch 1440p monitors. This is because programs don't render text well with the monitor's triangular subpixel arrangement. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) improves the boldness of letters. These photos are in Windows 10, and you can also see them in Windows 11 with ClearType on and with ClearType off.

Due to the triangular subpixel layout, there's some color fringing around letters and at the edge of windows, though it's hard to see unless you look closely at the monitor. Although we didn't experience any eye strain during testing, this is something that changes from person to person, and it depends on how sensitive you are to this subpixel layout.

9.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.9%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.3%

The reflection handling is remarkable. The glossy coating does an amazing job at reducing glare even from bright light sources, but the biggest downside is that ambient light causes the black levels to raise, so blacks look purple. You can see an example of that here. This is typical of QD-OLEDs, and it's nothing out of the ordinary.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is remarkable, and you won't notice any banding.

Motion
8.4
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
360 Hz

Your graphics card needs to use Display Stream Compression (DSC) to reach the max refresh rate over DisplayPort or with 10-bit signals over HDMI, but there's no setting to disable DSC at all on the monitor.

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

NVIDIAVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz360Hz
HDMI<20Hz360Hz

AMDVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz360Hz
HDMI<20Hz360Hz

On top of FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility, this monitor also supports HDMI Forum VRR.

9.9
Motion
VRR Motion Performance
Recommended VRR OD Setting
No OD Mode
Variable Overdrive Advertised
No
Avg. CAD
13
Best CAD
13
Worst CAD
13

Refresh RateCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
358HeatmapChartPhoto
240HeatmapChartPhoto
165HeatmapChartPhoto
144HeatmapChartPhoto
120HeatmapChartPhoto
100HeatmapChartPhoto
80HeatmapChartPhoto
60HeatmapChartPhoto

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has outstanding motion handling across its entire refresh rate range with VRR enabled. CAD remains low throughout, and there's minimal blur with fast-moving objects.

9.7
Motion
Refresh Rate Compliance
Compliance @ Max Hz
87%
Compliance @ 120 FPS
96%
Compliance @ 60 FPS
96%

The refresh rate compliance is outstanding. As it has a near-instantaneous response time, it makes full color transitions before drawing the next frame.

9.9
Motion
CAD @ Max Refresh Rate
OD Transition Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No OD Mode
Avg. CAD
13
Best 10% CAD
6
Worst 10% CAD
19

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
No OverdriveHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at the maximum refresh rate is outstanding. It displays fast-moving objects as intended, and motion is extremely sharp.

Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No OD Mode
First Response Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
0.3 ms
RGB Overshoot
0 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
0.5 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
0.5 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
0 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
No OverdriveHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

9.9
Motion
CAD @ 120Hz
OD Transition 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No OD Mode
Avg. CAD
13
Best 10% CAD
6
Worst 10% CAD
18

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
No OverdriveHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at 120Hz is outstanding. Pixels transition to their target RGB level almost instantly, so there isn't any blur trail or noticeable inverse ghosting.

Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No OD Mode
First Response Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
0.3 ms
RGB Overshoot
0 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
0.5 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
0.5 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
0 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
No OverdriveHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

9.9
Motion
CAD @ 60Hz
OD Transition 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No OD Mode
Avg. CAD
13
Best 10% CAD
6
Worst 10% CAD
19

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
No OverdriveHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at 60Hz is outstanding. Pixels transition colors almost instantly, and any noticeable blur is persistent.

Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No OD Mode
First Response Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
0.3 ms
RGB Overshoot
0 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
0.5 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
0.5 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
0 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
No OverdriveHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur.

6.1
Motion
VRR Flicker
Dark Gray Flicker
4.0 RGB
Middle Gray Flicker
0.7 RGB
Light Gray Flicker
0.7 RGB

Unfortunately, this monitor has noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates. It's most noticeable in dark scenes, and you can also see it in dark areas of bright scenes. This is typical of OLEDs, and the best way to reduce the chances of this happening is either by setting a frame cap or disabling VRR altogether.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight isn't technically flicker-free because it has a slight dip in brightness that corresponds to the 360Hz refresh rate. However, it isn't considered pulse-width modulation like on LED-backlit monitors because it isn't a full-screen on-and-off flicker, and you won't notice it.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
2.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
13.9 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 has low input lag for a responsive feel.

7.5
Inputs
Resolution
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
9.3
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes

With HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, this monitor can take full advantage of the PS5, but it downscales 4k signals to 1440p, which is more detailed than native 1440p signals.

9.3
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes

With HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, this monitor can take full advantage of the Xbox Series X|S. It downscales 4k signals, which is useful because the Xbox only supports HDR in 4k.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
48Gbps (FRL 12x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
1
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
2
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
1
USB-C Upstream
Yes
USB-C Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-C Power Delivery
18W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
Yes
Thunderbolt
No

The DisplayPort Alt Mode on the USB-C port allows you to connect a laptop to display an image from it, but it doesn't deliver enough power to charge your laptop at the same time. The bandwidth of the USB-C port depends on which settings you use. The Type-C Compatibility improves compatibility with mobile devices, and turning it on limits the refresh rate to 60Hz. Besides that, using USB 3.2 Support limits the refresh rate to 240Hz.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

ConnectionHDMI 2.0HDMI 2.1USB-C (M1)USB-C (M2)
Max Refresh Rate120Hz360Hz240Hz360Hz
VRR RangeN/A48-360Hz48-240Hz48-360Hz
HDRYesYesYesYes

The Gigabyte FO27Q3 works well with macOS, but there are some oddities. When connecting over HDMI, the default resolution is 1080p, which macOS then upscales to 4k, and the monitor downscales to 1440p. Because of this, the max refresh rate is limited to 60Hz with an M1 Mac and 120Hz with an M2 Mac unless you select '1440p (Low Resolution)' from the list of resolutions. Doing this results in worse text and image clarity, though, so only do this if you prefer having a high refresh rate over the sharpest possible text clarity. However, this doesn't happen over USB-C, as the default resolution is 1440p. Besides that, everything works as expected, and if you're using a MacBook with a USB-C connection, you can continue working on the monitor with the lid closed, which you can't do over HDMI. Windows also return to the original position when reopening the lid with a USB-C or HDMI 2.1 connection, but not with HDMI 2.0.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
RGB Illumination
Presets
Multiple Input Display
PIP + PBP
KVM Switch
Yes

The Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 has a ton of extra features, including:

  • Game Assist: Includes extra settings, like crosshairs, FPS counter, PC info, and different vision modes.
  • HDMI-CEC: Allows the monitor to automatically turn on when you power on devices like gaming consoles.
  • KVM switch: Allows you to use the same keyboard and mouse with two different sources.
  • Resolution Switch: You can use this setting to change the resolution and size of the display, including decreasing the image size to simulate a 24-inch screen size.

Like most OLED displays, there are also a few settings to help reduce the risk of burn-in, which you can find in the OLED Care section of the OSD. Gigabyte also offers a three-year warranty, including against burn-in, although that may vary between regions.

  • Corner Dim: Dims the four corners of the screen.
  • Pixel Shift: Moves the image by a few pixels to one side to help reduce the risk of burn-in.
  • Sub-Logo Dim: Dims static logos and the taskbar to help prevent image retention.
  • Static Control: Automatically dims the screen when there's inactivity.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)