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Gigabyte AORUS FV43U Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Oct 20, 2021 at 09:58 am
Gigabyte AORUS FV43U Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.2
Office
8.1
Gaming
7.7
Multimedia
7.6
Media Creation
7.9
HDR Gaming
Size 43"
Resolution 3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is a 43 inch monitor with a 4k VA panel and a fast 144Hz refresh rate. It's mainly targeted as a console gaming monitor, and it looks more like a TV than a traditional monitor. It has two HDMI 2.1 ports for PS5 or Xbox Series S|X gamers and a remarkable response time at the max refresh rate for PC gamers. It has amazing contrast, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room, and has fantastic black uniformity. Sadly, although it has objectively low input lag, it's a bit higher than most comparable monitors, and it has a sluggish 60Hz response time which might disappoint some console gamers. It also has a fixed stand with no ergonomic adjustments, so some users might need to consider a mounting arm instead of using the included stand.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is a good monitor for most uses. It's a great monitor for gaming, although it might not be good enough for professional gamers. It's one of the best monitors we've tested for HDR gaming, and it's good for watching videos or media creation. It's a bit limited for office use, as it has a fixed stand with no ergonomics and the BGR subpixel layout isn't ideal for text.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Large, high-resolution screen.
Cons
  • Image appears washed out at an angle.
  • Fixed stand with no ergonomic adjustments, as expected for a screen this size.
7.2 Office

The Gigabyte FV43U is a decent monitor for office use, but the lack of ergonomic adjustments might be disappointing for some users. The large, high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, and visibility shouldn't be an issue thanks to the high peak brightness, although it has just okay reflection handling. It has good text clarity overall, but sadly, it uses a BGR subpixel structure, which isn't ideal for text.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Large, high-resolution screen.
Cons
  • Image appears washed out at an angle.
  • Fixed stand with no ergonomic adjustments, as expected for a screen this size.
  • BGR subpixel layout isn't ideal for text.
8.1 Gaming

The Gigabyte FV43U is a great gaming monitor, but there are a few flaws. It has HDMI 2.1 support, great for PS5 or Xbox Series S|X gamers, and has a remarkable response time at the max refresh rate. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and it even works with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible feature. Sadly, although it has relatively low input lag, it's a bit higher than most comparable monitors, and the response time at 60Hz is quite sluggish.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Remarkable response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Two HDMI 2.1 ports.
  • Fast refresh rate.
Cons
  • Image appears washed out at an angle.
  • Sluggish 60Hz response time.
  • Higher input lag than most similar monitors.
7.7 Multimedia

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is a good monitor for watching videos, especially in a dark room. The large, high-resolution screen is great for watching videos, but it has a sub-par viewing angle, so it's not the best for sharing with someone else. It has amazing contrast and fantastic black uniformity, great if you want to watch movies at night. It also has very good gray uniformity and outstanding gradient handling, so you don't have to worry about the dirty screen effect or banding.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Fantastic black uniformity.
  • Large, high-resolution screen.
  • Outstanding gradient handling.
Cons
  • Image appears washed out at an angle.
7.6 Media Creation

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is a good monitor for media creators. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easier to see more of your work at once. It has a superb SDR color gamut, with nearly perfect coverage of both the sRGB and the Adobe RGB color space, and it even has an impressive HDR color gamut if you also master in HDR. Sadly, it has sub-par viewing angles and a fixed stand, so it's not ideal if you often have to share your screen with someone else.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Fantastic black uniformity.
  • Large, high-resolution screen.
  • Outstanding gradient handling.
Cons
  • Image appears washed out at an angle.
  • Fixed stand with no ergonomic adjustments, as expected for a screen this size.
7.9 HDR Gaming

