Galax Vivance VI-01 Gaming Monitor Review: Solid Value and Performance

The Galax Vivance VI-01 is a 27-inch IPS/QHD gaming monitor with 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

Galax Vivance VI-01
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I have no shortage of QHD 165 Hz monitors for the VI-01’s comparison charts. All were recently reviewed. The group includes the HyperX Armada 27, Gigabyte M27QP, Viotek GNV32DBE, NZXT Canvas 32Q and Cooler Master GM27-FQS.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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The VI-01 is slightly quicker than average in total control lag. This is a good thing because most 165 Hz monitors are very responsive to the user and ideal for fast-paced gaming. Unless you have extreme skills, this display will provide an excellent feel and experience for all types of play

Most 165 Hz monitors, including the VI-01, draw a full white field pattern in 6ms. For this test, the Galax’s overdrive was turned off because any other setting produces ghosting and edge breakup of moving objects. Motion tests show the same level of smoothness as any other 165 Hz display. Adding in the backlight strobe option (AMBR) increases motion resolution at the cost of Adaptive-Sync.

Viewing Angles

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The VI-01 is an inexpensive monitor, but its off-axis image quality equals a premium IPS screen. At 45 degrees horizontal, there is a slight light reduction but no change in color. Fine detail remains clear thanks to stable gamma. The top view is much darker with a green tint.

Screen Uniformity

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The VI-01 has excellent off-axis performance with no color shift at 45 degrees horizontal and only a 10% reduction in brightness. There is also no change in gamma. This is one of the most shareable 27-inch monitors I’ve seen. The top view is typical of IPS screens with a green shift, 50% light falloff and washed-out detail. But the view to the sides is well above the norm for IPS panels.

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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.

  • Kridian
    Amazon search for this monitor yields nothing. wtf?
  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    Kridian said:
    Amazon search for this monitor yields nothing. wtf?

    The only country that they use Amazon with is India.

    You can buy on the Galax store in USA and they have a list of where to buy in other countries.

    To me that's an extra plus on why buy this monitor.

    I don't know if you all know, but Amazon is a dumpster fire of fake listings and a place where companies get their products' information stolen by Amazon and then used for their own knock offs:
    Any company that uses them outside of pure necessity due to being a monopoly is insane.
  • Kridian
    Visited the Galax store (USA/ and has no monitors on their page.
    Visited the overall Galax site ( and there is no option to buy.
    There is a word I'm thinking here... fail, fail & fail some more.
  • tylerwong2006
    Monoprice and multiple brands on Amazon says that QHD 165Hz IPS isn't expensive to be good
  • GerarWolf
    Hello, could you please send me the icc profile of this monitor xd