The CQ32G2S’s comparison group is all QHD screens running at 165 or 170 Hz. Most are 27-inchers with one 32-inch panel in the mix. They are Cooler Master’s GP27Q, HP’s HyperX Armada 27, Gigabyte’s M27QP, Galax’s VI-01 and the NZXT Canvas 32Q. They’re all IPS except for the AOC and NZXT monitors.
Pixel Response and Input Lag
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The CQ32G2S is a tad slower to draw a full white screen than the other 165 and 170 Hz monitors. 8ms is still fast but the 6ms screens will be a little smoother in operation. AOC’s overdrive undershoots the mark even on its strongest setting, so motion resolution is soft in fast-paced games. Casual players won’t notice it as much, but more competitive gamers might wish for a quicker monitor.
The CQ32G2S has an average amount of input lag for the category. The Gigabyte is an overachiever here for sure. With 29ms total, control inputs will feel like a natural extension of the mind for most players. Again, those with the highest skills should be looking at 240 Hz displays.
Test Takeaway: The CQ32G2S provides a good gaming experience for players of average skill. It was responsive enough for me to have several afternoons of fun play. The overdrive is its principal weakness because the undershoot reduces motion resolution. MBR is a viable alternative to Adaptive-Sync. It’s a little smoother but some slight artifacts remain.
The AOC CQ32G2S has better off-axis image quality than many VA panels I’ve photographed. The side view is only about 10% dimmer with a slight green color shift. It isn’t all that different than many IPS panels in fact. The top view is much dimmer, but all the grayscale steps are still visible. Overall, the CQ32G2S has better viewing angles than most VA monitors.
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My CQ32G2S sample was a little hot in the upper left zone. This is the main reason for its 13.66% score. The remaining zones are within 5% of each other. I was unable to see this effect in anything but a black field pattern or extremely dark content. Other CQ32G2S samples may measure better than mine.
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