Aorus CV27F 165Hz Curved Gaming Monitor Assessment: HDR on Funds

Aorus CV27F 165Hz Curved Gaming Monitor Review: HDR on Budget

Discussions about high-performance gaming screens often deal with speed-related parts like enter lag and framerates. However picture high quality discussions prolong to paint accuracy and distinction. To this finish, we’re seeing extra screens that assist HDR and prolonged coloration gamuts. When a show {couples} this stuff with low latency and a quick refresh fee, the gaming expertise can transfer to a brand new stage.

The primary HDR screens appeared about 18 months in the past, and like all cutting-edge tech, they commanded premium costs. That’s nonetheless true immediately in case you additionally need a zone-dimming panel with 4K decision and a speedy refresh fee. In the present day, there are cheaper options accessible in case you’re prepared to go along with an edge-array backlight and decrease pixel density. We’re seeing a brand new crop of curved 27-inch screens that supply HDR, DCI-P3 coloration and premium refresh charges. The sacrifice? You must accept FHD decision. However with decrease pixel density comes higher efficiency and a lesser want for an costly graphics card to drive it.

Aorus CV27F 165Hz Curved Gaming Monitor (Credit: Gigabyte)Aorus CV27F 165Hz Curved Gaming Monitor (Credit score: Gigabyte)

The Aorus CV27F 27-inch show is a VA panel with a 1500R curvature and a 165 Hz refresh fee (with out overclock). With FreeSync 2, you’ll be able to even take pleasure in HDR content material with an older AMD graphics card, just like the AMD Radeon R9 285 now we have in one in all our take a look at rigs. No, it received’t run HDR at 3840 x 2160 above 30 frames per second (fps) like a few of the finest 4K gaming screens. However it may possibly run HDR proper as much as 165 fps at 1920 x 1080. And the value is much extra enticing too. The Aorus CV27F sells for round $350 at this writing. And whereas it received’t fairly ship the picture high quality of one thing just like the Asus PG27UQ, a $1,500 HDR gaming monitor with a full array backlight with native dimming, it sells for lower than 1 / 4 of the value.

Aorus CV27F Specs

Panel Sort and BacklightVA / W-LED, edge array
Display Dimension, Facet Ratio and Curve Radius
24 inches / 16:9
Curve Radius: 1500mm
Max Decision and Refresh Fee
1920×1080 @ 165Hz
FreeSync: 2
Native Shade Depth and Gamut8-bit / DCI-P3
Response Time (GTG)1ms
Brightness400 nits
Audio system
Video Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI 2.0
Audio1x 3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.0
1x up, 2x down
Energy Consumption24w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions (WxHxD with base)24.1 x 15.8-21 x 10.2 inches / 614 x 401-533 x 260mm
Panel Thickness2.9 inches / 74mm
Bezel WidthPrime/sides: 0.Three inch / 8mm
Backside: 0.9 inch (22mm)
Weight15.Four kilos (7kg)
GuaranteeThree years

Avid gamers will discover nearly each characteristic they need right here, like a quick refresh fee DCI-P3 coloration, a high-contrast panel, low enter lag and even movement blur discount. To prime it off, whereas Nvidia hasn’t licensed it as so, our testing confirmed the Aorus CV27F it may possibly run G-Sync and can course of HDR in both FreeSync or G-Sync.

Unpacking and Equipment

The CV27F comes with a beneficiant cable bundle. You get HDMI, DisplayPort and USB 3.Zero together with an IEC twine for the inner energy provide. Our pattern additionally shipped with energy cords for 2 different international locations’ electrical programs. The bottom, upright and panel are separated within the field and will be assembled with out instruments.

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Styling is easy, but the CV27F’s gaming intent is crystal clear. The curve is 1500R, tight sufficient to offer a delicate wraparound impact however not a lot that the picture is distorted. The curve is hardly noticeable although. You need to use the monitor for workday duties and barely discover its form.

The bezel is 8mm skinny on the highest and sides with a wider strip throughout the underside. There’s a joystick on the backside heart. Urgent it brings up a fast, configurable menu. A click on again opens the total on-screen show (OSD), and a ahead click on toggles energy.

The again of the panel has an RGB lighting impact that may be managed within the OSD and with Gigabyte’s downloadable software program, RGB Fusion. The software program permits the CV27F to coordinate coloration schemes with different Aorus parts, like CPU coolers and LED followers. Extra styling cues embrace the Aorus chook brand on the upright and a mix of matte and brushed finishes molded into the thick plastic.

Construct high quality is first-rate with a strong stand providing a 5.2-inch top adjustment, together with 20-degree swivel to both facet, 21 levels again tilt and 5 levels ahead. Actions are easy and with out play. Although the bottom seems slender, it’s constituted of a strong aluminum casting and could be very secure with out creating a big footprint.

