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It’s good that buying a 27-inch QHD 170 Hz gaming monitor for just $200 is now possible. Not only is that a third of what they cost ten years ago, but today’s displays are better in every way with speedy performance, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color. I remember when $200 would buy you an add-on G-Sync module that had to be installed by the user into a monitor, which would of course void the warranty.
Gigabyte has raised the bar for value with the GS27QC. The 170 Hz overclock is entirely stable and reliable. It works perfectly with G-Sync and FreeSync. It has one of the best overdrives available in any monitor at any price. And it delivers a clear, bright and colorful image for both SDR and HDR content without calibration. The curve is a nice bonus too, which you couldn’t get at all ten years ago.
The feature list is a bit thin, which isn’t unusual at this price. There are no internal speakers, USB ports or LED lights. But there are aiming points, timers and a refresh rate indicator. The HDR switch is seamless. And if you want a backlight strobe, it’s there as well. Gaming feel is top-notch and on par with the best I’ve seen. The GS27QC matches motion resolution with most 240 Hz monitors.
So, if the $250 GS32QC is too expensive for your budget, the GS27QC at $200 delivers the same features and performance, just in a smaller size. It’s one of the best values going and gamers looking to save some cash should definitely check it out.
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.