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Gigabyte Aorus FV43U USB-C Gaming Monitor Review: King of the 43-Inch Class

Class-leading color and contrast

 Gigabyte Aorus FV43U
Editor's Choice
(Image: © Gigabyte)

Gaming on a jumbo screen is a lot of fun. The sense of immersion and suspension of disbelief is about as good as it gets short of one of the best VR headsets. Console gamers already know this because Xboxes and PlayStations are usually connected to a big TV rather than a desktop monitor. But when considering the newest generation of products, the lines have become blurred. Consoles now support variable refresh rates, 120 Hz and Ultra HD resolution. PCs still have the upper hand in speed though with 240 Hz screens being commonplace and 360 Hz available from some high-end, 25-inch panels.

A large monitor that does it all is certainly a desirable product, and that’s where the Aorus FV43U and its like come in. It’s a little smaller than the average TV but significantly larger than most desktop monitors. At 43 inches and with a simple stand, it can grace a desk, entertainment center or wall with equal competence.

(Image credit: Gigabyte)

In our benchmark and hands-on tests, the FV43U performed admirably as a gaming monitor. It’s one of the few 4K  screens that can run at 144 Hz and provides perfect Adaptive-Sync support with SDR and HDR. Plus, it delivers blur reduction from a backlight strobe that works with Adaptive-Sync -- something only a handful of monitors can do. Console gamers can also interface with it through HDMI 2.1 ports with support for 120 Hz, HDR and 4K. As a gaming screen, it truly can do it all.

When considering the FV43U against a traditional TV, you’ll miss out on a couple of things that we consider important. 24p support is a big one for anyone who enjoys watching movies. Even if you stream content, 24p is used in many shows from Netflix, Amazon and others. The FV43U converts all incoming 24p signals to 60 Hz. The other missing element is Dolby Vision support. Though this isn’t really a factor for gaming, it’s quite common in streams from Netflix and on 4K Blu-ray.

Aside from its weaknesses as a TV replacement, the Aorus FV43U amply fulfills its design goals as a premium gaming monitor. With solid speed and response, along with class-leading contrast and a huge color gamut, it’s our pick in the 43-inch genre. Users looking for the ultimate jumbo monitor experience should definitely check it out.

Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.
  • thepersonwithaface45
    Eye balling this right now, only thing is the size of the thing. I want 32", 144hz, for ~$1000. That's too much to ask for though, apparently.
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  • helper800
    The only market segment for this is those that want 1000 nits HDR content and being smaller than most of the other comparable options. The LG 48 inch CX and C1 TVs do everything else that this does but better for the same price. I personally was able to snag a 55 inch CX for 1350 at Costco about 1 month ago and have zero regrets. Some may say its too big, however, vesa mounted and angled down at 20 degrees and 5 feet from my head its perfect. A monitor like this will be a hard sell for most at 1500.

    I feel like the majority of prosumers would prefer a 32-38 inch 4k 120+hz VRR and HDR at 600-1000 nits for 800-1200 dollars instead if this.
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  • waltc3
    I just paid $850 for this, via Amazon, a week or so ago:

    https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/philips_436m6vbpab.htm
    Absolutely love the thing and use it as a DP 1.4 monitor, not a TV. 4k never looked so good for me. At first, I thought it might be too big--but after a week of working with it I'm not sure how I ever got along without it. Gaming on this monitor is incredible--you'll feel as if you've never actually seen your games before--it's a whole new dimension. I sit about 4-5 feet away, and that actually seems ideal. The WCG and the various HDR modes must be seen to be believed.

    Windows10 scaling is marvelous--it's strange, but I use the same scaling settings on this 43" that I used on my former BenQ EW-3270U 32" 4k--175% with 128% font scaling--marvelous. An amusing thing is that Win10 tried to stick me with a 300% scaling initially which was far and away too big! Ugh.

    People who think they have to have the 144Hz probably would turn up their noses at this 60Hz monitor, but I can get far more than 144 fps @ 1440P with vsync off--and AMD's Enhanced Sync all but eliminates page tear. No ghosting whatsoever...very happy.

    But this Gigabyte looks very nice, too! My main reason for making this post is to tell folks they don't need to worry about 43" being too big for their desktops. I am surprised by just how much I've come to like it in the last week! The colors & HDR will blow you away, imo. My old BenQ looks worn out and drab, comparatively--now.

    It dawned on me that I wouldn't be buying a 6800XT anytime soon because of the shortages--not that I didn't want one badly, so I bought a nice monitor, instead. My 5700XT has a lot of life in it yet...;) I'll get a 6800XT at some point, but it's no longer the imperative it was at the end of 2020. This monitor is helping me to fully appreciate just what I've got in the 50th Ann Ed GPU!
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  • helper800
    waltc3 said:
    I just paid $850 for this, via Amazon, a week or so ago:

    https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/philips_436m6vbpab.htm
    Absolutely love the thing and use it as a DP 1.4 monitor, not a TV. 4k never looked so good for me. At first, I thought it might be too big--but after a week of working with it I'm not sure how I ever got along without it. Gaming on this monitor is incredible--you'll feel as if you've never actually seen your games before--it's a whole new dimension. I sit about 4-5 feet away, and that actually seems ideal. The WCG and the various HDR modes must be seen to be believed.

