Gigabyte G32QC Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Aug 20, 2020 at 08:04 am
Gigabyte G32QC Picture
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.2
Office
8.1
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
7.4
Media Creation
6.9
HDR Gaming
Size 32"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Gigabyte G32QC is a great budget gaming monitor with good dark room performance. It delivers an immersive experience with its large 32 inch screen and 1440p resolution, as well as good picture quality with its high contrast ratio and good color accuracy. Its low input lag and 165Hz refresh rate make gaming feel incredibly responsive, and it has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Response time is great; however, its slower dark scene transitions can result in some motion artifacts. Also, its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles and the stand lacks swivel adjustment, making it less suitable for sharing content or for playing co-op games. It supports HDR10 and delivers an okay HDR experience despite the absence of local dimming. It comes with a couple of USB ports and some extra gaming features, and its Picture-by-Picture mode is a nice addition for multitaskers and streamers.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Gigabyte G32QC is an overall good monitor. It has a large high-resolution screen that makes it suitable for gaming, working, or viewing content. It has great motion handling, FreeSync support, and it can display a wide color gamut to deliver an alright HDR experience. Unfortunately, it has sub-par viewing angles and bad ergonomics, making it harder to share work, content, or play co-op games.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • Good visibility in most lighting conditions.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
7.2 Office

The Gigabyte G32QC is a decent monitor for office use. Its large screen size allows you to have multiple windows opened side-by-side, it has good text clarity, and it gets bright enough for use in most lighting conditions. Unfortunately, its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles and its ergonomics are bad, making it difficult to share work with colleagues.

Pros
  • Picture-in-Picture mode.
  • Good visibility in most lighting conditions.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
8.1 Gaming

The Gigabyte G32QC is a great gaming monitor. It has great motion handling thanks to its fast response time and high refresh rate, and it has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Sadly, its narrow viewing angles and bad ergonomics make it less ideal for co-op gaming, and even though its high contrast ratio is well-suited for dark rooms, there's a lot of backlight bleed.

Pros
  • Great response time at max refresh rate.
  • High contrast ratio.
  • FreeSync support.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Bad black uniformity.
7.4 Multimedia

The Gigabyte G32QC is a decent monitor for media consumption. It has a large screen, a high resolution, and it delivers an okay HDR experience. Its high contrast ratio is great for dark room viewing, but black uniformity is an issue, as there's a lot of backlight bleed. Also, it isn't well-suited for sharing content due to its narrow viewing angles and bad ergonomics.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • Good visibility in most lighting conditions.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Bad black uniformity.
7.4 Media Creation

The Gigabyte G32QC is a decent monitor for content creators. Its 32 inch high-resolution screen is great for working with multiple windows opened at the same time, and it has an outstanding SDR color gamut. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles and bad ergonomics, making it difficult to share your work with others.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Picture-in-Picture mode.
  • Good visibility in most lighting conditions.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Bad black uniformity.
6.9 HDR Gaming

The Gigabyte G32QC is an okay monitor for gaming in HDR. It has low input lag, fast response time, and native FreeSync support. It can display a wide color gamut and it gets decently bright in HDR; however, there's no local dimming and there's a lot of visible backlight bleed.

Pros
  • Great response time at max refresh rate.
  • High contrast ratio.
  • FreeSync support.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • No local dimming.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Bad black uniformity.
  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 Office
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 7.4 Multimedia
  • 7.4 Media Creation
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1500R
Weight (without stand)
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
Weight (with stand)
17.0 lbs (7.7 kg)

The Gigabyte G32QC has a simple design that doesn't stand out much. It has a curved screen with thin bezels on three sides and a slightly thicker bottom bezel. The V-shaped stand takes up a fair amount of desk space but supports the monitor very well.

Design
Stand
Width
19.4" (49.3 cm)
Depth
9.4" (23.8 cm)

The stand's base is large; however, its V shape leaves a bit of usable desk space between the feet for smaller items. It supports the monitor well and there's very little wobble.

4.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

Unfortunately, the ergonomics are bad, as it lacks swivel adjustments and can't rotate to portrait mode.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is fairly plain and mostly plastic. The stand has a small cutout that serves as cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (0.9 cm)

The top and side bezels are thin and aren't distracting, but the bottom bezel is thicker.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.7" (19.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
4.1" (10.4 cm)

The Gigabyte G32QC is very thick due to its curvature and takes up a lot of desk space when it's mounted on the stand.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Gigabyte G32QC's build quality is good. The top portion of the back feels well-built, but the bottom portion feels hollow and exhibits a lot of flex, although it could just be for cooling purposes. The stand and the plastic covering the tilt hinge feel pretty cheap; however, the hinge itself feels sturdy and the stand supports the monitor well.

Picture Quality
7.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2912 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Like most VA monitors, the Gigabyte G32QC has a good contrast ratio that makes blacks look deep, which is great for gaming in the dark. Note that although some other reviewers have measured a much higher contrast, our measurement is more in-line with Gigabyte's advertised 3000:1 contrast.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Gigabyte G32QC doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
384 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
384 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
381 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Great SDR peak brightness. The brightness is very consistent when displaying different scenes and it's bright enough for use in most lighting conditions. The calibration decreased the peak brightness slightly, as we were able to achieve 406.5 nits in the 10% window before calibration.

We measured the SDR peak after calibration, using the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode and with brightness set to max.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
435 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
454 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
456 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
456 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
456 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
456 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
453 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
455 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
455 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
456 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
455 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

The Gigabyte G32QC has a decent HDR peak brightness. It's very consistent across different content. It's bright enough to deliver an okay experience in games, especially if you're in a dark room, but it isn't enough for HDR movies.

