Today in our Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor review, we will discuss these two budget gaming monitors from Gigabyte.
The Gigabyte G27QC comes with a 27-inch 1440p VA panel, where Q in the G27QC means Quad HD and C flowered display.
They both feature 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms MPRT. Also, the G27QC is HDR-Ready, while the G27FC isn’t.
Now, the G27FC also has a 27-inch panel. The most noticeable difference it has with the G27QC though is that it has a 1080p resolution. While the pixel density may be lower when compared to the G27QC, G27FC’s price is slightly cheaper.
Both monitors have similar specifications and features, with the resolution being the only difference.
Now, let’s get started by discussing the product’s packaging here in our Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor review.
Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor Packaging
Monitors are fragile so they should be secured and packed well. As a requirement, there should be at least some styropor or styrofoam to keep the product in place.
The packaging outside looks like a standard slim box with not too many colours in it. Depending on your monitor model, the front side of the box has a sample design layout of how the monitor looks, while the other back side shows the back of the monitor.
Both the front and back sides of the box feature the branding, model, monitor size, and the key features. With this simple design, consumers can quickly identify the product they’re buying.
On the left side of the box, there’s little information written, which in our opinion isn’t necessary anyway. But on the other side of the box, the key features are written.
The Gigabyte logo can be seen on the top-left corner, and the model is also indicated below. You’ll also find the monitor’s size & curvature advertised on the lower-left corner.
Finally, the top side is where we can access all the contents. There’s also an excellent plastic holder grip, which you can use to carry the box easily.
The box is convenient enough to carry and be shipped nationwide. But to really check if the contents are safe, let’s now unbox both the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitors.
Inside the Package
As we flip the box’s cover, there’s an imprinted assembly instruction. This is convenient for those who are new to the monitor’s design.
Everything is placed on a big piece of styrofoam. You can easily access the contents by pulling the hole in the styrofoam upwards. In that same hole, you’ll find all the inclusions wrapped in plastic.
You’ll get a DisplayPort Cable, an HDMI Cable, a Power Adapter, 3 Different Power Cables (AU, EU, and NA), USB Type-A to USB Type B Cable, and an Instructions Manual. You’ll then find the monitor’s base placed in the styrofoam.
The base is covered in nylon mesh plastic to prevent random scratches or damages. There’s also a plastic sticker that you can keep intact to prevent scratches on the surface.
We finally split the styrofoam and found a monitor inside. It is also covered in nylon mesh plastic, which gives extra protection and prevents it from getting scratched while being shipped.
The arm stand is attached to the monitor and doesn’t stick out easily. The screws are tightly secured and can be located at the VESA-supported mounting holes.
The packaging is excellent in protecting vibrations and unnecessary movement that can damage the monitor. Both the G27QC and G27FC have the same package design, so there’s not much to compare here.
Overall, the unboxing experience is satisfying. Assembly is relatively easy, but we’ll get into that as we move to the next section of our Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor review.
Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor Review – Design and Functionality
Let’s talk about the monitor’s design and see how it can compete with other monitors at their specific price points.
Design and Build
Both the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC have strong build quality. They look simple but offer a lot of game-enhancing features. The G27QC has a native resolution of 2560 by 1440, while the G27FC has 1920 by 1080.
Both of the monitors mentioned above have around 250 nits of peak brightness. Essentially, the G27QC can achieve better colour and brightness because of its HDR feature.
Gigabyte is used as a branding instead of the Aorus logo, and it’s located at the lower bezel.
The panel has a zero-bezel design with a full matte screen surface. The curvature of the whole monitor looks sturdy, and you’ll definitely notice it due to its VA 1500R Panel.
The backside of the monitor consists of different surface textures.
At the top, it has a nice touch of glossy texture, along with a Gigabyte logo on the left. The rest of the plastic feels a bit rough, which prevents fingerprints.
You’ll also find a VESA mount and a joystick button for menu navigation. Overall, the back design can be defined between simple and gamer-looking.
For the ports, they’re located below the VESA mount, facing down. You get 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, 1 DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5 mm Headphone Jack, and 2 USB 3.0 Ports for the USB Hub.
The USB Hub can be utilised by using the USB Type-A to USB Type B Cable included. There’s also a pair of stereo speakers hidden at the back.
The arm stand and base are mostly made of plastic, but the base has a weight to it, due to its metal plates underneath. The arm stand also has a convenient design, providing dedicated wire holes to route your cables.
Cable management is often looked up by minimalist people, which can be attractive to look at.
The base also has cut-out diagonal slope sides, which also lets you place your keyboard on a better angle.
Lastly, combining the arm stand and the base involves only twisting a small screw, but you can use a flat-head screwdriver to secure it firmly.
The Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC’s stand is entirely height adjustable but lacks rotation. On a positive note, the lack of rotation isn’t as important on flat-screen monitors.
If you’d like to configure the monitor manually, there’s a small joystick button located at the right backside. This makes it easy to adjust, lessening the hassle of pressing the wrong button.
Overall, the design of different aspects earned an excellent score for us. Furthermore, you’re getting a lot from the price you pay.
Let’s verify both the G27FC and G27QC’s product value further as we proceed to the key features section of our Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor review.
Key Features of the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor
This section of our Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor review is all about their key features.
All of these are very important, but we selected only the significant features that gamers look for.
Strong Colour Gamut
The Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC provide excellent and accurate SDR colour gamut.
It gives vibrant colours that look excellent, with an sRGB colour of 97.2 % and Adobe RGB colour of 81.2%.
