GIGABYTE has introduced a new display aimed at hardcore gamers, incorporating a multitude of capabilities aimed at the target audience. Dubbed the ‘Tactical Monitor’, the Aorus CV27Q is a QHD curved LCD that's able to run at up to 165Hz, and includes support for AMD’s FreeSync 2 refresh rate technology. The gaming-focused monitor also includes active noise canceling, GameAssist OSD functions, and RGB stripes that can be controlled using the company’s software.

The GIGABYTE Aorus CV27Q is based on an 8-bit 27-inch curved VA panel featuring a 2560×1440 resolution, 400 nits peak brightness, a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, a maximum refresh rate of 165Hz, a 1 ms MPRT response time, and 178°/178° viewing angles. The panel also sports a 1500R curvature, which means that it provides a wider field of view than most 27-inch LCDs available today.

As mentioned previously, the Aorus CV27Q is an AMD FreeSync 2-certified monitor, meaning that the display meets AMD's minimum requirements for HDR contrast ratios and color gamuts, as well as supporting direct-to-display tonemapping, and low framerate compensation (LFC) mode. Officially, the monitor is able to hit 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and while it meets the requirements for HDR it only hits the minimum, with an HDR brightness of 400 nits (and matching DisplayHDR 400 certification). Judging from Gigabyte's specifications, it looks like this is an edge-lit monitor – Gigabyte doesn't list how many zones it has – which would be consistent with that performance level. As for FreeSync 2 range, the manufacturer says it is between 48 Hz and 165 Hz.

Meanwhile, GIGABYTE has informed us that they have also submitted the device to NVIDIA for G-Sync Compatible certification, so that the monitor's variable refresh modes can be used with GeForce cards. Whether this happens is ultimately up to NVIDIA – which is why GIGABYTE isn't advertising it as a feature quite yet – but as the company already has other monitors that have been certified by NVIDIA, GIGABYTE should have the expertice to pass certification here as well.

Moving on to gaming-specific features of the Aorus CV27Q, one of the capabilities that GIGABYTE is especially proud of is its 2nd Generation active noise canceling (ANC) technology. Here, ANC uses a special chip along with a dual mic setup to remove ambient noises from the background of the microphone feed. Meanwhile on the output side of matters, GIGABYTE claims that the monitor offers a 120 dB signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR), with the monitor able to support high impedance headphones up to 600 Ohm.

Another interesting capability is Black Stabilizer 2.0 that promises to improve details of dark parts of a scene without affecting other areas. This sounds vaguely like local dimming, however with an edge-lit monitor it's not clear that this monitor will have enough zones to use it effectively. Other features driven by the firmware include crosshair, aim stabilizer (which reduces motion blur in fast-paced scenes, though GIGABYTE does not disclose how it does it), timer & counter, as well as OSD Sidekick that allows to tune the monitor to a particular game or situation.

To connect the GIGABYTE Aorus CV27Q to PCs and consoles, the monitor has one DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 connectors. Furthermore, the LCD has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub as well as as 3.5-mm audio jacks for headphones and a mic. As far as ergonomics is concerned, the display comes with a stand that can adjust height, tilt, and swivel.

  General Specifications
Panel 27" 8-bit VA
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 165 Hz
Response Time 1 ms MPRT
Brightness 400 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast 3000:1
Backlighting ELED (Edge-Lit LED)
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1500R
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Gamut >?% sRGB/BT.709
90% DCI-P3
16.7 million colors
DisplayHDR Tier 400
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech AMD FreeSync 2
NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible (applied for official certification which is yet to be received)
Pixel Pitch 0.2335 mm²
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Inputs 1 × DP 1.4
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5 mm input and output
USB Hub 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
1 × USB 3.0 Type-B input
USB Hub Tilt: -5° ~ +21°
Swivel: -20° ~ +20°
Height: +/- 130 mm
MSRP $459.99

Set to be available shortly, the GIGABYTE Aorus will cost $459.99, which is a tad higher when compared to other mid-range FreeSync 2 curved displays, but extra features tend to come at a premium.

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  • SmCaudata - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    From TFTCentral
    "Samsung also have a 27" panel with a higher 2560 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz in production since Q2 2017. This has been used in some displays already, for instance the AOC AGON AG273QCX. Samsung are now planning to offer an update to this panel with a boosted 165Hz refresh rate, and this panel was expected to go in to production in Q1 2019."

    With the refresh rate at 165, this may be an updated version. It may be better from a black > gray transition standpoint, which actually may be worth it to some. It could be almost no different, which as you said, would be silly to pay for.
  • Dantte - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Possibly its the new panel, I didnt catch the 165hz screen. However, the MPRT (useless spec) on the AOC and this panel are rated the same (1ms), so I doubt there is any increase in the response time.

    The AOC in testing is about 5ms gtg, which is a more realistic spec than the MPRT.
  • SmCaudata - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Most likely true. The various updated panels released this year don't seem to actually perform much better in most circumstances. I just try to be hopeful because faster response VA panels would be ideal for me.
  • SmCaudata - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    I just want to see more HDR 600 monitors. Some level of local dimming with 10 bit processing... Too much to ask? HDR 400 is basically too insignificant to mention and the $2K+ pricing of the HDR1000+ monitors is out of control.
  • Kaboose - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    27" 1440p is 108.79 PPI, not 91.79 PPI.

    91.79 PPI would be for a 32" 1440p, not 27".
  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Strange that Gigabyte does not list the percentage of sRGB coverage.

    "FreeSync 2 also doubles the color volume with support for wide color gamut color spaces and increased display brightness, enabling direct support of HDR-capable displays by video-card device driver and application software." -- wikipedia
  • GreenReaper - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    If it does 90% of DCI-P3, it surely does ~100% of sRGB.
  • ballsystemlord - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    I've never been able to check nor have I read that the DCI-P3 color space contains the complete sRGB color space. Here's an article linked from wikipedia:
    As you can see from the 3D image (you have to scroll a bit), it does include most of the sRGB color space, but the sRGB blue values may be beyond what DCI-P3 can represent.
    Until I read differently, I'm going to assume no as that is the safe assumption.
  • Dug - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    "The panel also sports a 1500R curvature, which means that it provides a wider field of view than most 27-inch LCDs available today."

    I'm not a mathematician, but how do you get a wider field of view from 1500R curvature?
    I thought that would require a wider monitor or more pixels.
  • ballsystemlord - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    I'm no expert, but if the screen is closer to you from any direction then you're more likely to look at that part as opposed to having it farther away and then having to re-focus your eyes to that greater distance.

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