The Gigabyte FV43U is a very good monitor for gaming in HDR, one of the best we've tested. It has great peak brightness in HDR and an impressive HDR color gamut. It delivers a great gaming experience, although it has a slightly higher input lag than most comparable monitors. It has a remarkable response time at the max refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync. Unfortunately, it has a terrible local dimming feature, and the response time at 60Hz is sluggish.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Fantastic black uniformity.
  • Remarkable response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Two HDMI 2.1 ports.
  • Fast refresh rate.
Cons
  • Terrible local dimming feature.
  • Image appears washed out at an angle.
  • Sluggish 60Hz response time.
  • Higher input lag than most similar monitors.
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 Office
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 7.7 Multimedia
  • 7.6 Media Creation
  • 7.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Nov 24, 2021: We incorrectly stated that this monitor has a direct backlight, it's a full array. We also tested an issue with gray text on a black background, and updated the text clarity section.
  2. Updated Oct 25, 2021: We corrected a mistake in the total inputs section of the review.
  3. Updated Oct 20, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Oct 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
22.7 lbs (10.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
23.4 lbs (10.6 kg)

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has a very simple, understated design from the front, and it looks more like a TV than a monitor. It looks very similar to the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED but with a slightly less premium design. The back of the monitor has a more gamer-oriented design but no RGB bias-lighting. It has thin bezels on three sides, but the bottom bezel is significantly thicker due to the built-in speakers.

Design
Stand
Width
32.8" (83.4 cm)
Depth
9.8" (24.9 cm)

The feet support the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U well, but they're wide-set, so if you're not planning on VESA mounting the monitor, it'll take up a bit more space than most typical monitors.

0
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range No Tilt

Unfortunately, as expected for a monitor this size, the Gigabyte FV43U has a fixed stand with no ergonomic adjustments. It can be VESA mounted, though, so if ergonomics are important to you, you can just mount it on an adjustable mount.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has a bit more of an aggressive, gamer-centric design. There's a large AORUS logo in the center, near the VESA mounts. The inputs face to the side and are easily accessible, even when the monitor is VESA mounted. Unfortunately, there's absolutely no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.5" (1.3 cm)

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has thin bezels on three sides, but the bottom one is quite a bit thicker due to the built-in space audio speakers.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
3.4" (8.7 cm)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has good overall build quality. It's mainly plastic, and we noticed some flex around the back and some minor creaking in some of the joints between panels. The feet are metal and support the monitor well. Overall, although it doesn't feel very premium, it doesn't appear to have any major flaws, either.

Picture Quality
8.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4,675 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
5,830 : 1

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has amazing contrast, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room. Despite the very limited number of zones, the local dimming feature appears to be quite effective at boosting the contrast ratio. Gigabyte advertises a contrast ratio of 4000:1, but that's usually the average contrast they expect; contrast varies between individual units.

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

2.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

Update 11/24/2021: We incorrectly listed that this monitor has a direct-lit backlight. It does, but because it also has a local dimming feature, we consider this to be a "Full-Array" backlight.

Unfortunately, although the Gigabyte FV43U has a local dimming feature, it's terrible. It's direct-lit, which is great, but it appears to have only about eight zones in a 4x2 grid, so it can't dim tightly around smaller objects. The large zones also result in very noticeable transitions, but the algorithms aren't very sensitive, so there's often a delay before the backlight switches on in a zone that was previously off. There doesn't appear to be any black crush, which is good. Small bright highlights, like in a starfield, aren't usually bright enough to trigger the full zone, meaning they're dimmed considerably but still visible. Larger, brighter objects have significant blooming in some scenes, including if you have a lot of subtitles on the screen.

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 'HDR1000'. There's only one local dimming mode; it's either 'Off' or on 'Auto'. Enabling it locks the brightness and dynamic contrast settings.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
684 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
726 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
725 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
724 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
722 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
721 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
725 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
724 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
723 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
722 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
720 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Gigabyte FV43U has amazing peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in almost any setting, and there's very little variation in brightness with different scenes.

