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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  • sircolby45 - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    I personally just don't get why you would want curved on a 27" monitor. On an Ultrawide sure, but too me it just doesn't make sense on a 16:9 that is only 27".
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    I think it's moreso a case of the curve being an innate spec of the panels used.

    Looking forward, take note of every time you see a curved monitor and whether it uses a VA-type panel. I'd say that or 8 or 9 times out of 10, it's a VA panel as opposed to any other panel type.

    Monitor manufacturers probably want to market to less knowledgeable users that can readily see a big difference between the VA blacks/contrast levels vs more traditional TN or even IPS panels which arguably have a "very dark gray" as black. In stores, you'll generally see a bigger difference in contrast than you see in color gamut, and even on the box, it's generally favorable to market a "1:3000" contrast ratio rather than a "1:1000" contrast ratio--bigger number = better to less knowledgeable buyers.

    It's possible the monitor manufacturers would opt for flat VA panels if they had the same contrast/refresh rate/availability/price as curved monitor-sized VA panels, but because that's just what's available from the panel manufacturer, that's essentially why the final monitor product ends up being curved, too.
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    The association between VA and curved for gaming panels - especially the ultrawide sort - is mostly down to Samsung. Between curved, high DPI, ultrawide, and HDR the monitor market is pulling in more ways than any of the panel makers can keep up with. Samsung has gone all in on curved VA.
  • Dantte - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    This is the same panel and specs (except the curve: 1500 vs 1800) as the AOC AG273QCX which is currently available on Amazon for $299... Why would someone pay $160 premium for this panel?
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Military wanna-be man children types that live out their lives in first person shooters from the basements of their parents homes will pay extra for anything festooned in non-functionally beneficial LEDs that has the word tactical slapped somewhere in the marketing material.
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Same people that buy "Oakleys"?
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Yes them. Well, mom or dad probably paid for them since part time Uber only covers the cost of PC upgrades and Monster energy drinks.
  • Operandi - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Except Oakleys are the real deal with R&D and manufacturing behind it, this monitor? Not so much.
  • wr3zzz - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - link

    Oakley specs are the real deal for outdoor sports. There are a ton of Oakley knockoffs since its early days but the Oakley premium is not all marketing.

    Oakley apparels on the other hand, yeah I got your point.
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    Wow, that takes me back. In the early 90's, overpriced Oakley sunglasses were one of those yuppie status symbols, like Air Jordan sneakers and the matching satin jacket.

    How'd that even come up?

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