The Gigabyte GS32QC is the curved screen variant of the recently reviewed GS27Q. Except for the display panel, most external components remain unchanged. This includes the design, monitor base, OSD layout, and functions.
For what we can tell this is a higher quality VA panel as it offers a fast 1 Ms respond time and higher colour space at 109% sRGB on paper. With this in mind, in this review, we primarily focus on the panel’s performance and the viewing experience of the Gigabyte GS32QC. For other details, you can refer to the GS27Q review here.
Gigabyte GS32QC Specification
|31.5” 1500R 2560 x 1440 QHD
|165 Fps / 170 Fps OC
|300 cd/m2 (TYP)
|No, HDR Ready
|100mm x 100mm
|2 x HDMI 2.0 1 x Displayport 1.4 1 x Earphone Jack
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First, it’s worth noting that the GS32QC uses a different panel technology compared to the GS27Q, opting for VA instead of IPS. VA panels offer a middle ground between IPS and TN panels, providing superior contrast among the three panel types. For a detailed breakdown of monitor panel and their characteristic, please refer to our article here.
The display features a 1500R curvature, which is considered a tighter curve, enveloping the user in a more immersive field of view. This curvature enhances the gaming experience, particularly for first-person and third-person view games.
We tested the game Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 with the GS32CQ, with its 1500R curvature and 165Hz refresh rate, the gaming experience felt remarkably lifelike. Also, the GS32QC also feature AMD FreeSync Premium and overdrive to combat tearing.
Regarding OSD and control, they are similar to the GS27Q. However there is one caveat – the OSD response is not as snappy, exhibiting a delay between clicking and on-screen response.
As previously mentioned, the GS32QC features a higher-quality VA panel with a fast 1ms response time and a larger color space, boasting 109% sRGB saturation on paper. However, being a VA panel, it also inherits characteristics that make it less vibrant than IPS. Our calibration results confirm this.
Despite claims of 109% sRGB saturation, it appears Gigabyte may have played a trick on us. The GS32QC only achieves 90.6% sRGB gamut coverage, which is slightly less than the GS27Q. However, within the Adobe Gamut space, the curved screen performs better with 72.6% coverage, surpassing the 90.6% figure.
With 90% sRGB and 72.6% Adobe RGB gamut coverage, users can enjoy a reasonable range of color space. Additionally, the GS32QC maintains a Delta E value below 1 even at maximum range, ensuring accurate color representation.
The GS32QC’s white point color temperature is at 6771K, with a black point of 6542K, giving the monitor a slight blue tint compared to natural light. While this may not be highly visible or may even be preferable to some users, it’s recommended to adjust the color towards a warmer spectrum.
We should note that this is a gaming monitor, so the less stellar color performance is somewhat expected.
Gigabyte GS32QC Conclusion:
In the realm of gaming monitors, the Gigabyte GS32QC unquestionably stands out with its winning combination of features. While it shares many design elements with its sibling, the GS27Q, its curved screen elevates the gaming experience. With a rapid 1ms response time, a smooth 165Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync, overdrive, and impressive color accuracy, it proves to be a noteworthy contender.
However, the GS32QC is not without its limitations. It has an misleading 106% color coverage statement and there’s a noticeable delay in OSD response.
Priced at just USD 239.99, the GS32QC faces competition from renowned brands in this price segment. Yet, with its appealing features, users may find it surpassing competitors and emerging as a compelling choice for their gaming needs.
The Gigabyte GS32QC faces competition from other brands. Yet, with its appealing features, users may find it surpassing competitors and emerging as a compelling choice for their gaming needs
- 165Hz refresh rate with 1ms response time
- Immersive experience
- impressive color accuracy
- Misleading 106% color coverage statement
- Delay in OSD response