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

Unfortunately, enabling local dimming locks the brightness settings and results in an overall dimmer image. Exceptionally, we decided to post the results with local dimming disabled, as it's a lot brighter and the local dimming feature is terrible, so this is the configuration we expect most people to use. We also measured the brightness with local dimming enabled:

  • Peak 2% Window: 307 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 307 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 306 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 352 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 351 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 307 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 306 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 306 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 351 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 350 cd/m²

8.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
653 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
1,017 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
993 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
979 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
872 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
869 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
996 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
977 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
965 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
675 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
673 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.027

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has great peak brightness in HDR, brighter even than many TVs on the market. It's bright enough to deliver an impactful HDR experience when gaming or watching movies. When displaying large bright scenes, like with our 50% and 100% slides, the brightness varies over time, as shown here. It's a fairly wide swing in brightness of about 200 nits, but it's a slow change and not very noticeable in person.

These measurements are taken before calibration, in the 'HDR1000' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max and local dimming on. You can't change those settings in that mode.

The FV43U has four separate HDR modes, the peak brightness changes depending on which mode you're using. The 'HDR1000' mode delivers the most accurate brightness, but dark scenes are over-brightened a bit, and brighter scenes are dimmed. The other modes are much worse, especially 'HDR Game' which is way too bright in dark scenes and significantly dimmer in most scenes.

Picture ModeReal Scene PeakEOTF
HDR1000653 cd/m²Image
HDR HLG589 cd/m²Image
HDR Game647 cd/m²Image
HDR Movie654 cd/m²Image

5.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
30°
Color Washout From Right
36°
Color Shift From Left
42°
Color Shift From Right
51°
Brightness Loss From Left
34°
Brightness Loss From Right
37°
Black Level Raise From Left
14°
Black Level Raise From Right
13°
Gamma Shift From Left
14°
Gamma Shift From Right
12°

Unfortunately, as expected for a VA panel, the Gigabyte FV43U has a sub-par horizontal viewing angle. At minor angles off-center, black levels rise and gamma shifts, causing the image to appear washed out. Colors remain accurate to a wider angle but still appear washed out due to the gamma shift. These issues are mainly noticeable when sharing your screen with someone else, but can also cause issues if you sit too close to the screen, as the sides appear non-uniform.

5.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
29°
Color Washout From Above
29°
Color Shift From Below
44°
Color Shift From Above
43°
Brightness Loss From Below
32°
Brightness Loss From Above
31°
Black Level Raise From Below
14°
Black Level Raise From Above
12°
Gamma Shift From Below
14°
Gamma Shift From Above
14°

Unfortunately, the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U also has a disappointing vertical viewing angle. At even a very minor angle, the image loses contrast and gamma shifts, resulting in a washed-out image.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.617%
50% DSE
0.138%
5% Std. Dev.
1.531%
5% DSE
0.092%

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has very good uniformity in general, but it's a bit worse than most monitors on the market. The sides of the screen are noticeably darker, and there's a large dark patch in the center of our screen, which might be distracting with certain content. This can vary between individual units, though, so let us know in the discussions if you get one with better uniformity than this.

9.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.435%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.518%

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has fantastic black uniformity, by far the best we've seen on an LCD monitor, but this can vary between individual units. There's almost no clouding through the screen and no sign of backlight bleed. Due to the size of the screen and the sub-par horizontal viewing angle, black uniformity can appear a bit worse if you're sitting close to the screen.

The black uniformity is slightly worse with local dimming enabled, but that's likely because enabling the local dimming feature forces the backlight to the maximum setting, while our native black uniformity picture is taken at 100 nits. The center cross in the local dimming photo is a bit over 300 nits instead.

8.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
139 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
10
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
6,301 K
White Balance dE
2.29
Color dE
1.66
Gamma
2.21

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has excellent accuracy out of the box. Gamma is very close to the sRGB target curve, and the color temperature is just a bit warm, giving everything a slightly reddish tint. Most colors are displayed accurately, but some colors are oversaturated a bit, especially reds and some blues. The white balance is great overall, but bright scenes are a bit off.

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.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
97 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
4
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
100-94-96
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6,436 K
White Balance dE
0.76
Color dE
0.76
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has nearly perfect accuracy. Gamma is nearly perfect, but some bright scenes are over-brightened a bit. Most colors are displayed accurately, but saturated blues are a bit off. The color temperature is much closer to our target, but still a bit warm.