    Windows10 scaling is marvelous--it's strange, but I use the same scaling settings on this 43" that I used on my former BenQ EW-3270U 32" 4k--175% with 128% font scaling--marvelous. An amusing thing is that Win10 tried to stick me with a 300% scaling initially which was far and away too big! Ugh.

    People who think they have to have the 144Hz probably would turn up their noses at this 60Hz monitor, but I can get far more than 144 fps @ 1440P with vsync off--and AMD's Enhanced Sync all but eliminates page tear. No ghosting whatsoever...very happy.

    But this Gigabyte looks very nice, too! My main reason for making this post is to tell folks they don't need to worry about 43" being too big for their desktops. I am surprised by just how much I've come to like it in the last week! The colors & HDR will blow you away, imo. My old BenQ looks worn out and drab, comparatively--now.

    It dawned on me that I wouldn't be buying a 6800XT anytime soon because of the shortages--not that I didn't want one badly, so I bought a nice monitor, instead. My 5700XT has a lot of life in it yet...;) I'll get a 6800XT at some point, but it's no longer the imperative it was at the end of 2020. This monitor is helping me to fully appreciate just what I've got in the 50th Ann Ed GPU!
    Thats awesome that you found something that ended up fitting your needs at a price you can live with, cheers and thanks for the info. Personally I cannot got back to 60hz on a monitor for PC gaming.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    helper800 said:
    The only market segment for this is those that want 1000 nits HDR content and being smaller than most of the other comparable options. The LG 48 inch CX and C1 TVs do everything else that this does but better for the same price. I personally was able to snag a 55 inch CX for 1350 at Costco about 1 month ago and have zero regrets. Some may say its too big, however, vesa mounted and angled down at 20 degrees and 5 feet from my head its perfect. A monitor like this will be a hard sell for most at 1500.

    I feel like the majority of prosumers would prefer a 32-38 inch 4k 120+hz VRR and HDR at 600-1000 nits for 800-1200 dollars instead if this.
    I don't know ... maybe I'm a tiny minority, but I'd really like a 43-inch (basically 40 to 46 inch) 144Hz 4K monitor. For what I do, I'd prefer the larger size -- easier to read -- over the typical 28-inch 4K displays. I've just got enough displays right now that I don't feel the need to pull the trigger on a $1000 monitor.
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  • mikeyunk
    Any who owns this monitor does it charge over USB-C? I own a AOC AGON 49” ultra wide with USB-C and even though it does charge my work laptop it runs at a much lower resolution and looos terrible. I have to use a USB-C to display port adapter to my AGON display to get the full resolution 5120x1440. I have to charge the laptop with the AC adapter it came with.

    What resolution can you run on this screen via USC-C and does it charge? Basically is anyone using it for work with a laptop and gaming?

    can you run this monitor at 1440p instead of 4K resolution? I’ve got a RTX-2080 TI and that card might not cut it for 4K gaming.
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  • Geef
    thepersonwithaface45 said:
    Eye balling this right now, only thing is the size of the thing. I want 32", 144hz, for ~$1000. That's too much to ask for though, apparently.

    Just wait a little bit longer. The current Gen doesn't, but next gen monitors will get HDMI 2.1 + 4k along with the 32" and the 144Hz you want hopefully with a tag around $1000.
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  • Blowsie
    Does this monitor work with gysnc and HDR at the same time? That's what the review suggests to me?
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  • RS13
    Blowsie said:
    Does this monitor work with gysnc and HDR at the same time? That's what the review suggests to me?

    I have this same question. Also does anyone besides Newegg sell this?! I can't even find listings anywhere else.
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  • waltc3
    Blowsie said:
    Does this monitor work with gysnc and HDR at the same time? That's what the review suggests to me?

    Can't tell you--but I can tell you that the 43" Philips Momentum DisplayHDR1000 I bought does, and it does a terrific job of it. I went to the NewEgg site and they have two customer reviews on the 43" Gigabyte (in the "Gaming monitor" pages), so I'd suggest you read both. The first guy really liked his--the second one, not so much. But read his review posted on the NewEgg site. I was a bit surprised--actually--as HDR & Freesync work splendidly here. But I'm not sure what hardware the second guy had in the way of a GPU, but his criticisms were fairly monitor-specific, I thought. At any rate, I'm enjoying my HDR games more than I ever have. Until you see a 43" 4k Wide Color Gamut, DisplayHDR 1000-certified monitor in action, you really can't describe how much better things can be. I sure could not.
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