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Gigabyte M27Q P Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Aug 23, 2023 at 11:11 am
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 19, 2023 at 11:02 am
Gigabyte M27Q P Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.2
Media Consumption
7.9
Media Creation
6.2
HDR

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro is a budget-friendly 27-inch, 1440p gaming monitor. It's a newer version of the Gigabyte M27Q with many of the same features, including the 170Hz refresh rate and variable refresh rate (VRR) support in the form of FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility. However, the main difference is that it uses an RGB subpixel layout for improved text clarity compared to the M27Q, and it also supports DisplayPort 1.4 bandwidth. While it's designed as a gaming monitor, it also has features for productivity like Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, and it has a KVM switch that makes it easy to swap between two sources while using the same keyboard and mouse connected to the monitor.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro is good for most uses. It excels as a gaming monitor thanks to its 170Hz refresh rate, VRR support, consistently fast response time, and low input lag at higher refresh rates, but the input lag increases a lot more at 60Hz. It's also good for general office use and content creation, especially if you want to use it in a well-lit room, as it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling. Its wide viewing angles are also ideal if you want to share your screen with a coworker or client next to you, but without any swivel adjustments on the stand, it's hard to turn it. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity. Without a local dimming feature to improve either of those, it struggles in dark rooms, like when you're watching content or playing HDR games.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare, and good reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • USB-C port and KVM switch.
  • Consistently fast response time.
Cons
  • No swivel adjustment.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Terrible black uniformity.
  • No local dimming feature.
7.8 Office

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro is good for office use. It has good text clarity, and its 27-inch screen size is big enough to open two windows next to each other. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, but its stand doesn't offer swivel adjustments, which is disappointing if you want to turn the screen to show something to a coworker. On the plus side, it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, so visibility won't be a problem in well-lit rooms. It also has a few office-oriented features, like a KVM switch to control multiple devices with the same keyboard and mouse.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare, and good reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • USB-C port and KVM switch.
Cons
  • No swivel adjustment.
8.3 Gaming

The Gigabyte M27Q P is great for gaming. It maintains a fast response time across its entire refresh rate range to ensure motion looks smooth, and it also has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. It has a max 170Hz refresh rate and supports VRR for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel with most games, but the input lag increases a lot more with 60Hz signals, which is disappointing if you often play reaction-based games at lower refresh rates. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform well for dark room gaming as it has a low contrast ratio and lacks a local dimming feature to improve the picture quality in dark scenes.

Pros
  • 170Hz refresh rate.
  • Consistently fast response time.
  • Low input lag at 170Hz and 120Hz.
  • FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility.
Cons
  • Input lag increases at 60Hz.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
7.2 Media Consumption

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro is decent for media consumption. It's ideal for watching content in bright rooms as it has good reflection handling and great peak brightness, enough to fight glare. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, like if you want to watch content with a friend sitting next to you. However, it's worse for watching content in dark rooms as blacks look gray, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast. Its black uniformity is also terrible, as there's backlight bleed and clouding throughout.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare, and good reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Accurate colors before calibration.
Cons
  • No swivel adjustment.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Terrible black uniformity.
  • No local dimming feature.
7.9 Media Creation

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro is very good for content creation. It has a dedicated sRGB mode that results in excellent accuracy without any calibration. Still, it limits the peak brightness, so it's meant for editing content in a dim or dark environment. Instead, if you want to calibrate it and use it in a bright room, it easily gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is good. Its 1440p resolution results in good enough image clarity to see sharp details, and its 27-inch screen size gives you enough work area, but you likely won't see your entire video timeline at once.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare, and good reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • USB-C port and KVM switch.
  • Accurate colors before calibration.
Cons
  • No swivel adjustment.
  • sRGB mode limits peak brightness.
6.2 HDR

The Gigabyte M27Q P is mediocre for HDR. While it displays a wide range of colors in HDR, it has terrible tone mapping with bright signals, so images can look washed out depending on the content. It also has okay HDR brightness, but it doesn't get bright enough for small highlights to stand out against the rest of the image. Lastly, with a low native contrast ratio and no local dimming feature, blacks look gray in dark rooms, and there's a ton of distracting backlight bleed and clouding in dark scenes.

