Original news piece 2 April 2021, last updated 20 May 2021
Gigabyte will at some point soon release a 31.5″ sized display with a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution and a high 144Hz refresh rate – the Aorus FI32U. This would mark their venture in to this long sought after combination in a screen of this size. Other screens expected with this res/refresh rate combination from other manufacturers are also covered in this news piece. The FI32U was originally teased by Gigabyte with some limited promotional information and specs in April 2021. It then later appeared on a Russian retailer (link now dead) with some further info listed, and has now officially been added to the Gigabyte website.
We knew early on from the official information included in the Gigabyte promotional video linked below that the screen will be 31.5″ in size with a so-called ‘SuperSpeed’ IPS panel. This will offer a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution combined with a 144Hz refresh rate (120Hz for consoles). Other specs confirmed in Gigabyte’s material at the time included a 10-bit colour depth (8-bit+FRC panel) and a wide colour gamut covering 95% DCI-P3 reference and 120% sRGB.
Adaptive-sync is supported for VRR from both compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems. Gigabyte’s website talks about a Super Speed IPS panel and a now confirmed 1ms G2G response time, and 1ms MPRT spec as well. The latter is made possible thanks to their strobing blur reduction backlight mode ‘Aim Stabilizer’. This is actually listed on their spec page as ‘Aim Stabilizer Sync’ which we believe means that this mode could be used at the same time as VRR but oddly it is not promoted in their main features page.
Other specs now confirmed via the Gigabyte product page include a 1000: contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The screen also offers “audiophile sound” as Gigabyte put it, with Audi ESS Sabre Hi-fi. Their website states that: “AORUS adopts the concept of a high-end audiophile sound system design into a micro system on the monitor. The embedded ESS SABRE chip provides a pure yet powerful sound, resonating classical orchestral sounds or blasts in your virtual warzone. Enjoy the depth of the music and the immersive sound profile.”
Along side with strong hardware specs, you can also find the exclusive Aorus tactical features on new Aorus 4K gaming monitor lineup including Aim Stabilizer, Dashboard, Black Equalizer, ANC 2.0 and other various game assist functions. All of these extra features help to elevate your game-play to whole new level, promising more fun & delivers a new fresh gaming experience.
For video input connectivity there will be 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (with DSC now confirmed) and 2x HDMI 2.1 connections. A mic input and headphone jack are also provided and there are also 1x USB type-C and 2x USB 3.0 ports (note the USB type-C does not feature DP Alt mode).
On the original retailer listing back in April HDMI 2.0 was suggested, but later Gigabyte information confirmed this screen will include 2x HDMI 2.1 as well. This will be pleasing to those wanting to connect latest generation PS5 and Xbox Series X games consoles or run the screen from a modern graphics card at 4K @ 144Hz too. It will also support HDMI-org VRR and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) as a result for consoles.
DisplayHDR 400 is also listed but we are not expecting any major local dimming support here, and it is not expected to feature a Mini LED backlight or anything like that. We don’t know whether to expect limited edge lit local dimming of some sort given it’s only HDR 400 but the screen does at least offer the colour enhancements of wide gamut and 10-bit colour depth here.
A full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions are expected from the stand. Expect to see the usual Aorus monitor features like RGB Fusion lighting, loads of gaming preset modes and features like Black stabilizer, FPS counters etc. PiP and PbP are also supported, along with KVM switch functionality.