The facet profile is pretty thick, due to the panel’s curve. Ports are on the bottom-facing enter panel, which is clearly labeled with massive molded-in icons. There are three USB 3.Zero ports (one upstream and two down), together with two HDMI 2.Zero and one DisplayPort 1.2. All assist FreeSync 2 with HDR, however in case you use G-Sync, (which isn’t formally supported), you’ll have to attach by way of DisplayPort. There’s a headphone jack and an audio enter however no inside audio system.

OSD Options

The OSD packs so much into an environment friendly system. First up is the Gaming menu, the place you’ll discover the whole lot wanted for aggressive play, together with a blur-reduction characteristic referred to as Goal Stabilizer (extra on that within the Gaming & Fingers-on part beneath).

To tweak picture high quality, there are seven image modes, plus three customized recollections. All enable adjustment apart from sRGB mode, which fixes brightness at 170 nits and grays out the calibration choices. Fortunately, the CV27F is pretty correct in its default Customary mode and will be loved with out calibration. You may make changes in Person mode, which has 5 gamma presets and three coloration temps. We used these to realize a excessive normal of picture constancy. For those who like a hotter presentation for studying, there’s additionally a low blue gentle setting.

The GameAssist menu has a choice of aiming factors, a refresh fee indicator and a countdown timer. You possibly can place the data window in any nook of the display screen. Moreover, there’s a show alignment graphic to assist line up multi-screen setups.

Setup and Calibration

The Customary image mode affords good accuracy with out calibration. Its gamma is a bit gentle, which makes the image considerably flat and washed out. sRGB doesn’t supply any aid, and, once more, its brightness is fastened at 170 nits.

The most suitable choice is to calibrate the Customary mode by altering the gamma preset from Three to Four and adjusting the RGB sliders. This elevates the CV27F’s picture high quality to an especially excessive normal. One be aware although – in any mode besides sRGB, you’ll have to just accept the native DCI-P3 coloration gamut. You’ll see later in our assessments that it’s not as removed from sRGB as you may assume, so the general look is properly saturated if not totally correct.

Listed here are the settings we used:

Aorus CV27F Calibration Settings
Image Mode
Brightness 200 nits46
Brightness 120 nits22
Brightness 100 nits17
Brightness 80 nits11
Shade Temp Person
Purple 95, Inexperienced 98, Blue 100

Gaming and Fingers-on

Our hands-on expertise with the CV27F revealed a few fascinating issues. First off, framerates in each Name of Responsibility: WWII and Tomb Raider stayed locked at 165 fps. That’s the benefit of FHD decision. Plus, movement stayed easy, so sharp element was all the time seen. One might argue {that a} 4K monitor at 60 fps seems no higher than a FHD one at 165 fps. On the Aorus C27F, there was no blur, due to adaptive sync. Although G-Sync Compatibility isn’t formally supported, we noticed equal high quality when utilizing both FreeSync or G-Sync.

When it got here to FreeSync 2, our PC operating Radeon R9 285 confirmed framerates within the 80-90 fps vary for each Name of Responsibility and Tomb Raider. And naturally, HDR was accessible if we wished to make use of it.

HDR was additionally accessible after we related the monitor to an Nvidia graphics card, the GTX 1080 Ti FE, for G-Sync. We had been capable of activate HDR each in Home windows and in Name of Responsibility whereas utilizing G-Sync at 165 Hz.

Like all backlight strobes, the Aorus’ blue-reduction characteristic, Goal Stabilizer, lowered gentle output, on this case by about 60%. A 3-level overdrive smoothed issues out properly with out noticeable ghosting. That mixed with the excessive framerates potential at FHD, you received’t be reaching for the blur discount typically. Overdrive doesn’t work at refresh charges decrease than 100 Hz or with adaptive sync.

We had been stunned by an elevated black stage in HDR mode. After a little bit of taking part in, we lowered the HDR black stage within the sport’s menu, which improved the picture. Taking an in depth take a look at our HDR take a look at outcomes reveals why this adjustment was essential. The monitor registers the identical luminance worth from 0-10% brightness. It is a flaw that would doubtlessly be corrected with a firmware replace from Gigabyte. The takeaway is that in HDR-enabled video games, one could have to decrease the black stage within the sport’s menu to compensate for the CV27F’s black stage error. In both case, coloration nonetheless had wealthy hues that confirmed off the Aorus’ prolonged coloration gamut.

On the Home windows’ desktop, HDR added some pop, however we might see slight edge enhancement in sharp transitions from darkish to gentle. We couldn’t discover a solution to flip this off, but it surely wasn’t a giant distraction. HDR coloration saturation regarded good and vivid with out being overblown. Small textual content and graphics had been rendered properly, however graphics editors will need higher pixel density than the Aorus’ 81.59 pixels per inch. Fortunately, there’s a QHD model of this monitor (the Aorus CV27Q, $460 on the time of writing) with increased pixel density (109ppi, our candy spot), which we’ll discover in an upcoming assessment.

Each the CV27F and its higher-res sibling use an built-in chip and two mics for noise cancellation when plugging in a headset. This could assist combat voice distortion and permit different avid gamers to listen to you extra clearly whereas chatting.

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