Pros
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Terrible black uniformity.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Bad tone mapping depending on the signal.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.2 Media Consumption
  • 7.9 Media Creation
  • 6.2 HDR
  1. Updated Sep 19, 2023: Made a mention that the Dell Alienware AW2724DM is another 1440p monitor that supports VRR with the PS5.
  2. Updated Aug 23, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 16, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Aug 09, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Jul 13, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jul 05, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  7. Updated Jul 05, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we’ll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27-inch Gigabyte M27Q P, which is part of Gigabyte's M Series lineup. There are other M27Q models that we've tested, including the Gigabyte M27Q and the Gigabyte M27Q X. You can see the differences between them below, but the results are only valid for the M27Q P.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate Subpixel Layout
M27Q P 27" IPS 1440p 170Hz RGB
M27Q X 27" IPS 1440p 240Hz RGB
M27Q (Rev 1.0) 27" IPS 1440p 170Hz BGR
 M27Q (Rev 2.0) 27" IPS 1440p 170Hz RGB

Our unit was manufactured in March 2023; you can see the label for it here. We tested this monitor with firmware F03.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro is a great budget gaming monitor with many of the same features the original Gigabyte M27Q is known for. It offers greater value than other monitors like the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B as it's a well-rounded display. The M27Q P is a great choice if you want something for productivity and gaming, as its RGB subpixel layout results in better text clarity than the M27Q. However, it still has a few downsides compared to the M27Q because it doesn't get as bright, and its input lag increases much more at 60Hz. Essentially, go for the M27Q P if you care about text clarity, but if you want a great budget gaming monitor, you can't go wrong with the M27Q as long as you can still find it available.

See our recommendations for the best 27-inch gaming monitors, the best budget and cheap gaming monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors.

Gigabyte M27Q (rev 1.0)

The Gigabyte M27Q P is the newer version of the Gigabyte M27Q and has many of the same features. The main difference is that the P version has an RGB subpixel layout for improved text clarity versus the M27Q, and the P model also supports higher DisplayPort 1.4 bandwidth. The performance between the two is similar, with the M27Q getting a bit brighter and having a faster response time at the max refresh rate. On top of that, the M27Q also has a lower input lag at 60Hz.

LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B

The LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B and the Gigabyte M27Q P are both impressive 1440p gaming monitors. They each have a 165Hz native refresh rate with overclock features, as the LG goes up to 180Hz and the Gigabyte goes up to 170Hz. The LG has better motion handling, especially at the max refresh rate, and it also has lower input lag at 60Hz. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has a few extra productivity features, like a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and a KVM switch.

Gigabyte G27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q P is a higher-end model compared to the Gigabyte G27Q. While the M27Q P has a higher 170Hz refresh rate than the G27Q, the main difference comes down to their ports and features. The M27Q P has a USB-C port and a KVM switch, making it easy to multitask with different computers, which the G27Q doesn't have. The M27Q P also has much better motion handling, but the G27Q has lower input lag with 60Hz signals.

Gigabyte M27Q X

The Gigabyte M27Q P is a lower-end model than the Gigabyte M27Q X, but they still share many features. The main difference is that the X version has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, which allows for a faster response time at the max refresh rate than the P version. The X model also has a lower input lag at 60Hz, and it gets brighter in SDR. Besides that, they have many of the same features, like the KVM switch and USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode.

MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Gigabyte M27Q P are both great gaming monitors. They have similar specs with a 1440p resolution and 27-inch screen size, and they each have a 165Hz native refresh rate, but you can overclock the Gigabyte to 170Hz. In terms of its gaming performance, the MSI has a faster response time at its max refresh rate, but the motion handling is the same between the two at lower refresh rates. The MSI also has a lower input lag at 60Hz. The Gigabyte has a few extra features, like a KVM switch, that make it useful for productivity, but the MSI has better ergonomics.

Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50

The Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50 and the Gigabyte M27Q P are both impressive gaming monitors. They have similar specs with a 1440p resolution and 165Hz native refresh rate, but the Gigabyte has an overclock feature to go up a bit to 170Hz. However, the Samsung monitor still has a faster response time at any refresh rate, leading to less motion blur, and this model has lower input lag with 60Hz signals. The main advantage the Gigabyte has is that there are a few office-oriented features, like a USB-C port and a KVM switch. The Gigabyte also displays a wider range of colors with better accuracy, especially in HDR.

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Test Results

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

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro has a simplistic design with an all-black body and both matte and glossy plastic on the back. It's similar to the previous Gigabyte M27Q and Gigabyte M27Q X but with different feet and a bigger bottom bezel.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good. Nothing stands out about how this monitor is made, good or bad, and it's well-built for a budget model. The plastic materials feel fine, and while the back flexes a bit, it's nothing concerning. The bottom bezel is mostly flush with the entire screen, with no obvious defects. The stand supports the screen well, as there isn't too much wobble.

6.9
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The Gigabyte M27Q P has alright ergonomics. The lack of swivel is disappointing if you often need to share your screen with someone else, but you won't have difficulty adjusting the screen to an ideal position. The height adjustment goes very low as there's only 0.75" (1.9 cm) between the screen and the desk at the lowest setting. The stand also features a cutout for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
19.4" (49.3 cm)
Base Depth
9.1" (23.1 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
6.5" (16.4 cm)
Weight (With Display)
14.7 lbs (6.7 kg)

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro has a different stand than the Gigabyte M27Q, and there's more space to put stuff in between the feet.

Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
24.2" (61.4 cm)
Housing Height
14.6" (37.0 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.4" (6.0 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
10.5 lbs (4.7 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (0.9 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a joystick to control the on-screen display, and the KVM switch is right above it.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • 3x power cords (Types B, I, and J)
  • USB-A to USB-B cable
  • User guides

Picture Quality
5.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
745 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro has a disappointing native contrast ratio. Blacks look gray next to bright highlights, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the picture quality in dark scenes.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
381 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
370 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
370 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
371 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
371 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
371 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
371 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000
Minimum Brightness
82 cd/m²

The SDR peak brightness is great. It gets bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms and maintains its brightness consistently across different content, which is fantastic. However, its minimum brightness is high, which can be bothersome if you like working in dark rooms and are sensitive to bright lights. These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode with the Brightness at its max.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 400
Real Scene
425 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
388 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
390 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
391 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
391 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
391 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
388 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
391 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness is okay, but without a local dimming feature and a low contrast ratio, highlights don't pop against the rest of the image. Highlights are rather muted across the entire image. The monitor has no settings to enable HDR, and all picture settings are locked in HDR.

The EOTF performance is strange and depends on the type of HDR signal the source sends. We normally test with a 10,000-nit signal, but with that, the EOTF has an aggressive roll-off even with mid-tones, so there's a loss of details with most content, and everything looks blown out. One way of fixing this is by using Windows HDR calibration, and HDR looks better at lower brightness signals. The EOTF in the review is with a 400-nit signal, and it tracks the EOTF almost perfectly until there's a sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, meaning it lets highlights get bright. You can see the EOTF with other signals here.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
45°
Color Washout From Right
45°
Color Shift From Left
49°
Color Shift From Right
54°
Brightness Loss From Left
48°
Brightness Loss From Right
49°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
58°
Gamma Shift From Right
58°

The Gigabyte M27Q P has an impressive horizontal viewing angle. The image remains consistent from the sides, ideal if someone sits beside you looking at the screen.

