Gigabyte G27F2 Gaming Monitor Review: Premium Performance for a Low Price

The Gigabyte G27F2 is a 27-inch FHD/IPS gaming monitor with 170 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

Gigabyte G27F2
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I had to go back in time a bit to find enough 165 Hz FHD monitors to compare the G27F2’s performance. The group includes HP’s Omen 27i, Monoprice’s 42771, BenQ’s EX2710S, Dell’s S3222HG and Pixio’s PXC325. All represent the budget category, but the Gigabyte is the second least expensive. The bargain winner here is the Monoprice for $170.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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165 Hz monitors typically draw a full screen in six or seven milliseconds. If you want to guarantee 6 ms, run at 170 Hz like the Gigabyte. It is ever so slightly smoother than the others. It sits in a three-way tie for first in the overall lag contest, but for the money, it is the quickest screen of the bunch. Coupled with a best-in-class overdrive, it is my favorite, thanks to its super smooth and blur-free operation.

Viewing Angles

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The G27F2 delivers a top-quality IPS panel for that low price with excellent viewing angles. To the sides, color shifts to green, but there is almost no light reduction, 5% at most. Details remain clear, with every step still visible. The top view is dimmer for sure, but there is virtually no change in color and the picture doesn’t wash out as severely as most panels do. This is much better than average performance, in my experience.

Screen Uniformity

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My G27F2 review sample was an exceptionally uniform panel with no visible bleed or glow. With only tiny variations in brightness, only the meter can detect any difference in the nine measured zones. It doesn’t get much better than this, even in the professional display category.

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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.

  • Matt_ogu812
    It all sounds too good to be true for a monitor at this price point.
    Just might be too tempting to pass up since I've been looking for a 27 " monitor with these specs.
  • Emito
    Wow.. that review made me buy it. And Im very pleased. I love it.
    Could you please share the ICC profile?
  • Der_Clown
    It doesn't have G-Sync. Well, if you have nVidia Graphics Card...Just think about it.