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.

9.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.1%
Adobe RGB xy
98.4%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has a superb SDR color gamut. It can display all of the sRGB color space used by most desktop content and most video games. It also has nearly perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used for professional content creation, but reds especially are oversaturated.

9.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
99.1%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
98.3%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Gigabyte FV43U has exceptional SDR color volume. It fills out pretty much the entire sRGB and Adobe RGB color volumes at all luminance levels. Despite the high contrast ratio, it can't display saturated colors at low luminance levels very well.

8.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
87.8%
Rec. 2020 xy
78.9%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR1000
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR1000

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has an impressive HDR color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content, and very good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, so it's very future-proof. The FV43U has four HDR modes, so we measured the tone mapping in all four. 'HDR1000' and 'HDR HLG' are very similar overall, and both tone map well. Unfortunately, 'HDR Game' and 'HDR Movie' are much worse, and we don't recommend them.

Picture ModeDCI P3Rec. 2020
HDR1000ImageImage
HDR HLGImageImage
HDR GameImageImage
HDR MovieImageImage

Note: The DCI P3 coverage is a bit lower than the advertised 97% 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.

8.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
92.5%
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
76.6%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR1000
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR1000

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has excellent color volume in HDR. It's limited by the incomplete coverage of each color gamut, and like with SDR content, it can't display saturated colors at low luminance levels very well, despite the high contrast ratio.

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%

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U we bought, but this can vary between individual units.

9.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has outstanding gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in any shade.

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

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.002%
Pixel Column Error
0.606%

Unfortunately, the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U we bought has significant color bleed above and below large areas of similar color. This can vary between units, but even on units like this that don't perform well, it's rarely noticeable with real content.

6.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-Gloss
Total Reflections
5.4%
Indirect Reflections
1.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.3%

Sadly, the Gigabyte FV43U has just okay reflection handling. It has a simple semi-gloss coating instead of a matte finish, so glare can be a bit distracting if you're in a bright room. It's a very bright monitor, though, so it should be able to overcome glare in almost any room by increasing the brightness.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
BGR

Update 11/24/2021: A user pointed out an issue with this monitor that we were able to reproduce on our unit. There's a strange issue when displaying gray text on a black background. The top of the monitor can't display gray text on a black background properly, but the bottom of the monitor looks fine. We took a few photos with our chroma 4:4:4 test image:

Even at the bottom of the monitor, horizontal lines are slightly dimmer than vertical ones, but it's not as bad. This is an extremely unusual issue, and we're not sure what causes it. Adjusting the black equalizer, contrast, or sharpness seems to improve it a bit, but causes other issues. Adjusting the scaling in Windows fixes it, but causes a loss of screen real estate.

While testing the above issue, we also discovered a pixel inversion issue while displaying certain content. The issue is mainly noticeable when running at 144Hz; at lower refresh rates the pixels are no longer inverted, but the screen is noticeably darker.

The Gigabyte FV43U has good text clarity overall. Unfortunately, like the Gigabyte M27Q, it uses a BGR subpixel layout, which isn't ideal for text clarity when using a PC. Windows ClearType helps improve this drastically, and it isn't an issue if you're running a recent version of macOS.

Windows recommends a scaling factor of 150% for the AORUS FV43U, but this results in rather large UI elements. The photos in the review were taken at 100% scaling (no scaling), but we took a few additional photos to show you the difference between 100%, 125%, and 150%:

Motion
9.0
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Picture Quality
Rise / Fall Time
2.7 ms
Total Response Time
10.0 ms
Overshoot Error
7.4%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
11.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
10.2%

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

The Gigabyte FV43U has a remarkable response time at the max refresh rate. Like most monitors, there are multiple Overdrive settings to choose from, but we recommend 'Picture Quality', as it delivers the best overall response time with the fewest artifacts. It performs very similarly to the 'Balance' mode, and 'Speed' offers a slightly faster response time but has significantly more overshoot. If you prefer to see inverse ghosting over a slight blur trail, 'Speed' might be the better choice.

