Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q vs Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD Gaming Monitor review – RTINGS.com


Today we’re going to find out if the new the
gaming monitor; the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q is a worthy successor to the Aorus AD27QD in
a head to head comparison. Hey, I’m Alex, a tester at Rtings.com, where
we help people find the best products for their needs. The FI27Q came out at the end of 2019 as a
new monitor with similar specs to the higher end AD27QD. While both feature IPS panels and 1440p resolutions,
the FI27Q has a 165Hz panel, while the AD27QD has an 144Hz one. In this video, we’ll compare their design
and inputs, and then move on to the picture quality. We will also look at the motion handling and
input lag of each to see how they handled our tests and where they measure up against
each other. If you’d like to skip straight to our test
results, then see the links in the description below. Let’s check them out! So we’ll start with the design. The FI27Q and the AD27QD are extremely similar
in design. They’ve got strong, metal stands that are
solid and will hold the monitor at any of its angles. It also has some basic cable management through
a hole in the stand. It’s also easily removeable thanks to a
simple release button, that will reveal the VESA mount which is 100×100. Both have very good ergonomics. They easily switch between portrait and landscape
by turning the screen clockwise and they have the same swivel and tilt range. They both have 2 HDMI 2.0 and a 1.4 Display
Port, as well as 2 USB3s and a USB-B upstream. The controls are joysticks under the centre
of the screen that work well and without issues. You’re also able to customize the RGB LEDs
on the back of the monitor through the OSD. There really isn’t much difference physically
between the two monitors. The FI27Q is a 2019 model and I was hoping
there would be an improvement to the cable management for better organization. That said, both are very well put together,
simply designed and just feel like solid products. Now we’ll move on to the picture quality. The FI27Q and the AD27QD have IPS panels with
very similar viewing angles. They are both good, so the image stays accurate
when viewed at an angle. This is typical of IPS panels, so no surprises
here. With that said, we’ll look at the brightness. In SDR, both of these monitors perform very
well and get bright enough to overcome any glare in a room. The FI27Q produces just over 400 nits and
the AD27QD registers just a little below that across our peak and sustained brightness test
across a range of window sizes. The difference isn’t noticeable and could
vary a bit between units. Both units support HDR and both perform similarly,
with the FI27Q producing around 410nits and the AD27QD coming closer to 420 nits. These two monitors are bright enough to not
have to worry about any glare getting in your way. Now, also important in a room with a lot of
light is the reflection handling. Again, these monitors are very similar and
offer basically the same antireflective coating. They are both a decent choice when it comes
to handling light in a room. The contrast ratio is important in a dark
room, as the higher it is, the deeper the blacks produced by the screen. As expected from IPS panels, both have a mediocre
contrast ratio. The FI27Q has a higher contrast ratio of about
1150:1, while the AD27QD has about 1060:1, which isn’t a big difference. Both monitors have blacks that will appear
gray in the dark, which is unfortunate but inherent to IPS panels. Now onto the black uniformity. Black uniformity issues are presented as brighter
areas around dark scenes, which is commonly called backlight bleed. Both of these monitors have issues with black
uniformity in similar ways. The FI27Q has some issues, but it is most
prominent on the left side, near the bottom. The AD27QD also has the same issue on the
same side, however, there are more noticeable blotches across the screen in general. Neither of these are good, but this does vary
between units due to manufacturing tolerances, so yours may be different. Let us know in the comments below if you own
one of these monitors and how your black uniformity compares. Neither of these monitors come with any sort
of calibration sheet or pre-calibrated mode. Out of the box, both have quite good color
accuracy. The FI27Q is less accurate but using the ‘Custom
1’ mode gave us the best results. On the AD27QD, we found the ‘Standard’
mode to be most accurate and it had outstanding color accuracy. The gamma followed the target curve more closely,
but it is slightly lower, causing most scenes to appear a bit too bright. As far as HDR Color Gamut goes, the FI27Q
is only a bit in the lead. It does have a wide color gamut with 66% of
the Rec. 2020 color space which is good for those who want an HDR monitor. On the other hand, the AD27QD has a decent
HDR color gamut, covering 68% of the Rec. 2020 color space. Both will be good for viewing HDR content
or HDR gaming, but the FI27Q is slightly better. Now we get to the gaming section for these
monitors. The FI27Q has a 165Hz panel which is great
for playing fast-paced games as the motion is smooth and the monitor feels responsive. The AD27QD has a 144Hz panel, which is slower
than the FI27Q, but there won’t be much noticeable difference unless you’re quite
sensitive to small movements. They both support Freesync variable refresh
rates for tear free-gaming. They are also both NVIDIA G-Sync certified,
so while they support the more open Freesync standard, they can work out of the box with
both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. We’ll take a look at the response times
now. The response time is the time it takes for
a display to change pixels from one color to the next. A fast response time reduces the amount of
motion blur, which is very important for gaming. The FI27Q and AD27QD have an outstanding response
time that results in clearer motion, which you can see in our pursuit motion photo of
the RTINGS logo. Both of these monitors have options to adjust
the response time via an overdrive setting and you can see each one on our review of
each of the monitors. These photos were taken at the fastest overdrive
setting without adding too much overshoot, with settings of ‘Balance’ on the FI27Q
and ‘Speed’ on the AD27QD. An advantage of having a fast refresh rate
monitor is that they tend to have lower input lag, and this is the case for both of these
monitors. While the AD27QD is a little bit faster, it
won’t be noticeable at all during gaming when we’re talking about 4ms at both 144hz
and 165hz. They will feel very responsive and work well
for fast-paced gaming. So overall, these are both impressive monitors
and either could be a great option for gamers. If you have the AD27QD, the FI27Q is not a
big enough upgrade to justify buying it as a replacement. However, if you’re in need of a new gaming
monitor, the FI27Q will suit all the gaming needs you may have, including a fast response
time, a 165hz panel and great brightness. So that’s it! What do you think of these monitors? Have you bought it, and if so did you notice
anything we missed? Let us know in the comments. You can check out all of the measurements
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