Gigabyte AORUS FO32U2P Full Details Available, with 32″ QD-OLED Panel and DisplayPort 2.1

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Showcased originally at CES in January, Gigabyte have now launched the full product page for this new screen. The FO32U2P is their flagship new monitor, and offers a 32″ (accurately 31.5″) sized QD-OLED panel from Samsung Display, with a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution and 240Hz refresh rate combined. There’s been loads of other screens announced using this exact same panel including three we’ve reviewed now from DellMSI and Asus, but the key difference with Gigabyte’s model is that they specifically list DisplayPort 2.1 (with the full UHBR20 bandwidth apparently) in their specs and announcement.

DisplayPort 2.1 Connectivity – the good and the bad

The good

This screen is expected to be the first gaming monitor released with the full DisplayPort 2.1 bandwidth capability and UHBR20 speeds, supporting the full 80Gbps bandwidth of this new connection. Not even the massive 57” Samsung Odyssey G95NC with its dual 4K resolution and 240Hz refresh rate features UHBR 20, as that model uses UHBR13.5.

With UHBR20 being offered here, that means in theory the screen can run at 4K 240Hz without any DSC compression at all being needed. The performance of DSC on DisplayPort 1.4 monitors is classified as visually lossless, and so we don’t expect this to offer any visual benefits in practice. It would however open up potential support for NVIDIA DSR and DLDSR technologies, which commonly don’t work on DSC-enabled monitors. Although the value of trying to upscale 4K to anything higher is far less than where these technologies are used on lower resolution 1080p/1440p panels. Don’t forget the additional challenge on your system of trying to upscale from 4K! The DisplayPort on the FO32U2P also supports Daisy Chain, simplifying multi-display configurations with reduced cable clutter.

The bad

Of course, there aren’t actually any consumer grade graphics cards that support UHBR20 yet so that will presumably make testing and development of this Gigabyte screen very difficult, and perhaps might delay launch a fair bit. Several competing models have already been released, so the arrival of Gigabyte’s screen can’t be too delayed or they might miss the boat.

The use of DP 2.1 also brings in to question the reliability and performance of the monitor when it is seemingly being developed without the key input sources to test it with – namely consumer graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD. Does this raise concerns about future compatibility when those cards do appear? Will it work as intended when DP 2.1 is widely adopted and used? For loads more information on DisplayPort 2.1 check out our recent article here but we remain cautious about the early adoption of this connection at the moment.

Gaming Features

This screen of course supports adaptive-sync for VRR and has been certified under the AMD ‘FreeSync Premium Pro, and VESA ‘ClearMR 13000’ schemes. It also has a range of “Tactical” gaming features including a dedicated button to switch between different simulated screen sizes and resolutions for different gaming genres, including for instance 24″ at 1080p for competitive gaming.

Other Specs and Features

In other specs the Samsung Display QD-OLED panel offers a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution, a 0.03ms G2G response time spec, 1.5 million:1 contrast ratio, 250 nits typical SDR brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and a 99% DCI-P3 wide colour gamut. It has also received certification under the VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black tier (not to be confused with HDR 400 for LCD’s).

We’ve already talked about the 1x DisplayPort 2.1 connection, but there’s also 1x Mini DP 2.1 provided too (UHBR20 again), along with 2x HDMI 2.1 (capabilities not listed) and 1x USB type-C (with DP Alt mode and 65W power delivery). 2x USB data ports, a headphone jack and a mic input are also offered. The screen includes 2x 5W speakers as well and a KVM switch, PiP/PbP and HDMI-CEC support are included.

Gigabyte also introduced their “OLED Care” measures which are an AI-drive suite of solutions to address image retention concerns.

Pricing and Availability

Gigabyte didn’t provide an official release date but we’d expect it to be launched during the first half of 2024. It’s available now for pre-order from some retailers with a release date listed as 30 April 2024 currently. It is available at a price of $1,199.99 USD. Pricing and availability for other regions is still TBC.

There is also a similar model, the Aorus FO32U2 (news piece here) which has the same panel and features, minus the DisplayPort 2.1 connection. It relies on HDMI 2.1 and DP 1.4 (with DSC) instead it seems but is available at $100 less, at a price of $1,099.99 USD. This also has an expected availability of 30 April 2024 and is available to pre-order from some retailers.

You can find our full review of the Gigabyte AORUS FO32U2P here

Source: Gigabyte

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