Cooler Master GM32-FQ Gaming Monitor Review: Accurate Color, Low Input Lag

The Cooler Master GM32-FQ is a 32-inch IPS/QHD gaming monitor with 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

Cooler Master GM32-FQ QHD 165 Hz
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Though 27 inches is the most popular gaming monitor size today, there is no task or game that wouldn’t be enhanced by more screen area. 32 inches is an ideal size for working and playing, and it doesn’t take up much more room on the desktop. And it isn’t quite as overwhelming as a 43-inch jumbo display. While many users would look hard at an Ultra HD panel, QHD is a good deal less expensive and provides arguably better and smoother gaming performance.

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The GM32-FQ delivers some of the best out-of-box color accuracy I’ve ever measured and has very low input lag. Coupled with the terrific build quality and superb value, it’s not just a great early effort; it’s a serious competitor to established gaming monitor brands.

Like every QHD 165 Hz monitor I’ve played games on, the GM32-FQ strikes a perfect balance between speed and resolution. I maintain that motion resolution is better on one of these than on an Ultra HD/144 Hz screen. My only wish here is for a more effective overdrive. Cooler Master’s implementation here is a bit weak. But with such low input lag, much of that issue was erased.

Picture quality is superb thanks to spot-on color accuracy that needs no calibration or adjustment. I’ve only measured a handful of monitors as precise as this one. But it needs some sort of dynamic contrast for HDR content. The GM32-FQ and its cousin, the GM27-FQS, would really benefit from additional dynamic range to make HDR truly better.

At just $70 more, the choice between Cooler Master’s GM32-FQ and GM27-FQS is an easy one. You get excellent performance and color with both screens, and when is a little more size not a good thing?

Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

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.

  • wakuwaku
    In practice, the GM32-FQ has a higher output than the GM27-FQS and is therefore certified VESA DisplayHDR 400, a figure I verified in testing.

    I would like to point out this line is inaccurate. Specifically that there are no Cooler Master monitors that are certified DisplayHDR 400 at the time of me writing this post.

    Cooler Master markets this monitor as DisplayHDR 400 "compatible". It is on the website, the spec sheet on the website and on the box packaging. They didn't market it as DisplayHDR 400 certified, which is what your review is implicating.

    You can check the webpage here:
    and the spec sheet here:
    You can also check the DisplayHDR list of certified HDR400 monitors here:
    There are no Cooler Master monitors or specifically the GM32-FQ when you search the above list.

    To think that a reputable and popular site like tom's can have reviewer that can't be bothered to read up official information and specs and check them before posting a review. I have similarly pointed out Techpowerup making the same mistake, albeit on a different Cooler Master monitor, and now here I am again doing the same thing. Maybe all you reviewers should contact Cooler Master and tell them that their marketing is so misleading that reviewers keep getting it wrong.