6.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
33°
Color Washout From Above
34°
Color Shift From Below
29°
Color Shift From Above
36°
Brightness Loss From Below
37°
Brightness Loss From Above
39°
Black Level Raise From Below
47°
Black Level Raise From Above
23°
Gamma Shift From Below
33°
Gamma Shift From Above
32°

The vertical viewing angle isn't bad. It isn't as good as the horizontal viewing angle as there's color shift from wide angles, but this is only noticeable if you're really standing above the monitor and looking down on it.

8.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.420%
50% DSE
0.148%

The gray uniformity is great. The edges of the screen are darker than the rest, which is most noticeable with full-screen web pages and documents. Luckily, the center has minimal dirty screen effect, which is great for most other content.

3.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.389%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Gigabyte M27Q P has terrible black uniformity. There's severe backlight bleed from the bottom right corner and clouding throughout.

8.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
99.5%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.35
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,054 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.10
Color dE (Avg.)
2.19
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Brightness Setting
100
Measured Brightness
165 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The accuracy before calibration in the dedicated sRGB mode is excellent. It's useful for content creators who work in the sRGB color space, as most colors are accurate. There are still some minor inaccuracies, particularly with the white balance and color temperature, which is on the cold side. Gamma follows the sRGB curve well, but it's slightly too bright with all content.

Unfortunately, the sRGB mode locks most picture settings, including gaming settings like Overdrive. While it doesn't lock the brightness, the max brightness is low. However, this is the case with sRGB modes on other monitors, too, as it's designed for content creators working in a dark room. If you want to access most settings and increase the brightness, you would need to use another mode that's still accurate but has oversaturated colors, as you can see here.

9.5
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
103.1%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.54
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,526 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.47
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
99-94-91
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
16
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

After a full calibration, the Gigabyte M27Q Pro has fantastic accuracy. The main benefit of calibrating it versus using the dedicated sRGB mode is that you can use most picture settings, and the screen gets much brighter.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
89.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The SDR color gamut is incredible. It displays the entire sRGB color space used in most web content, and it also has great coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. However, blues and reds are oversaturated in Adobe RGB, and greens are undersaturated.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.2%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
92.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

This monitor has incredible color volume in SDR. It displays bright colors well but struggles with dark colors due to its low contrast.

8.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
94.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
70.0%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

The HDR color gamut is excellent, but like with HDR Brightness, the color gamut performs differently depending on the signal. It struggles with a 10,000-nit signal, which is what we normally test with. However, it's better with a 400-nit signal, which is what we used for testing this monitor, and you can see the differences between both here. It's best to calibrate HDR with your source for the best HDR performance.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
81.8%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
63.3%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

The HDR color volume is great with a 400-nit signal. As explained in HDR Color Gamut, it performs better once you calibrate it and send a lower brightness signal, as it struggles with the 10,000-nit signal that we normally test with. The DCI-P3 color volume is 63.4% with a 10,000-bit signal, as you can see here.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.8%
Indirect Reflections
2.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2%

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro has good reflection handling. Combined with its great peak brightness, you won't have issues using it in most bright rooms, but it can struggle a bit if you place it opposite a bright window.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro has good text clarity. The main advantage over the Gigabyte M27Q is that this monitor uses an RGB subpixel layout, and computer programs render text better with it. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) helps improve the text clarity as well. These photos are with Windows 10, and you can also see the text clarity in Windows 11:

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is outstanding, and you won't see any banding with most content.

Motion
8.6
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
170 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
170 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
170 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
60 Hz

The Gigabyte M27Q P has a setting to enable the overclock feature to reach 170Hz, and there aren't any issues while using it.

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

Although NVIDIA doesn't officially certify this monitor as G-SYNC compatible, it still works without issues over DisplayPort. On the other hand, FreeSync works with both HDMI and DisplayPort.

8.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Picture Quality
Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
9.5 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
7.1 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
12.7 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

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

This monitor has an impressive response time at its max refresh rate of 170Hz. With Overdrive set to 'Picture Quality', motion looks smooth without any overshoot that causes inverse ghosting. The 'Smart OD' setting is supposed to adjust the overdrive based on the refresh rate, and in this case, it just performs like 'Speed'.