This monitor features a 'Smart OD' mode that's advertised to automatically select the best overdrive mode, so you don't have to worry about switching modes if you switch sources or switch to a lower refresh rate. At both 144Hz and 60Hz, it appears to be in the 'Balance' mode, so it doesn't appear to be doing anything.

6.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
9.9 ms
Total Response Time
19 ms
Overshoot Error
0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
12.0 ms
Dark Total Response Time
21.4 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

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

Unfortunately, the Gigabyte FV43U has just an okay response time at 60Hz. The Overdrive settings behave differently at 60Hz, with significantly slower transitions and more overshoot in every mode except 'Off'. Unfortunately, this means you'll likely have to change modes if you change inputs to a 60Hz source or play a game that's locked at a lower refresh rate. If you're looking for a "set-and-forget" mode, 'Picture Quality' is probably the safest choice, but there's significant overshoot at lower refresh rates.

The FV43U features a 'Smart OD' mode that's advertised to automatically select the best overdrive mode so that you don't have to worry about switching modes if you switch sources or switch to a lower refresh rate. At 144Hz and 60Hz, it appears to be in the 'Balance' mode, so it doesn't appear to be doing anything.

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

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has a completely flicker-free backlight, which is great as it can help reduce eye strain.

7.8
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
85 Hz

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. Unlike most monitors, you can even enable it at the same time as the variable refresh rate (VRR) feature. With VRR disabled, the backlight can only flicker if the refresh rate is set to either 120Hz or 144Hz. With VRR on, the backlight flicker remains from 144Hz down to as low as 85Hz. The backlight strobing isn't great, unfortunately, as there's some noticeable image duplication.

Note: Our scoring is based only on the refresh rate range that the strobing feature is active. It doesn't currently represent how well the feature actually works.

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 Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has a very fast refresh rate. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology over both HDMI and DisplayPort, and although it's not officially certified by NVIDIA, it also works well with their G-SYNC Compatible mode.

The maximum refresh rate supported varies depending on the source. You can read more about what to expect and what's supported in the additional review notes we posted for the Gigabyte M28U, which are also valid for this monitor.

Inputs
8.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
11.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
22.3 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
12.5 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
14.0 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
11.6 ms

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has objectively low input lag, but like the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U, it's a bit higher than usual, especially at 60Hz. At any refresh rate, it's low enough for most casual gamers, but it's too high for professional esports players.

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 HDR input lag over HDMI 2.1 at the moment. We don't expect HDR to make any difference to the input lag.

9.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 8.3 MP
Pixel Density
104 PPI
Screen Diagonal 42.5"
Screen Area 771 in²

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U's large, high-resolution screen delivers a more immersive gaming experience than smaller displays. Despite the large panel size, it still has a high pixel density.

Inputs
Inputs

The inputs on the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U all face to the side and are easy to access.

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 No
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

Update 10/25/2021: One of the audio out ports is also a mini Toslink optical out port.

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has two HDMI 2.1 ports, but like the other Gigabyte monitors with HDMI 2.1, they're limited to 24 Gbps. There's also one USB-C port; it supports a few advanced USB-C features, including DisplayPort Alt Mode, 15W fast charging for supported devices. The USB-C port allows you to use the monitor as a KVM switch (keyboard, video, and mouse).

Due to the lower maximum bandwidth of the HDMI 2.1 ports, the AORUS FV43U requires Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a for anything that requires higher bandwidth, introducing some limits on the supported resolutions depending on the source device. You can read more about the supported resolutions here. This article is from our Gigabyte M28U review, but it's also valid for this monitor.

Although it's not currently part of our testing, we also checked for Sony PS5 and Xbox Series S|X compatibility with the FV43U, given that this monitor is advertised for console gaming. It's compatible with most features of all three consoles, but it doesn't support Dolby Vision. Because it requires DSC 1.2a and is limited to 24Gbps over HDMI 2.1, the PS5 only works at 4k @ 120Hz with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling since the PS5 doesn't currently support DSC.

