Review Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q Gaming Monitor Review: 27-Inch 1440p Done Right

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I have this monitor. It is quite good. Looks beautiful. Stand is fantastic as well. My only complaints with it are a sort of hissing at high refresh rates, (not noticible with headphones) and occasional flickering (fixable with flipping the refresh rate down to 60 and back up to 165). Only seems to happy sometimes when waking from sleep. Regardless, this monitor is beautiful, smooth, and 100% recommend.
 
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"Color banding should not be an issue either, because the FI27Q upsamples to 10-bits using Frame Rate Conversion. "

The linked paged for the FI27Q-P also lists 10 Bit (8 Bit+FRC) Color Depth So I am especially unsure of the difference.
The only differences I can see on Gigabyte's pages are that FI27Q-P has display port 1.4 with something called HBR3, consumes up to 15W more power, and has a 2.1kg higher gross weight.

The Q-P page advertises "Enjoy 2K, 165Hz, HDR, 10bits color at same time!", which implies that the Q model may not be able to use all these features simultaneously.
 
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Thanks for the review, but it's like a year late? Last November/December, they launched the FI27Q-P, which feature DisplayPort HBR3, enabling 165 Hz refresh and 10-bit, simultaneously. That's the model to buy, for anyone interested this.
 

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"Color banding should not be an issue either, because the FI27Q upsamples to 10-bits using Frame Rate Conversion."
Were you going to say something about that? I will. The author misunderstands how FRC works. In fact, it's just dithering 10-bit down to 8-bit. The panel is only 8-bit. So, they basically add some noise and quantize. The temporal filtering in your eye (and the LCD, to some extent) makes it look close to 10-bit.

However, if you display natively 8-bit content, a FRC display will do nothing to eliminate the banding. So, you need software that will drive the display at 10-bit. Now, how much benefit this really adds over having a game do its own dithering down to 8-bit I really can't say, but I'm a little dubious.

The linked paged for the FI27Q-P also lists 10 Bit (8 Bit+FRC) Color Depth So I am especially unsure of the difference.
The only differences I can see on Gigabyte's pages are that FI27Q-P has display port 1.4 with something called HBR3
That's exactly it. DP 1.4 HBR3 finally has enough bandwidth to enable "165Hz, HDR, 10bits color at same time!" at 2560x1440.

The Q-P page advertises , which implies that the Q model may not be able to use all these features simultaneously.
Correct.
 

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BTW, the FI27Q-P has G-Sync-compatible HDR certification, but only FreeSync Premium (not Premium Pro - their HDR certification). I have PCs with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs that I want to connect to it.

Because of this and some user reviews complaining of backlight bleed near the bottom of the display, I will pass.
 

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BTW, the FI27Q-P has G-Sync-compatible HDR certification, but only FreeSync Premium (not Premium Pro - their HDR certification). I have PCs with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs that I want to connect to it.

Because of this and some user reviews complaining of backlight bleed near the bottom of the display, I will pass.

Some reviewers seeing issues like backlight bleed does not mean all will or do... This unfortunately is something that will occur with TN/VA/IPS panel tech ( in varying degrees in each) as you prob know.

I've owned the F127Q-P for two weeks now... No stuck or dead pixels and zero bleed from any portion of the screen noted. Excellent picture quality and performance all around with streaming, Blu-Ray and gaming noted as well. I could have left the out-of-the-box settings in "Standard" as is, but did some calibrating to my liking, making it that much better.

I have not delved into it's "HDR" yet as it's not something I'm interested in at the moment, but is on the horizon.
 
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I have this monitor and I love it! I don't use the hdr anyway so I didn't care about the slightly lower brightness and contrast. It's on sale occasionally too. It's a good thing to put out review on products that have been around a bit but are still a great deal. Thanks Tom's. I have run out of content to read so now I'm posting/reading the forum.
 
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Some reviewers seeing issues like backlight bleed does not mean all will or do... This unfortunately is something that will occur with TN/VA/IPS panel tech ( in varying degrees in each) as you prob know.
Thanks for sharing your experience.

For me, the bleed and lack of Freesync Premium Pro are the two issues. I know the bleed is a roll of the dice, and I'd probably take a chance on it, if the Premium Pro support were there.

But HDR is really something I want to dabble with, as a developer. And since I tend to keep monitors for a long time, I'm just not going to pull the trigger on a monitor without full HDR & VRR support from both AMD and Nvidia.

I've waited a long time to upgrade my monitor. I can wait just a bit longer, for the right one.
 

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Thanks for sharing your experience.

For me, the bleed and lack of Freesync Premium Pro are the two issues. I know the bleed is a roll of the dice, and I'd probably take a chance on it, if the Premium Pro support were there.

But HDR is really something I want to dabble with, as a developer. And since I tend to keep monitors for a long time, I'm just not going to pull the trigger on a monitor without full HDR & VRR support from both AMD and Nvidia.

I've waited a long time to upgrade my monitor. I can wait just a bit longer, for the right one.
This f12q in all its reviews , black bleeding is mentioned by experts .Both in the Q model and the P model.
I have the Q model ,I had to pay 514.99 dollars for it at newegg . Even had a price drop of 25.00 dollars ,
And did not get my 25.00 dollar difference returned to my paypal account , just a gift card for 25.00.
Gigabyte knows about these monitor issues ,they are all over the net ,Want an all around monitor for
your 500.00 dollars , look for better quality and ask about everything before buying Nice looking monitor,
but has issues,that is the truth here.
 
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This f12q in all its reviews , black bleeding is mentioned by experts .Both in the Q model and the P model.
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Want an all around monitor for your 500.00 dollars , look for better quality and ask about everything before buying
Thanks!

Now that Samsung's Odyssey G7 is out, I'm just waiting for reviews, availability, and maybe a sale isn't too much to hope for?

 

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I can tell You straight away: this monitor is crap, pure and simple.
Don't buy it, You will regret.

Gigabyte AORUS-FI27Q is the worst monitor I have ever seen.
First of all it cannot handle 165Hz with DP and one has to downgrade from its firmware F05 to F03 to even being able to use it?

I can tell for sure: The firmare F05 didn't work well and Gigabyte draw it back.
Check it out for Yourself: Gigabyte Aorus F127Q - Support

The problem is: it will sometimes lock the resolution to 640x480 and there are no easy way to get around it.
There are many threads on different forums that says the same.
At first one can blame is the graphics driver itself of course, but with different drivers and change from DP to HDMI - suddenly it works?

Gigabyte answer is: use connection via hdmi.

That is a problem by it self: You buy an expensive monitor 27" 2560x1440 @165HZ only on DP, while a HDMI connection only can handle 144Hz.
And Gigabyte want You to run it on a HDMI connection?

Seriously?
Never Gigabyte again!
Best regards from Sweden
 
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