8.4
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Picture Quality
Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
9.2 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
7.1 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
11.6 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

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

The response time at 120Hz is impressive, similar to its max refresh rate. The recommended Overdrive setting is 'Picture Quality', which has less overshoot than 'Balance' and 'Speed'. At 120Hz, the 'Smart OD' setting performs like 'Balance'.

8.1
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Picture Quality
Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
10.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0.2%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
6.7 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
18.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
2.0%

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

The Gigabyte M27Q P has a great response time at 60Hz. Once again, the recommended Overdrive setting is 'Picture Quality', which is useful as you won't have to change the setting if the frame rate of your game drops or if you change games. The 'Smart OD' setting performs like 'Balance' at 60Hz as well.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
170 Hz
Minimum Frequency
60 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
102 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
102 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
Yes

Refresh RateVRR - OnVRR - Off
170HzM27Q P BFI 170Hz VRR OnM27Q P BFI 170Hz VRR Off
120HzM27Q P BFI 120Hz VRR OnM27Q P BFI 120Hz VRR Off
60HzM27Q P BFI 60Hz VRR OnN/A

This monitor has an optional backlight strobing feature, also known as black frame insertion. It behaves differently than on the Gigabyte M27Q and the Gigabyte M27Q X because there's an additional backlight flicker going on, and it doesn't effectively reduce persistence blur. Although you can't enable it with a fixed refresh rate below 120Hz, it continues working with VRR enabled as low as 60Hz, then below that, there's a lot of distracting image duplication.

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

The backlight doesn't use pulse width modulation at any brightness level, which can help reduce eye strain if you're sensitive to flicker.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
20.6 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
5.6 ms

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro has low input lag at high refresh rates for a responsive feel while gaming. However, it increases significantly with 60Hz signals, and we confirmed this with different testing methods. While it isn't high enough to be noticeable during regular PC use, it can affect your gaming when you need quick reactions.

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
26.9"
Screen Area
309 in²
7.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

This monitor works as expected with the PS5, but without HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it doesn't support VRR or 4k @ 120Hz. It still displays a 4k signal by downscaling it to 1440p, which results in a more detailed image than native 1440p. It doesn't support HDMI Forum VRR, which is the VRR format that the PS5 uses, but if you want a 1440p monitor that does, check out the Dell Alienware AW2724DM.

9.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Gigabyte M27Q P works well with the Xbox Series X|S, and there aren't any issues. Due to a lack of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz, but everything else works. It still displays a 4k signal by downscaling it to 1440p, which results in a more detailed image than native 1440p.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No

One of its upgrades over the Gigabyte M27Q is that it supports DisplayPort 1.4 instead of DisplayPort 1.2, allowing for higher bandwidth.

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 display an image from a compatible device, like a laptop. However, because it's only limited to 18W of power delivery, it isn't enough to charge your laptop, and you'll still need an external power source.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Gigabyte M27Q Pro works well with macOS over USB-C but doesn't support HDR. However, VRR still works, and you can use the KVM switch with it. If you use a MacBook, you can close the lid and continue working on the monitor.

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

The Gigabyte M27Q P has a few extra features to improve your gaming experience, like:

  • Black Equalizer: Adjusts the gamma so that it's easier to see opponents in dark areas of games.
  • Dashboard: Shows information from your PC like CPU and GPU temperatures.
  • Game Assist: This includes gaming-oriented features like a timer, frame rate counter, and virtual crosshair. It also has a display alignment grid so that it's easier to place the monitor next to another display.
  • HDMI-CEC: The monitor turns on when you power on HDMI-CEC enabled devices, like a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S.
  • KVM Switch: Lets you control two computers with the same keyboard and mouse connected to the monitor. One computer needs to be connected via USB-C using DisplayPort Alt Mode, while you can connect the other over HDMI or DisplayPort, with the USB-B to USB-A cable going to the computer.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

While you can change the settings with the on-screen display and the joystick control, it also has an OSD Sidekick feature where you can change the settings with your mouse and keyboard instead.