HDR-Ready (G27QC Only)
The Gigabyte G27QC is HDR-Ready due to its DisplayPort 1.4 bandwidth. Enjoy the HDR feature without paying a premium price.
AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro
The Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC support AMD’s FreeSync™ technology that helps prevent screen tearing.
Both monitors are NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible, which works perfectly as an excellent anti-screen tearing feature if you have an NVIDIA GPU.
Fast Response Time
The Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC offer 1 ms response time to ensure the best colour-shifting accuracy as you look in-game.
Enjoy competitive FPS gaming with a fast response time.
165 Hz Refresh Rate
The Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC feature 165 Hz refresh rate to give you the best & fastest solution for competitive gaming.
Gain the upper hand and destroy your opponents to the max!
Built-in Stereo Speakers
The Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC both come with two stereo speakers that provide excellent sound quality.
Let’s dig further with our Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor review. This will help us see further if both monitors are good choices over the cheaper brands.
The Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC Gaming Monitors have 27-inch Vertical Alignment display in a native 1500R curvature.
The G27QC has a Display Viewing Area of 596.74 x 335.66 mm, while G27FC has 597.88 x 336.31 mm.
They both sport an edge Panel backlit type and a non-glare display surface.
The Gigabyte G27QC has a true resolution of 2560 by 1440 Quad HD and a colour resolution of 92% DCI-P3 / 120% sRGB. Whereas, the G27FC sits at a native 1920 by 1080 Full HD, with a colour resolution of 90% DCI-P3 / 120% sRGB.
The G27QC has a 0.2331*0.2331 Pixel Pitch and a 250 cd/m2 (TYP) brightness, while the G27FC has 0.3114*0.3114 Pixel Pitch and the same 250 cd/m2 (TYP) brightness.
Both the Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC come in a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 12M:1.
The viewing angle of Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC is 178° Horizontal and 178° Vertical and has an 8-bit colour display.
They both feature a fast 1 ms Response Time (MPRT) and a 165hz Refresh Rate. The Gigabyte G27QC is a VESA Display HDR 400 certified and is flicker-free.
The G27FC doesn’t support HDR, but it’s still 500 nits bright.
Connectors, Dimensions and Weight
Both monitors come with two HDMI ports (1.4 for G27FC, 2.0 for G27QC), and a single DisplayPort (1.4 for G27QC, 1.2 for G27FC). Two built-in stereo speakers only require 2 watts of power.
You’ll also find a 3.5mm earphone jack to route the audio through an external speaker or headphones. There’s also a pair of USB 3.0 ports, as well as a female USB Type B port.
These gaming monitors are powered through an external power adapter. The G27QC consumes 70 watts max, while 50 watts is the maximum for G27FC.
Both monitors consume 0.5W at power-saving mode, and 0.3W when turned off. The voltage input is 19V DC, with an input current of 4.74A.
Both the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC can be tilted. The angles range from -5° to +20°. The maximum height adjustment is 100 mm, and the VESA mount has a 100 mm x 100 mm measurement.
When the stand is attached, the dimensions are 610.3 (W) by 531 (H) by 203 (D). Without the stand, the dimensions are 610.3 (W) by 367.4 (H) by 84.5 (D).
Both the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC have an estimated weight of 6.4 of net weight and 8.9 gross weight.
Hands-on with the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor
For casual gamers that usually play on 60 Hz or 75 Hz, a 165 Hz monitor is a huge step up.
Still, you should make sure that your PC is capable of handling a high refresh rate monitor, especially at 1440p.
The current AAA titles are very demanding on system resources, so opt for a powerful CPU like an Intel Core i9-10900K.
You also want to make sure that you have a graphics card like an RTX 3070/RTX 2080 Ti. Since these are high refresh rate monitors, achieving 100 fps or more with your system is recommended.
Also, the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC monitors have FreeSync Premium.
To make things easier, you can install the OSD SideKick software by Gigabyte. This way, you can configure the monitor’s settings without using the physical button at the back.
You can install the software by downloading it here (select your model) and connecting the monitor to the PC with the included USB Type-A to USB Type B cable.
Next, connect either the HDMI cable or DisplayPort cable to your monitor and the other end to your PC. As soon as you power on the monitor, your PC (assuming it’s already turned on) should detect a device.
Setting up the monitor is incredibly simple and it just a matter of plugging in your cables, connecting it to the computer and firing it up. Make sure that you enable Freesync to get the best performance out of the monitors.
You are able to change the monitor’s settings by using the control stick located at the rear of the monitor. The OSD provides you with a whole heap of features aimed at gamers and can help give you an edge in multiplayer gaming.
Overall, both the Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC performed well and are suitable for long sessions of gaming.
We noticed no screen tearing, and the gameplay experience is very smooth. We recommend turning this setting on for an enhanced high refresh rate monitor experience.
The Gigabyte G27FC and G27QC have average colour accuracy. Content creators might not want to work with this, but gamers don’t care. You can set a custom colour mode through the monitor menu, though.
Viewing angle is excellent for a VA panel, which as mentioned earlier is 178°(H)/178°(V). With this viewing angle, the colour accuracy is a bit better than regular VA panels.
Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor Review Summary
Let’s wrap up and summarise everything here in our Gigabyte G27QC and G27FC Gaming Monitor review.
If you’re a gamer on a budget, the G27FC and G27QC are fantastic monitors. There really aren’t many other options that will give you such great quality monitors for the price. Gaming on them is an absolute pleasure and the curvature of the screen really does add to the immersion.
Overall, we’re delighted with both monitors from Gigabyte. Their advertised features & specifications are accurate, and they don’t cost too much. We recommend both products to gamers, especially to those who are competitive.