We measured the HDR peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode and with brightness set to max.

5.6
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
25 °
Color Washout From Right
26 °
Color Shift From Left
51 °
Color Shift From Right
58 °
Brightness Loss From Left
27 °
Brightness Loss From Right
29 °
Black Level Raise From Left
15 °
Black Level Raise From Right
15 °
Gamma Shift From Left
16 °
Gamma Shift From Right
16 °

Horizontal viewing angles are sub-par, which is typical for VA panels. This makes the image look washed out from the side, which isn't ideal for sharing content or for playing co-op games.

5.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
26 °
Color Washout From Above
26 °
Color Shift From Below
55 °
Color Shift From Above
61 °
Brightness Loss From Below
28 °
Brightness Loss From Above
28 °
Black Level Raise From Below
13 °
Black Level Raise From Above
11 °
Gamma Shift From Below
14 °
Gamma Shift From Above
11 °

Sub-par vertical viewing angles. This makes images look inaccurate at the top and bottom of the screen if you sit very close to the screen or have the monitor mounted above eye level.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.223 %
50% DSE
0.112 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.933 %
5% DSE
0.054 %

Gray uniformity on our Gigabyte G32QC is excellent. The edges of the screen are a bit darker and there's a very tiny amount of dirty screen effect in the center, which shouldn't be noticeable in most content. Uniformity is better in dark scenes.

3.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.376 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is bad. There's visible backlight bleed along the top and bottom of the screen.

7.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Movie
Luminance
410 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
Gamma 4
Color Temperature
6263 K
White Balance dE
2.98
Color dE
3.06
Gamma
2.08

Out-of-the-box, the Gigabyte G32QC has good color accuracy. There are inaccuracies with a few colors and white balance is off due to the warm color temperature. Gamma doesn't follow the target all that well, making most scenes look brighter than they should. The monitor has an sRGB mode; however, it isn't as accurate as the 'Movie' mode. It has a higher average color dE of 3.88, a white balance dE of 3.72, and the color temperature is much cooler at 6729K.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
14
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
93-91-100
Gamma Setting
Gamma 4
Color Temperature
6531 K
White Balance dE
0.84
Color dE
0.80
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the color accuracy is outstanding. The remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be visible to the naked eye. There are still inaccuracies with the color blue, which is typical for LCD screens.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

9.0
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.2 %
Adobe RGB xy
81.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Gigabyte G32QC has an outstanding SDR color gamut. It has near full coverage of the sRGB color space used in most content, and impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is mainly used for professional photography.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.9 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
87.4 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

Outstanding SDR color volume. It only has a bit of trouble displaying rich, dark shades, and bright blues.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
74.9 %
Rec. 2020 xy
63.7 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Custom 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Gigabyte G32QC's HDR color gamut is okay. Its coverage of the widely-used DCI P3 is decent, but the wider Rec. 2020 coverage is much more limited.

7.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
81.3 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
60.8 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Custom 1
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Custom 1

Decent HDR color volume, it's mostly limited by the HDR color gamut.

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 G32QC.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Great gradient handling. There's a bit of banding in all colors, but it's most visible in the grays and the greens.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.001 %

There's no color bleed on this monitor.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.4 %
Indirect Reflections
3.1 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.3 %

Decent reflection handling. Visibility shouldn't be an issue unless you're in a very bright setting or in direct sunlight.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is good. It can be improved slightly with Windows' ClearType (top photo), as it makes the letters look more even and the diagonal lines more visible. The pixels in the photo are blurry due to the matte anti-reflective coating.

Motion
8.1
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Balance
Rise / Fall Time
6.3 ms
Total Response Time
12.7 ms
Overshoot Error
0.7 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
12.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
21.3 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Picture Quality Chart Table Photo
Balance Chart Table Photo
Speed Chart Table Photo

The Gigabyte G32QC's response time at max refresh rate is great; however, dark-scene transitions are quite slow, causing the appearance of black trails behind fast-moving objects. That being said, our test pattern emphasizes the issue and the artifacts aren't present in all content. The best overdrive setting is 'Balance', which provides the best performance with the least amount of overshoot.

7.3
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Balance
Rise / Fall Time
5.2 ms
Total Response Time
19.7 ms
Overshoot Error
5.8 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
8.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
21.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.2 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Picture Quality Chart Table Photo
Balance Chart Table Photo
Speed Chart Table Photo

The response time at 60Hz is decent. It's slower than at max refresh rate, so there's more motion blur. The best overdrive setting is again 'Balance'; however, there's significantly more overshoot than when playing at max refresh rate.

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

The Gigabyte G32QC's backlight is flicker-free, which is great for reducing eye strain.

6.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

This monitor has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature called 'Aim Stabilizer' to help improve motion clarity. Unfortunately, there's a lot of strobe crosstalk causing image duplication.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Gigabyte G32QC supports FreeSync natively and is also compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC; however, the latter only works over a DisplayPort connection. Over an HDMI connection, the maximum refresh rate is 144Hz, with a VRR range that also starts below 20Hz. Over a DisplayPort connection, only three refresh rate settings are available at 1440p: 60Hz, 120Hz, and 165Hz.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.6 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
3.5 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
8.9 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
3.2 ms

Input lag is exceptionally low and only rises a little bit with VRR enabled, which shouldn't be noticeable for most people. Since this monitor has an 8-bit panel, we weren't able to measure the input lag with 10-bit HDR. We were only able to achieve an 8-bit HDR @ 60Hz signal with an input lag of 8.5ms.

8.3
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density