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

Like all AORUS monitors, the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U has many additional features available, but some seem a bit gimmicky. It supports Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture, allowing you to display two sources at once. Strangely, this monitor appears to lack the signature Active Noise Cancelling feature found on all of the other AORUS monitors we've tested. Some of the other features include:

  • Virtual Crosshair: There are multiple 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.
  • 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...
  • SPACE AUDIO speakers: the built-in speakers delivers much better sound quality than most monitors, but it's not as good as proper speakers.

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 most of them are valid for the AORUS FV43U as well.

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. It also comes with a remote, which might be easier than using the joystick.

Features
In The Box

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 43 inch Gigabyte AORUS FV43U, 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 FV43U is one of the first AORUS gaming monitors to feature HDMI 2.1, making it an excellent choice for next-gen console gamers.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh Rate Panel Type HDMI Version
AORUS FI25F 25" 1920 x 1080 240Hz IPS 2.0
AORUS FI27Q 27" 2560 x 1440 165Hz IPS 2.0
AORUS FI27Q-P 27" 2560 x 1440 165Hz IPS 2.0
AORUS FI27Q-X 27" 2560 x 1440 240Hz IPS 2.0
AORUS FI32Q 32" 2560 x 1440 170Hz IPS 2.0
AORUS FI32U 32" 3840 x 2160 144Hz IPS 2.1
AORUS FV43U 43" 3840 x 2160 144Hz VA 2.1
AORUS FO48U 48" 3840 x 2160 120Hz OLED 2.1

If you come across a different type of panel or your Gigabyte FV43U 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 July 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Gigabyte FV43U is a great large gaming monitor with a huge selection of additional features and impressive picture quality. It's one of the few monitors available with HDMI 2.1 support, making it a great choice for next-gen console gaming, especially if you're looking for something closer in size to a TV. There are a few strange results, including relatively high input lag and a sluggish 60Hz response time.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best monitors for PS5, the best monitors for Xbox Series X, and the best 34 inch + monitors.

Gigabyte M32U

The Gigabyte M32U and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The M32U has a smaller IPS panel, which delivers wide viewing angles. The M32U also has lower input lag and a much faster response time at 60Hz. The FV43U, on the other hand, has a larger screen with much better contrast and better uniformity, so it's a better choice for a dim or dark room.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U are two very different displays that target different users, so the best one depends on your needs. The FV43U is more like a small TV than a monitor, with a large 43 inch screen and a fixed stand. The FV43U has a VA panel with deep uniform blacks. The M27Q has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles but worse contrast. The M27Q also has lower input lag and a faster response time at 60Hz.

LG 48 C1 OLED

The LG 48 C1 OLED and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses, but overall, the LG is a better choice for most people. It's technically a TV, but the LG is an amazing display for use as a monitor, with perfect inky blacks, wide viewing angles, and a nearly-instantaneous response time. Sadly, the LG also has a chance of permanent burn-in, so if that concerns you, the Gigabyte is a safer choice.

Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED

The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U use different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses, but the FO48U is better overall for most people. The FO48U uses a larger OLED panel, which has perfect inky blacks and a nearly instantaneous response time. Unfortunately, the OLED also comes with a risk of permanent burn-in. The FV43U is worse overall, with a smaller screen, but there's no chance of burn-in.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T is much better than the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U. The Gigabyte has a fixed stand, while the Samsung has okay ergonomics, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. The Samsung also has better reflection handling, lower input lag, and a much faster response time at 60Hz. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has a larger screen and is much brighter, especially in HDR, so it's slightly better for HDR gaming.

Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is better than the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB overall, and it's much better for gaming. The Gigabyte has a much faster refresh rate, a faster response time at the max refresh rate, and has an optional black frame insertion feature. The Philips can tilt, whereas the Gigabyte has a completely fixed stand, but both models require a mounting arm if ergonomics are important to you.

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