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Gigabyte G32QC Gaming Monitor Review: 32 Inches of Class-Leading Contrast

Solid big-screen performance at a more accessible price

Gigabyte G32QC
(Image: © Gigabyte)

Admittedly, I am partial to 32-inch monitors. For work tasks, there’s enough desktop space to put two pages of a document on the screen or 35 columns of a spreadsheet. Watching movies is fun too; when you sit close, it’s amazingly theater-like. Add some quality near-field speakers, and you could build a home cinema right in your office. This also holds true for gaming. A 32-inch 16:9 screen is wide and tall enough to completely dominate your cone of vision when sitting 3-4 feet away. Add a curve, and the sense of immersion increases. Gigabyte’s G32QC delivers all that, plus solid gaming performance courtesy of its 165 Hz refresh rate, both Nvidia and AMD flavors of Adaptive-Sync and HDR. 

(Image credit: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte has included one of the best VA panels we’ve tested with contrast around 5,000:1 without any dynamic manipulation. It also delivers accurate DCI-P3 color; although sRGB mode has room for improvement. And with some of the best black levels we’ve seen from an edge-lit VA panel, the G32QC has tremendous image depth and detail. 

The monitor's QHD resolution provides a great balance between speed, response and detail. Pixel density is 93 ppi and while we prefer numbers north of 109 ppi, but there was no time during our gameplay that we wished for more. When frame rates stay solidly over 144 fps, the action was super-smooth with excellent motion rendering, plus an effective overdrive. 

Among value-oriented monitors, the Gigabyte G32QC stands out. If you’re looking to go jumbo, it deserves serious consideration.

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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.
  • warezme
    Looks nice for the price. This one is definitely worthy of consideration based on stats. I wish it was 4K but no big deal if it isn't.
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  • Carlos Enrique
    8 bit, VA, no USB hub...Next, please.
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  • milleron
    For my money, Carlos, you're exactly right. But I suppose this monitor is pretty good for the US$400-500 range.
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  • snowlock
    Don't do it.
    I had this thing 35 days before the backlight started failing. Gigabyte refuses to do return shipping on their defective items after 30 days. Return shipping was $300 via fedex. Skip the middleman and just burn your money instead.
    https://ibb.co/6XM72Yb
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  • BlackHoleBox
    The explosion of VA "gaming" monitors over the past few years is one of the worst things that could happen to people who value image and motion quality.

    Samsung and AUO flooded the market with low grade 32" VA panels leading to countless no-name companies dropping them into cheap cabinets with other substandard components and overpricing them in the name of "gaming" monitors. And since idiots bought them up in droves, the availability of IPS displays shrank and their prices skyrocketed.

    So screw you Samsung. Screw you too, AUO.
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  • TK31
    Had this monitor for about 3 months now... It's great! Sure the backlight isnt the best in the market if you really squint on a completely white screen but for the purpose it serves me (gaming/movies) its perfectly fine. Its hard to find a 165hz 1440p 32" monitor for this price (in my local market anyway).

    One gripe though is it takes ages for the monitor to wake up. From the time signal is given to when an image appears on the screen.

    I had doubts originally with Gigabyte and how much money I was about to sink in, but it was all good in the end. Admittedly my experience seems rare, or just nobody bothers sharing positive experiences.
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