AOC Agon G322QCX 32" QHD FreeSync Curved Gaming Monitor Review: Affordable High-End Gaming

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OSD Setup & Calibration

The AG322QCX’s on-screen display (OSD) appears in a small strip across the bottom-center of the screen. You can move it around if you wish, but it’s most out of the way in this default position.

The Luminance menu has brightness and contrast sliders, along with three gamma presets and the Agon’s six image modes. Standard offers reasonable accuracy in the DCI-P3 color gamut. You can dial it back to sRGB and also access color temp choices via the Color menu. The gamma presets all present a different curve that you should select prior to changing anything else. See our calibration notes to learn why.

The Color menu has an sRGB white point, plus three other presets and a user mode. When calibrating, be aware that you’re locked into DCI color. sRGB cannot be adjusted, and its output is fixed at around 225 nits. The RGB sliders offer good precision.

Picture Boost creates a bright area on the screen that you can size and move. You can adjust brightness and contrast within that area to create any effect you want. It’s handy for things like photo or video editing.

OSD Setup offers multiple languages, up to a 120-second timeout, position and transparency. You’ll also find the volume control and a break reminder. Need to change the DisplayPort version? That’s here as well.

Game Setting has six gaming modes that are specific to FPS, RTS and other types. You also get Low Blue Light, a color saturation control, and overdrive. The Medium setting works best at reducing motion blur without excessive ghosting. Also here is a slider called Shadow Control. It affects gamma at both the bottom and top of the brightness range. Values over 50 will clip highlights severely. The same happens to shadow detail if you turn it below 40. It interacts with the gamma presets and the RGB sliders, making it difficult to achieve an accurate calibration. Leave it on 50 for best results.

The Extra menu has all remaining options, including an input selector, off timer, DDC/CI and a reset function. The V Frequency field says “FreeSync” when using that feature.


The only picture mode that allows calibration is Standard. That will lock you into the DCI-P3 color gamut. sRGB is available but only as a color temp choice. It’s reasonably accurate but fixes brightness at 225 nits and has less-than-stellar gamma tracking. 

We preferred the look of slightly oversaturated but accurate color delivered by calibration. Our recommendation is to leave Gamma on setting 1 and Shadow Control on 50. Adjust the RGB sliders to dial in the white point and reduce contrast a few clicks to solve a highlight clipping issue. Then, set the backlight to your preferred level.

See our values below:

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AOC Agon AG322QCX Calibration Settings
Brightness 200 nits72
Brightness 120 nits31
Brightness 100 nits21
Brightness 80 nits12
Brightness 55 nits0
GammaGamma 1
Color Temp UserRed 50, Green 50, Blue 53
Shadow Control50

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • BulkZerker
    Thanks for the review. Only thing I'd like different about this monitor would be no curve in the screen.
  • milkod2001
    Yes, no curve please, 4k and Gsync at 200-300 extra and we have a deal.
  • Calculatron
    I love your guys' monitor reviews.

    I really hope that Nixeus reaches out to you guys, and sends you their EDG27. I bought their VUE24A largely based on a review done here, and while I still still enjoy it, I wouldn't mind moving on to an upgrade. (1440p, VA panel, etcetera)
  • vmylo81
    The aoc ag322qcx4 is coming out this summer with hdr400 support.
  • Slesreth
    21118488 said:
    Boasting a 32” curved VA panel with Quad HD resolution, 144Hz, FreeSync and extended color, this monitor can handle most gamers' agendas.
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    CONS■No calibration possible in sRGB mode■Clunky OSD controller
    Clunky OSD controllers can be forgiven, as long as they function. No sRGB calibration can not be.